London’s buyers are being tempted by homes offering a sense of wellbeing and calm, from personal spas to roof top gardens. Find the perfect sanctuary from the stresses of the city with these new luxury lifestyle developments
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
Bee-friendly trees, plants and shrubs, a central pond and shaded area especially for yoga and other outdoor exercise are just some of the features incorporated in the roof garden at Hadley Property Group’s Chelsea Island riverside development. Complementing a healthy lifestyle and promoting positive wellbeing, the sixth-floor private garden has been designed by Belgravia florist Neill Strain.
Bespoke scent by Rachel Vosper permeates throughout the communal spaces to ensure a sense of tranquillity, while floor to ceiling windows and fresh air systems bring excellent air and light quality. Prices start from £925,000 through Cluttons. Research shows that communal facilities can encourage new friendships to emerge which in turn boost emotional wellbeing.
‘Developments with gyms, swimming pools, security and parking have added an additional lifestyle option for residents,’ says Matthew Smith, Knight Frank’s Head of Riverside sales.
The Dumont by St James on the Albert Embankment has a private residents’ lounge and roof terrace on the 12th floor capturing a prime social space in which to relax and experience panoramic views of the capital and it’s the perfect icebreaker.
Designed to take advantage of its waterfront setting, the 30-storey building is angled to absorb downriver perspectives with floor to ceiling glazing taking in the west facing setting sun as a backdrop to the Houses of Parliament. A ten-pin bowling alley, private cinema, infinity pool, gym and spa are all on offer. Prices start at £595,000.
Proximity to Battersea Park has been the inspiration behind the homes at Battersea Exchange, each designed with generous outdoor space. Three-bedroom townhouses feature terraces and private gardens, while apartments benefit from winter gardens providing year-round openness. Prices from £559,000.
At Barratt London’s Landmark Place contemporary homes deliver not only exceptional open living space, but also a sense of security and comfort on arrival. A beautifully landscaped piazza opens into a glass roofed reception area, with a bookcase-lined wall, fireplace and seating areas. A private health suite on the ground floor includes a 20 metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and treatment room. Completing in 2018, prices start from £877,000 with Knight Frank and Savills.
Clarges Mayfair has been designed for residents who may work long hours, travel frequently and need quality downtime. Interior designer Martin Kemp Design took inspiration for the wellness spa from the traditional English spas of Harrogate, Cheltenham and Bath. Colonnades and cloisters line the pool with a barrel-vault ceiling to create a light, airy environment. Apartment prices on application. The rooftop garden is pictured at the top of this article.
Effortless living is very much in evidence at Finchatton’s prime Kingwood development in Knightsbridge overlooking the exclusive Hans Place Garden for which residents have a key. Amenities include a 24-hour concierge and a personal staffed spa and gym from BodySpace, one of London’s leading private fitness and wellness services. The 10 luxurious apartments span the façades of four 19th century townhouses. Prices start at £21m through Knight Frank.
In the Docklands at South Quay Plaza, Berkeley Homes is ensuring that wellbeing runs through its development and the 1.6 acres of public realm. Quiet spots are dotted around and outdoor exercise areas overlooking the dock can be used for yoga, Pilates and meditation. Prices from £890,000.
Taking its cue from the nearby waterways of Little Venice, West End Gate designed by architects Squire & Partners for Berkeley Homes, boasts a linear water feature flowing through the beautifully landscaped garden with ornamental water lilies and flower beds providing residents with a tranquil place to unwind. Prices from £620,000.
Positioned around a private garden square offering residents stunning views over a green oasis, Hempel Gardens is a collection of 18 apartments from British Land and Amazon Property. Penthouse winter gardens are the perfect environment for ferns and evergreens. Strutt & Parker is selling two-bedroom apartments from £875,000.
On the south side of the Thames, Nine Elms Point has been awarded ‘Built for Life’ status, a Government commendation for the best new homes and you can see why once inside. The apartments are set around over an acre of landscape gardens invisible from the outside.
Gavin Stewart, Sales Director for Barratt London, adds: ‘This exceptionally large urban retreat has elevated pathways and a striking water feature as well as extensive views of the London skyline.’
Most of the apartments also have a generous terrace or balcony and the large windows create an airy environment allowing an influx of natural light. Two-bedroom apartments start at £880,000.