No.1 Palace Street

If real es­tate is all about lo­ca­tion, then surely it doesn’t get bet­ter than this. Fit for a king, No.1 Palace Street places you next to the Queen of Eng­land and gives you a view over her gar­dens.

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AChelsea apart­ment over­look­ing the Thames; a rooftop pent­house in Covent Gar­den; a con­verted mod­ernist du­plex in Prim­rose Hill; a high-rise flat bor­der­ing Hyde Park… the fre­quent in­ter­na­tional trav­eller for whom money is no ob­ject has plenty of choice when pick­ing out the ul­ti­mate Lon­don pad. Views of the river or stun­ning Lon­don parks, vi­brant and like­minded neigh­bours, walk­ing dis­tance to the finest venues in the cap­i­tal, or in­deed close enough to com­mute any num­ber of rea­sons (along­side apart­ment-type it­self) might in­flu­ence your choice. And then there are the de­tails that might just seal the deal, like the fact that it’s a pres­ti­gious his­tor­i­cal build­ing, has a pool and gym, and the sine qua non pri­vate garage. There is some­where – as yet un­der con­struc­tion – that ticks all the afore­men­tioned boxes for the ul­ti­mate Lon­don su­per nest, and it’s even got a pres­ti­gious ad­dress to boot: No.1 Palace Street. Yep, you read cor­rectly – that’s Palace Street as in Buck­ing­ham Palace. And the thing about it is, well, it’s the only pri­vate res­i­dence to of­fer un­hin­dered views across the Queen’s 19-hectare gar­dens. The grand Grade Ii-listed prop­erty, which was orig­i­nally built in 1890 as one of the first Lon­don land­mark ho­tels host­ing guests of Queen Vic­to­ria (be­fore the third wing of Buck­ing­ham Palace was built), is be­ing re­de­vel­oped by lux­ury prop­erty firm Northacre (who sold a 69 per cent ma­jor­ity stake in 2015 to the Abu Dhabi Fi­nan­cial Group, ADFG) to ac­com­mo­date 72 state-of- the-art apart­ments that are due for com­ple­tion in 2019. But what makes it per­fect for the fre­quent trav­eller, as a home away from home, is not the un­ri­valled view but the lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion. Cen­tral, close to both the shop­ping and foodie havens of Kens­ing­ton, Not­ting Hill and Chelsea as well as theatre land, Covent Gar­den and the hip pri­vate clubs of Soho, No.1 Palace Street is per­fectly sit­u­ated for get­ting to the air­port without de­lay – be it Gatwick (a hop, skip and jump from ad­ja­cent Vic­to­ria Sta­tion) or Heathrow (a whizz down the M4). And then there’s the res­i­dence it­self. Says Or­lando Ro­driquez, the ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign Di­rec­tor, “We are not only of­fer­ing an ex­clu­sive life­style but a beau­ti­ful home. Un­like most con­tem­po­rary de­vel­op­ments, each apart­ment is unique in lay­out with be­spoke in­te­ri­ors. The build­ing’s re­la­tion­ship to Buck­ing­ham Palace is re­in­forced by the dis­cov­ery of an em­blem­atic de­sign that mir­rors the foot­print of Buck­ing­ham palace. No.1 Palace Street of­fers the ro­mance of his­tory but with el­e­gant mod­ern fin­ishes; mar­ry­ing the old with the new.” It boasts al­most 10,000 sqm of fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a 6000 sqm ‘haven of well­be­ing’ for own­ers’ per­sonal use with an ex­pan­sive gym, per­sonal train­ing suites, treat­ment rooms and a 20-me­tre pool flooded with nat­u­ral light over­look­ing a pri­vate gar­den court­yard square. It’s also got a high-tech cinema room, which can be booked by res­i­dents, as well as a li­brary and en­ter­tain­ing suite – as if you weren’t en­ter­tained enough.

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