Central London Chapel Available to Convert Into Luxury Home

  • By Bertie Russell
  • 23 August 2019

A deserted historic chapel in the middle of central London is available to buy and convert into a luxury residence that could be worth upward of £20 million (US$24.5 million) when complete. 

Dating to 1850, St. Luke’s Chapel — in the city’s affluent Chelsea neighborhood — hit the market in mid-July with an asking price of £7.5 million, listing records show. 

Planning permission has already been granted by the local council to convert and expand the Grade II*-listed stone chapel into a roughly 7,330-square-foot single-family home, according to a news release from joint listing agents Russell Simpson and Strutt & Parker. 

A Grade II* listing is the second most important historic designation given in England, and restricts what changes can be made to a building’s interior and exterior. 

The planning permissions granted include a complete reconfiguration of the internal spaces, construction of a mezzanine layer, three en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, a drawing room, a cinema room, staff quarters and a guest suite. 

Permission has also been given to add an extension to the rear of the chapel to hold a kitchen and dining area, the release said. 

“Some chapels can be a bit dark inside, but the planning permission includes 82 skylights in a reconstructed roof that will make it a very light and bright space,” Edward McRoberts Boden, head of sales at Strutt & Parker South Kensington, said in the release. “It really is an excellent opportunity to create your own statement address with its own unique history and character.” 

Construction will cost an estimated £5.5 million and the brokerages predict the resulting property could be worth more than £20 million when complete, according to the release. 

Current fixtures and fittings inside the chapel, such as the pews and organ will be donated to another church. 

Mansion Global could not determine who owns the chapel.

The church is within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the most expensive London borough, according to a recent house price index from online real estate portal Rightmove. The average price for a residential property in the area in August stood at more than £1.6 million, the index said. 

See the full Russell Simpson property details here.

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