Longer lifespans are leading to a growing awareness of the importance of wellbeing, and its having a positive effect on London’s property market. If a healthy lifestyle is at the top of your agenda, read on…
Words: Fiona Brandhorst
The growing awareness of wellbeing means the odd trip to gym to keep fit has given way to a more holistically healthy lifestyle, and London’s new property developments are starting to incorporate wellness amenities and green space at an increasing rate.
Strutt & Parker has gone so far as to identify emerging tribes of buyers who are attracted to different types of properties to suit their needs. Are you a ‘MECo’ who places your personal health and wellbeing at a premium and want a home that reflects this? Or do you crave a ‘HEAL house’ where you can interact with the outdoors?
And where do you look for such a home?
Start with Chelsea Barracks in SW1, where the first three long-awaited phases are due to complete this spring. The collection of apartments, penthouses and townhouses are set around five acres of six new traditional garden squares that will create an entirely new neighbourhood at the heart of Belgravia.
Resident-only amenities include a private spa, swimming pool, health and beauty centre, treatment rooms and 25-hour gym. The striking homes are built in calming Portland Stone and are priced from £5.25m for a two bedroom apartment. Plus, you’ll be right on the doorstep of the world famous Chelsea Flower Show, and plants are known to be a great mental wellbeing booster.
And then there are views – what could be more soothing than basking on your private terrace or watching the sunset, a world away from the hubbub of the City? Roof terraces and beautiful areas for alfresco dining and entertaining remain at the top of wish lists. Boutique property developer, West Eleven, has just launched The View, a 15-storey, 39 apartment development set to change the skyline of Battersea.
Every home has a view of the iconic 200-acre Battersea Park, offering outdoor yoga classes and military style exercise boot camps, and from higher floors mesmerising panoramic vistas of Chelsea and beyond. Communal garden spaces, designed by Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Winner Randle Siddeley, feed into the HEAL house concept becoming an additional asset for every resident to enjoy.
Communal garden spaces, designed by Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Winner Randle Siddeley, feed into the HEAL house concept at The View, Battersea
The lifestyle created for The View’s residents includes a two-year Car Club Membership, London Cycle Hire Scheme Membership and a quirky addition of two years of free Black Cab journeys, redeemable through a cash credit card. Prices from £775,000 through Savills and Hamptons International.
The Townhouse Collection at The W1 London, created by W-One International and tucked round the back of Marylebone High Street in a quiet mews, is of grand proportions featuring double-height oak front doors and impressive light filled glass atriums. Extending 10m high, the entire height of each four-bedroom townhouse, the atriums are capped by retractable glass roofs, which create a sense of alfresco dining. Luckily rain sensors close the roof if the weather changes.
The full height sliding glass doors within the atrium create beautifully bright and flexible spaces which can be opened to provide a fully open plan house or closed to allow residents privacy. On the top floor, a sky bridge links the guest bedroom at the rear of the house to two further bedrooms, a utility room and a bathroom. Prices start at £11.5m.
There’s drama on the horizon with Strawberry Star’s 20-storey shimmering tower of 77 apartments in Wandsworth, Bronze, which has floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the absorbing views across the park and central London. With its name reflecting the colour of the building’s cladding, Bronze fits in with the theme of the lighting and lamp industrial heritage of the local area. Prices start from £465,000 for a one bed apartment with a balcony.
Mount Anvil’s Three Waters development at Bow Creek, a slowly regenerating part of east London, incredibly close to the square mile, draws its inspiration from the local artisans who made matches, porcelain and gin. The scheme is encouraging a community spirit, a growing trend for people to get to know their neighbours and nearby businesses. Ground ground floor creative and retail space is set to attract cafés and delis, as well as a series of makers’ studios, dedicated for use by local craftspeople and start-up businesses.
Designed to maximise the waterside location, every aspect of Three Waters, from the apartments to the gardens and private rooftop terrace, has been designed to facilitate far-reaching views across the water and out to the City, fostering a sense of wellbeing and belonging. The studio, one, two and three bedroom homes start from £371,500.
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