Property Wire: A roof terrace for a helipad is one of the unusual demands from buyers in London
Wed 21 Oct 2015
display vehicle collections are among some of the most extravagant home buyer requests in the prime Londonmarket.
A survey from agents Marsh & Parsons also shows that there have been enquiries from prospective owners andtenants looking for recording 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,a south facing outdoor space is the most common request in London property searches, closely followed by offstreet 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 to Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens is closely sought after, while in Barnes the duckpond is the centre of many property searches. After outdoor space, school catchment areas are the next mostimportant amenity to be close to.
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.
No matter what your budget when looking for a new home, there are some fundamentals that are ubiquitous.Being close to shops, parks and tube stations are the ultimate must haves, but many London buyers have tocompromise on one or more of these asks, as such optimal locations come with a price tag to match, said PeterRollings, chief executive officer of Marsh & Parsons
Some buyers and tenants come to us with very unusual and specific requests, but luckily Londons rich andvaried housing stock provides a wealth of choice, and properties to suit even the most particular of tastes fromstaff quarters to tree lined driveways. But no matter how lavish the requirements are, the chances are that wellhave fielded a similar enquiry before, he added.