Open-plan living is the number one design preference for home buyers, according to a poll of 1,200 Londoners. Men in particular want super-rooms - free-flowing spaces where they can combine cooking, eating, entertaining and relaxing.
"Such spaces are always the hub of a family house," says Sean Ellis, managing director of developer St James, which commissioned the research. The Quadrant is the final phase of homes in the listed grounds of Queen Mary's Place, Roehampton, and arguably the best yet.
Eight new three-storey, five-bedroom semis in a quiet corner each have a ground-floor "super-room" for family living, a sun terrace on the upper floor and a utility room with separate external access, a practical solution for children and pets with muddy feet.
The 14-acre estate is on the site of a former hospital, with new streets, squares and crescents. Residents have exclusive access to a restored formal rose garden belonging to Roehampton House, a Palladian mansion split into flats, and there is a private shuttle bus to East Putney Tube station. Prices from £1,685,000.
Family houses with super-rooms can also be found at St Peter's Place, Chiswick. Prices from £3 million. Call Crest Nicholson on 020 3667 5113.
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