Grand Registry: Surveying May’s biggest recorded deals

Kensington mansion tops the scales after going through at £37m...

An 1862 mansion on Kensington’s Phillimore Gardens topped the list of most expensive deals lodged with the Land Registry in May, after going through at a mighty £37m.

The detached stucco-fronted eight-bed was once the home of Lord Kitchener, no less, and came with a sweeping staircase, a suite of grand reception rooms, and cracking views across Holland Park. An off-market sale was agreed back in March, but has only just popped up on the official ledger.

Phillimore Gardens

The next biggest recorded transaction went through in Knightsbridge, at Finchatton’s well-regarded Montpelier Hall scheme.

The conversion of the former Imperial College nurses’ halls of residence – just over the road from Harrods – was the firm’s first foray into multi-unit developing, and transformed “corridor after corridor of bedsits behind an 1880s façade” into six super-prime laterals, which were duly snapped up at launch.

The resale of the 3,887 square foot unit went through at £13.5m.

Montpelier Hall

Making up the top three, an apartment in Henry Moore Court in Chelsea fetched just over £11.6m.

The redevelopment of the site of the former Chelsea College of Art on Manresa Road (where Henry Moore was once Head of the Department of Sculpture) delivered 15 super-prime apartments and two houses in 2012.

Henry Moore Court

Other chunky sales were recorded on Chelsea Manor Street (£8.75m), Scarsdale Villas (£7.84m), Argyll Road (£7.35m) and Eaton Mews North (£7.25m).

£1m+ resi sales made up 481 of the 87,019 transactions lodged for registration across England & Wales last month (up from 429 in April), with London accounting for 304 of those (April: 247).

Photo Credits: Upper Phillimore Gardens (Mike Quinn CC-BY-SA-2.0)/Montpelier Hall (Finchatton)/Henry Moore Court (Henry Moore Court)