If we didn’t appreciate our cities’ green spaces before, we certainly do now. For many urban dwellers – even those with balconies and roof terraces – public parks are currently providing the only true space for exercise and fresh air while we’re all on coronavirus lockdown.
One group which has seemingly always appreciated them, however, is the ultra-high net worth, 50% of whom, in a study recently conducted by Knight Frank, said they prioritise proximity to green space when investing in property. This is especially true in London, where properties with park views can sell for up to 75% more than those without.
One new development that’s sure to catch the eye of luxury investors, then, is The Bryanston. Designed by Rafael Viñoly, the 18-storey residential building is a collaboration between property developer Almacantar and The Portman Estate and stands on the north east corner of Hyde Park. So, not only will owners of these spacious residences be right in the heart of the West End, they also have all 350 acres of one of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks at their disposal.
“By 2022, there will be eight modern park-facing developments on London’s Hyde Park edge,” said Rupert des Forges of selling agent Knight Frank. “However Knight Frank estimates, based on current demand volumes and tenure of occupancy, that at any one time, there will be fewer than 10 park-facing apartments available for sale in these schemes, demonstrating a fleeting opportunity. The Bryanston offers a rare opportunity to purchase a luxury apartment directly overlooking Hyde Park.”
The Bryanston will house 54 apartments, ranging from one to five bedrooms, all of which are expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Thanks to the building’s curved design, along with the panoramic windows and three-metre ceiling height in each apartment, every property is guaranteed exceptional views over Hyde Park or the wider London skyline, while many will also benefit from sweeping terraces.
“We wanted to create a legacy project, which brings a warmth to London and can be noticed and enjoyed from the park itself,” says Viñoly. “The building has an accentuated curvature, which adds distinctiveness and drama to its form. More importantly it allows residents to make the most of Hyde Park’s cinematic display throughout the day. In keeping with local architecture, The Bryanston features a Portland stone façade, sourced from the same quarry as the stone used for St Paul’s Cathedral.”
Inside, British design studio Millier has created unique interiors for each apartment in an elegant, understated palette. Natural stone and marble features throughout, as does detailing inspired by the historic properties of nearby Mayfair.
Elsewhere, residents will enjoy access to a range of amenities including a 25m indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, gym, business suite, children’s play area and cinema. 24-hour valet parking, underground parking spaces and a round-the-clock concierge will also be available to every resident. But, with one of the capital’s best parks on their doorstep, why would they ever want to leave?
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