Check out the most expensive houses in the UK. A study of the real estate portal has revealed that there are 12,000 streets in the United Kingdom where the average price of homes exceeds one million, but maximum exclusivity is in the Capital since 60% of these owners dwell in the capital.
The conclusion of the report takes us through the most luxurious houses of the country.
Top 10 Most Expensive Houses In The UK 2020
- 1. One Hyde Park
London’s one hyde park is one of the wealthiest residences in the world. It is majorly a residential and retail complex located in knights bridge, London. The building is owned by project grande limited, a joint venture between Christian candy and sheik Hammad bin Jassim. Construction of the one hyde park started in January 2007 and was completed by March 2009.
The three-floor penthouse suite of One Hyde Park became the UK’s most expensive apartment after it altered owners for £136.4 million in cash.
The buyer, reportedly Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man, bought the property, through a British Virgin Islands-registered company and with a private bank account.
Akhmetov bought the top two floors of the prestigious apartment and planned to make them into one flat. It was also reported that the wealthy property owner has commissioned £60 million for interior design work. Space had been sold as ‘shell and core’, meaning it was delivered to the buyer stripped to the bare walls.
- 2. 18-19 Kensington Palace Garden
This is a street in Kensington, west-central London, and home to some of the most expensive properties in the world.
You would need deep pockets to buy a property on this renowned street. The west London street is one of the world’s most expensive residential addresses.
Formerly nicknamed Millionaires’ Row, due to the huge wealth of its private residents, it was upgraded to Billionaires’ Row. The average price of houses on the street was £18.2 million but the number 18-19 breaks even the generous budget, having been valued at £149 million.
Originally, 18 and 19 housing the Egyptian and Russian embassies were knocked together in the late 1990s to create a private residence. Lakshmi Mittal who was rated the fourth richest man in the world by Forbes, purchased the property in June 2004 having paid £57 million which is a steal compared to its current value.
- 3. Toprak Mansion
Toprak mansion built by Turkish entrepreneur Halis Toprak is one of the most exclusive areas of North London on Bishop’s avenue.
The 12-bed mansion built by Turkish industrialist and banker Halis Toprak. It was later sold in 2008 for £50 million to billionaire Hourieh Peramaa. It is reported that she spent a further £30 million on renovating the property to suit her needs, which included installing a retractable helipad.
The house has 28,000 square feet, excluding staff and guest apartments. There is an 80-foot-long relatively large salon, dining room that can fit 40 people, a glass lift and a Turkish bath. The garage is wide enough to park 28 Rolls Royces.
Despite the cost of development, if Peramaa wants to sell she would still make an exclusively impressive profit. The mansion is now valued at £105 million.
- 4. Witanhurst
Witanhurst is a large early 20th-century mansion located in Highgate, Northwest London. The house has had several prominent residents since it had been rebuilt by soap magnate Sir Arthur Crosfield.
After staying empty for some years, the Georgian mansion in Highgate was snapped up in 2009, reportedly by Yelena Baturina for £50 million.
Extensive work costing £40 million was established for renovation to push up the value to £95 million.
- 5. Blenheim Palace
The Churchill family were residents at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxford since it was built in 1720. Original Blenheim resident John Churchill was the first to become Duke of Marlborough, and the current (11th) duke, John Spencer-Churchill, reportedly lives at the palace.
After 300 years of occupancy, there is probably the little possibility of the Churchill family moving out.
The grand building is the only residential, non-episcopal country house to use the title ‘palace’ and in 1987 was named a world heritage site by Unesco.
- 6. Lowndes Square
Lowndes Square is a residential garden square located in Belgravia, London. There is only one street named Lowndes Square in Great Britain which makes it unique.
Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich was said to be developing Britain’s priciest property. It was reported that he spent the past decade buying up nine flats in two properties in Lowndes Square to create a super mansion expectedly worth£150 million.
George Basevi reportedly designed many of the houses in the square. The garden contains plane trees and shrubs and is closed to the public.
- 7. Franchuk Villa
Elena Franchuk, daughter of former Ukraine president, purchased this villa at a record-breaking price. It is considered to be the largest building in London with royal rooms, rich interior, and stunning architecture.
The current owner Mike Spink who purchased from Elena Franchuk refurbished it and added a few more facilities including the underground swimming pool which makes it unique.
In addition to the 10 bedrooms, there’s a movie room, sauna, world-class gym, 20-foot tall ceiling, a garage, panic room spread over five floors and a total of 21,000 square feet of living space.
- 8. Updown Court
It is the most expensive country house to ever go on the market in the Uk. This property owned by the family of Sheikh al Maktoum was on market for four years as they refused £73 million asking prices. Built on 58-acres of land, the owners could boast of everything a modern country person could need, including five swimming pools, private cinema, bowling alley, a marble driveway, Indoor squash court, and stables and underground for parking eight limousines.
- 9. Highclere Castle
Highclere castle had been home to the Carvanon family since 1679. The castle had 11bedrooms on the first floor some of which the visitors could view when the property is open to public viewing. 40 to 50 bedrooms occupy the other floors which are closed to visitors. The 1,000-acre castle which was recorded in Doomsday book is presently valued at £72 million. One bedroom was used during the first world war as an operating theatre and recovery room. This castle was reportedly recognized as the set for Downtown you in the period drama.
- 10. Longleat
Longleat, best known for its safari park, was one of England’s first stately homes to open doors to the public. It had been home to the Thynne family, known as Marquesses of Bath for 12 generations. It was built in the same high style as Highclere Castle. Longleat is the set for BBC’s Animal Park. The house is valued at £60 million if the Thynnes’s family were ready to part with it. The impressive property offers guided tours for visitors to get a peek.
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