Damien Hirst’s recent purchase of a £34m house near Regents Park is part of a broader trend making the neighborhood the next magnet for the world’s wealthiest:
Last week came the news that property mogul Christian Candy has bought a row of seven houses [above] on a terrace by the park to create one of the capital’s biggest homes.
The resulting property will be worth £200 million and the agent who did the deal says he thinks it will be the best home in London. A 40ft-long roof garden, dubbed the “hanging gardens of Camden”, is in the plans.
Candy’s purchase follows another recent mega-buy — artist Damien Hirst having bought a mansion overlooking the park’s boating lake last month, which had been marketed at £34 million and was commissioned in 1811 by the Prince Regent after whom the park is named.
Qatar’s former first lady, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, recently bought One, Two and Three Cornwall Terrace — a row on the park’s south side where Candy is said to live at the moment. Mozah’s deal is worth more than £100 million and she apparently intends to create London residences for her sons, who include current emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.