The loss of another of the characters of Kensington and Chelsea
The arrival of the new wealth of the Chinese and Russians in Kensington and Chelsea has brought with it, for many, numerous benefits.
Homeowners have seen the value of their properties rise dramatically and smart new fashion stores have opened. That the majority of the locals now drive cars such as Range Rovers, Bentleys and Porsches, can only be good for car dealers and that one can enjoy a club sandwich for £19.50 at Ladurée is certainly splendid for that particular restaurant chain.
The Maskells advert for 174 Walton Street, London, SW3
Adjoining the Baity Kitchen café and Nina Naustdal’s boutique, 174 Walton Street is a building with a window display that has always fascinated me. Over the years it has born statements against all manner of conflicts ranging from Cyprus to the war on Iraq. Standing Edgar Allen Poe-esque, this small shop is one of the last remaining elements of character in a street now dominated by fancy boutiques and interior design stores.
174 Walton Street’s sign in support of David Cameron: “Britain One Leader, One Cameron, I put my faith in Cameron.”
From what I’ve been told, the property was run as the Ozten Zeki Gallery until one day a curtain suddenly went up and business ceased. In the coming years the building fell into disrepair and neighbours informed me last year that the owner was taken into some form of protective care. Yesterday, whilst walking past, I discovered the building was for sale.
Declarations from the owner of 174 Walton Street: “Stop attacking this property and its owner occupier” and “Stop loitering around my home.”
The freehold 838 square foot unrenovated property comprises of two ground floor shop/reception rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. On the first floor there are two small bedrooms and outside there is an overgrown garden measuring 28ft x 14’6”. A surprisingly high price of £2,500 per square foot, or £2,100,000, is sought through agents Maskells in an area where renovated properties generally sell for just £2,000.
The contrast between the “haves” and the “have nots” of Knightsbridge. A Bentley, registration X1 UAE, parked alongside a Nissan Micra with a window taped shut.
Gentrification is all very well but I, for one, will be sorry to witness yet another of the area’s few remaining eccentricities disappear and replaced by yet another soulless shop.
174 Walton Street, London, SW3 2JL is for sale through Maskells. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7581 2216. For details, go to: http://www.maskells.co.uk/property/full_details?particulars_id=1000892488