Large, luxurious penthouses with roof terraces are a novelty in Victoria, which is only just getting into its stride as a fashionable address after years of being “Civil Service land”, with a dreary, windswept high street lined by grey-slab office blocks. Now the area is being reborn with human-scale developments, better shops and lots more flats.
Victoria’s secret is its location at the dead centre of London. Kings Gate is the latest new apartment block, halfway between the train station and Parliament Square.
Triplex penthouses have been unveiled. They are among the most expensive flats to arrive on the market in this revitalised SW1 neighbourhood. Each has four bedrooms and up to 3,337sq ft of space. Interiors are sleek and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, and there are views of Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park from the 920sq ft roof terrace. Handsome, red-brick Edwardian mansion blocks alongside Westminster Cathedral — the equal of anything in Kensington or Chelsea — are a reminder that Victoria was once a top address. Though values are rising with the new wave of development, the area is still at least a third cheaper than neighbouring Belgravia. Remaining Kings Gate apartments start at £3.4 million. Call Strutt & Parker on 020 7225 3866.