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Wealthy renters ignore government’s advice not to move home

Leading London lettings agency says rich families are rushing to find a glamorous bolt hole to ride out the pandemic.

Nigel Lewis


An exclusive London agent is fielding more calls from the super-wealthy renters wanting to sit out the Coronavirus crisis in style.

While most of the sector languishes under new rules and regulations, Glentree International, the agency that specialises in selling and renting luxury homes, is processing three enquiries from renters from anxious families wanting to rent fully kitted out mansions for three or six months.

This includes properties such as the Hampstead mansion pictured above, which is available for £18,000 a week.

Trevor Abrahmsohn, Glentree Int, image“The requirements are the usual array of grand reception rooms and enough entertainment areas to keep the whole family (from grandchildren to great-grandmas) from murdering each other, or rather, in good health and spirit for the viral incarceration, however long that may be,” says MD Trevor Abrahamson (left).

The desirable residence needs to function as a self-contained, private bijou hotel with comparable wellness leisure complex; essential requirements include a pool/leisure area and a generous garden.

With every member of the family requesting a bedroom suite with access to luxurious features, including a cinema, indoor pool, hairdressing salon and fully fitted, state-of-the-art gym, there’s no chance of anyone socially isolating getting bored.

“Needless to say, the renters will expect, as standard, a fully-fitted European kitchen, separate catering facilities for parties and a 15-car garage to show off a stable of classic automobilia, which is a must-have in today’s upper-end residential world,” adds Abrahamson.

Areas at the top of their wish list are Kenwood and Hampstead – the place of choice for the landed gentry for centuries, away from the stench of Bubonic Plague.

“These uber-mansions give one the opportunity to ‘prepare for the worst, but hope for the best’,” he adds.

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March 30, 2020

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