This Historic Kensington Home Is on One of London’s Most Expensive Streets


Location: Kensington, London

Price: £15.95 millon (US$22.1 million)

No. 46 Egerton Crescent is located in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and boasts architectural flair and a dose of history.

It was built by British architect and designer George Basevi and British property developer James Bonnin in the 1840s when the street was still called Brompton Crescent. In 1896, the street was renamed Egerton Crescent in honor of Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. The home is listed as Grade II, which is a designation of a building with special architectural or historic interest and considered to be of national importance.

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“The design of the home on Egerton Crescent is particularly unusual as the architect was able to gain Planning and Listed Building consent to dig two storeys below the original building,” said Alexander Millet, founder of boutique London property consultancy Alexander Millett. “This takes the gross internal area up to a size rarely seen in this highly sought-after Crescent. In recent years, it has become harder to carry out basement extensions in Kensington and Chelsea due to the tightening of restrictions for this type of development. In essence you can no longer do what has been done at the house today to other houses within the area.”

A stunning staircase offers a dramatic entrance between the floors.

Alexander Millett

Egerton Crescent is the ninth-most expensive street in London, with a median sale price of £13.9 million, according to research published earlier this year by high-end mortgage broker Enness Global Mortgages.

The home has ample interior space and a manicured patio and garden in the back, as well as views over the communal Egerton Crescent Gardens. There is a double reception room on the first floor that overlooks the communal gardens.

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“The house also benefits from a beautiful sunny garden with fantastic entertaining space, including an outdoor kitchen leading from the kitchen breakfast room, to higher level roof terraces further up the house,” said Mr. Millett.

The interior design combines elegant period styles alongside modern renovations, best seen in the updated kitchen and dining areas.

“The property really represents a modern hybrid living mixed with period charm overlooking a handsome garden crescent,” Mr. Millet said. “At certain angles while looking out of the front window, you could almost be back in 1860, whilst another angle brings you right back into modern city living.”

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The 5,300-square-foot home feels very spacious, and there are six bedrooms; three bathrooms with a shower; two bathrooms with a bath; and four half-bathrooms. There are seven floors in total, including the basement and lower basement.


There is a library with a terrace; a media room; a games room; a plant room; kitchen and breakfast room with its own terrace; and wine room. In total, there are three terraces, and the top floor offers views over Chelsea and toward the Battersea Power Station. Unique for London, there is air conditioning in the main rooms.

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Neighborhood Notes

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is one of the most affluent areas in all of London and has some of London’s most expensive real estate. Kensington is home to several museums, Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall, parks, gardens, upscale shopping and top restaurants.

Agent: Alexander Millett, founder of boutique prime property consultancy Alexander Millett

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