Exclusive property in Kensington, LondonA two-floor apartment in this beautiful listed building in Kensington’s exclusive Academy Gardens is available from Knight Frank for $40.5m.One of the world’s most glamorous cities, London has long been a sought-after location for international buyers. Elite Living Africa takes a look at the top prime real estate properties available to purchase.

In recent years, London has seen a particular rise in the number of investors from Africa seeking to gain a foothold on the upper reaches of the UK capital’s luxury property ladder.

Shirley Humphrey, director at Harrods Estates, says that the popular area of Mayfair offers a village lifestyle in a fantastic central location, “The excellent shopping on Mount Street and Bond Street, fantastic restaurants and five-star hotels, contribute to the area’s popularity, and, with Hyde Park and Knightsbridge a short stroll away, many of our clients love the location as both an investment and lifestyle choice.”

Those seeking homes of a more spacious nature often turn their attention northwards, to the leafy areas surrounding Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath, where penthouses with breathtaking city views give way to grand detached houses with vast gardens and leisure facilities.

Harrods Estates has noticed a 400 per cent increase in the number of sales to African clients compared to last year, while Beauchamp Estates confirmed that buyers from Africa have spent upwards of $935.8m over the last three years. Much of this was spent on luxury apartments in some of central London’s most exclusive residential locations, such as Kensington and the ‘platinum triangle’ of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

Academy Gardens, Kensington, $40.5m (Knight Frank)

Fourth and fifth floor apartment featuring smoked oak hardwood and French polished limestone flooring, a multi-room Meridian (AMX) audio/visual system and boasting views across Chelsea Harbour.

- Five bedrooms

- Five bathrooms

- Swimming pool

- Private parking

Academy Gardens Knight FrankLuxury comes as standard with double height ceilings, and touchscreen pads throughout which control the entertainment, lighting and heating system.


Marathon House, Regent’s Park, $15.2m (Beauchamp) 

Two-story penthouse suite atop a modern tower with spectacular views of Regent’s Park to the north and the London skyline in every direction.

- Three bedrooms

- Four bathrooms

- Private parking for five cars

- 4,079 sq ft

- Comprehensive security system (CCTV, burglar alarms, 24-hour porterage) 

Spectacular view in Marathon House, Regent's Park, LondonThe suite enjoys spectacular 360 degree views.

Luxury property Marathon HouseThe light and airy apartment has undergone a complete refurbishment.

Luxury bedroom Marathon HouseFeatures include under-floor heating and air conditioning throughout, with full remote control, WiFi and AV systems.

Hanover Terrace, Regent’s Park, $32m (Beauchamp)

Grade I listed house which has just undergone a beautiful restoration, situated in one of the most sought after locations within Regent's Park, close to the boating lake, open air theatre and Queen Mary's Garden. An additional floor provides panoramic views over the park.

- Seven bedrooms

- Six bathrooms

- Three reception rooms

- Garage

- 6,602 sq ft

Hanover TerraceThe property is one of the largest houses in what is widely considered to be the finest of the Nash terraces.

Reception room in the luxury Hanover TerraceMagnificent property features three reception rooms, a master en suite bedroom with adjacent dressing room and a west-facing rear garden.

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