Comment: Herts’ most expensive homes offer the ultimate escapism
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Forget about austerity, it’s time to take a break from the crushing reality of life and have a look at how the other half live.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again: the Land Registry data is in and we can confirm that 10 houses sold in Herts last year for at least £3.7 million.
One of them, 15 Newlands Avenue, Radlett, changed hands for a hefty £ 9million. £9 million!
Oh, to own a £9 million dream home…Not surprisingly, this four-storey mega-mansion has all the mod cons you’d expect, from the pair of pools – one inside, one out – to the landscaped grounds designed by a Chelsea Gold Medal winner.
In case we were in any doubt that Radlett was home to a lot of exceedingly rich people, the fourth house on the list is located on the very same street.
Number 37 changed hands for a relatively affordable £4.9 million and its new owners will have to manage with just the one pool.
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Possibly not for long, however – it also came complete with planning permission for a 10,000 ft replacement property, so may well be on the way out.
Anyone feeling a bit of house envy on the back of all that?
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Yes, your new bifolds may be lovely, but how’s your basement leisure complex looking?
And what of your many acres of grounds?
It’s hard not to be awestruck by a house with its own lake (Herons Wood, Hertford, which sold for £6.3 million), or 27 acres of idyllic parkland (Chipperfield House near Kings Langley – £4.25 million).
It’s fair to say it brought me back down to earth after the high of finally ordering a new hall and stair carpet for my non multi-million pound home.
In a part of the country where a bog standard semi can change hands for upwards of £1million, it’s easy to lose perspective on what ‘expensive’ even means.
But I think we’d all agree that this lot are properly pricey – and pretty fabulous.
Very rich people – please keep on doing what you’re doing, as we definitely love reading about it.