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The Top 10 Most Exclusive Streets in the World

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Investing in Property, Money & Business, News & Views, Real Estate Radar, Resources, Rich & Famous, Variety

The world’s most desirable addresses have largely been sheltered from the slump in property prices felt elsewhere, according to a survey of the most expensive residential streets in the world carried out by Financial News, sister paper to the Wall Street Journal Europe.

To compile the list, researchers asked international and local property specialists to name what they considered the highest-priced streets according to the average price of residential property. A shortlist of 10 was drawn up using price in euros per square meter of property.

1. Severn Road, Hong Kong
Top price: €57,000 ($78,200) per m2
Price change since 2009: +9%

Expect to pay at least €55,000 per square meter for property at the summit of Victoria Peak, high above the business district of Hong Kong. The road comprises fewer than 60 properties including ‘8 Severn’.

But expect volatility. Prices have soared by as much as 60% over the last two years, after plummeting 40% at the beginning of the financial crisis.

2. Kensington Palace Gardens, London
Top price: €55,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: +2%

Known to locals as “Billionaire’s Row”, this private London road became the new home of Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in January. Her father paid £45 million for number eight Kensington Palace Gardens, next door to his home at number six.

3. Avenue Princesse Grace
Top price: €50,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: +2%

Moving up a slot from last year, the iconic Avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco has regained some of the losses it made during the recession when lacklustre demand hit the marina-front avenue. Jean-Claude Caputo, chief executive of Riviera Estates, says: “Owners on the street tend to be so wealthy they do not need to sell.”

4 (=). Chemin de Saint-Hospice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Top price: €45,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: +5%

A home in Chemin de Saint-Hospice, which snakes around the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, will set you back at least €45,000 per square meter, says Mr. Caputo. There are just 15 houses on the peninsula – one of which is owned by the Saatchi family.

4 (=). Fifth Avenue, New York
Top price: €45,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: -4%

Down two places from the previous year, property prices on Fifth Avenue have come under pressure at the lower end, according to local agent Stribling & Associates. However, Kirk Henckels, director of private brokerage at Stribling, says: “The large trophy apartments have been going for $60,000 per square meter. It seems to no longer be “uncool” to spend money.”

6. Quai Anatole, Paris
Top price: €32,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: (New)

Situated on the left bank in the seventh district, Quai Anatole replaces Avenue Montaigne on the list, as Paris’ most exclusive road. Laurent Pepineau, director of Parisian property firm Paris Estates, says the views from apartments on Quai Anatole have pushed up values on the street: “Prices for the best apartments on this street could go up to €32,000 per square meter.”

7. Rue Bellot, Geneva
Top price: €31,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: -2%

Nestled between the Parc Bastions and the Parc de Malagnou, Rue Bellot is the most exclusive residential street in the Quartier de la Cité, on the left bank of the river Rhone. Prices on Switzerland’s most expensive street are bolstered by tight selling restrictions and demand from the super-wealthy looking to relocate to Switzerland.

8. Via Romazzino, Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Top price: €17,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: -35%

Prices on Via Romazzino, Porto Cervo, – playground for the rich and famous created by the Aga Khan in the 1960s – have slumped. Laurence Camillo, director of Porto Cervo Real Estate says: “Property values on the Via have come down some 30% over the last two and a half years.”

9. Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Top price: €15,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: -5%

Local agents say transactions on Australia’s prestigious Wolseley Road in Sydney have been sluggish, with few sales of note on the street over the past 12 months. However, for top quality, high prices are being realized. Entrepreneur Andrew Banks recently sold his home on Wolseley Road for £33m – well over the asking price of £32m.

10. Ostozhenka, Moscow
Top price: €13,000 per m2
Price change since 2009: -30%

In the heart of Moscow, five minutes from the Kremlin, lies Ostozhenka. Julia Ovchinnikova, marketing director of IntermarkSavills in Moscow, says that prices are now about a third below peak, after falling during the crisis.


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