Revealed: St Albans’ most expensive homes 2019

PUBLISHED: 12:32 13 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:01 14 February 2020

5 Cunningham Hill Road, St Albans. Picture: Frost's

5 Cunningham Hill Road, St Albans. Picture: Frost's

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The most expensive homes sold in St Albans during 2019 have been revealed – and this isn’t the top property’s first time in the spotlight.

5 Cunningham Hill Road, which changed hands for £3 million last May, belonged to John Blavo, whose St Albans law firm swindled £21 million from the Government for legal aid fees.

The former director of Blavo & Co was ordered to repay the sum in December 2018.

With a total floor area of almost 7,500 sq ft, his former property boasts seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five reception rooms, plus an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and cinema room.

Prior to this, the Edwardian home sold for £1,175,000 in 2004.

The rear garden at 5 Cunningham Hill Road houses a covered outdoor kitchen and a carp pond. Picture: Frost'sThe rear garden at 5 Cunningham Hill Road houses a covered outdoor kitchen and a carp pond. Picture: Frost's

Second on the Land Registry list is 8 Abbey Mill End, which is tucked away on a quiet no-through-road between the Abbey Orchard and Verulamium Park.

Set in private grounds, it covers nearly 2,000 sq ft of living accommodation, and changed hands for £2,150,000 last October.

The pool house at Cunningham Hill Road includes a heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and shower/cloak facilities. Picture: Frost'sThe pool house at Cunningham Hill Road includes a heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and shower/cloak facilities. Picture: Frost's

The five-bed bungalow is on the same street as St Albans' Grand Designs house, which featured on the Channel 4 show in 2017.

Interestingly, the fourth and seventh most expensive properties are both on Pondwicks Close, which runs opposite Abbey Mill End.

There is a cinema room on the second floor of the Cunningham Hill Road property. Picture: Frost'sThere is a cinema room on the second floor of the Cunningham Hill Road property. Picture: Frost's

Number 8 sold for £1,966,675 in November, while number 5 changed hands for £1,800,000 in June.

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The 37ft double living room is one of the Cunningham Hill Road property's stand out features. Picture: Frost'sThe 37ft double living room is one of the Cunningham Hill Road property's stand out features. Picture: Frost's

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8 Abbey Mill End, St Albans. Picture: Daniels Estate Agents8 Abbey Mill End, St Albans. Picture: Daniels Estate Agents

Concluding the top three is 6 Churchill Road, which sold for £1,980,000. Arranged over three floors, this six-bed home includes a master suite with dressing room and en suite, a games room and a huge 41ft kitchen/family room with bespoke furniture by De Mornay Boyes.

The fifth most expensive is 45 Marshal's Drive - arguably St Albans' most prestigious road.

5 Pondwicks Close, St Albans. Picture: Cassidy & Tate5 Pondwicks Close, St Albans. Picture: Cassidy & Tate

The £1,875,000 property is set in attractive grounds, and boasts more than 3,200 sq ft of accommodation, including a 32ft sitting room, 27ft kitchen/breakfast room and four bedrooms.

19 Welclose street is next on the list, with a sale price of £1,850,000.

5 St Peter's Close, St Albans. Picture: Cassidy & Tate5 St Peter's Close, St Albans. Picture: Cassidy & Tate

Tucked away between Fishpool Street and Lower Dagnall Street, this Grade II listed Georgian property has four bedrooms, five reception rooms and off street parking, all within a stone's throw of the Abbey and the city centre.

5 St Peter's Close is in eighth place, selling for £1,780,000. Set in a prime cul-de-sac location off St Peter's Street, this four-bed detached family home has a total floor area of more than 2,400 sq ft.

17 Old Harpenden Road, St Albans. Picture: Strutt & Parker17 Old Harpenden Road, St Albans. Picture: Strutt & Parker

Little is known of 92 Clarence Road, the property in ninth place. Located on the corner of Brampton Road, opposite Clarence Park, the detached home home sold for £1,775,000 in January.

Finishing up the top 10 is 17 Old Harpenden Road. This five-bed detached house, with a total internal area in excess of 3,200 sq ft, sold for £1,695,000 in February.

This list has nothing on 2017's countdown, however - the most expensive home sold in St Albans that year changed hands for a staggering £7,100,000.


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