About this property
Occupying pride of place within this iconic and much acclaimed Grade II listed lift serviced building this stunning apartment has an incredible private terrace designed by Ross Allan and secure allocated underground parking for two cars. The building was built between 1921 and 1924 to a design by Sir Edwin Cooper, based on a plan produced by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1915, to provide accommodation and nursing facilities for seriously injured servicemen. It was converted in 2014 into exclusive luxury apartments by the ‘high end’ developers London Square.
As soon as you enter the apartment there is an immediate sense of elegance and grace, with the fabulous hallway providing a most welcoming and impressive entrance. The room proportions are simply exquisite and further emphasised by the incredibly generous ceiling heights. There is an excellent flow of natural light, afforded by both the wonderful floor to ceiling doors that lead onto the terrace from all principal rooms and the open aspects that provide such far reaching views. The layout works perfectly for entertaining as well as everyday family life with an open plan reception area and a beautifully fitted kitchen/breakfast room with Miele appliances.
The private south west facing terrace measures almost 1200 square feet is a real feature of the apartment. Whilst there are also beautifully manicured communal gardens to enjoy there are very few properties within Star and Garter House that have private outside space, let alone such a beautiful and generous space that commands what are unquestionably amongst the very best views in the country. It is the perfect place for alfresco entertaining, where you can enjoy the sun set and capture all of the afternoon and evening sunshine.
The interior design is extremely tasteful and thoughtful with meticulous attention to detail. Our client has recently installed a bespoke bathroom to the principal suite, that is exquisitely appointed and further underlines the depth of quality of this truly individual apartment, that must be seen to be fully appreciated. Other features of note include comfort cooling, underfloor heating, 7″ wall mounted touchscreen panels to control the heating, cooling, lighting, video entrance and music, surround sound in-ceiling speakers, a secure lock up bicycle facility and a very long lease. Our client also owns a lock up storage room that measures 172 square feet and could be sold by separate negotiation.
The views over the Petersham meadows and south bend in the River Thames towards the Thames Valley beyond are astonishing and can be enjoyed internally from all principal rooms or externally from your private terrace. These views are deemed to be so important that they are protected by an act of Parliament and are perhaps most famously captured by Turner’s watercolours.
The leisure suite, available exclusively to residents, is divided into distinct areas containing the pool and jacuzzi, gym and sun room, with views of the gardens as a glorious backdrop. The 16 x 5 metre pool is fitted with resistance jets, making it suitable for serious swimming, whilst the adjacent Jacuzzi provides the perfect environment for soothing tired muscles. The sun room has heated loungers and the generously sized gym area is equipped with the latest cardio machines. Two private treatment rooms, in a different part of the building, can be booked for visiting beauticians and masseuses.
Another feature for relaxation is the screening room, a luxurious in-house cinema which residents can book to watch their choice of movie or sporting event along with specially-invited friends. The Star and Garter gardens were laid out when the building was opened and are undoubtedly one of its greatest assets. Residents can also take advantage of the town car service and full concierge services.
- The apartment is superbly situated at the summit of Richmond Hill, on the doorstep of Richmond Park – with its 2300 glorious deer inhabited acres. The sophisticated shops and restaurants of the Richmond town are within half a mile, as is Richmond’s much acclaimed theatre. Whilst even closer at hand the local shops at Friars Stile Road cater well for day to day needs and have a lovely village atmosphere.
- Just along the road are the beautiful Terrace Gardens, providing an ideal retreat from the hubbub of daily life and a shortcut to a particularly scenic stretch of the River Thames.
- Richmond train station has a rapid and direct service into London Waterloo, as well as the District line tube and overland to Stratford, via north London.
- Local schools enjoy an excellent reputation and are considered amongst the best in the country.
- EPC Rating = E
- Tenure = Leasehold (991 years remaining)