When it comes to Location, Location, Location, it all seems to be about transport, transport, transport. But central London isn’t completely off bounds to cars (yet), so check out these properties with hi-tech parking for car-lovers
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
Private off-road parking in London is rare yet residents who still want the option of owning a car in the capital are prepared to pay for the luxury.
‘In spite of great transport links, many Londoners still want to have the flexibility and convenience of a car and the peace of mind of having their own private parking space or garage to park it in,’ comments Ben Babington, Director of Residential Development at Jackson-Stops.
Many Londoners still want to have the flexibility and convenience of a car
‘It also avoids a bun fight with other residents for on-street parking and the need to work around parking restrictions.’
In central London buyers can pay on average £100,000 more for a home with a private car parking space, stretching to over £500,000 for the bonus of parking in a private garage. Clarges in Mayfair is a super-prime collection of one to five bedroom apartments located on Piccadilly over-looking Green Park that also conceals a climate controlled, below-ground garage.
Even James Bond would be impressed with the turntable that can rotate the cars by 180 degrees to ensure they are always facing forward when entering and exiting the lift, minimising the possibility of damage. A valet service is on offer to those who wish their cars to be parked for them. Prices are on application through Knight Frank.
Chelsea Island at Chelsea Harbour, which is fast-becoming one of London’s most sought-after riverside addresses, offers an exclusive collection of 89 high-end apartments, most with generous balconies or private terraces. The secure car parks have been designed with 56 oversized bays to fit any size of town car, priced from £85,000 each. The four penthouses have the option of purchasing two car parking spaces. Prices start from £935,000 for a one bedroom apartment.
Even James Bond would be impressed with the turntable that can rotate the cars by 180 degrees to ensure they are always facing forward when entering and exiting the lift
Out east, swanky residential towers will soon surround Shoreditch so a courtyard development of townhouses with integral garages, cinemas and roof terraces at Dereham Place, right at its heart, is a rarity. And for buyers who like to zip around the capital on four wheels, the last remaining three bedroom house for sale includes your very own Fiat 500 Convertible.
The homes are designed with the latest Smart Home Technology, including a multi-room audio system so residents can listen to their favourite tracks wherever they are in the home and control the heating and lighting via a smartphone or tablet. Dereham Place is on the market with Jackson-Stops for £1.45m.
At Elephant Park in south London, Lendlease’s Futurehomes are the first Passivhaus homes in Zone One. Each of the four bedroom Victorian-style terraced homes also comes with a parking space, unheard of in traditional terraces, located in a secure basement car park and many of the spaces are equipped with electric car charging points.
There’s also a three-year car club membership available to the first occupants of every home, ideal for occasional car drivers who are keen to make a contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Prices start at £1.495m.
At Elephant Park in south London, each of the four bedroom Victorian-style terraced homes comes with a parking space. There’s also a three-year car club membership
‘Space in London is at a premium, which can mean that for newly-built homes, parking and garages are often restricted or non-existent,’ says Tim Pettman, Sales Director at Berkeley Homes.
However, at its Chiswick Gate development of townhouses, generous double garages with electric charging points pre-installed are incorporated in the design. Each garage is securely located underground, which keeps the development traffic-free at ground level allowing Berkeley Homes to deliver a pedestrianised boulevard and landscaped gardens for residents to enjoy. Prices start from £1.988m for a three-bedroom townhouse.
Apartments at Chiswick Gate also have an allocated underground parking space available for the duration of the 999-year lease priced at £35,000 per space. Residents can enter the underground car park using a key fob and conveniently take the lift from the basement car park straight up to their building.
Apartments in The Lincoln at White City Living next to Westfield London will have access to one of 586 car park spaces with individual charging points costing £55,000 each. Completing in 2019, suites start from £620,000 via St James.
For one of London’s cheapest underground car park spaces head south to The Tribeca development in East Dulwich, where Jackson-Stops is selling a one bedroom apartment costing £480,000 and a parking space for £25,000.