Herts breaks price bar­rier

The Jewish Chronicle - - CLASSIFIED -

IS £3.5 mil­lion a record ask­ing price for a flat in Hert­ford­shire? This is no or­di­nary flat, how­ever. One of the apart­ments at Wall Hall in Alden­ham is back on the mar­ket. It was once the home of Amer­i­can banker John Pier­pont Mor­gan, son of the founder of JP Mor­gan and vis­i­tors in­cluded the late Queen Mother.

The Se­cond World War saw the es­tate play host to the US Am­bas­sador Joseph Kennedy, who lived there with his fam­ily and son John F Kennedy, the fu­ture pres­i­dent of Amer­ica. In 1942, fol­low­ing Mor­gan’s death, the es­tate was pro­cured by Hert­ford­shire County Coun­cil and was later used as a teacher­train­ing col­lege.

In 2009, the es­tate once again switched hands. De­vel­oper Oc­tagon pur­chased Wall Hall and con­verted it into 125 homes, with the Grade II listed Neo Gothic man­sion in the cen­tre of the pro­ject.

Set in 55 acres of park­land, Oc­tagon carved the man­sion house into seven apart­ments. The largest of th­ese, at 5,800 sq ft, is the one that is now up for sale. Set over three floors and tak­ing up the west wing of the orig­i­nal man­sion, it has gen­er­ously-sized rooms with high ceil­ings and or­nate cor­nic­ing.

The cur­rent own­ers bought it for an undis­closed sum and then paid a fur­ther £400,000 on the in­te­rior. The flat comes with elab­o­rate chan­de­liers, pe­riod fire­places, de­signer fur­ni­ture and a Mark Wilkinson kitchen.

There is a cinema room, un­der­ground park­ing and the apart­ment has its own pri­vate gar­dens.

The wider de­vel­op­ment in­cludes a vil­lage green, fully equipped gym and chil­dren’s play area. Agents are Pre­ston Ben­nett and Knight Frank.

Will it sell? Pri­vate Prop­erty Search, Strutt & Parker’s buy­ing agency, puts Hert­ford­shire vil­lages at the top of its list of pop­u­lar prop­erty lo­ca­tions dur­ing 2016.

“There are a few hid­den gems on the Es­sex and Hert­ford­shire bor­der, with very good ac­cess to Lon­don via the A10/ M11 or trains into Kings Cross and Liverpool Street,” says FPS’s Jes­sica Simp­son. “Vil­lages in­clude Bark­way, Buck­land, Great Chishill and Claver­ing — where Jamie Oliver’s par­ents own The Crick­eters inn. Th­ese places have ac­cess to pop­u­lar mar­ket towns of Bunt­ing­ford to the west and Saf­fron Walden to the east.”

Wall Hall man­sion apart­ment could be yours for £3.5 mil­lion

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