Westminster’s historic “parliamentary quarter” is witnessing the biggest injection of new homes since the Edwardian mansion block boom a century ago.
Favoured in the past by MPs and senior civil servants, the area is opening up to a wider public who have spotted the locational draw of its quaint, tucked-away streets close to the river, Royal Parks and the buzzing West End.
Outdated government offices and public buildings are being converted into homes, while company relocations are bringing more neighbourhood shops.
The Courthouse is being built on a plot opposite the new Home Office on Marsham Street. It has 129 apartments including five penthouses with large terraces offering Mary Poppins-like rooftop views towards Big Ben. Barratt, the developer, has raised its game by offering higher-quality interiors and 999-year leases. A grand entrance lobby and communal areas are designed by Conran Architects and there is a private courtyard garden. Prices start at £665,000 and include underground parking.
Barratt is keeping a nearby scheme called Great Minster under wraps until next year. Call 0844 811 4334.
Berkeley Homes also has a prestige project in the core patch lying between St James’s Park and Millbank. Called Abell & Cleland, the large-scale scheme will have luscious gardens, 24-hour concierge, gym, pool and business centre. Two-bedroom apartments start at £1.81 million. Call 020 7720 4000.