Unfinished Business: Prime properties for sale in shell condition

Three fit-out projects including a penthouse, a family home and an out-and-out mansion…

For those who like their canvases blank, a property in true “shell” condition is guaranteed to get the juices flowing. We’ve noted a few such instructions cropping up of late, which you’d probably expect in tougher-than-average market, so here’s what biggish money currently buys in the unfinished category…


The Unfinished Penthouse (£4.5m)

The entire top floor of Paddington Basin’s 21 Sheldon Square is being offered by Hamptons International in classic shell condition.

Weighing in at 4,123 square feet with a ginormous 2,379 square foot terrace, the penthouse has direct lift access, two underground parking space and additional storage – along with some stonking views.

Full details here


The Unfinished Family House (£5.5m)

This cracking instruction on Clifton Hill in St John’s Wood is being billed as “an opportunity to finish creating a substantial and elegant Grade II Listed detached period family home”.

Agents Aston Chase are offering the 4,886 square foot pile in shell condition, arranged as a grand reception hall and double-length reception, dining room, four bedrooms, self-contained studio flat, garage, off-street parking and planning for additional space at sub-basement level.

Full details here


The Unfinished Mansion (POA)

This ready-to-go mega-mansion project in Regent’s Park came up for sale earlier this month, described as a chance to create “one of the most magnificent houses in London”.

Currently in shell condition, the 9,213 square foot Grade I Regency behemoth on Cornwall Terrace has planning permission, listed building and Crown Estate consents for someone to come in and deliver certainly something pretty special.

According to the plans, the finished article would involve an entrance hall, double reception room with original ceilings, a family kitchen with dining area, a dining room, a family morning room, a fully panelled library/cigar room, a club room, mirror whiskey bar and humidor, a multipurpose second club room with media facilities, a fully equipped gym and steam room, master bedroom suite occupying the entire second floor, four further guest suites, marble bathrooms and a self contained staff quarters with a commercial kitchen. Crucially, there’s a lift to all floors, secure car parking and a 148 year lease.

Sandfords has been instructed and the price is on application…

Full details here


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