LBS Properties launches luxury apartments surrounded by two acres of green space in one of Central London's best connected locations


London property markets have remained positive despite a difficult global year as the regeneration of prime locations in the British capital continues to create new opportunities for developers and overseas investment. Nowhere is this more evident than in Kings Cross, the former industrial backwater transformed into one of London's most popular destinations to live and work through the largest regeneration project in Europe.

Since 2001, the Kings Cross masterplan has created nothing less than a brand new area of Central London, complete with its own postcode (N1C). Once complete, the redevelopment will have added 50 new buildings, 200 homes, 20 new streets and 10 public squares alongside heritage buildings in 67 acres of Central London, 26 acres of which are committed to open space.

The transformation of this historic part of the city has created sought-after opportunities for residential investment from domestic and overseas property buyers as London's housing shortfall grows ever steeper. The most significant new development entering the international market is Grand Central Apartments, a new residential landmark by award-winning London property developer LBS Properties that offers residents the high life within walking distance of the city's best-connected transport hub.


Old meets new

The regeneration of Kings Cross continues to add new retail, dining and leisure venues to cater to its growing population, with the mix of independent boutiques, familiar global brands and famous restaurants that London residents have come to expect. Traditional markets and department stores share the streets with newcomers such as the attractive Coal Drops Yard, collecting more than 50 shopping and dining establishments in an alfresco setting.

Naturally for a Central London district, Kings Cross is steeped in heritage that can be seen in its many lovingly preserved buildings and historic institutions such as the British Museum, British Library and University College London, still operating today as foundations of the 'Knowledge Quarter.' This part of London has a strong tradition of creativity and innovation that's alive and well with the construction of Google's new UK headquarters and other leading tech firms such as Facebook, Samsung and Sony, all within walking distance of Grand Central Apartments.

Also a short walk away are the train stations for which King Cross is most renowned. Kings Cross itself – immortalized in Harry Potter – connects London to the wider UK with services to Edinburgh in the north and Cambridge to the east, while adjacent St. Pancras station connects to Paris and wider Europe on the Eurostar. Six Underground lines serve routes all over London, connecting to the major financial districts, universities and all five London airports in an hour or less.


Inspired by Kings Cross

The nearby stations were a major influence on award-winning architects Stiff + Trevillion when designing Grand Central Apartments. The development's signature slender tower incorporates the linear forms and materials of the railway to connect the newest landmark of Kings Cross to the site's industrial past, set within two acres of green spaces and public squares that contribute to the overall Kings Cross redevelopment.

Standing at the center, Grand Central Apartments offers 68 apartments and penthouses across 22 stories, commanding impressive views over the gardens, Kings Cross and wider Central London. All apartments benefit from high ceilings, a private balcony or winter garden and deluxe furnishings and fittings, with inspiring modern interiors by Honky Interior Architecture & Design. Residents will also have access to a private lounge in the lobby and a daytime concierge service to take care of all requests.


A limited number of one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Grand Central Apartments are now available for overseas property buyers in Hong Kong, with completion estimated from Q4 2022. For more information about this investment opportunity and other residential properties in London, click here or contact JLL Investments Limited at +852 3759 0909 or


01 Sep 2020

Europe's largest redevelopment project is also one of the most attractive areas to live, work and invest in London


London residential markets are still among the most competitive options for overseas property investors, according to new research by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). Despite the increased stamp duty on foreign transactions, purchasing property in London was found to be more affordable than other global hotspots such as Sydney, Singapore and Vancouver, with £73,750 (HK$748,166) transaction tax on a £1m property purchase (compared to £300,000 (HK$3.04m) in Hong Kong).

Investing in London property can be a tricky prospect however, because of the large discrepancies in house prices and yields between areas. As redevelopment continues to transform the British capital, it's important for buyers to keep track of the changing fortunes of London districts to make sure they're investing wisely. In the new decade, Kings Cross is going from strength to strength as one of the best prospects for Central London residential investment.


