Economic uncertainty and squeezed household budgets haven’t put Londoners off daydreaming about property, judging by the mega-mansions that have made it into Rightmove’s top 10 most viewed properties.
The most viewed home for sale in London in 2017 was a 10-bedroom mega-mansion with basement cinema, 1,250-bottle temperature-controlled wine vault, private spa and leisure centre. It is unlikely most viewers would be able afford it, as the price tag is a huge £29.95 million.
The 12,000 sq ft home, on Upper Phillimore Gardens in Kensington, attracted 83,000 views, making it the eighth most viewed property in the UK overall.
Rightmove said the five most viewed London homes last year had similar price tags.
The second most viewed London property on the website in 2017, with a “price on application”, was a Westminster penthouse with 360 degree views of London.
The five-bedroom flat has one of the largest south-facing private terraces on the Thames, close to the Houses of Parliament and overlooking Vauxhall across the river. Owners can enjoy staff quarters, a 24-hour Harrods Estates concierge and a private gym.
Also popular was a £28.5 million Primrose Hill house with interiors designed by The Apprentice’s “Queen of Mean” Linda Plant. The eight-bedroom detached house’s extensive makeover includes a cinema, salon and separate staff quarters with Art Deco touches throughout.
It was originally home to Viscountess Furness, who was Edward VIII’s mistress before he met Wallis Simpson, with the house used for secret assignments.
Rightmove director Miles Shipside told the Evening Standard: “This year’s list of most popular homes shows just how much people love having a nosy around some of the most luxurious properties across the UK, some to dream about living there and others to perhaps look for design inspiration.”
The fourth most viewed property was a five-bedroom house in South Kensington, going for £16.95 million. It has a feature swimming pool, in which a mechanised rising floor can convert the swimming pool into a party room.
A new £3.95 million mansion on a private, gated estate in south London’s commuter fringe completed London’s top five. It is located in Keston Park, which has been home to Bromley’s Danny Dyer, Margaret Thatcher and Arsenal footballer Kenny Sansom.
“The house is only three years old, very high spec over 2,000 sq ft with a swimming pool,” said David Hughes, branch manager at Alan de Maid, who is marketing the property. “It’s also minutes from Biggin Hill airport so for the type of buyer who has a private jet or a helicopter, that’s a real bonus.”
The top 10 most-viewed properties in the UK include a remote three-bedroom cottage in the Outer Hebrides, a £6 million 16th century castle in Edinburgh, a £1.7 million Edinburgh penthouse and a former church renovation project in West Yorkshire.
Those based near Manchester have been eyeing up an 11-bedroom mansion in Alderley Edge, a huge Shakespearean-style home in Nether Alderley and a £6.75 million eight-bed home in Bowden, compete with leisure complex and indoor infinity pool.
DealMakerz completely understands the appeal of so-called property porn. Like most Brits, we love having a sneaky glimpse into the homes and lives of the rich and famous.