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Top eight most expensive properties on the UK market right now

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South Street, Mayfair. Photo: Rightmove
South Street, Mayfair. Photo: Rightmove

The UK property market has had another strange year. Many people have reassessed their living arrangements in the wake of COVID, looking for more space and greener areas.

Those mulling a move with a fortune to spend may have cast their eyes over these eight houses, even if many of them are urban. 

As some of the most expensive real estate in the UK, they boast a range of central London locations, expansive grounds, swimming pools and even lodges for staff to live in on-site.

The list was compiled using Zoopla and RightMove’s search functions in different areas of the UK, filtering from highest price first. The list also excludes properties without sufficient detail in the listing — there were several "price on asking" properties which could also have featured. 

Many of the properties listed are in London and its surrounding areas, where a square foot of luxury land will set you back an alarmingly higher sum than most other post codes. 

Here are the eight most expensive properties on the market right now, compiled in December 2021:

1. The £54.5m 12-bed Mayfair town house

The house is one of the original Mayfair mansions. Photo: Zoopla
The house is one of the original Mayfair mansions. Photo: Zoopla

This chart-topping house sits on the edge of Hyde Park, and is one of Mayfair's original mansions. The Grade II-listed townhouse was constructed in 1732 and extensively refurbished in 1908 by famed British architect Ralph Knott.

It spans 14,500 sq ft and with grand proportions throughout including an ‘L-shaped’ drawing room on the first floor, leading to a large terrace and a dining room on the ground floor with seating for 20 guests.

The centrepiece of the house is the family kitchen, unusually positioned on the ground floor (supported by a ‘dirty kitchen’ on the lower ground floor), where families can meet and congregate. 

One of the many bathrooms. Photo: Zoopla
One of the many bathrooms. Photo: Zoopla

As well as the formal rooms, the main house has five principle bedroom suites including the master bedroom which occupies the entire second floor and has its own private and secluded roof terrace.

The house was last sold for £1.7m in 2008 and was third on last year's list. 

2. A £46m former piano showroom

A stone's throw from Bond Street, this property was originally designed by Sir John Burnett & Partners as a piano showroom. It is an art deco Grade II-listed building with a concierge. 

Master bedroom. Photo: Zoopla
Master bedroom. Photo: Zoopla

It is a five-bedroomed penthouse arranged over two floors.

The building's lift takes you up to the four apartments. The first three floors comprise of approximately 2700 sq ft individual three-bedroomed residences. 

The terrace overlooks central London. Photo: Zoopla
The terrace overlooks central London. Photo: Zoopla

Each apartment in the building has a semi open-plan kitchen. To the rear are the bedrooms including master suites with dressing rooms and marble floored bathrooms. The two further bedrooms and both good sized doubles with fitted wardrobes and en suites.

The main living space is on the top floor (5th floor) with the reception room to the rear and the kitchen to the front, both separated by a dining space with a feature fireplace and utility room. 

3=. A £40m blowout on Merton Lane

Still on sale from last year, this 10-bed property sits on a two acre site in a coveted area of north London.

The listing, first posted by Knight Frank in 2019, says it is a bespoke family home with the accommodation predominantly arranged over three floors with the benefit of a substantial, self-contained staff lodge. It has a glass lift to each floor.

This house has been on the market for years now. Time for a discount?
Photo: Zoopla
This house has been on the market for years now. Time for a discount? Photo: Zoopla

On the first floor there is the master suite with bathroom, four further suites each with en-suite bathrooms whilst to the top floor there is a home office with panoramic views over the gardens and Hampstead Heath beyond.

The pool opens onto the garden and there is a home gym and billiards room.

The staff lodge extends to approximately 4,400 square foot and there is garaging below for about four cars as well as ample off-street parking to the front of the house.

3=. £40m the 'archetypal' London mansion

Even if you're not a London native you might have heard of Park Lane — one of the most expensive locations on a Monopoly board. That's where this "archetypal" Mayfair property is located. 

This mansion is, according to the listing, "exceptionally wide, stone-dressed, red-brick, five-storey" and boasts a stunning double-fronted, five-window Edwardian facade. 

It is elegantly decorated with, Portland stone quoins, a prominent row of neo classical cornices running under the mansard roof and a beautiful beaux-arts style Portland stone entrance.

A lavishly decorated living room. Photo: Rightmove
A lavishly decorated living room. Photo: Rightmove

5. £35m empty 7-bed mansion

Another rare, empty seven-bed mansion is on the market. At slightly more than 11,600 square feet, it is currently one of the largest residential properties available on the open market in central London. 

This listed property is arranged over three floors with its grand private double-door entrance leading onto an inviting stone pillar-lined entrance hall.

The palatial hall way. Photo: Rightmove
The palatial hall way. Photo: Rightmove

Queen Anne’s Gate runs parallel to Birdcage Walk with the tranquil green open spaces of St James’s Park immediately behind. The street is also within a conservation area.

6. £29.7m pied a terre in Victoria 

Right in the hub of west London this house is a clip from many of the landmarks that make the city iconic, representing "London at its finest."

The six-bed house stands in what the estate agent calls a "statement address," with handsome architecture, and location where you can nip out and collect a pair of Louboutin heels or a Lalique antique with ease. 

The dining room. Photo: Zoopla
The dining room. Photo: Zoopla

This landmark residence sits across 7,000 sq ft. Handpicked craftsmen have respected the dwelling’s period elegance, fusing this with contemporary specification and refined finishes, while a secure off-road garage is a coveted feature.

7. £28m Bond villain headquarters

This property has an edge that sets it apart from others in the neighbourhood. With a jet black facade, and luxury interiors it wouldn't look out of place in a Bond film. 

Park Place is a discreet cul de sac situated in the heart of St James's, just off St James's Street and includes features such as a clubroom, cinema, spa, sky lounge with retractable roof and a five-person lift to all floors.

The club room at St James' Place. Photo: Zoopla
The club room at St James' Place. Photo: Zoopla

It was first listed on the site in August 2021 and is around £3m cheaper than the average house in the same area. 

Paint it black: A property suitable for a Bond villain. Photo: Zoopla
Paint it black: A property suitable for a Bond villain. Photo: Zoopla

8. £23m eight bed 'equestrian' property in Oxfordshire

A rare multi-million pound mansion away from Mayfair, you get more bang for your buck outside of the M25. This is a Lutyens-style country house set in gardens overlooking the Chilterns Escarpment.

Approached from the east, the drive stretches for a mile, lined with Horse Chestnut, Cherry and Norwegian Maple Trees leading from the Hamlet of Park Corner. The main house is situated at the western end of the estate and is surrounded by approximately 20 acres of gardens and paddocks.

An aerial view of the property. Photo: Zoopla
An aerial view of the property. Photo: Zoopla

There are eight bedrooms and many more acres for horse rides and walks. 

The closest mainline railway station is at Reading, 11.9 miles to the south with a direct service into London Paddington within approximately 30 minutes, and direct services into London Waterloo within approximately 90 minutes.

Some of the lavish interior. Photo: Zoopla
Some of the lavish interior. Photo: Zoopla

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