Strong performer

Occupying 67 acres of prime Central London real estate, Kings Cross has changed dramatically over the past two decades, from underused industrial zone and red light district to one of the inner city's most vibrant destinations with a thriving creative industry. As the regeneration continues to enhance the area's appeal, the population is expected to grow by 9% over the next decade, increasing demand for property in a city already struggling with a housing shortfall.


According to figures from JLL and Molior, new build property prices in King Cross increased by 106% from 2011 to 2019, compared to just 19% for London Zones 1 and 2 overall. Rents increased by 33% during the same period. JLL forecasts a further 13.9% house price growth and 11.9% rental growth over the next five years, outperforming Greater London as a whole.


Nick Whitten, JLL Head of UK Living Research, explains: “Kings Cross is a richly historic part of London which has undergone a phenomenal regeneration over the past 20 years with thousands of new homes built around several new public parks and squares. Kings Cross is proving to be a particularly attractive area to live in London with around 45% of homes in the area occupied by affluent young professionals.”


Knowledge Quarter

A focal point of the Kings Cross regeneration is the Knowledge Quarter, a district of innovation comprising more than 100 organizations in a one-mile radius, from cutting-edge medical research to leading global brands, most notably Google. Office rents in Kings Cross have doubled since Google opened its doors in 2013, attracting other high-profile names including Facebook, Samsung, Nike and Universal Music.

The regeneration is adding 1.8 million square feet of commercial space to Kings Cross for a total of 3.4m square feet of workspace in 19 new and refurbished buildings. Approximately 70,000 skilled workers live in and commute to Kings Cross every day, a number that's sure to grow in line with the booming tech sector.

Kings Cross is a natural fit for global organizations thanks to its excellent connectivity, soon to be enhanced further following £2.5bn of infrastructure investment. Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston train stations serve routes all over London, taking in all five London airports, as well as to the wider UK and mainland Europe via the Eurostar. Forthcoming Crossrail 2 and HS2 upgrades will add even more destinations and shorten journey times.


New neighborhoods

Along with commercial expansion, the Kings Cross redevelopment is adding new shopping and dining precincts, arts and culture venues, public spaces and 1,900 homes to make this emerging London hotspot a great place to live as well as work. There's also plenty of space to catch a breath, with 40% of the district (26 acres) designated as open space.

Contributing to this green space and sought-after housing is Grand Central Apartments, a new residential tower of luxury apartments and penthouses surrounded by two acres of gardens and public squares, within walking distance of Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations. Expected to complete from Q4 2022, selected units are now available for overseas property buyers looking to invest in this dynamic part of London.


For more information about Grand Central Apartments and other residential properties in London, click here or contact JLL Investments Limited at +852 3759 0909 or

01 Sep 2020

New neighborhoods and transport upgrades are making West London property a cost-effective alternative to Central London

Long overlooked by developers focused on the famous streets of Central London and the booming East End, West London is becoming an attractive alternative for living, working and investing in the UK capital.

More affordable than the prime London market, the redevelopment of well-connected areas such as Kew Bridge in Brentford is making the West a tempting prospect for local and overseas property buyers looking for long-term capital gains. Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) forecasts 15% growth in West London property prices from 2018 to 2022, outperforming Central London and Greater London as a whole. Further growth is expected when Crossrail and HS2 services begin, improving connections across London and the wider UK and attracting more professionals looking for cheaper rents than central London districts.

£1.85 million has been invested in the regeneration of Kew Bridge and Brentford, a notably green part of London that's close to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Golden Mile business district and many reputable schools and universities. The regeneration plan includes 1,700 new homes across several new residential districts along with new infrastructure and amenities to serve the growing community and boost property values further.


Great West Corridor

The local council's plan for Brentford and surrounding areas is to create a new mixed-use business and lifestyle quarter to draw attention and investment to West London. Along with a new transport interchange to connect existing overground routes to the new Crossrail and HS2 services at Old Oak Common station, Brentford's regeneration will include a new 17,250 capacity football stadium and a new riverside marina at Watermans Park.

As well as boosting the appeal of the area, these new facilities are expected to attract significant commercial and retail investment to Brentford, which is already a well-established business destination in West London. Many of the world's leading blue chip companies have based their London headquarters along the Golden Mile and Chiswick Business Park – Dell, Sony and the Walt Disney Company among them – employing more than 200,000 skilled workers.

