Luxury developer, Atelier, is becoming well-recognised in some of London’s most prestigious addresses. The developer has recently unveiled two historic townhouses on Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster, to add to a portfolio that includes Hurstbourne, Larkspur and Copperwood, three luxury mansions located seven miles to the north on Bishopswood Road in Highgate. Read more >
Luxury developer, Atelier, is becoming well-recognised in some of London’s most prestigious addresses. The developer has recently unveiled two historic townhouses on Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster, to add to a portfolio that includes Hurstbourne, Larkspur and Copperwood, three luxury mansions located seven miles to the north on Bishopswood Road in Highgate.
These two areas, although contrasting in appearance – quaint cobbled streets and terraced housing in Westminster, juxtaposed to the open parkland and leafy lanes in Highgate – do attract a similar type of house buyer. Historically, both areas have been populated by some of the most intelligent, cultured and powerful figures in Britain and the legacy of these dignitaries remains, and is constantly reinforced, by the formidable private schools in both neighbourhoods. The world’s global elite are not only attracted to the historic period property in these areas, but also the world-class schooling available on their doorstep.
Highgate and its immediate surroundings offer some of the best schools in London. Both Highgate School and Channing School for girls are located in the area itself, while University College School and Henrietta Barnet School are located in Hampstead and Hampstead Garden Suburb respectively. Highgate School in particular stands out; with a list of notable alumni that includes John Venn, Sir Martin Gilbert, David Acheson and Sir Edward Beauchamp.
However, it is not just Highgate School alumni that add stature to the area. The area is the birthplace of Rod Stewart, resting place of Karl Marx, former residence of Charles Darwin and current address of David Hare. There are even famous associations for Hurstbourne itself, which was the former residence of renowned scientist, A.V. Hill, the first Briton to win the Nobel Prize for Physiology. During his time living in the property, Hurstbourne is thought to have been visited by more than 20 Nobel Prize winners – probably more than any other residential address in the country – and Stephen Hawking was a regular visitor for Sunday lunch.
Westminster, on the other hand, is home to Westminster School, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in Britain, with the highest Oxford and Cambridge acceptance rates of any secondary school or college in the world. Sitting within the shadow of Westminster Abbey and a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, the school has a remarkable list of notable alumni that boasts scientists, writers, actors, royalty and seven Prime Ministers. Graduates include Louis Theroux, Sir Christopher Wren, A.A. Milne, John Locke and Nick Clegg amongst others.
The legacy of these schools has increased the desirability and prestige of the areas, which in turn has boosted house prices. Buyers are keen to purchase their own piece of London’s heritage as well as to invest heavily in the future of their own children. The ‘Old Boy’ networks and strong ties that these institutions strive to maintain are often just as important as the education itself, particularly for buyers from overseas.
Hurstbourne is a stone’s throw from the grounds of Highgate Junior School, (the house was at one stage owned by the school) whilst 21 and 28 Queen Anne’s Gate are both an eight minute walk from Westminster School. Both neighbourhoods would make the perfect spot for ambitious parents looking to oversee the education of Britain’s next great writer, mathematician, lawyer or statesman.