Pricey properties are a dime a dozen, so to speak, but Heath Hall in Hampstead, the previous abode of sugar tycoon William Park Lyle, takes the cake for being the most expensive home for sale in Great Britain, with an asking price of US$158 million.
Heath Hall, which was built in 1910 for the Tate & Lyle dynasty in 1910, boasts London's most exclusive address. Situated along The Bishops Avenue–otherwise known by its more vulgar epithet, the Billionaires' Row–was restored to its blazing glory by Andreas Panayiotou, the chairman and CEO of the Ability Group.
While you get all your 21st century creature comforts spread over a sprawling 2.5 acres of carefully tended grounds, Panayiotou says he aimed to retain the mansion's air of baroque opulence: "The restoration of this beautiful Grade II listed property has been a labor of love. My vision was to restore it to its former glory; remain faithful to its classical, arts and crafts and Scottish Baronial architecture and retain the ornate period details that make the property so unique."
So, here's the $158 million dollar question: what do you get for your dollar? For starters, six living rooms, 14 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a drawing room, dining room, family room, sun room, snooker room, gym, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, a swimming pool wrought from white stone, a climate-controlled wine cellar, and another swimming pool in the gardens, this time in black mosaic...the whole works and then some. There's even a high-tech panic room complete with a toilet, control panel and telephone wires that agents Glentree Estates say cannot be cut.
Piqued? Ask for more information, with the stamp duty alone setting you back US$11 million. Oh, and individuals with shady deep pockets best not apply: all potential buyers will undergo an extensive vetting process by Glentree Estates. For the rest of you, have fun house-hunting!