Property Reporter: What are the most common luxury requests in London?
Sun 18 Oct 2015
From roof terraces strong enough to take a helicopters weight to squash courts in the basement and cargalleries to display vehicle collections. Marsh & Parsons take a look at some of the most extravagant homebuyerrequests they have received.
The Prime London estate agents have also dealt with enquiries from prospective owners and tenants looking forrecording studios, panic rooms, staff living quarters and swimming pools or hot tubs.
Overall, the most popular property requirements are more traditional. Aside from the usual number of bedrooms,south-facing outdoor space is the most common request in London property searches, closely followed byoff-street parking and separate home offices or studios.
The holy trinity of transport links, shops and London parks show no signs of being toppled as the top threeamenities buyers want to be close to, cited by all Marsh & Parsons agents polled. In Kensington, proximity toHyde Park or Kensington Gardens is closely sought after, while in Barnes the duck pond is the centre of many
property searches. After outdoor space, school catchment areas are the next most important amenity to be closeto.
In terms of interior design, wooden flooring is de rigueur, with almost a third of agents identifying it as the mostpopular style trend at the moment, just ahead of bi-fold doors. Ikat patterns and prints also remain a popularchoice.
Wireless speaker systems are currently the most sought-after home item. More than a quarter of Marsh &Parsons agents cited integrated AV systems as a must-have for top-end London purchasers at present, withSonos systems revealed to be the brand of choice.
Other popular features in the luxury market include temperature-controlled wine cellars and log burners.
Peter Rollings , Chief Executive Officer of Marsh & Parsons, said: No matter what your budget when looking fora new home, there are some fundamentals that are ubiquitous. Being close to shops, parks and tube stations arethe ultimate must-haves, but many London buyers have to compromise on one or more of these asks, as suchoptimal locations come with a price-tag to match.
Property wishlists are like a box of chocolates you never know what youre going to get next. Some buyers andtenants come to us with very unusual and specific requests, but luckily Londons rich and varied housing stockprovides a wealth of choice, and properties to suit even the most particular of tastes from staff quarters totree-lined driveways. But no matter how lavish the requirements are, the chances are that well have fielded asimilar enquiry before.