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It must come as no surprise to find that almost all of the top ten most expensive homes in Britain are to be found in London, and also that you don’t necessarily get a whole lot for your money. They are fabulous houses, of course, but outside London the same amount of money would buy far more. When deciding which are the most expensive homes in Britain, you also have to consider what kind of home it is, so the list below breaks them into categories – some of the prices are eye watering. However, if the owners of those properties were to put them on the market, they would still sell their house fast.
Most expensive terraced house
This is the recently offered Lethbridge House in Cornwall Terrace in London. At £40 million it is certainly not a bargain but since it has two completely separate houses (also rather spectacular) in its back garden it could be said to deliver quite a lot for the money. It also has an indoor pool, of course, a ballroom and a spa. Although listed, the interior would doubtless surprise the architect, John Nash, as the ‘extension’ is in the form of a huge basement, which took two years to hand dig.
Most expensive apartment
The amazing apartment block at One Hyde Park is stunning to look at from outside and inside contains the most expensive apartment in Britain. Amazingly, some owners in the block have two apartments there and with price tags of between £25 and £31 million that makes quite a portfolio. The flats are amazing as might be expected and also have some of the best views across London, but the selling point for many of the high profile owners is the security, with iris-recognition in the lifts, panic rooms, bomb-proof windows and automatic x-raying of all incoming mail.
Most expensive mansion
Again, a London address; 18 Carlton Terrace has recently been put on the market at £250 million and details are hard to come by, although reading between the lines it sounds as though a little renovation may be in order. The address is so prestigious – not to mention the enormous price tag – that there are only a very few people in the world who could even consider buying this property as a private home, so a price cut could well be on the cards. However, with £17 million due as stamp tax alone, this can’t be called a bargain, even if the price is slashed. Strangely, the council tax on this huge building with an undisclosed number of bedrooms is only £1361.48!
Most expensive new build
Recent figures are not available but a famous new-build which cost at the time £35 million (five years ago) was designed by architect William Bertram, who was coaxed out of retirement by the project. Again a London property, Hampstead this time, the home has a night club, a cinema and a swimming pool complete with gold plated tiles. In the new-build world of mega-prices, £35 million buys a lot of bling although security is, as always, a large part of the draw of this property for the owner.