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The Bryanston
Enjoy high-rise living at the edge of Hyde Park.
Designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly, The Bryanston’s 54 apartments will feature Hugh, curving windows, giving panoramic views of the parkland below. Scheduled to complete at the end of 2020. From £2.6 million.
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At some point, every Londoner dreams of owning a property in the heart of the city with a decent­sized garden. Homes of this type are surely the ultimate luxury, and they’re in scant supply, due to every square foot of ground commanding such a high premium. At this time of year, as the city’s parks and squares burst into glorious bloom, it’s impossible not to long for an outdoor idyll of your own.

On Notting Hill’s Clarendon Road, there’s a four-bedroom house with a private, 42-foot garden designed by Charlotte Rowe, who won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. It’s a beguiling mix of mature shrubs and trees, and features a secluded seating area next to a barbecue that’s perfect for alfresco dining. There’s also a first-floor terrace, a flat roof and off-street parking at the front of the property.

In Chelsea, Stanley House is certainly one of the area’s greatest trophy properties – a Grade 11*-listed manor house in the middle of prime central London. Dating back to the late 17th century, it sits on the King’s Road and is surrounded by an acre of grounds – a remarkable amount of space, given the desirable location. The unusual size of the plot means that the house is surrounded by lawns, trees and flower borders. This, teamed with the exquisite architecture, gives it the feel of an elegant country house – there’s even a tennis court and an indoor pool.

For those who prefer apartment living, a property at the edge of a park is a way to have the best of both worlds. At The Bryanston, residents will have central London’s largest garden – Hyde Park – on their doorstep. As the tallest building at the edge of a Royal Park, The Bryanston will be home to some of the greenest views around, proving that even in the heart of the city, you can have your very own rus in urbe.