Few properties set the heart racing as much as prized heritage conversions, and the latest release of homes at Royal Military Academy, right, on the leafy slopes of Shooters Hill in south-east London are "the flagship homes our customers have been waiting for", according to Danny Durkan, chairman of developer Durkan Estates.
Built in the late 18th century in grand baronial style, the 21-acre complex was once a training school for elite officers and has been redeveloped into an estate of 328 homes, some carved from the former officers' mess and cadets' quarters, while new buildings are named after distinguished alumni such as Churchill and Kitchener.
The Parade looks over the old parade square — where young cadets would have practised their drill — and a surviving cricket pitch, one of the oldest in London.
The restored cloisters have been converted into houses and flats of grand proportions and come with courtyard gardens.
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