You can’t be a true man about town without having a place about town, too – perhaps a little pied-a-terre on the Chelsea borders from which to nip into the office; perhaps a river-fronted bachelor pad on Cheyne Walk with which to seal a deal; perhaps a vast, exorbitant, mezzanined party house with soundproofing, smoking terrace and a built in wine chiller.
And sure, some be-marbled iceberg townhouses on the right side of town might be a little out of your budget. But a man can dream, can’t he? And anyway, there’s always the possibility that great uncle George might drop off come a particularly punchy winter, and finally free up some of that filthy lucre. To tickle your fancy, we’ve teed up the some of the finest properties that have sold in West London this year for under £2 million. Get saving, chaps.
Cheyne Walk, SW3 – £1.5 million
Ah, Cheyne Walk! What’s not to like. And though the traffic outside can be frightful, there really is no grander stretch of the Thames on which to plant your roots. The slow, gentle sweep of the road; the uninterrupted green curtain of Battersea park across the water; the dappled pink of Albert Bridge of a spring evening. The house isn’t bad, either. Smart, high ceilings; original features; clean white decor; beautiful period touches.
Kenyon Road, SW6 – £1.83 million
A vast, five bedroom family house for the price of a titchy pied-a-terre a bit closer to town – and it’s decked out to the nines, with a neat balance of open-plan modernity and traditional townhouse features. The vast living room flows beautifully into the deep and long garden, which may well be the star of the show – it looks like the roof terrace of a well appointed Milanese penthouse (minus the Italians, blessedly.)
St Dionis Road, SW6 – £1.45 million
A two bedroom flat that feels considerably bigger, this Fulham house has a lovely, broad dining area that opens, with the help of those very clever disappearing doors, onto a sweet little enclosed terrace outside. Lots of light, a modern marble bathroom, and pretty shutters like a Dordogne gite.
Harwood Road, SW6 – £1.6 million
With the light, airy, Scandi decor of a high-end boutique hotel, this princely triplex apartment near Fulham Broadway ticks several sizeable boxes for the modern man. The roof terrace is a particularly nice touch, and the road itself is soaring in value under the weight of a number of keystone refurbishments.
Harwood Road, SW6 – £1.2 million
A perfectly-proportioned terraced property with all the grand old touches of a fine Victorian townhouse, this property on the golden pathway between Fulham Broadway and the New King’s Road has serious investment potential. A neat little garden, a sweeping dining room, lots of modern lighting “solutions”, and three decent sized bedrooms to boot.
Bury Walk, SW3 – £1.895 million
A dinky but spacious brick-terraced house that feels a bit like a country cottage, complete with original fireplaces, fenders, range cookers and big Georgian windows. It’s got three floors hidden in its slender profile, and, sat between South Ken and Sloane Square, it’s also in one of the most desirable locales in London.
Thurloe Place, SW7 – £1.995 million
Squeaking in just underneath our budget is a two-bedroom romp of a place on one of the most desirable streets in London. With a classic Kensington facade of red and golden brick, and all the chic details that go with it (original wooden floors, high ceilings, a bedroom the size of an aircraft carrier), this is a stunning example of a central party flat.
Rutland Mews, SW7 – £1.675 million
No good property round up is complete without a mews house to drool over. This one isn’t the prettiest from the outside, but it is situated in perhaps the best mews in town – a nifty slither of a place between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park. It’s also got all the Georgian sweeps and details you’d hope, plus the classic Tardis-effect of any good corner mews plots.