For families, living in Kew and Brentford puts some of London's most prestigious schools, colleges and universities in easy reach. The University of West London has a Brentford campus and the local area has a wide selection of private and community schools rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by education regulator Ofsted. Other internationally renowned institutions such as King's College London, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL) and the University of Roehampton are within 45 minutes' travel.

Kew is a popular getaway for Londoners for its heritage sites and natural charms, from picturesque Kew Green and the UNESCO-listed Royal Botanic Gardens to the quirky boutiques of Kew Village. The sights of the city center are less than 30 minutes away by rail (shorter when Crossrail arrives) and it's less than 20 minutes' drive to London Heathrow Airport for travel overseas.


Verdo – Kew Bridge

The first of the new residential neighborhoods in Brentford to welcome investors is Verdo – Kew Bridge, a mixed residential and commercial district by EcoWorld London. A minute's walk from Kew Bridge station and close to Kew Village, Chiswick and the Golden Mile, this new development features luxurious apartments and a selection of shops, restaurants and community spaces surrounded by landscaping.

The latest phase at Verdo, Lily House, offers buyers a choice of studios and one, two or three-bedroom apartments, each featuring a private balcony or terrace, bespoke fittings and stylish contemporary interiors with a choice of color palettes. Residents have access to hotel-style private amenities including a lounge and dining suite, cinema, fully-equipped gym, podium garden and 24-hour concierge services.

A select number of units at Lily House are now available for overseas property buyers, with completion estimated from Q3 to Q4 2022. Investors based in Hong Kong who want to know more about this project can attend JLL's exhibition from Saturday 29 to Sunday 30 August.


Exhibition detail

Date: 29–30 August, 2020 (Sat–Sun)

Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Venue: 15/F, Entertainment Suite, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong


For more information about Verdo Kew Bridge and other residential properties in London, click here or contact JLL International Properties at +852 3759 0909 or

26 Aug 2020

Latimer Homes launches high-spec apartments and townhouses in the heart of thriving Salford Quays, home of MediaCityUK


The UK's fastest-growing economy outside of London, Manchester in North-West England offers the best of modern city living at more affordable prices than the British capital. The former textile powerhouse is today best known for its sports and culture scenes, but a thriving economy and strong and stable property returns are making Manchester a compelling option for overseas property investment in Europe.

As employment, educational and social opportunities continue to draw professionals and students to Manchester from far and wide, the supply of new housing is struggling to meet the high demand, driving up prices and creating opportunities for developers and investors. Property values in Manchester have grown by 19 percent since 2016, according to the Land Registry, and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) is projecting a further 17.1% increase in the next five years, with consistent growth of 3 to 3.5 percent per annum in sales and rental prices.

Manchester's urban regeneration is creating opportunities for developers to address this shortfall and add more homes to sought-after areas, particularly in the popular waterfront district Salford Quays. New developments such as Amplify Apartments by Latimer Homes are providing contemporary homes within walking distance of local attractions and a short tram ride from the city center.


Thriving waterfront community

Salford Quays can trace its history back to the Victorian period when it was one of the UK's busiest commercial docks. Following the closure of the docks, this prime real estate close to the city center was transformed into a fashionable business and leisure district, incorporating notable cultural venues such as The Lowry Theatre and Imperial War Museum, watersports centers and media hub MediaCityUK, the new home of the BBC and ITV Studios.

Salford Quays is less than 15 minutes from Manchester city center and business parks, making it a convenient address for living and working in the city. World-class facilities and international connections at nearby Manchester Airport have convinced many leading global brands, including Google, Amazon, Adidas and 80 of the FTSE 100, to establish regional offices in Manchester. With more than 1.4 million people working in the Greater Manchester area across sectors ranging from legal and accounting to fashion, media and retail, the city's diverse economy is projected to grow by 2 percent per annum, above the UK average.

