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The cost of tak­ing a dip into the swim­ming pool mar­ket

The Jewish Chronicle - - CLASSIFIED -

IT’S BE­GIN­NING to look a lot like sum­mer and, while those home­own­ers with out­side swim­ming pools are per­haps ru­ing the day they in­stalled them, the rest of us, tired of ask­ing for a free swim, are per­haps won­der­ing how much a house with a pool will cost. The an­swer is: a lot. There are only two homes re­main­ing of Ban­ner Homes’ seven prop­er­ties at Bent­ley Pri­ory — and both have in­door pools. Plots three and four will be sim­i­lar to the five-bed­room, three­storey show home, Dowd­ing House. It also has five re­cep­tion rooms, a dou­ble garage and ac­com­mo­da­tion with kitchen area above.

With views of sur­round­ing park­lands and the City of Lon­don, Bent­ley Pri­ory has 57 acres of re­stored for­mal gar­dens, land­scaped park­land, a na­ture re­serve and two ten­nis courts. It sits on the Har­row Weald Ridge in Stan­more.

As well as a pool, each house has a whirlpool bath, steam room and air con­di­tioned gym com­plex. There are Villeroy & Boch bath­room suites, at least two fur­ther en-suite bath­rooms in the five bed­room homes, a sep­a­rate study, a sep­a­rate din­ing room, a dou­ble or triple de­tached garage and a home of­fice above the garage on some plots. Prices range from £5.5 to £5.6 mil­lion, through Pre­ston Ben­nett.

Also in Stan­more and on the mar­ket with the same agent is Dron House in Pyn­na­cles Close, Stan­more. Set on an acre of grounds, this 10,000 sq ft house has five bed­rooms and six bath­rooms, as well as an air-cooled in­door swim­ming com­plex with gym and chang­ing room fa­cil­i­ties. Price is on ap­pli­ca­tion.

For £4.25 mil­lion you can buy a 7,000-sq ft six-bed­room, five-bath­room house on The Ridge­way, Radlett, with views over sur­round­ing green belt and land­scaped grounds.

Fea­tures in­clude a large en­trance hall, lounge, fam­ily room, study, gym­na­sium, of­fice, din­ing room, spa­cious kitchen/break­fast room with large larder, a dou­ble garage, a heated swim­ming pool and a fur­ther two acres of land ad­join­ing the gar­den.

Wey­mouth Av­enue, Mill Hill, costs £2.695 mil­lion. It is a re­fur­bished 7,100 sq ft, eight-bed­room, six-bath­room house fea­tur­ing a re­cep­tion room with fire­place, an open-plan din­ing room with aquar­ium and views over­look­ing the in­door pool and a snooker room with wood pan­elling. The house also has a sauna, shower and hot tub.

Cheaper still, Spring Lake in Stan­more is £2.395 mil­lion. It is set on a 0.25-acre plot. As well as a swim­ming pool and pool house, the gar­den has a stream with Ja­panese-style bridges.

And the cheap­est pool property on the books of Pre­ston Ben­nett is on Wood Lane, Stan­more, at £1.395 mil­lion. The two-bed­room, 1,900 sq ft du­plex apart­ment in Stan­more Hall of­fers pe­riod fire­places and a pri­vate ter­race with out­stand­ing views.

The apart­ment comes with two park­ing spa­ces and am­ple vis­i­tor park­ing.

Res­i­dents have a leisure com­plex with a heated swim­ming pool, a gym, a hot tub, com­mu­nal ter­races and a concierge.

There are plenty of pool prop­er­ties on of­fer, but they are a notch or two more highly priced than nor­mal lux­ury prop­er­ties. If you are not tempted to buy one, at least you will know to be more grate­ful next time you use some­body else’s swim­ming pool.

Dron House: Stan­more home with swim­ming-pool com­plex. Price on ap­pli­ca­tion to Pre­ston Ben­nett

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