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May 9, 2014 6:52 pm

Five upmarket homes for sale in global financial centres

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Properties perfect for financiers, including a converted bank in London and a villa near Zürich’s business district
The Bank, Sekforde Street, London, UK©Steve Stephens

The Bank, Sekforde Street, London, UK, £8m

Where In the heart of Clerkenwell, 1.5 miles (a seven-minute drive) from the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street, eight miles from London City airport, and 21 miles from Heathrow.

What A Grade II-listed, former bank designed by Alfred Bartholomew, a student of Sir John Soane, in 1816. Converted into a private residence in 2002 and now a large seven-bedroom family home, with more than 6,000 sq ft of living space set on four floors. The property has many interesting period features, including secure bank vaults on the lower ground floor.

Why The ultimate financier’s family home, designed in the manner of a Renaissance palazzo, and within walking distance of the City.

Who Savills Islington,, tel: +44 207 226 1313


Lakeside villa, Kilchberg, Zürich, Switzerland©Tim Glowik

Lakeside villa, Kilchberg, Zürich, Switzerland, SFr7.5m ($8.5m)

Where On an elevated position overlooking Lake Zürich, bordering Rüschlikon, 10 miles from Zürich airport.

What A five-bedroom villa, built in 1929 and renovated in 2009, with 340 sq metres of living space. On the lower-ground floor there is a music room and a separate studio for staff or use as an office.

Why Zürich is ranked fifth in the 2014 global financial centres index and the property is a few minutes’ drive from the city’s main business district.

Who Engel & Völkers Zürichsee Thalwil,, tel: +41 44 533 12 12


Grenville House, Magazine Gap Road, Mid-Levels Central, Hong Kong

Grenville House, Magazine Gap Road, Mid-Levels Central, Hong Kong, HK$128m ($16.5m)

Where In the Lower Peak area, close to Admiralty and Hong Kong Park, 24 miles from Hong Kong airport.

What A recently renovated, three-bedroom apartment with a study, a living and dining area, a terrace and 3,700 sq ft of living space.

Why Well served by public minibuses and taxis, the property is within five minutes’ drive of the central business district. Grenville House is the former home of Tung Chee-hwa, the first chief executive of Hong Kong, following the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.

Who Habitat Property,, tel: +852 2869 9069


Maison de Maitre, Geneva, Switzerland

Maison de Maitre, Geneva, Switzerland, SFr16m ($18.1m)

Where Next to Parc Bertrand, 2km from the city’s financial centre and 9.3km from Geneva airport.

What An early 20th-century, five-bedroom family house, with 350 sq metres of living space spread over four floors and many period features. Outside, there is an 800 sq metre garden and a separate annexe with a shower and kitchen that could be used as an office.

Why Ranked ninth in the global financial centres index, Geneva is also an international hub for business and humanitarian organisations such as the Red Cross and the UN.

Who Savills,, tel: +44 20 7016 3740


51 Walker Street, Tribeca, New York City©David Paler

51 Walker Street, Tribeca, New York City, $7.75m

Where In Lower Manhattan near Canal Street, 13 miles (30 minutes’ drive) from New York’s JFK airport.

What A penthouse condo loft with extensive outdoor space, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan living and dining room. The terraces offer 3,000 sq ft of outdoor space.

Why The property is located in Tribeca and is eight minutes by subway, or a 20-minute walk, from Wall Street. There are views of the Empire State Building to the north and One World Trade Center to the south.

Who Halstead Property,, tel: +1 212 734 0010

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