Manchester is also a major university city, where over 100,000 students attend 10 notable institutions including the local Salford University, University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan. With a 59 percent student retention rate, most young people prefer to continue living, working and renting in Manchester after graduating, contributing to the steady demand for well-connected property.


Riviera lifestyle

Amplify Apartments at Salford Quays combines scenic waterfront living with access to the best Manchester has to offer via convenient tram and road links. Buyers have a choice of one, two or three-bedroom apartments and duplex townhouses, with a help-to-buy scheme and Shared Ownership options offering a choice for every budget.

All residences are appointed with high-spec fittings including integrated Bosch appliances, connected media services and full-height windows making the most of natural light and views over The Quays from the higher floors. More views can be enjoyed from the private residents' rooftop garden, while a hotel-style concierge in the entrance lobby can take care of all requests.


For more information about Amplify Apartments and other residential properties in Manchester and the UK, click here  or contact JLL International Properties at +852 3759 0909, or Whatsapp: +852 9316 3620.

23 Jul 2020

Showcase scheme for Old Kent Road regeneration brings warehouse apartments and flexible workspaces to London Bridge area


Overseas property buyers looking for an entry point to Central London could do worse than Bermondsey. Walking distance from London Bridge and the iconic sights and sounds of the city, this up-and-coming area on the south bank of the River Thames has been name-dropped by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in London. There are plenty of reasons why.

Like many neighborhoods along the river, Bermondsey was a thriving manufacturing quarter until London's economy shifted and the industrial landmarks fell into disrepair. Ongoing urban renewal projects such as the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan are giving these old warehouses a new lease on life, reborn as fashionable restaurants, art spaces and luxury apartments tailor-made for professionals and students who want to live close to the action.

The landmark residential scheme of the Old Kent Road regeneration is London Square Bermondsey. This new neighborhood is bringing warehouse-style living, workspaces and art studios to SE1 in a mix of new builds and refurbished heritage buildings dating back to the 19th century. The latest phase to enter the market is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments on the site of the former Branston Pickle Factory, offering spectacular views over the London skyline.



Industrial quarter to foodie mecca

A stroll down Bermondsey Street will reveal why this district has become a favorite of Londoners in recent years. Cosmopolitan even by London standards, the streets are lined with gourmet restaurants, chic cocktail bars, artisan emporiums and cultural venues such as the White Cube Gallery and Fashion and Textile Museum. This culminates with the Bermondsey Street Festival, which takes over the street with vendors and entertainment for one day each September.

Close proximity to London Bridge means famous landmarks such as the Shard, London Eye and Big Ben are within walking distance, as are the business facilities of London Bridge City and More London, home of leading financial services firms and other global businesses. Students and families with children will also find some of London's most prestigious schools and universities in the local area, including King's College London and South Bank University.

From London Bridge Underground station, it's just six minutes to Canary Wharf or 10 minutes to the City of London (a.k.a. the Square Mile), London's two major finance and business districts. Bond Street shopping is less than 10 minutes away and it takes a little over 20 minutes to catch international connections at London City Airport. Thames Clipper river taxis from London Bridge City Pier offer a scenic alternative for destinations on both sides of the river.



Vibrant new neighborhood

The premier residential development in the area, London Square Bermondsey will become the heart of the new community in the new decade. Through the vision of architects AHMM, the mixed-use buildings celebrate Bermondsey's past while updating it to fit modern sensibilities, connected to the surrounding area by public squares and walkways.

The Pickle Factory epitomizes this blending of industrial heritage with contemporary style, from its grand entrance to the open-plan warehouse-style apartments on the upper floors. Critall-style windows frame iconic views over the City skyline and Canary Wharf, taking in the Walkie Talkie building and the Shard, while Siemens appliances, high-end electronics and a choice of color palettes set the scene for luxury city living.

Residents also have access to an exclusive suite of amenities housed in the lower floors of The Pickle Factory and other buildings across the development. These include a private meeting room, Beach Garden, fully-equipped gym and a hotel-style concierge. The development will also incorporate commercial and creative spaces, including new premises of Tannery Arts to support local artists.

