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70 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2FE
Summer of 2014
City of Westminster
Studios £600 pa
1 beds £800 pa
2 beds £1000 pa
3 beds £1250 pa
Penthouses £1500 pa
£4.38 per sq. ft.
Secure underground car parking
8 Studios apartments
37 One bedroom apartments
44 Two bedroom apartments
35 Three bedroom apartments
The Courthouse is fortunate to be in a superb Westminster location, being only 10 minutes’ walk from St James’ Park and Westminster tube stations.
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The Courthouse, an Overview
Completed in the summer of 2014, The Courthouse is a modern residential building described as an ‘elegant re-imaging of Edwardian aesthetics’. Housing 129 apartments, The Courthouse offers a number of configurations to suit everyone in a cornerstone location of SW1. In close proximity to the Home Office, Department of Transport and other key Parliamentary buildings, The Courthouse is the perfect investment for those in political circles, or for those who truly appreciate the Central London location.
Being within such a short distance to all of London’s prime destinations whether it is London’s cultural attractions, the financial districts of the City or Canary Wharf or the refined hedge fund offices of Mayfair, The Courthouse makes commuting almost a pleasure.
Agent’s across London are desperately trying to get their hands on the selling or letting rights to this prime London address but we feel that as Garton Jones is in fact The Courthouse’s nearest neighbour, then only Garton Jones is best placed to offer clients an unparalleled sales, letting and management service.
A History of The Courthouse
Built upon the site of the former City of Westminster Magistrates Court, the original building was the scene for many a famous criminal trial to pass through before going onto the crown courts.
Admittedly it must be said that Westminster Magistrates Court never quite lived up to the notoriety of Bow Street Magistrates which featured a number of times in the (fictitious) adventures of the English gentleman Bertie Wooster, who was constantly having his collar felt by the long arm of the law due to his inebriated misdemeanours.
On the final day of operational duty however, Westminster Magistrates had the last laugh when they fooled journalists into reporting that a Mr Bunbury was a defendant in the last case at the courts, Bunbury being another famous literary character created by Oscar Wilde. (The courts seeming to pass over the fact that Oscar Wilde suffered somewhat at the hands of the English Justice System!)
However it is the English sense of fair play and indeed the notion that we are all innocent until proven guilty that has been the backbone of English civility and one must remember that our police system is built upon the ideology of ‘Policing by consent’.
The modern police force was established in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel, then Home Secretary. The Metropolitan Police were one of the first professionally recognised constabularies and its foundation is based in nine guiding principles, now known as the Peelian Principles.
Nonetheless, when the police were first seen on the streets of London in 1829, Historical reports suggest that; ‘the public, were suspicious of the idea of a large police force, possibly armed. They feared that it could be used to suppress protest or support unpopular rule.’ An outdated sentiment in 2014…
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In 1974 the actual City of Westminster Magistrates Court was unveiled and promptly described by architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner as being: ‘of minimal personality and minimal expression of function and purpose’.
Given its grave function perhaps its austere exterior was for the best. Now however, The Courthouse is a grand Edwardian-style mansion block that is both sympathetic to its historical surroundings and yet modern enough to appeal to the demands of its 21st century residents.
The Portland Stone and bronzed aluminium building sits majestically amongst some of London’s most important government buildings and has immediately established itself as part of the environment. Like a bespoke suit, The Courthouse instantly feels comfortable, the double height lobby being less an imposing grandiose gesture and more of a warm embrace.
The development is built around a welcoming private courtyard with a ‘living wall’ and a bronze tree art installation.
Inside, every apartment is finished to a high and fastidious specification. Evidenced in the German-made kitchens, bespoke designed vanity units in the bathrooms, solid core lacquered doors and sumptuous, pure-wool carpets in the bedrooms.
Layouts include studio apartments and one bedroom flats for single occupancy or couples seeking a pied-a-terre, while substantial 3 bedroom homes and 5 duplex penthouses exist for those looking for significantly larger residences.
The generous proportions of all the flats would appeal to a cross section of buyers; from Bertie Wooster wannabes and those looking to do a bit of Bunburying. As well as Families and investors for whom only the best postcodes will suffice.
The Courthouse & Beyond
Admirers of Bertie Wooster, the English Upper Classes or just people with discerning taste will very much appreciate The Courthouse and its SW1 location. It is within this postal district that some of London’s most famous landmarks are situated. Not least the seat of both Political power and Monarchical power. The Houses of Parliament are a mere stroll along Millbank and Buckingham Place is a short walk in the opposite direction.
Residents of the Courthouse are the type of occupants who work hard and expect to be rewarded with the best that London has to offer and that will quite often mean bespoke suits, custom made shoes and specially commissioned jewellery.
Savile Row, Jermyn Street and Bond Street are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Courthouse offering some of the finest tailors such as Eade and Ravenscroft and Kilgour. Beautiful hand-made shoes can be found at John Lobb and similarly divine shirts at Emma Willis. New Bond Street boasts a selection of the most internationally renowned designers with the flagship Stores of Louis Vuitton and Chanel both located here. Old Bond Street has oodles of sparkles and dozens of diamonds at Boodles and Aspreys.
However, Courthouse residents are not easily swayed by estate agents rhetoric and so we would ask you to weigh up the evidence, and take a look around what SW1 has to offer before making a judgement. We confess we may be found guilty of selling you pure luxury!
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London Vs Milan #GJCities
Milan is a global capital of fashion and design, Italy’s financial powerhouse and is known the world over for its high-end dining and shopping.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the world’s oldest shopping malls. Housed in a four-storey double arcade, it was built in 1861 and is affectionately known as Salotto di Milan (Milan’s Drawing Room) due to its importance and popularity as a meeting and dining venue for locals and visitors.
