KNIGHTSBRIDGE CHURCH CONVERTED INTO A STUNNING HOME – I have over the years seen a number of English Churches converted into homes. The process of conversion is certainly not an undertaking for the light-hearted as these buildings are often listed and protected that heavily restricts any type of modification.
For those Church’s I have seen converted most are very nice and create wonderful living space, but every now and then a Church is converted into nothing less than a stunning home and this is one of them.
15 years ago the Diocese of London got a little strapped for cash and decided to put its Knightsbridge Church on the market to raise necessary funds. The asking price at that time was a cool £1 million which was snapped up shortly after hitting the estate agents window.
Roll on 15 years and the Knightsbridge Church, which is just around the corner from one of London’s iconic department stores, Harrods, is back on the market for an eye watering £50 million.
Firstly you have to appreciate that this is not just any home. For starters it is located in one of the most prestigious areas in London and secondly the home is simply stunning; as you can see from the photographs.
The home has a living area of approximately 11,500sq.ft and consists of four floors. The home has one of the most beautiful basement swimming pools I have ever seen and the vaulted ceilings are just breath-taking. The owners who converted the Church did so with real passion and within complete sympathy for the building. This conversion is nothing less than a master piece.
The Church home has a very famous current owner; Alain Boubil who as you might know wrote Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
If you are into vaulted ceilings, and I certainly am due to their ability to create the impression of massive space and allowing a room to be light and airy, then this is just the home for you. The nave of the church was left completely open and as you gaze up the 42ft high ceilings you get to view the old oak beams that were left completely intact.
The entire building was renovated with complete sympathy and no stone was left unturned in order to create a home that did not detract or attempt to disguise it from its origins.
The home boasts a number of luxury features, as you might expect with such a price tag, including:
Bespoke stone staircase
Glass lift (elevator for our American friends)
Cinema with a 120 inch screen
Stunning Basement Swimming Pool
Sauna / Steam Room
7 Beautiful Bedrooms
And a lot more besides.
The building, a Grade II listed Church was, according to reports once owned by a Thai Businessman, which I personally find offensive. Under Thai Law the Thais do not allow foreigners to own property and I am one of these people who refuse to accept that Thais therefore should be allowed to purchase property in my home country. It’s merely a matter of principle and such discrimination should not be allowed to take place.
One aspect of this home that owners or potential owners might find a little unusual is that the Diocese actually retained part of the Church and is still today used for worship.
According to the agents the Church was originally upgraded and converted at a cost of £10 million which has now brought it to its current state.
One thing is for sure and that is, whoever buys this stunning property is certainly not going to have to worry about getting a mortgage. With a price tag of £50 million even a decent win on the Lottery would put this home at a stretch. Mind you, if you do have this type of cash to splash then you might also be looking at property in Monaco as a new development being constructed at the present has a Penthouse available for the bargain price of just £250 million.
Oh but to dream…