A select number of units are now available for overseas property investors in Hong Kong and other locations. For more information about this opportunity and other residential properties in London, contact JLL International Residential at +852 3759 0909, or Whatsapp: +852 9316 3620.

09 Jun 2020

Less than 30 minutes from London, Reading is an increasingly popular alternative for global business and investment

As London property continues to price out businesses and professionals, the nearby town of Reading is growing in prominence as a place to live, work and play, not just to commute. A high-tech town surrounded by countryside, with commercial and residential districts in walking distance, Reading offers many of the positives of big city living without the negatives.

More affordable house prices and rents, a booming digital sector, multibillion-pound investments and a top UK university are seeing Reading's young and educated population grow rapidly. Research by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) published in May 2020 found that 45 percent of Reading households are young professionals who are privately renting, the largest age demographic being 25 to 34 – prime segments for residential developers and landlords.

Reading has shown consistent price growth for the last decade and JLL forecasts higher sales prices and rental growth over the next five years compared to London and the UK average. Helping to drive this growth are the imminent arrival of Crossrail, improving commuting time to London, the proposed direct rail link to Heathrow Airport, and other high-profile investments aimed at boosting economic growth and quality of life.

A number of residential developments are already under construction in Reading to capitalize on the anticipated surge in demand as the decade goes on, none more significant than Huntley Wharf by leading UK developer Berkeley Homes. Once complete, this new waterfront quarter will bring 765 homes, more than 13,000 square feet of commercial facilities and new public spaces to a central location just minutes from the new Crossrail station and business hubs.

Explaining the appeal of Reading, Berkeley Homes Managing Director (Oxford & Chilterns), Elkie Russell, said: “Reading has so much to offer residents, employers and investors alike: the UK's largest tech cluster; home to 13 of the world's top 30 global brands; excellent employment opportunities with one of the highest wages in the UK outside of London; superb transport connections; outstanding education; to name but a few.”


The UK's Silicon Valley

Reading's growing reputation as an exciting hub of innovation has given rise to the Silicon Valley comparison. The region is home to the highest concentration of digital business in the UK, where giants like Microsoft and Oracle rub shoulders with countless startups at high-tech business centers, and its perpetually youthful talent pool is supported by local Reading University.

The news that the university's Thames Valley Science Park may soon house the largest purpose-built film studio in the UK could also see Reading become an outpost of Hollywood by 2022, bringing more jobs and attention to the area. This is also the current opening date for Crossrail services operating from the new £900m Reading Station, which will see Reading functionally become a suburb of the capital at less than an hour from Central London.


New riverside neighborhood

The mixed-use Huntley Wharf development is part of Reading's transformation, redeveloping almost seven acres along the River Kennet with new public and commercial spaces and residential apartments targeting young professionals and foreign investors. Residents at Huntley Wharf will also benefit from private amenities such as a concierge, gym, co-working studio and podium gardens, as well as having direct access to the on-site stores and restaurants.

Residences are spread across three main buildings and range from 446 square foot single-bed units to 1,057 square foot three-bedroom apartments, along with a number of generously sized duplexes and triplexes. While the exterior architecture of Huntley Wharf is inspired by the site's industrial heritage, the interiors offer a choice of four contemporary color palettes. Most apartments feature a balcony or terrace with views over the river or the Reading skyline.

The first completions at Huntley Wharf are scheduled for Q1 2022, in time for peak Crossrail demand. A select number of units are now available for overseas property buyers at the three main apartment blocks of Bakers Yard South, Bakers Yard West and Discovery House West, with prices starting from £307,500 (HK$2.91m).


For more information about Huntley Wharf and other residential properties in the UK, please contact JLL International Residential at +852 3759 0909, or Whatsapp +852 9316 3620.




04 Jun 2020

Berkeley Homes is bringing a brand-new collection of apartments to Reading – the economic capital of the Thames Valley.  Huntley Wharf is a new landmark development boasting a prime town centre location, overlooking the River Kennet. An expansive new collection of high specification homes which is set to significantly enhance the property landscape.

