We often see interest for Listed properties from international buyers who are looking to purchase a slice of history in London and have the opportunity of a project to restore Grade I Listed properties to their original glory. This helps to preserve the historical value of these properties, and the more original the property the more likely these buyers are to purchase it. We have a number of Listed properties for sale through Dexters, including the Grade II Listed Mulberry House on Westminster's Smith Square, built in 1911 by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens as a private residence. The home has been extensively refurbished by the current owners.
Owning a listed home brings huge benefits: architectural beauty, weathered natural materials and a sense of living history. A survey of listed residential property owners for Historic England last year found nearly half had lived in their homes for more than 20 years, evidence that these properties are much loved. Yet buying, altering, repairing and insuring a listed building can take longer, and cost more, than for a standard home. As Listed Property Awareness Week kicks off tomorrow, here’s what you need to know. What is a listed building? There are about 500,000 in England, ranging from stately piles to terraced houses, and many are residential, though Historic England, the listing authority, has no record of what proportion are homes.