A passion for property: heavenly homes
1. Cadogan Gardens SW3 £2.5m
2. Ovington Square SW3 £2.7m
3. Upper Belgrave Street SW1X £3.75m
4. Guthrie Street SW3 £4.25m
5. Burton Mews SW1X £5.95m
6. Cadogan Square SW1X £4m
7. Kensington Square W8 £7m
8. William Mews SW1X £1.295m
9. Redesdale Street SW3 £1,195p/w
10. Pont Street SW1X £1,750p/w
The Easter season stands for renewal. Among the chocolate eggs and the hot cross buns, it’s a perfect time for pastures new. In the 19th century, a boom in church building swept the capital. Many of them are still standing today and provide a thriving community focus. Here are 10 dream homes for sale or to let, near beautiful churches across Chelsea, Belgravia and Knightsbridge.
Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, is one of the widest churches in London. Built in an Arts and Crafts style in 1888, the fifth Earl Cadogan paid for it. He oversaw a huge explosion of building in this part of Chelsea, much of it in Queen Anne style, red brick and stucco. This light and airy apartment in Cadogan Gardens is on the ground floor of one such building, with two double bedrooms on the floor below.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861
Brompton Oratory is a neo-classical building dating from 1884. It has strong ties with the London Oratory School, as well as a rich musical tradition. The Junior Choir even featured in a Harry Potter soundtrack. The organ is considered one of the finest built in Britain since the Second World War. This lateral flat in Ovington Square is close by, and handy for Harrods, too. It has three bedrooms and a balcony.
- Henry & James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=56430E49B630F
St Peter’s was designed in classical style in the 1820s. It had an Ionic portico, supported by six columns, and a clock tower. Eaton Square itself was being built at the same time. The church burned down and was rebuilt from the original drawings, being extended again in 1875. In 1987 it was burned down again, leaving only the roofless shell. The rebuild was completed in 1991, and now has a modern interior behind its grand Georgian portico. This two-bedroom flat is on the second floor of a handsome stucco period building between Eaton and Belgrave squares.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=552BD78F91E44
Charles Dickens got married at St Luke’s Church in Sydney Street. It’s one of the earliest Gothic Revival churches in London with beautiful architecture. It was built as a more central replacement for Chelsea Old Church. Guthrie Street is just around the corner, a peaceful backwater off Cale Street. This refurbished town house has five bedrooms – three in the main house and two in the basement, where one is currently a separate flat.
- Henry & James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=PS58715
St Michaels’s Church was built along with the rest of Chester Square in 1844. It was designed in late Decorated Gothic style, by Thomas Cundy, the younger. He succeeded his father as surveyor of the Grosvenor Estate and oversaw the building of most of Belgravia and Pimlico. This three-bedroom mews house has the rare advantage of a garage as well as private parking. It’s at the end of a quiet street, giving privacy and seclusion at the very heart of Belgravia.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=52CFD4BF3C952
St Columba’s in Pont Street was designed in the 1950s to replace the church destroyed in the Blitz. It is a contemporary building with a fresh, minimalist interior. The clean-lined minimalism is also a feature of this first-floor lateral apartment. It has three bedrooms, and a grand drawing room with high ceilings and a large balcony. Access to the communal gardens is available by separate negotiation.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5640BD76BFE15
The current building of St Mary Abbots, in Kensington High Street, dates from the mid-19th century, but there has been a church on the spot since 1262. This fabulous five-bedroom house is perfect for a family. It has a cinema room and a spa suite. It also has views over and access to the superb garden square.
- Henry & James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54FDA27CCA538
St Paul’s on Wilton Place dates from 1843 and has an unusually ornate interior, reflecting its connection with the Oxford Movement. This was a mid-19th century trend. Just off nearby Lowndes Square is this one-bedroom flat with its own underground parking space.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=54AFAB20DE464
The church of the Holy Redeemer added St Thomas More to its name when he was made a saint in 1935. More had lived in nearby Beaufort Street. This three-bedroom flat in Redesdale Street comes with a patio garden and plenty of storage.
- Henry & James Chelsea office 020 7581 5011 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=5363BF6339F9C
St Saviour’s Church in Walton Street is a striking architectural gem, minutes from Harrods. It has ornate windows, intricate brickwork and delicate finials towering above. Nearby, is this three-bedroom flat with a cool, contemporary interior.
- Henry & James Belgravia office 020 7235 8861 http://www.henryandjames.co.uk/property?id=PL91179