Huntley Wharf is one of the UK’s most exciting residential investment opportunities to launch this year – the prime south facing riverside setting is just a few minutes’ walk from Reading station. Many of the new homes will feature a balcony or terrace to maximise the south facing aspect and riverside views.

Set in nearly 7 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, the development will offer over 700 homes in three main buildings, enhanced by a host of proposed amenities including a restaurant, coffee shop, convenience store, day nursery, concierge, resident’s gym, Riverside Square, Riverside Walk and co-working studio.


New phase launch

This new collection of apartments features distinctive designs and layouts, broadening the style and range of properties currently available to buy in Reading.  As well as traditional style 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, larger two bedroom properties with a main bathroom, ensuite and a bonus study are also available. This release also includes a number of generously sized duplex apartments, plus two riverfront 3 bedroom triplexes with flexible living accommodation spread across 3 floors.

The new homes are located across the main apartment blocks at Huntley Wharf, namely Bakers Yard South, Bakers Yard West and Discovery House West.


Superb investment opportunity

Huntley Wharf offers a truly impressive opportunity for the smart investor. It is set at the heart of a town undergoing rapid transformation, attracting investment by global companies.  Plans have recently been submitted by US company Blackhall Studios and the University of Reading to develop the “largest purpose-built film studio” at Thames Valley Science Park. The move would "bring major Hollywood film productions to the UK" and create up to 3,000 jobs. The company has produced movies such as Venom, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Jumanji:The Next Level. £500m a year is projected to be invested in the complex, which would produce roughly five to seven movies a year and create 1,500 jobs on-site. (1)


Prime business location

Reading is ranked amongst the top 25 most attractive European cities for direct foreign investment.  It has the highest concentration of digital businesses in the UK, and following the structural growth in technology, Reading is well placed for long term growth opportunities.

Latest research has identified Reading in the top 5 ‘best broadband hotspots for working from home’ (2) and Reading as one of the top 5 ‘Cities of the Future’ - UK innovation economy and best bet for future growth – Centre for Cities 2020 (3) .

Living and working in Reading brings with it many of the benefits of the big city experience without the drawbacks - with the added advantages of beautiful countryside and the majestic River Thames on its doorstep.

This prosperous town is undergoing major transformation, improvements include the evolution of The Oracle shopping centre, the £900m Station upgrade and Crossrail. 


Buoyant Property Market

Reading is a prime example of a buoyant market where property prices have been steadily rising over the last 10 years. Steve Woodford, Managing Director, of local lettings agent, Haslams, comments “Property values in Reading have experienced consistent growth over the last decade, with town centre apartments rising in value by 75% over the last five years. With Crossrail now imminent and talks of a new fast, direct rail link to Heathrow, we believe that real estate in Reading will continue to offer a solid investment proposition.”

Elkie Russell, Managing Director, Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chilterns), comments: “Reading has so much to offer residents, employers and investors alike: the UK’s largest tech cluster; home to 13 of the world’s top 30 global brands; excellent employment opportunities with one of the highest wages in the UK outside of London; superb transport connections; outstanding education; to name but a few.”


Rental market – one of the best in the UK

According to Haslams, typical rental returns in Reading are between 4% and up to 4.5%. Haslams let between 70 and 100 properties every month; void periods are minimal and usually properties are let within one week of being marketed. Reading’s population of 230,000 continues to grow and is set to continue for the foreseeable future particularly with the arrival of Crossrail - meaning that demand from tenants is here to stay.


The Location

Reading is located 40 miles west of central London and 30 miles from Heathrow Airport. Huntley Wharf is just 0.7 miles from Reading Central Station, and to get from Reading to London Paddington takes under 30 minutes. The imminent Crossrail will allow commuters to travel to London Bond Street in 54 minutes; Canary Wharf in 68 minutes.


For more information of Huntley Wharf and other residential properties in UK, please contact JLL International Residential at +852 3759 0909 or

18 May 2020

Commercial and residential projects are opening up one of West London's most productive areas


Bordered by affluent London areas such as Chelsea and Kensington, Fulham offers the high life without the high property prices. Over the years, this leafy district has been favored by royalty, rock stars and other tastemakers, and today it's popular with the C-suite too – boasting the highest number of company directors per capita in the United Kingdom.

