Virtual tours of penthouse properties is our lockdown vibe, and the newly available Penthouse Collection at 250 City Road has caught our attention this week…
City living versus a sprawling garden in suburbia… It’s a tough call. Our gardens have been invaluable during lockdown, but as the nation gears up to return to work, who can honestly say they’re looking forward to a trip on a crowded train or tube? Us neither. So don’t be surprised if city living suddenly becomes hot property again.
The migration back to Zone 1 has been quietly happening for a while, however. Back in February (remember the heady days of February, when you could quietly go about your business, shaking hands and sneezing into your elbow?) we reported that Oxford Street was set for a residential revolution, with a £1.06 billion building boom underway.
And now, one of the hottest centrally located penthouse collections has come onto the market at 250 City Road. Enviably located near Old Street roundabout, and not far from Angel tube station, it’s ideal for those working in the thriving ‘Tech City’ (according to UHY Hacker Young’s latest research, City Road took the top spot in the UK for new business creation).
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Islington are all within walking distance, and the City of London is just a 10-minute bike ride, if you plan to embrace the latest cycling boom.
Designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, the striking 36-storey mixed-use development has been designed with those working near ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in mind, with 1.9 acres of Wi-Fi enabled green space, a screening room, business lounge and, of course, a 24-hour concierge.
‘Designed by renowned architects Foster + Partners, the striking 36-storey mixed-use development has been designed with those working near ‘Silicon Roundabout’ in mind’
Plus, the development also incorporates the 75,000 sq ft iBasin, a collaborative groundfloor workspace with offices on the first, second and third floors.
The Penthouse Collection by Berkeley Homes, set across floors 34, 35 and 36 of Valencia Tower (one of 250 City Road’s two landmark towers), combines stylish high-spec interiors by Studio 9 and panoramic views over the capital. Homebuyers can also relax in the spa, complete with a 20-metre pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, or stay in shape at the seventh floor fitness studio with terrace.
Ranging from 1,609 sq ft to 2,950 sq ft, there are three 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom homes available, three of which are triplexes. Each home also has a private terrace – a little lockdown space to breathe, although with the largest spanning 837 sq ft, bigger than many London apartments, there’s no ‘little’ about it.
Every home enjoys an individually designed, bespoke open-plan layout, with a seamless flow from the kitchen to the dining and living areas – two of the homes also have a separate breakfast/dining area – and the sleek kitchens have stone work surfaces, sleek cabinetry and state-of-the-art Miele appliances, including a wine cooler.
The bedroom suites have an en suite bathroom or shower room, as well as copious floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, and two of the homes have large walk-in dressing rooms.