How to Buy The Best Homes in England?

 

Or more commonly we are asked ‘Where is the best place to live in London?” The best home doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive home. It is quite easy to find a ghastly overpriced monstrosity on the internet.  The bad news is the best homes are rarely for sale. At the right price, and with our contacts, 99% of properties are for sale if buyers are willing to pay a premium. The most beautiful country estates include Wormsley Park- The Getty Estate, Blenheim Palace, Wentworth Woodhouse (sold for £7m in 2017), Chartwell House, Osbourne House and Apsley House. The best London homes names are less well known, and for a good reason- privacy.  

There are several options for buyers:

1.     Purchase a plot of land and design a dream home.

2.     Purchase an existing home and renovate.

3.     Purchase an existing home.

London has many hidden gems, this includes country houses in the centre of London behind high walls and secret entrances. Imagine a much smaller version of Buckingham palace, without the grand entrance. There are of course the obvious London trophy homes that exist on prestigious roads including – Kensington Palace Gardens, The Bolton, Eaton Square, Ilchester Place, Carlyle Square, Camden Hill, Kensington Square and Chelsea Square. Properties on these prestigious London roads are not well hidden from the public eye. Some of most extraordinary homes are situated on less well-known streets. From the outside these may look like a modest 3-bedrom terraced house; when in fact, four of the houses are interconnected to create discrete super mansion.

 

After knowing what and where the best home is contacting the owner would seem the most obvious next step. It’s not always as simple as writing a letter to the homeowner. Despite the land registry offering the public access to a ‘title register’ for a small fee, many homes are owned by off-shore companies with no link to a name. Furthermore, many homes are unoccupied for the majority of the year and a ‘letter’ may just end up in the bin.

 

Ultimately, it’s property knowledge and contacts our invaluable resource.  

James Nightingall