If you see no greater reward than looking at the fruits of your labour, then this home in Knightsbridge could be for you. A four bedroom house in the heart of the West End – and, in this case, within sight of Harrods – may sound like reward enough but Park Lodge, on Ennismore Street, is all about the special features inside.
Among them is the study, where the wall opposite the desk area is fitted with electronic privacy glass that turns opaque at the push of a button. What use is that in a study, you may ask? Well, the wall is adjacent to the garage, so it means you can gaze upon your supercar at the push of a button.
It’s these unnecessary additions that push a property into the realms of luxury. This home, created by London Capital, is set behind a 47ft-wide facade and has space for either four or five bedroom suites. It also has south-facing views over Brompton Square and it’s close to Brompton Oratory Gardens.
The stainless steel staircase is set against a backdrop of a 9 metre high blacklit white onyx wall.
The kitchen, made especially for the house by 202 Designs, has seamless, handleless fittings, Gaggenau appliances and two Miele dishwashers, all finished in brushed steel.
The master bedroom suite is subtly concealed behind a sliding “art wall” made up of 2.5 metres of polished plaster, outlined by a dark Indian laurel frame. The bedroom itself is a vision in white, with Namibian marble walls and floors.
The owners have found another fine use for that electronic privacy glass in the bathroom, where it conceals the Hans Grohe shower. An environmental door guards the entrance to the wine cellar, to keep your bottles at optimum temperature behind their backlit, perspex cases.
The media room, fast becoming a luxury home staple, is resplendent in dark timber walls with dark blue felt panelling, concealed speakers and a bespoke half-moon sofa.
The rest of the technology in the house is taken care of by iPad touchpanels that are built to work with a Crestron smart system to remotely control the heating, lighting, window blinds, nifty glasswork, door entry and underfloor heating.
But if you’re just looking to relax with some friends, the six-person hot spa in the basement has entertaining covered, complete with a group steam room and an 11.5 metre swimming pool with a waterproof TV panel.
It’s the little things that make the difference in life – and Park Lodge has an awful lot of them.
Call sales agent Strutt and Parker on 020 7235 9959 or visit struttandparker.com.