London boasts breathtaking cityscapes, and with new developments springing up across the capital, savvy property hunters can buy or rent a room with a view whatever your budget
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
Lead image: Palace View by Taylor Wimpey Central London
A world-class city like London delivers breath-taking cityscapes of iconic buildings, urban parks and the River Thames. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a captivating vista of the capital?
Hyde Park is without doubt London’s most famous green space, equal in stature to Central Park in New York and Barcelona’s Park Güell. So says Mohammed I Nouri, Managing Director of Meritas Real Estate, developer of Paddington Gardens.
‘Buildings high enough to permit a view over Hyde Park are few and far between and the closer you are the more you will pay for the privilege,’ he explains.
‘All the apartments face south at Paddington Gardens so residents get an amazing view of Hyde Park, which is increasingly used for largescale events and concerts.’ Four towers house the 335 apartments priced from £825,000.
Views do not directly make a property more expensive explains Nina Coulter, Director London Residential Development Sales for Savills: ‘The luxury development Palace View overlooks the Houses of Parliament, which already commands a premium.
Knowing that your property will always have incredible views overlooking a prestigious building gives it status and investment potential
‘It’s the story that gives the properties personality.’ Balconies and year-round winter gardens add to the charm. Prices from £810,000.
International buyers in Knightsbridge often request a view of their favourite store Harrods: ‘Many like to be able to see it from their apartment, but to be close by is usually enough,’ says Craig Tonkin, Sales Director at Dexters Knightsbridge & South Kensington.
However, this enclave of prime London is also home to architecturally beautiful museums including the Victoria & Albert.
‘Knowing that your property will always have incredible views overlooking a prestigious building gives it status and investment potential,’ adds Tonkin.
Dexters is marketing a one-bedroom apartment with a balcony, high ceilings and a separate study/office room, right opposite the V&A on Thurloe Place for £1.395m.
Louis Aldred, Sales and Marketing Director for Berkeley Homes, believes buyers are increasingly willing to pay the price for a view especially when it includes the historic trio of Tower Bridge, the River Thames and the Tower of London.
‘At Cambridge House, every apartment offers prime, uninterrupted river-facing views towards Tower Bridge.’
A plush two bedroom, high-specification apartment at One Tower Bridge is for sale for £4.075m.
A large number of apartments within The Dumont on Albert Embankment also by Berkeley Homes benefit from both river and heritage building outlooks with prices from £681,000.
‘A view can lead to large price differences within a building for the same apartment with or without that landmark view,’ says Alex Finch, Director Residential Development at JLL.
The beauty of a river that meanders for miles through a city is that the views change dramatically. Down river at Greenwich Millennium Village on Greenwich Peninsula there are striking views north towards Canary Wharf. Apartments start from £414,995. Certainly worth a look.