A first for London: the £16.5 million dream home for car lovers

The concept of car-as-artwork comes from America, where houses regularly feature glazed car parking areas, but this is a first for London.

The dream home for a wealthy car enthusiast has come on the market in London.

The Knightsbridge end-of-terrace house comes complete with an integral glass-panelled garage, enabling the future owner to drool over their prized motor from the comfort of the study.

The four-bedroom home, in Ennismore Street, is on the market for £16.5 million, and as well as the arty car storage, you get a cinema room, wine cellar, and basement extension with spa, steam room and swimming pool.

Charlie Willis, a partner at Strutt & Parker, says: “It is a unique feature, and a memorable house to show off.” And when you get tired of gazing at your beloved dream machine, says Willis: “At the flick of a switch the glass goes opaque.”

The trend for such bells-and-whistles properties started growing in prime central London from about 2010, when wealthy overseas buyers began converging on the capital in search of a property investment.

However, its days may be numbered. A new study by property data analyst Lonres found that the number of sales in areas such as Knightsbridge and Belgravia has fallen by around a third year on year, as overseas buyers melt away and Britons delay purchases until after next May’s general election, when the position of the dreaded mansion tax on homes valued at £2 million or more will become clearer.

Knight Frank’s Tom Bill, head of London residential research, confirms that flat prices last month ended a solid four years of growth, and says a slowdown is “typical” after such a strong, sustained period of increases. He forecasts that prices in central London will stay flat throughout next year, with growth of 22 per cent by 2019.

 


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