Sweet Jesus: Nick Candy asks $241M for London penthouse

Developer’s One Hyde Park unit is 18K sf. Yes, you heard that right

Nick Candy and One Hyde Park (Getty, Wikimedia/Rob Deutscher/Flickr)
Nick Candy and One Hyde Park (Getty, Wikimedia/Rob Deutscher/Flickr)

London housing prices are expected to steadily rise in the coming years after having fallen during the pandemic. But developer Nick Candy isn’t waiting around to sell his massive penthouse at a sky-high price.

Candy is asking 175 million pounds — or roughly $241 million — for his 18,000-square-foot unit in London’s ultra-luxury One Hyde Park complex in Knightsbridge, according to Bloomberg. Candy confirmed he was hunting for a buyer, citing a “huge surge” in demand for high-end properties in the British capital.

The unit spans two floors with five bedrooms and a list of amenities that include a spa room, home theater, a champagne room, and a wine room with space for 750 bottles. The main suite’s bathroom is almost the size of a typical flat. It’s for sale with or without the furnishings.

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If sold near asking, the penthouse would be among the priciest residential deals ever in the U.K. Demand has been down somewhat in recent years for ultra-expensive real estate there because of rising taxes, but buyers with enough dough for nine-figure deals are still cutting them.

Candy’s asking price seems astronomical, but he may be taking a cue from a future neighbor. Last month, hedge fund billionaire Suneil Setiya was said to be in talks to pay around $153 million for a 14,000-square-foot penthouse in the same building.

Last year, Hong Kong-based billionaire Cheung Chung-Kiu paid around $262 million for a massive home in Knightsbridge. A penthouse at 1 Grosvenor Square in Mayfair sold for $185.5 million in the fall. And don’t forget Ken Griffin’s record-setting $238 million penthouse purchase at Vornado Realty Trust’s 220 Central Park South in Manhattan in 2019.

[Bloomberg] — Dennis Lynch