Home to the Virgin group, Disney and other global firms in London, as well as a major transport hub in the West, Fulham property is in high demand by professionals. The working age population increased by 13 percent between the 2001 and 2011 censuses, while the elderly population declined by 5 percent. Fulham is also popular with students and families with children, who appreciate its convenient access to world-class universities and outstanding local schools.

Multimillion-pound investment in public spaces, commercial facilities and residential schemes is making Fulham an even more desirable place to live, work and invest in London, particularly around the historic King's Road.


Royal address


A rich history is a given for any major street in London, but the King's Road has special royal approval, originally being the private road of King Charles II when he visited his palace at Kew. By the 1960s, the King's Road took on very different associations at the heart of the Swinging London scene, home to influential fashion designers and frequented by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, before the next decade saw it became an epicenter of punk.

Today, the King's Road is known a destination for sophisticated shopping, dining and culture in West London. Running for two miles through Fulham and Chelsea, global brands share the thoroughfare with fashion and cosmetics boutiques, antique stores and jewelers. Duke of York Square hosts a weekly market and is lined by restaurants and cafes, while fine dining reservations at the prestigious Bluebird and The Ivy in Chelsea Garden need to be made in advance.

For cultured experiences, the Saatchi Gallery and Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square give platforms to the most exciting and challenging contemporary artists and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show brings the world's biggest flower show to the area each spring.


Educational excellence


London's major universities are among the highest performing in the world, and many are within easy reach of a Fulham address. These include global top 20 universities Imperial College London and University College London, top 10 UK university King's College London and specialist institutions such as the London School of Economics.

Fulham itself is home to several primary and secondary schools rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, including Lady Margaret School in Parsons Green and St Paul's Girls' School in Brook Green, making Fulham a popular choice for families renting and buying in London. With three London Underground stations, an Overground station and a nearby bus terminal at Hammersmith Broadway, Fulham property is well connected to the rest of London, the wider UK and international airports.


Regenerating Fulham


The regeneration of Fulham is multi-faceted, involving improvements to existing public and commercial amenities and the creation of new spaces, business facilities and residential neighborhoods. These improvements aim to serve the growing population (which increased by 10 percent overall from 2001 to 2011), further develop Fulham's potential as a commercial hub, and attract more investment to the area.

As part of the Fulham Riverside Regeneration Area, developer St William is creating 1,800 homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial space at King's Road Park, a six-acre site between the King's Road and the River Thames that's targeting overseas property investors. For more information about this project and other residential properties in London, click here  or contact JLL International Residential at +852 3759 0909 or

03 Apr 2020

The four-season resort development is exempt from normal restrictions on overseas property investment in Switzerland


From synthetic snow to wellness, leading ski resorts around the world are coming up with creative solutions to the threats posed by climate change. For one resort village in the Swiss Alps, this has included breaking long-standing rules on foreign real estate transactions by inviting overseas buyers to invest in exclusive apartments and chalets.

The Lex Koller law places severe restrictions on overseas property investment and sales in Switzerland, which normally require special permission, lengthy holding periods and other barriers. However, in 2007 the Swiss federal government ruled to make the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort exempt from these restrictions, as well as from the Lex Weber Second Home Law that enforces strict limits on residential construction.

This presents overseas buyers with a unique opportunity to acquire their own holiday home or investment property in the Swiss Alps, where demand and prices for luxury apartments have skyrocketed in recent years. As well as being part of the popular Andermatt–Sedrun–Disentis ski route, Andermatt Swiss Alps is growing a reputation as an all-season retreat with new attractions including an 18-hole championship golf course, fine dining restaurants and a year-round culture program.


Heart of the Swiss Alps


Just 90 minutes from Zurich and two hours from Milan, this charming mountain village in the Ursern Valley has been a popular winter holiday destination for centuries. Since the millennium, Andermatt has diversified into a year-round resort, following a sensitive development program that's taken care to preserve its traditional heritage and natural surroundings.

