One of the last remaining redevelopment opportunities on one of the most secure streets in the capital has come up for sale at £12m.
Counting the stately Kenwood House as a neighbour, the unusually large plot on Highgate’s Courtenay Avenue currently houses a completely unmod mansion that’s been in the same hands for the last 60 years. Almost all of the other 22 properties along here have been turned into state-of-the-art mega-mansions over the last decade – with some hitting 20,000 square feet.
Surrounded by an acre of grounds and with round-the-clock guards to prevent any unauthorised access, the proposition is likely to appeal to HNW buyers who put a high value on their privacy and security, explains Marc Schneiderman of selling agents Arlington Residential: “There are only a handful of streets in London that are protected 24 hours a day by guard-operated security gates. As Courtenay Avenue is one of these streets houses here are greatly sought after amongst buyers who seek assurance as to their privacy and safety with no unauthorised vehicles or pedestrians being allowed access to the road. Guildens is set in gardens of one acre making it one of the largest plots in a road of only 23 houses.
“In addition to which it is one of only a few houses in the road that has not been significantly redeveloped or rebuilt in the past 10 years. Several neighbours with smaller plots have constructed homes of between 15,000 and 20,000 square feet (1,400 and 1,900 square metres) and subject to planning Guildens affords the same opportunity.”
Zoopla puts Courtenay Avenue at number four in its league of the most expensive streets in England & Wales, with a current average value of £19,212,525.
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