If you are looking for a stylish new home in the heart of the capital city then try one of these new homes from Barratt London.
Development name: Great Minster House
Where is it? 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DP
What type of properties are available on the development? Studios, one, two and three bedroom homes currently available - three bedroom duplex penthouses will be available soon.
Asking prices: Prices start from £885,000 for a studio apartment.
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Area stats: The average price of a property in Westminster is £1,255,866, having risen £15,650 in the last year.
What aspects of the development stand out? Great Minster House is an exquisite reimagining of an existing building that has been transformed into elegant homes containing all the comforts of 21st century living. Great Minster House offers everything you could want from a central London residence, magnificent high ceilings and underfloor heating, parquet floors, balconies and underground parking as well as competitive service charges and a 24-hour concierge that can cater to day-to-day requirements or flights of fancy.
When will the property and the development be completed? The development is expected to complete in summer 2015 and a few finished apartments are able to view now.
Are financial incentives available? Not currently.
Why buy one of these homes? Great Minster House is Barratt London's flagship Westminster development and offers an unrivalled location. Just minutes from the River Thames, you’re also moments from some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks: St James’ Park, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, as well as LSE and King’s College universities. The luxury boutiques of the West End are all within walking distance and the development is perfectly positioned for taking advantage of the South Bank’s world-famous galleries, the theatres of the West End and all the fine dining experiences - from the Roux Brothers’ Le Gavroche to Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner - you could wish for. Residents of Great Minster House will also have the 24-hour concierge service, a comprehensive security system, car parking options - by separate negotiation - and cycle storage facilities, at their disposal. Buying from Barratt London means that you’ll receive an exclusive five-year warranty on everything fitted as standard, from light switches to ovens. In addition to the 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty, the five-year warranty ensures you have complete peace of mind in your new home.
What are the best bits about the homes on the development? All the apartments - many of which have a balcony - have full height feature doors and individually designed living spaces that work well for both laid-back family time, or for entertaining. The bedrooms have plush wool carpets underfoot and fitted wardrobes with internal lighting, while the open-plan living areas come with engineered parquet flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the rooms with light. The kitchens have stylish handle-less furniture, Silestone worktops, concealed lighting and top-of-the-range Siemens appliances, and the bathrooms have porcelain floor tiling, a walk-in style shower and vanity units with a bespoke marble finish. There is also comfort cooling and scene setting dimmable lighting to principle rooms and a multi-room integrated audio system throughout.
Anything else you would like to tell us about this development? Crowning the building, the five luxury penthouses have been designed to provide a wealth of indoor and outdoor space, with high ceilings, spacious and luxuriously furnished living quarters and full-length terraces with views over one of London’s most historic boroughs.
Who will the neighbours be? Great Minster House sits in a prime position in the heart of Westminster with The Southbank - home to the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and BFI Southbank - all in walking distance. Famous for its historic landmarks, Westminster is home to the tourist attractions of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
What reputation do the local schools have? Westminster School, a few minutes’ walk from the development, has the highest Oxford and Cambridge acceptance rate in the country - 49.9 per cent of those who apply. For primary schools, St. Matthews Church of England Primary School is also a few moments’ walk from the development.
What is the traffic and transport like in the area? When it comes to getting around, travelling on foot in Westminster is not only manageable but pleasurable. However, when residents are going further afield, the core of London’s transport network is easily accessible. The development is a 15-minute walk from Victoria train station, 13 minutes from Westminster Tube and 25 minutes from St Pancras International (for Eurostar connections). By car, it is a 32-minute journey to Heathrow airport, 53 minutes to Gatwick and just 30 minutes to junction 15 of the M25.
What’s a good place for dinner nearby? The local area contains a variety of cuisines to suit all palates from local bistros to some of the finest London restaurants. The Cinnamon Club, dubbed by some as the finest Indian restaurant in London, is found in The Old Westminster Library, on Great Smith Street. An established haunt of sharp-suited power brokers and Westminster politicians, patrons will enjoy a fine-dining menu of updated rustic and regal pan-Indian dishes. Bank Westminster is another notable restaurant in the area. Beyond a revolving door and a sleek wood and blue-glass corridor, you emerge into a light-filled, semi-circular modern conservatory facing the grand Edwardian courtyard garden. The liveliness of its food really sets Bank apart - menus reflect the international-hotel setting by offering something for most tastes, from British and American favourites like fish and chips, Caesar salad and steaks, through mushroom risotto to tandoori-baked sea bass.
What would be an ideal way to spend the day in the area? Westminster’s cultural offering is unrivalled. From attractions like the Tate Britain and Palace of Westminster to the changing the guard, the neighbourhood is the perfect reflection of all that London has to offer as an international city.
What local secret is there in the area that would take a new resident a while to discover? Westminster is home to the Strutton Ground Market, a small street market held on weekdays. Market goods include: fruit and vegetables, flowers, hardware/electricals, books, coffee, office and casual wear, hats, scarves and accessories, hot food (continental style hot dishes for lunch), and West Indian snacks. The market is organised and regulated by Westminster City Council. The coffee stall "Flatcap" won Westminster City Council's 2010 Market Trader of the Year award, voted for by customers.
If you could change one thing about the properties in the development what would it be? We wish there were more apartments to offer to buyers.
What items are included in the sale of the property (eg. white goods in the kitchen)? Each apartment comes with a fully-fitted kitchen with Siemens appliances.
Who would be the ideal buyer? The prime location of the development, coupled with its deluxe specification and design, suggests a buyer with an appreciation elegance and luxury. Great Minster House would also appeal to buyers’ who want to make their home in the very heart of historic London without compromising on transport connections to other parts of both London and the UK.