To a prized central London district that’s undergoing a discreet facelift comes TwentyFive, a rare new boutique scheme of 23 lateral flats and two penthouses.

Portman Estate’s 110 acres stretch east of Edgware Road and north of Oxford Street, taking in four garden squares and more than 1,000 homes, many listed and bearing blue plaques.

The estate used to own more land but the northern patch was sold in 1948 to pay taxes after the death of the seventh Viscount Portman.

Decades of decline followed, until five years ago when the aristocratic landlord put in place a redevelopment and refurbishment programme. More than £240 million has been invested.

Chiltern Street, where the old fire station became the fashionable Chiltern Firehouse luxury hotel and restaurant, is a charming Victorian terrace high street with refurbished shop fronts and 49 niche businesses.

Cobbled New Quebec Street, off bustling Oxford Street, is now part of a hub branded “Portman Village”.


TwentyFivea mixed-use block of offices, shops, restaurants and apartments, with on-site gym and basement parking

More homes are coming. TwentyFive, alongside Seymour Place, is the latest scheme, a partnership with developer Native Land.

The homes form part of a mixed-use block of offices, shops and eateries, set behind a cream stone and terracotta brick façade.

There’s a residents gym, basement parking, extra storage, 24-hour concierge and security. Prices from £1.45 million. Call 020 7758 3188.

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