YOU’VE given your life to work – and you’ve made a mint in return. It’s high time you rewarded yourself with a show-stopper of a home.?Don’t beat around the property bush – buy yourself a bachelor pad with all the bells and whistles, a home you love so much you’d be happy to live in it alone forever more, hosting mates occasionally within its bodacious confines.
The meaning of “bodacious” has changed slightly since the super-flashy old days. Roarie Scarisbrick, of buying agent Property Vision, says: “Bachelors are being a little more discerning with their property investments this time round. Rather than the hyper-indulgent one-bedroom apartment they are opting for a more practical two-bedroom place which has greater resale potential.”
Scarisbrick adds: “The jet-setting bachelor wants convenience above all else, and has all heating, security and audio visual equipment linked up to his iPhone. High-service, hotel-style apartment buildings really appeal to the modern bachelor, too, with parking and 24-hour porterage.”
West India Quay, E14
Trumpet just how far you’ve come with a stunning Docklands penthouse with panoramic views of the Dome, Canary Wharf and the Thames. The enormous roof terrace is a wonderful entertaining space and ideal for when the boys come round for cigars and whisky on a summer evening. The interior of the flat is spacious in the extreme, and the finishes are all exquisite. The underground parking is an added bonus – even if you’re going to be walking to work most days.
Contact: Chesterton Humberts, tel: 020 7510 8300
dean street, wc1
Originally a three-bedroom house, this seriously enviable pad has been turned – in the spirit of flashier times – into a one-bed for more space. Now the Porsche of London bachelor pads, it boasts an area for playing pool and if friends stay over, there is a couch that pulls out into a bed with curtains to pull around it. Add to that three retractable roofs, a bespoke LED lighting system, air conditioning, and a comfort cooling system. Furnishings in the kitchen and elsewhere are all uber state-of-the-art.
Contact: Foxtons on 0800 369 8667
st george’s square, sw1
For the more discerning bachelor, perhaps one with aspirations in Parliament and certainly one with cultural sensibilities, this well-appointed two-bedroom flat is in spitting distance from Westminster, Chelsea and Tate Britain. Located in a stucco-fronted house, it also has a balcony that overlooks the gardens of St George’s Square.?The high-spec finish of the kitchen, pictured far left, speaks volumes about the overall standard of the flat.
Contact: Douglas & Gordon, tel: 020 7931 8200
the perspective, se1
Nothing says bachelor like a two-bed duplex penthouse with brilliant river views. Or, for that matter, floor-to-ceiling windows and all the latest gadgets and furnishings, including an AMX system to manage the lighting, blinds and audiovisual systems. A terrace, balcony, 24-hour concierge and two underground parking spaces add considerable bachelor-friendly charm.
Contact: Knight Frank, tel: 020 7590 2450
Work hard and play hard with this bodacious 13th floor duplex two-bedroom penthouse flat, which features views of Millwall Dock and boasts underground parking for that TVR you like to take out on weekends. A roof terrace and a mirrored ceiling ensure your place becomes the go-to pad for your best-heeled friends. The bedroom, with its glass area extending out towards the dock, means you can fully enjoy the splendour and tranquillity of your location privately too.
Contact: Foxtons, tel: 020 7133 7777