And the winner is...
Evening Standard Home of the Year 2009
The Warren, by Millwood Designer Homes
A detached five-bedroom family house in Kent has scooped first prize in this year's Evening Standard New Homes Awards.
Best new family home, up to five or more bedrooms
Joint winner: The Warren, Whitehorse Lane, Harvel, Kent - by Millwood Designer Homes
Millwood builds modern historic well, often using reclaimed materials, in the Kent and Sussex countryside.
The Warren is typical - a picturesque scheme of six houses surrounded by fields on the edge of the heritage village of Harvel, which has its own pub and cricket pitch. “A beautiful house in an idyllic setting” enthused our judges.
Clad in mellow brick, it has timbered and rendered sections and an overhanging tiled roof enclosing an integral garage with “bonus room”. Once through the door, a large reception hall with central staircase sets the scene.
Flexible ground-floor living space includes a double-height kitchen with a spiral staircase that leads to a mezzanine family room with a decked balcony overlooking the garden. Five bedrooms are up stairs. Prices started at £795,950. All sold. Homes are for sale at other Millwood schemes. Call 01732 770991.
Joint winner: The Serrano, Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey - by Barratt Homes
One of 24 houses at a wooded development called Liberty Park in the Surrey/North Downs commuter belt. Traditional-looking on the outside, the 2,115sq ft double-fronted house has an internal layout aimed at relaxed family living. Priced at £625,000. Call 01883 345301.
Best new exclusive home
The Mansion, Courtney Avenue, Kenwood, N6
By Harrison Varma
This cool Modernist mansion - a mega 16,400sq ft - is built in French limestone and has eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, six reception rooms, a 20-seat basement cinema, swimming pool and spa plus underground turntable parking for six limousines. The master bedroom suite is bigger (almost 1,500 sq ft) than an average London terrace house.
Developers Anil and Marisa Varma are a local man-and-wife team who started out 10 years ago after remodelling a family home in the area for themselves. Their trademark is contemporary and glamous interiors with and hi-tech creature comforts. Price: £29.5 million. Call Glentree Estates on 020 8458 7311.
Best new conversion
Joint winner: The Galleries, Brentwood, Essex - by City & Country Group
City & Country specialises in heritage conversions. As its name suggests, the company acquires historic buildings in rural and semi-rural locations and creates “country cool” new homes by keeping the raw beauty of the original structure and using contemporary interior design worthy of a city loft.
The Galleries is one such architectural gem. This is a Victorian asylum in Brentwood, Essex, being redeveloped into a prestige community of 131 apartments and houses set around cloistered courtyards and landscaped gardens.
The painstaking restoration has uncovered decorative stonework, gothic arched windows, oak staircases, mouldings and fireplaces, which have all been kept.
No two homes are the same.
Even the former water tower has been made into special three-story residence with roof terrace (price, £635,000), while the original needlework blocks where patients lived and worked have been split into flats. Prices start at £249,500. Call 01277 202122.
Joint winner: Bloomsbury Terrace, London, WC1 - by Barratt Homes
This Edwardian mansion block was originally police accommodation and later staff quarters for nurses at nearby University College Hospital. Barratt refurbished the building in line with its conservation area status, creating 53 apartments, including 20 shared-equity flats for key workers. Private flats started at £699,000. All Sold.
Best new starter home
Northfields, Colchester, Essex - by Linden Homes
This 450-home development in the Essex commuter town has proved a hit with first-time buyers. The budget-price homes were praised by our judges for being “chic and value-for-money”. Phase one was priced at £165,000. A new phase will be released soon. Call 0845 123 6003.
Best new family home, up to three bedrooms
147 Kensington Square, Queen Mary’s Place, Roehampton, SW15 - by St James Homes
Sitting within the 14-acre walled grounds of a listed Palladian mansion, this new estate of 447 flats and houses takes its name from the former hospital that used to occupy the site. Homes are arranged in squares, avenues and crescents, courtyards and mews. Prices are from £499,950.
Call 020 8246 6748.
Best new apartment
Joint winner: Apartment 1, 42 Queen’s Gate Gardens, Kensington, SW7 - by Northbeach Property
A double-height glazed extension with a sweeping spiral staircase connects the two floors of this superb split-level apartment overlooking a classic garden square. One of five flats carved from an imposing Victorian town house, it has three bedrooms, all ensuite, and extends to 2,766sq ft. All sold. Call 020 7228 9822.
Joint winner: Apartment F18, Kingsway Square, Battersea, SW11 - by St James Homes
This fabulous conversion has retained all the architectural glamour of its listed Victorian building status. It began life in 1894 as Battersea Polytechnic and has been transformed into 205 apartments, including double-height spaces with exquisite period features. Layouts differ because of the individuality of the building, and many flats have terraces.
Residents can relax in three landscaped courtyards, or view London from rooftop gardens. An impressive reception foyer with conceirge creates a sensational arrival point, while the galleried old library with stained glass and oak panelling will be converted into a trendy meeting place and brasserie bar. Only 10 homes remain, priced from £320,000. Call 0870 8507674.
Best new luxury home
The Pushkin, The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead, N2 - by Barratt Homes
The name leaves no doubt who this £6.75 million, 4,165sq ft trophy home is aimed at: super-rich Russians are as keen on the leafy grandeur of Hampstead as they are on the glitzy metropolitan buzz of Knightsbridge. This property answered the demand for lateral living and is one of 12 mega flats within a pair of new Arts and Crafts-style houses called Allingham Court. All sold.
Best new small development
Joint winner: Florence Court, Wilton, Wiltshire - by Archstone Lifestyle Homes
Described as a “lifestyle scheme for the over 55s”, prices at this attractive retirement community start at £245,000 and rise to £345,000. Call 01722 744746.
Joint winner: Embassy Court, St John’s Wood, NW8 - by Oakmayne Properties and Londonnewcastle
A sleek Art Deco-style block in St John’s Wood with views of Lord’s Cricket Ground. The 25 flats are priced from
£2 million. Call Knight Frank on 020 7586 2777.
Best new affordable homes development
Ipsus 02, Clapham, SW4 - by Harper Downie Architects
A modern-design scheme in Clapham old town. “Sophisticated and stylish,” was our judges’ verdict. Prices from £215,000. Equity shares available. Call Notting Hill Housing on 020 8357 4444.