Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: London, from the Terrace

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“When a man is tired of London,” said Dr. Samuel Johnson, “he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” No gentleman who can afford one, in other words, should be without a London residence. And to our way of thinking, One Cornwall Terrace, overlooking the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park, delivers all that life—and London—has to offer.

Situated on a walled one-half acre at the convergence of Allsop Place and the city’s famed Baker Street, this rare and historic townhouse, constructed in 1821, served originally as the home of Rev. Henry North, but in 1852, then owner Dr. John A. Batt installed St. Marylebone District Grammar School on the property. The elegant townhouse returned to private service in 1893 and was later purchased in 1937 by industrialist Lord Godber, chairman of Shell Petroleum.

The neoclassical structure faces away from its neighbors, overlooking a balustrade-framed formal garden that features a reflecting pool and domed Palladian gazebo. Massive caryatids flank the two-story entrance bay; yet its imposing size and exterior notwithstanding, the 21,000-square-foot home achieves a surprisingly warm balance of contemporary and traditional elements. Reception spaces include a 51-foot-long paneled drawing room with inlaid hardwood floors, as well as a 1,500-square-foot family room with built-in aquariums. This informal area opens onto a sunken terrace on one side and an indoor pool and Jacuzzi on the other. The Winter Garden (or conservatory) boasts a glass roof and automatic blinds to soften the midday sun. The master suite combines a sitting room, bathroom, and two dressing rooms, while three guest suites provide further accommodations. The property also includes 31-34 Cornwall Terrace Mews, half a block distant, comprising four separate flats.

Price: Approximately $28,900,000. Contact: Dick Ford, Knight Frank, +44.20.7861.1099, dick.ford@knightfrank.com

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