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London Enjoys Record-Setting $237 Million Penthouse Sale

As previously reported by World Property Channel, London continues to set the bar when it comes to ‘super-prime’ luxury property sales around the world. Only Hong Kong, Monaco and New York City are commanding similar 5-digit ‘per square foot’ pricing power (in US Dollars).

To validate the point One Hyde Park announced this week the sale of an opulent 16,000 square foot penthouse for 140 million pounds (237 million US dollars).

Aided by wealthy Russian oligarchs and Arab sheikhs, London has become one of the most expensive markets on earth, raising concerns that locals are being squeezed out of the market. This is the same ‘price-squeeze’ phenomena playing out in other high price growth cities around the world like San Francisco.

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“We’re in boom-time prices, more expensive than we’ve ever been in the history of mankind,” Nick Candy, one of the developers of London’s One Hyde Park luxury apartments, at the pinnacle of the capital’s super-prime residential sector, told Reuters.

“There is a concern over the market overheating … Everyone thinks the main central London is doing so well, (so) the ripple effect is going throughout the UK, and some of the prices being achieved are probably unrealistic and not sustainable.”

Yet money still flows in.

Once source said the record-setting penthouse purchase at the One Hyde Park was an Eastern European buyer.

Britain’s previous record for an apartment was set three years ago by Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhemtov, who paid 136 million pounds ($229 million USD) for both a penthouse and apartment at One Hyde Park and merged them together into one single unit.

Yet while the uber-wealthy Russians and Arabs keep coming to London’s high-end property market, many of Asia’s high-net worth families are not feeling the same love from London as World Property Channel previously reported in a story titled: Asian Buyers Feel Unwelcomed in London.

Asian buyers are increasingly worried about anti-foreigner sentiment in both the government and the British public that has already led to an increase in capital-gains tax as of April 15, 2014. – See more at: http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/europe-residential-news/one-hyde-park-penthouse-sale-record-penthouse-sales-price-prime-luxury-property-sales-report-nick-candy-rinat-akhemtov-8232.php#sthash.VUcyAY6Q.mADIfL0W.dpuf

By Michael Gerrity | May 5, 2014 10:43 AM ET

High-end development called Imperial Wharf.

Arranged over three floors, the two penthouses have views over the Thames and London and access to a 24-hour porter, communal gardens and gym. The properties can be bought separately or together to create an enormous family home.

You don’t get much more luxurious than Neo Bankside.

Neo Bankside, a waterside development right next to the Tate Modern. Its “Type F” apartments offer three bedrooms, high ceilings and astonishing views over London’s skyline.

The first major residential development in the City of London.

The Heron has a number of “panoramic” apartments on its upper levels that have amazing views over the capital. The apartments feature terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and have high-end kitchens with Gaggenau appliances.

Oberoi, Marriott to Turn Mumbai Slums to London’s One Hyde Park

Oberoi Realty Ltd. (OBER) will team up with Marriott International Inc. to open Mumbai’s first Ritz-Carlton hotel as part of a slum redevelopment that includes luxury homes.

“This will be India’s One Hyde Park; they will be the most-expensive apartments in the country,” Oberoi Realty’s billionaire Chairman Vikas Oberoi said in an interview in Mumbai, referring to the U.K.’s most-expensive housing complex in London. The penthouses in the condominium project will be the “most expensive in India,” he said.

Oberoi Realty, India’s second-biggest developer by market value, and Sahana Group, a Mumbai-based firm that specializes in redevelopment, is developing the site in South Mumbai’s Worli area, Oberoi said. The 238-room Ritz-Carlton, the hotel brand owned by the Marriott, will operate in one of the two towers in the project.

Constrained by a more than four-decade-old law limiting height in built-up areas of India’s financial capital, developers are constructing luxury towers in shanty towns and re-housing the slum-dwellers in new flats. Home prices in Mumbai, India’s most expensive real estate market, rose to a record last quarter, according to Liases Foras Real Estate Rating & Research Pvt.

First Ritz-Carlton

When the Ritz-Carlton opens in Mumbai in 2017, it will be the second in the country after the one that opened in the south Indian city of Bengaluru last year, according to the hotel’s website.

Oberoi is trying to replicate similar projects in London where residential property prices are soaring. A penthouse in London’s One Hyde Park luxury apartment complex valued at as much as 175 million pounds ($298 million) was sold by Christian Candy’s CPC Group Ltd., CPC said last month. A sale at that price would value the property at more than 10,000 pounds per square foot, a U.K. record, Oliver Hooper, director of broker Huntly Hooper Ltd. said.

Prices in Mumbai increased 6.6 percent to 12,747.83 rupees ($212) a square foot in the three months to March 31, according to Liases Foras.

The second tower of about 67-stories will have luxury apartments starting at 7,500 square feet (697 square meters), and will cost a minimum of 380 million rupees, Oberoi said. Sales are expected to begin in September, he said.

Slum Reality

Demand for such homes may be slow in Mumbai, Pankaj Kapoor, founder of Liases Foras, said in an interview yesterday. More than half of Mumbai’s over 18 million residents live in slums, according to Sahana Group Chairman Sudhakar Shetty. That’s higher than the population of Switzerland, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Demand for high-end housing priced above 50 million rupees remains low and inventory of unsold luxury housing stands at over 100 months, Kapoor said, adding that a “healthy market” normally maintains about eight months of inventory.

Under the partnership, Ritz-Carlton will also manage the apartments for homebuyers and offer them services including in-residence spa treatments, in-house dining and catering and concierge facilities, according to Oberoi Realty.

Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has renewed optimism that he will help revive Asia’s third-largest economy and its real estate industry after his landslide victory in May, Oberoi said.

“We are lucky to have a prime minister like Mr. Modi, who has clarity on how he wants to take the country forward,” Oberoi said. “All we need in real estate is for him to simplify rules and allow us to work.”

Vikas Oberoi’s 75 percent stake in Oberoi Realty is worth more than $1 billion as of June 19, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.