A double-fronted brick home steps from Hyde Park was once the site of a modest coach house where the earls of Essex put up their head stable boy—now it’s one of the most expensive properties in Mayfair.
Culross House, named for the street it’s on, hit the London market on Tuesday for £32.5 million (US$43.3 million), making it one of the priciest houses on offer in the tony neighborhood and in London overall.
Developers completely overhauled the 1929 three-story, bijou-style house, adding lavish amenities including a two-tiered garden with glass floor cutaways looking into a sub-level family room; an indoor swimming pool; and an a glass-lined elevator, according to the listing with brokerage Knight Frank. The brokerage is co-listing the property with agency Wetherell.
The property underlying the mansion once belonged to the noble Capel family, the earls of Essex, who kept a London house on Upper Grosvenor Street with a coach house for the head groom on the site of Culross House. It passed to industrialist Sir Thomas Stepney in the early 1800s, with his heirs building the current brick house there in the the 1920s, according the the listing agency.
The house has three above-ground floors, and opens into a marble-clad foyer. The ground level has the formal entertaining spaces, including an open living and dining room with rows of French doors out to the garden.
The second level has two master bedroom en-suites of roughly the same size. High-end property developers K10 group, which also led the project to renovate the historic London home of prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn, configured Culross House with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, in all.
Family and amenities spaces fill the three below-ground levels, starting with an open kitchen, stocked with high-end, smart appliances, and an open family room with a skylight into the garden. A dumbwaiter from the kitchen leads to the formal dining room above.
Below ground are also staff accommodations with a separate kitchen and storage space and a home theater with a bar and walk-in wine cellar.
A host of wellness amenities on the subterranean levels encompass a gym that looks out over the pool surrounded in Kenya black marble, steam room and private treatment room, according to a brochure for the home.
The house was originally set to hit the market in the fall for £35 million, Mansion Global previously reported, but has now launched for 7% less.
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