The Galleria contains luxury retailers offering designer haute couture and ready to wear seasonal collections from Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Tod’s and Massimo Dutti among others, which all rub shoulders with independent shops offering new and antique jewellery, books and paintings.
The Galleria is also home to some of the oldest restaurants in Milan including Biffi Caffe, which opened in 1867 and is perfectly situated for people watching, while perusing the varied menu.
Mention ‘aperitivo’ and you immediately think of Camparino (Campari) opened by Davide Campari in 1915, where Milan’s elite meet to take part in one of Italy’s oldest social traditions.
For those in search of a taste of tradition, located just nearby is Luini, renowned for its one-of-a-kind “panzerotti” – which looks like a Cornish pasty and tastes like a calzone. The base ingredients are tomato and mozzarella and then you add in your choice of ingredients including mushrooms, ham, onions etc.
Shopping in London doesn’t have to mean the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street. Off Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade offers a genteel shopping experience entirely undercover in a parade of shops away from the cars, buses and lorries – or horse and carriage when it opened in 1819.
The arcade was commissioned by Lord Cavendish, who lived in Burlington House next door, mainly “to stop ruffians throwing oyster shells onto his property and to provide employment to industrious females”.
Many of the original leaseholders lived onsite with their families among the stock in the basement and although some of the owners were male, in accordance with the rules of the day even male milliners were addressed as Madame.
Burlington Arcade is the precursor to the modern shopping arcade as we know it today and was the successful prototype for the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and other famous arcades in Europe.
Today, shops offer the opportunity to peruse luxurious cashmere, fine and antique jewellery and antique watches. Luxury brands include the finest professional watches for astronauts, pilots and divers from Bell & Ross, Vilebrequin swimwear from St Tropez, Laduree – the finest macaroons from Paris and world famous brands Chanel and Manolo Blahnik.
Highly respected jeweller Hancocks was already in receipt of a royal warrant from Queen Victoria when the family-run firm was commissioned to design and produce the Victoria Cross. Hancocks, which was established in 1849, has produced every one of the 1,350 Victoria Crosses that have been issued since Queen Victoria presented the first editions to soldiers and sailors in 1857.
Burlington Arcade might lack a fine dining experience, but it is likely visitors will catch a film crew.
The iconic runway uniting Piccadilly and Bond Street is regularly used as a film/TV location, including Borgen, The Parent Trap and The Veiled Lady.
And to ensure “ruffians” are kept at bay, the entrances are protected by Beadles – the smallest private police force in existence that pre-dates the Metropolitan Police by 10 years.
Until 31 August, the Arcade is featuring a spectacular installation of twenty 10ft high prints of Vogue covers from 1918-1950 to celebrate 100 years of the magazine.
Like Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Burlington Arcade is part of a local Londoner’s everyday life. To enjoy the best of living in London, rent or buy a luxury apartment in Westminster or Victoria. For more information about residential homes in London, fill in the form on the right.
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From Brentford to the west of the city to Limehouse in the East End, homes in former seats of justice are sought after because they combine Britain’s rich social history with hard-to-match standards of luxury.
If you think that last sentence was long, it pales into insignificance to the punishment facing WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange when he appeared at the former Westminster Magistrates’ Court to fight extradition proceedings in 2010.
Assange’s court date was one of the last high-profile cases heard at this court before it closed permanently in September 2011.
But the 1970s building could never have won any beauty prizes (in fact, it was said to have had minimal personality). This is why Barratt Homes chose to demolish the structure before transforming the historic site into 129 high-specification flats.
These are made up of 8 studios, 37 one-bed, 44 two-bed and 35 three-bed flats plus 5 penthouse apartments.
Sales Prices From £740.000
Rental Prices From £525 Per Week
The Courthouse, on the junction of Masham Street and Horseferry Road, is one of the most impressive developments in Westminster we have seen. Inspired by the Edwardian architecture that surrounds it, the building has been completed to the highest standard with a Portland stone, granite and bronzed aluminium exterior.
In addition to open-plan living spaces completed to an exceptional standard, residents benefit from a grand opulent lobby, 24-hour concierge, underground parking, landscaped gardens and a fully equipped gym.
Most of the apartments in The Courthouse development have outdoor space, some on a truly spectacular scale, and many offer views over the Houses of Parliament and the London skyline.
The Courthouse’s enviable location in the heart of Westminster and a short distance from central London’s business and entertainment districts makes the development particularly attractive to buy-to-let investors.
Here at Garton Jones, we have a range of properties in The Courthouse and other high-specification Westminster developments available to both buy and rent.
As one of the strongest letting agents in London, we are proud to work with exclusive properties for rent in Westminster and the surrounding areas. Offering our clients the highest level of customer service, our local knowledge combined with our love of the industry has seen us establish a track record of finding the perfect property for tenants and the ideal tenants for landlords.
When you ask Garton Jones to manage your investment property, we treat your apartment as if it was our own. Our location in the heart of Westminster allows us to undertake regular property visits while the tenancy is ongoing. This means that we often pick up on potential issues before they amount to something more serious, and it also helps to build relationships with tenants.
Having a good relationship with the tenant, and you, helps us rectify any problems with the minimum amount of disruption. We also undertake to transfer rent over to you within three working days of it reaching our account.
Our property management service also includes providing you with monthly account statements, protection of the tenant’s deposit in the TDS and access to reputable and efficient tradespeople, including an emergency out of hours service for tenants.
Demand for property in Westminster continues to increase. Our clients have made significant returns based on the advice we have given them on both their existing investments as well as advising on where we believe the latest hot spots are.
If you’re considering letting or selling a property in central London, be sure to contact Garton Jones about your requirements.