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.
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.
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.
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)