The most expensive flat in London has recently been completed. Located in 1 Hyde Park and developed by the Candy Brothers before the economy tanked – who knows if this place will ever find a buyer.
Here’s an excerpt from the Guardian about the Development:
One Hyde Park, a Richard Rogers-designed group of four 13-storey residential blocks in Knightsbridge, London, is the glitziest, priciest piece of real estate in the world. It was launched on Wednesday with a party at the Mandarin Oriental hotel next door – an event so glittering that Formula One overlord Bernie Ecclestone was in attendance and überchef Heston Blumenthal did the catering. The squeezed middle could only gawp.
Nick Candy, at 37 the elder of the two Candy brothers who have built One Hyde Park, is buoyed up when we meet on the day after the party. He wears the property developer’s uniform of sharp suit and expensive pink shirt, speaks slightly nasal estuary English and looks like a middleweight boxer who has just won his biggest fight. His girlfriend, the model, singer and former Neighbours star Holly Valance (pictured with Candy, right), briefly shimmers outside the door, a vision in white silk.
Two years ago, property specialists were writing off One Hyde Park, arguing it was absurd to launch a billion-pound development for the super rich in the teeth of a global recession that had left even the mega-wealthy seeking cover. Yet the 86 apartments – priced from £6m for a one-bedroom flat to £100m-plus for one of the penthouses overlooking Hyde Park – are apparently selling well. Savills, one of two agents overseeing sales, say 60% have already gone.
Here’s a peak inside the penthouse.
A little too rich for my blood – but I’d still love to have a look around!