Tucked away in Bayswater is Garden House, a development that offers elegant city living and a garden square large enough for a grown up game of hide and seek.
After years of being overlooked in favour of its fashionable west London neighbours, Bayswater is fast becoming the capital’s next big renaissance destination. Residential Land’s Garden House, with its fine position overlooking Kensington Gardens Square, is a key member of this movement – and an excellent indicator of what to expect from the area going forward.
Residential Land’s Emma Whitby-Smith, said: “Since stamp duty levels were increased last year, we decided that there was a need in the market for units under £2million and Garden House was ripe for a refurb.”
Built as a Victorian mansion block in the 1850s, Garden House was converted into a series of 58 flats after World War II, a configuration that Residential Land has decided to maintain, with 57 one and two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom apartment. True to word, the majority of the apartments are under £2million, a price sector that offers buyers a great investment opportunity, and a neat bridge between affordability and luxury. Small but perfectly formed – and with ample storage – these units range from 350 to 928 square feet, and enjoy masses of natural light in each room. There’s also a glossy lobby and 24-hr concierge, as well as all flats benefitting from Westminster parking permits.
To appreciate the real beauty of Garden House, however, the clue is in the name. This special development has the unique privilege of opening directly onto one of London’s traditional Garden Squares. A tranquil space, available only to the privileged few, the garden comprises approximately two-acres of green lawns, mature trees, and carefully tended flowerbeds, providing residents with a welcome escape from city life.
“There’s probably only one other building that I know of that has direct access to a garden of this size in London; we’re really lucky to be able to offer this with our apartments.” Said Whitby-Smith.
As with much of London’s architecture, Garden House is
Grade II listed. This tends to spell a challenge for developers, but Residential Land has made the renovation appear seamless, restoring many of the original features, such as the windows shutters, coving and the cornicing. Complimenting the old bones of the building is new technology and the latest design innovations.
“We always aim to use good-quality materials throughout, from hardwood flooring – with doors to match – and marble in the bathrooms, to kitchen appliances.”
This ethos translates to a seriously elegant product – think walnut veneer fitted wardrobes, sumptuous carpets, and American walnut timber flooring. Cooks and aesthetes alike will love the details here, such as the bespoke high-gloss ‘macassar’ kitchen units, Mièle appliances, and polished quartz worktops. Add Crestron technology, a 47” smart LeD TV and iPad, integrated speakers, controlled mood lighting, and neat touches such as electric blinds to make the day-to-night transition that bit easier, and you’ve got one winning development.
Despite close proximity to the hip boutiques and restaurants of Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, residents can look forward to the £1 billion regeneration of nearby Queensway. Indeed, Bayswater and Queensway tube stations are within just five minutes walk, plus, forthcoming Crossrail services from nearby Paddington station are set to arrive in 2018.
With so much growth in the area yet to be realised, Garden House is perfectly placed to offer buyers both a beautiful base for now, and an exciting metropolitan pad going forward. Not to mention the biggest back yard in London.
PLACE: Garden House
PROPERTY: 58 Units
PLANS: 1-2 bedrooms, 1 3-bedroom apartment
PRICE: From £995,000
PERKS: Direct access to private garden square, 24-hour concierge, original features, state-of-the-art kitchens