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Why you should buy a property at Artillery Mansions

26 February 2016 Back to Blog


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Artillery Mansions

Sales Prices From £800.000

Rental Prices From £545 Per Week

This is why we believe that Artillery Mansions could provide the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy the best of London on your doorstep. A magnificent, purpose-built Victorian mansion block; this upmarket development fronts onto one of London’s most stunning thoroughfares, Victoria Street; offering you the chance to own part of a period building in the centre of one of the world’s most glamorous cities.

The development has two contrasting buildings and there are 45 two and three bedroom apartments, including three bedroom penthouses. Over six floors consist of the original Grade II listed building, while to the rear the latter developments comprise of 145 one, two and three-bed apartments. Among these there are three bedroom penthouses arranged over 11 floors and an underground basement parking facility for 142 vehicles. There’s even a courtyard podium deck with water fountains!

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Safe investment

An apartment here would be the perfect purchase for those looking for a beautiful home, buy-to-let investors, or those seeking a pad in the centre of the city. The ongoing redevelopment of the area into a very trendy mix of residential and commercial space means that buildings like Artillery Mansions will likely remain popular and safe investments. The developments will appeal to those who enjoy the Grade II listed architecture, combined with modern day interiors.

Victoria used to be regarded as simply a quick stop-off for commuters, but the ongoing development of the North Side of Victoria Street and the station means that more and more luxury retailers, such as Jimmy Choo; are opening in the area. Just a few years ago, Burberry also relocated their offices to Horseferry Road and the Telegraph newspaper has been based in Victoria for many years. There are also great theatres nearby if you want to take in a show, such as The Victoria Palace Theatre, the Apollo Victoria and the brand new St James Theatre. These stage some of the best musicals and plays in the West End. Outstanding places to eat include the Goring Hotel for cocktails and supper, then there’s Noura which offers Lebanese, Mango Tree (Thai) and Olivo (Seafood). Tate Britain and the National Gallery are both just a short walk away; as is Phillips de Pury Auction House – notable for its record-breaking sales of contemporary artwork.

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Brief history of Artillery Mansions

It’s hard to build an exact history of Artillery Mansions, but in relation to its close neighbour the St Ermin’s Hotel, it’s possible to draw up some idea of the building’s internal history.

Victoria Street’s finest mansion blocks were built in London in the mid to late 1800s. The street itself was formed around 1847-1851 and many of them were built around the time that St James underground station was opened in 1868.

The mansion blocks were typically red brick and built around open-courtyards which served carriage ways and residents gardens. The apartments would likely have appealed to bachelors, as many of them wouldn’t have had kitchens and there would have been a communal dining area along with servants to maintain the flat. Many of these blocks were transformed into hotels post war – and Artillery Mansions was one such building! In fact, it was commandeered in the Second World War as a Secret Intelligence Service Headquarters and it’s believed that the bar of St Ermin’s Hotel was a playground for double agents and dubious spooks.

After the war, the building was used as a private residence to house ex-servicemen. However, by the 1980s, the building was deserted and in a state of disrepair. It was taken over by some squatters to provoke action from the New Scotland Yard opposite and Artillery Mansions was nicknamed ‘New Squatland Yard’ by locals. However, the squatters soon moved on and in the 1990s developers purchased the site and redeveloped the building into the apartment block it is today.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this piece about Artillery Mansions – in our opinion this is one of our favourite developments – it’s very popular among our staff too! We’re convinced you’ll be very tempted to purchase one of these beautiful apartments; they really are exquisite. Make sure you contact us for more information and we can help you find what you’re looking for.

Why you should buy a property at Artillery Mansions

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