Sea Views Or City Skyline: A London Penthouse Or A Dorset Penthouse?

There have been some truly breath-taking penthouses for sale on the market over the last year, with clients motivated to pay a premium for what they see outside more so than inside. In today’s Berkeleys blog, we consider the comparisons between a penthouse on the Dorset coast to London’s penthouses in the sky.

Berkeleys recently listed a penthouse by the sea in Poole, Dorset, with impressive credentials: Daytona is an exclusive contemporary development of just 3 duplex apartments set in a discreet location in coastal Poole, Dorset, just 2 hours from London. With 3,000 sq. ft of open space and a large 1,600 sq. ft terrace, the expansive glass windows and stunning views over Poole Harbour rate exceptionally across Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs property. With a guide price of £1,875,000, this penthouse is unique in offering a combination of location, view, privacy and interior specification.

Penthouse Apartment

With an indoor/outdoor square footage of 4,600 sq. ft,  Daytona is valued at £625 per sq. ft. Priced at less than 10% of London’s top penthouses coming to the market it makes for an amazing comparison considering its tip-top credentials but no city view! For a city view, think more in terms of the £20 million price mark…

London property developer British Land recently sold the most expensive Mayfair home ever – a 5,000 sq ft penthouse on Clarges Street in Mayfair, which sold above the previous record of £5,000 per sq ft. Clarges Mayfair has an “unrivalled” location close to Bond Street, with the upper floors offering “panoramic views” of Green Park and Buckingham Palace. The gated mews development includes a private “wellness spa” with a 25m swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna, plus private cinema room.

A Knightsbridge penthouse in the prestigious One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge building has become the most expensive property ever sold in Britain, and is believed to have been bought by an Eastern European buyer. ‘Penthouse D’ was sold as ‘core and shell’ and an estimated £20 million will be spent on furnishing the space, after which valuers predict the property to be worth £175 million.

Another penthouse apartment in The Chilterns in Marylebone W1 was priced at £25 million last year. The development offers a private cinema, an on-call personal trainer and chef, a private tasting room, a gym, a sauna, and David Bailey artworks on the walls.  This flat is 5,047 square feet – including four individual bedroom suites – and a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. There’s also an additional studio flat – presumably for staff.

The Heron’s £18 million South Penthouse in the city is set 367ft high above London’s streets.  This 6,000 sq ft duplex apartment has an outlook which includes the Shard and St Paul’s and stretches beyond Battersea.

Today, penthouses really do stand out alone, consistent themes clearly emerging: as well as offering enormous space and high specification, purchasers are buying in to the iconic views. Privacy and separate entrances add to the allure. Sea views and city skyline views appear to offer an equally breath-taking experience but at very different values today.

Poole Properties Near Yacht Clubs For London Boat Show Enthusiasts


For yacht buyers across the world, visiting England’s London Boat Show in Spring, and the Southampton Boat Show in September is a must. Whether you are looking, researching, buying or just an enthusiast satisfying your thirst for the new, it’s a great place to visit.

For boat owners, a key question to address is where to moor your boat once purchased. Poole harbour in Dorset, and its many yacht clubs make a great choice, just two hour’s drive from London. Here we feature some perfect homes for sale, ideally located within easy reach of local yacht clubs and moorings:

The Vistas, located right on the coast, sits in a wonderful clifftop position. Watch this video to learn more:

The Vistas

This penthouse apartment, pictured below, is located close to Poole Harbour and East Dorset Yacht Club. Enjoying stunning views from a spacious balcony, this apartment is just minutes from the waters edge.

Alington Road - Daytona

Lilliput is another great destination in coastal Poole boasting close proximity to Parkstone Bay Marina and Parkstone Yacht Club. This contemporary house in Lilliput has views across the water.

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Luxury Waterside Houses for London City Dwellers

It’s that temperature changing time of year again, – July – London is heating up and the Evening Standard keeps inviting us to escape to cooler waterside environs.  Very enticing.

With the spotlight now well and truly shining on waterside and coastal homes, many destinations are in fact just an hour or so away from London. That’s why so many Londoners choose to invest in a second home with the waterside-factor.

Head South to Poole, Dorset and you’ll experience the temperature go down a little, a fresh breeze come up, and that exhilarating freedom feeling fill your heart and lungs.  The locals swear by it.

Poole Harbour WEB

The lifestyle advantages of living waterside are many but the most popular ones in Poole are probably the ‘sand between your toes’ effect – yes, and on a Friday night – sailing in summer and the breath-taking sea views which have the power to lower stress levels and promote inspired positive thinking.

Does every waterside home deliver the same experience? The answer is very much a no.

Take beautiful “Tansanee” for example. A dream home, for sale with Berkeleys, which promises the ultimate waterside lifestyle experience.

Banks Road, Sandbanks

This exceptional location on Sandbanks Peninsular, Poole can be acquired as a plot or as a turnkey solution to include the building of an architect designed uber contemporary home on purchase. Many luxury home buyers today want to invest in a home whereby they can add their own very personal stamp. This type of acquisition promises a real estate project whereby design and architectural vision can evolve into a reality with the buyer kept in the picture every step of the way. The end result: coastal sunsets and sunrises captured from your private terraces, morning walks along golden sandy beaches and a hotel-lux-home to entertain in throughout the summer season, which includes the British Beach Polo Championships 13/14th July each year.

Poole Harbour from Shore Road

For a weekend waterside experience, “Trevelga” could be the home for you. Situated in a small select development of apartments, this home is located in Poole at the gateway to the Sandbanks Peninsula. Directly opposite the property are the shores of Poole Harbour where windsurfers and kite surfers light up the sky, on a windy day, with their vibrantly coloured sails. It is the views which make this experience complete.

Of course water doesn’t have to mean sea. Take Pine Lake for example, just a short drive from Poole Harbour. Here is an exceptional detached family home for sale enjoying an enviable location backing directly onto Parkstone Golf Course including exceptional views over Parkstone lake. The house itself has an expansive rear garden which rolls down to the lake- situated alongside the golf course – a fresh water lake filled with carp, eels, and currently visited by swans and 14 baby ducklings no less.  The lake was built in Victorian times to supply fresh water locally and the carp were originally introduced to keep the water clean.

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So water is the giver of many varied lifestyle experiences, but there is a common thread throughout: when water is a remote, cool, fresh, healthy element on a sweltering hot, sticky, bustling London day, it is a very welcome experience indeed.

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