STREETS and garden squares of Georgian houses, tucked-away mews houses and Edwardian and later blocks of mansion flats characterise Bloomsbury, but there are more modern flats, too.
Studios, in plentiful supply, are often snapped up by wealthy overseas buyers for their children studying at Bloomsbury’s universities and colleges. Many local period conversions are above shops but this is not seen as a particular disadvantage. A three-bedroom flat above shops in Museum Street is for sale at £2.75 million.
The most expensive property currently for sale is a large Georgian place in John Street, previously offices, but with planning permission for a five-bedroom house or five flats, priced at £4.5 million.
The Brunswick Centre is a listed brutalist early Seventies housing development next to Brunswick Square with a shopping centre at its heart. A two-bedroom flat there is currently for sale at £850,000.
The area around Tottenham Court Road is getting a makeover thanks to the Elizabeth line, with the first trains rolling through the new £1 billion station in December next year. On the corner of Charing Cross Road and New Oxford Street, Derwent London has plans for a 350-seat theatre to replace the Astoria, which was demolished for the station.
Consolidated Developments’ £142 million St Giles Circus scheme between Denmark Place and Andrew Borde Street is updating Tin Pan Alley with a new “urban gallery” for brand launches and exhibitions, an 800capacity music venue and a smaller venue to replace the 12 Bar Club.
One of London’s most famous landmarks, Centre Point, the now listed 34-storey 1966 office block designed by Richard Seifert, is being converted into flats by architects Conran and Partners and developer Almacantar. A new public space at the bottom of the tower has been created with seven new cafés and restaurants opening soon.
The 7,200sq ft penthouse on the top two floors is for sale for a mindboggling £55 million. One-bedroom flats start at £1.8 million, with twobedroom flats from £3,125,000. Three-bedroom flats on floors 11 to 17 start at £4.8 million, with larger three-bedroom flats on floors 17 to 30 from £7,225,000. The first residents move in next month and the whole development will be finished by May next year. Visit centrepointlondon. com or call CBRE and Knight Frank on 020 7535 2826.
St Pancras Place on the corner of Grays Inn Road and St Chad’s Street is a Regal Homes development of 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom flats designed by Material Architects. Only three three-bedroom flats remain and prices start at £1.7 million with the first phase finishing soon. The second phase is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. Call 020 7328 7171 for more information.
HOMES TO RENT
Bloomsbury is popular with foreign students, mainly from very wealthy south-east Asian families. Private WC1 landowner The Bedford Estates lets homes, and a two-bedroom mansion flat in Bedford Court Mansions is currently available at £550 a week.
Period pride: the area has some of the finest townhouses in the capital, as here in grand Cartwright Gardens