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Live 60 seconds from the world’s most famous department store

Many people’s idea of a perfect central London pad has just come on the market. The property is 60 seconds from Harrods, about ten minutes from Harvey Nichols and five minutes from the designer stores on Sloane Street. It’s a shopaholic’s dream.

Welcome to Hans Road, an elegant lateral apartment in an impressive red-brick building in Knightsbridge, SW3. There are three en-suite double bedrooms and plenty of entertaining space, so you won’t need to venture out if the clouds are gathering overhead. Yet, with Harrods directly across the road, you will probably want to indulge in some retail therapy.

This beautiful apartment is hidden behind two arched black doors. The current owner has amassed a collection of antique glasses, sumptuous sofas and marble busts that overlook the main reception room. However, the highlight is the artwork, which magically brings the apartment to life.

Brush past a pair of Doric wooden columns and the interior is full of modern masterpieces. Crisp white walls provide the canvas, while the hardwood floors with their deep skirting boards are the perfect frame.

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The Tate Modern almost pales into significance compared with this London home. “It’s one of our best-designed properties on the market at the moment with decorative ceilings, period fireplaces and large windows overlooking the Harrods building, which was opened in 1905,” says Charles Sheldon, Senior Sales Negotiator of Henry & James.

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Hans Place nearby (named after Sir Hans Sloane in the late 18th century), has many famous connections. Jane Austen lived at number 23, while Prince Charles and Lily Allen both attended Hill House School, located in the red-brick square with its attractive communal gardens.

Its enduring appeal continues today. Renovation work forges ahead across SW3 as builders refurbish or transform properties into some of London’s most desirable homes.

Who will buy the £7.25million property? “It will probably be a growing family, looking for a central London base,” adds Charles. “The spacious rooms and large kitchen are two of the main attractions. Three bathrooms are another. Thinking about it, the main bathroom is bigger than my bedroom at home!”

As spring draws closer, the London property market is coming back to life. This home is looking for a new owner who will appreciate its many qualities – just moments from the world’s most famous department store.

The three-double bedroom, lateral apartment in Knightsbridge, London SW3, is on the market for £7,250,000. For more details, Henry & James (020 7235 8861;

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