Penthouses are not just for bachelor bankers — many Londoners are living in the sky as a new wave of residential towers and mid-height apartment blocks with winter gardens rise above the streets.
You do not have to earn millions to own a penthouse. Fresh architectural thinking is bringing down prices of rooftop flats, with outside space designed for year-round use.
Duplex penthouses at New Festival Quarter in Poplar cost from £645,995. The development is close to Canary Wharf and Westfield Stratford City. Call Bellway on 0845 459 5020. Affordable penthouses are also for sale at Pembury Circus, Hackney, priced from £739,995. Call 0845 257 6064.
Six in 10 new apartments have some type of outside space, three times the level of a decade ago. Developers are having to “design in” balconies and terraces and incorporate communal outside space. Often, apartments are built around water gardens, landscaped courtyards and squares, where residents can enjoy the sunshine and socialise.
Hurlingham Walk in Fulham is a modern mansion block development. Stylish and functional apartments have full-height windows and doors opening on to large balconies with cast iron balustrading. Penthouses with vaulted ceilings and large terraces cost from £1.45 million. Call St James on 020 8246 4199.