New homes in London: The Tavistock

New homes in sought-after Theatreland, from £3.5 million.
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If there is one place in London where demand  for homes consistently outstrips supply, it is Covent Garden. 

For many people, the district is the real heart of the capital. It is lively, quirky and individual without the rough edges  of Soho. It buzzes with  the excitement of opera and theatre and the showmanship of its world-famous grand piazza. The fruit and vegetable market left for Battersea in 1974, and it has been gaining in popularity ever since. 

Homes are being created above shops and in outdated commercial premises — and, occasionally, in new-build blocks, too. But the supply is likely to slow now that Westminster city council has clamped down on office-to-residential conversions — a policy that is likely to boost the value of homes in this central neighbourhood.
Period architecture has been retained and mixed with imaginative modern interior design. Call 020 7240 2255.

The Tavistock, next to Theatre Royal Drury Lane, got the green light before the planning change, and has been redeveloped from an Edwardian office building into four luxury flats, each with a lobby with direct lift access from the entrance.

Period architecture has been retained and mixed with imaginative modern interior design, such as a full-height Crittall window that separates the open-plan living area from the hallway while allowing a feeling of spaciousness. 

Tasteful bathrooms have a backlit wall of travertine stone and space-efficient sliding doors, while a spectacular 2,300sq ft duplex penthouse has twin terraces secluded behind the building’s original Dutch gable façade. Prices from £3.5 million. Call CBRE on 020 7240 2255.

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