Tim Banks, Octagon CEO, introduces two exceptional developments in London.
With the onset of Spring, there always seems to be a renewed appetite for changes in the house, if not changing the house itself. Put it down to the increasing daylight hours, where everything is seen more clearly, and for longer. Sometimes re-decoration or a new kitchen is simply not enough, eclipsed by the yearning for more living space, a bigger garden, and a location within easy reach of local schools.
Ticking all three of these boxes was certainly the case for our latest four purchasers, who have all exchanged or completed on their new Octagon home since the start of the New Year. They are now looking forward to experiencing their ultimate family house, with generous living space and entertaining areas, lavishly landscaped gardens, and the added bonus that the car run for next school term will take minutes, not hours.
This year we have returned to London, with two exceptional developments. There is the imminent opening of our recently renovated Grade II listed period mansion, Eagle House, set in the heart of Wimbledon Village. The historic Blue Plaque Jacobean property has been skilfully converted into eight grand apartments, retaining many exquisite features such as elaborate plasterwork ceilings and stained glass mullioned windows, cleverly combined with contemporary kitchens, bathrooms and the latest technology. The rarity value of owning a home in one of the Village’s oldest buildings has generated a very healthy viewing list, and we cannot wait to show them round once the show apartment is ready.
We have also just launched Bishops Row, located in a prime conservation area in Fulham adjacent the River Thames. This grand terrace of nine super-sized townhouses have sweeping views towards the Thames and Barnes Wetland Centre from their secluded balconies or rooftop terraces. Offering between 4,375-6,150 sq ft of internal space, as well as featuring 4-5 bedrooms, these are deceptively large properties, and all with exceptional interior features and entertainment suites featuring gyms and wine rooms, sunken covered courtyard gardens, and open plan contemporary kitchens opening onto secluded private gardens – guide prices start from £4.995m.
As the new homes were just a 10-minute walk up river from the legendary Michelin star River Café, we decided to open the showhouse in great culinary style, with a delicious Italian breakfast prepared and served by our charming new restaurant neighbours in our lofty, light-filled kitchen. With bright Spring sunshine streaming in through the full width glass doors, the mixed aromas of River Café coffee, freshly sliced prosciutto and oven warm Amalfi lemon polenta cake, our guests lingered to enjoy a perfect slice of Mediterranean living.