Wed, Nov 4, 2015

Real Estate & Property
Chance to own 'historic' home in London

A magnificent collection of luxury apartments are being offered to Gulf investors within one of London's most historic landmarks overlooking the Thames and Richmond Park in Richmond.

The apartments in The Star and Garter are from the award-winning residential developer London Square.

Global agent Knight Frank is holding a two-day event for interested purchasers on November 11 and 12 in the Capital Club, Dubai.

Immortalised by famous artists and writers, the view from Richmond Hill is world-famous and considered so beautiful it is the only one in England protected by an Act of Parliament.

London Square is restoring The Star and Garter, a Grade II listed building and gardens with an impeccable royal and cultural lineage, to create 86 architecturally splendid apartments and duplexes, with the opportunity to enjoy a private view of the beautiful vista of the Thames and beyond. The development is already 50 per cent sold, according to the developer.

By road, Richmond is 10 miles from central London and less than nine miles from Heathrow Airport.

Rebecca Littler, sales and marketing director, London Square, says: "The Star and Garter is London's most exciting residential address. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy part of a celebrated London landmark, a residence rich in history that offers a five-star lifestyle with the highest level of specification and bespoke detail."

Victoria Garret, associate partner at Knight Frank and agent for the development in the Middle East, comments: "The Star and Garter has it all - a prime development in a fashionable setting. Richmond is one of London's most coveted areas, a favourite with celebrities, affluent entrepreneurs and professionals. Through our private one-to-one meetings with clients we're seeing a keen interest from across the GCC for this well positioned development."

Corporate rental demand comes from a range of sectors including finance, IT and oil and gas, with local employers including BP and PayPal.

The Star and Garter offers a lifestyle akin to a boutique hotel or private club, from the cool marble hall, grand staircase and beyond to the spectacular gardens, overlooking the river and Petersham Meadows. The meticulously restored King's Room, with its original parquet flooring, ornate mouldings, coffered ceilings and fireplaces, will offer an opulent spa, pool and fitness suite. A concierge service will be provided to attend to residents' requirements and make everyday life hassle-free.

The development's magnificent period features combine with the very highest contemporary interior specification and the finest materials and finishes have been used in the apartments and duplexes. Many of the apartments will have private terraces and roof terraces to maximise the glorious setting and views. The listed terrace garden and grounds will also be restored, with an historic fountain retained at the centre of the Italianate garden, says the developer.

Richmond, picturesque and charming, with its renowned restaurants, smart designer shops, splendid architecture, as well as its vibrant cultural and theatre scene, is one of West London's most fashionable districts. The Star and Garter overlooks 2,500 acres of Richmond Park, the largest of the Royal Parks - perfect for walking, riding, golf, rugby, running and cycling.

The Thames at Richmond also offers boating, plus walking and cycling along the towpath to Kingston and Kew. Richmond has superb transport connections, with national rail, overground and underground lines at Richmond station just 0.7 miles from The Star and Garter.

Schools are a major attraction with excellent state, private primary and secondary schools. A German school in Petersham and the American International University next to Richmond Park will be an extra incentive for international buyers and investors.

Prices start from £1.3 million ($2 million) for a one-bed apartment, with two bedroom, two bathroom apartments from £1.75 million ($2.69 million) and three-bedroom apartments from £2.45 million ($3.77 million). The duplexes are also being launched, priced from £2.95 million ($4.54 million).

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