New City Mile apartments at The Heron and Roman House

Two new developments, The Heron and Roman House, come to Barbican.
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Living in the Square Mile, among office towers and Wren spires, usually boils down to a Barbican apartment or a modest crashpad in a converted period building. So the arrival of Manhattan-style penthouses adds a fresh and glamorous ingredient.

At The Heron, a sleek, black-glass, 36-storey tower, a “collection” of 15 penthouses has been unveiled, the most spectacular being a 6,000sq ft “super-yacht in the sky” boasting floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an enclosed terrace with retractable roof, mother-of-pearl mosaic-walled bathrooms and a sweeping marble staircase.

The tower incorporates a secluded seventh-floor roof garden and residents club with bar and rooms for business meetings. Prices from £3.6 million to £12 million.

£3 million: for penthouse flats at Roman House in the Square Mile
Round the corner from The Heron and alongside the Barbican estate is Roman House, with four penthouses priced from £3 million. Square Mile homes are in relatively short supply, which makes them such a good investment. The City is a far more convivial place to live than it was a decade or so ago, with an evening and weekend economy of restaurants, bars and shops.

It is also one of the safest places in London to live, having a low-profile “ring of steel” — police sentry points at various access roads — providing a modern version of the perimeter wall and gates of the medieval City.

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