From November to May, Andermatt is thronged by skiers, snowboarders, snowshoe trekkers and other winter sports enthusiasts eager to experience the famous steep pistes and deep-snow descents of the Gemsstock. In the warmer months, golfers of all abilities can take on the 18-hole, par 72 championship course and the Alpine scenery makes a dramatic backdrop for more than 500 kilometers of hiking and cycling trails.

There's plenty to keep visitors and residents busy in the evenings too, from a world-class concert hall and other cultural venues to stores and a growing roster of food and drink options, all within walking distance in the car-free village. Andermatt is also home to the five-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt and four-star conference hotel Radisson Blu Reussen, with more hotels, apartments and chalets in the development pipeline.


Modern Alpine villas


The Andermatt Responsible campaign promotes sustainable tourism and development to help preserve the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps. All apartment buildings and hotels in the village are built in compliance with the energy-efficient MINERGIE® standard and draw their electricity and heat from renewable sources. Underground parking is available for guests arriving by road, but the village itself is kept car-free.

Overseas buyers have a choice of practical studios, spacious apartments and deluxe penthouses at Andermatt Swiss Alps. The latest buildings to enter the market are Arve Chalet Apartments, an exclusive apartment block located in the heart of the village, and Enzian Alpine Apartments, which offer private gardens and roof terraces. All residences at Andermatt blend traditional Alpine villa architecture with modern interior design and generous storage space.

International buyers will enjoy tax breaks when investing in real estate in Andermatt and can buy, sell and lease properties without restriction. Since many purchases are for investment property, Andermatt Swiss Alps offers property management services to take care of all cleaning and maintenance in owners' absence and a complete rental program to market and fill rental vacancies all year round.


For more information about Andermatt Swiss Alps and other residential properties in Europe, click here or contact JLL International Properties at +852 3759 0909 or

19 Mar 2020

A surge in foreign transactions is expected as investors aim to beat the April 2021 deadline


British Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a two percent stamp duty increase for non-resident home buyers from April 2021 in the first Budget of the new Conservative government. This will affect all residential property transactions in England and Northern Ireland from next year, but not those in other UK regions. The Chancellor confirmed on Wednesday that money raised from this levy will contribute to building 6,000 new homes to help tackle the homeless issue in the UK.

An increase in stamp duty has been long anticipated, and this is lower than the three percent previously suggested in the Conservative party manifesto. Although tax increases are never popular, stamp duty on housing has proven a successful source of revenue for the government. Previous tax changes have been criticized for contributing to the slowdown of London property markets over the past few years, but the real impact on transaction volumes is unclear.

Other housing measures included in Budget 2020 were a further £12 billion and a timeline extension for the government's Affordable Homes Programme and an additional £1 billion to remove unsafe combustible cladding materials from older housing schemes. Not included was former Chancellor Sajid Javid's proposed 'mansion tax' that would have increased duties further on high-value homes.


How stamp duty works


Stamp duty on UK property increases according to value. Currently, there is no stamp duty on UK homes valued at less than £125,000 (up to £300,000 for first-time buyers). This increases up to 12 percent for homes costing more than £1.5 million and there's an additional three percent surcharge when buying a second home.

This means that, from April 2021, overseas property buyers could pay as much as 17 percent total stamp duty when buying expensive homes in England and Northern Ireland (not applicable to property in Scotland, Wales or other UK regions). Those who become UK residents after paying this surcharge may be entitled to claim a refund.

Real estate firms expect to see a surge in foreign transactions before the new tax rule comes into effect. Overseas purchases are then forecast to decline in the rest of 2021 before stabilizing again by 2022–23. At present, around 70,000 of the UK's 1.2 million annual property transactions are overseas purchases, particularly in investment hotspot London where many large-scale developments primarily target foreign buyers.


UK property still affordable


The stamp duty hike has faced criticism for potentially stifling the UK property markets just as they were beginning to recover from years of investor uncertainty. However, London will remain a competitive city by global standards even after the increase, especially in comparison to expensive alternatives such as Hong Kong, where overseas buyers pay an additional 33.3 percent tax on top of the purchase price. With foreign investors in the UK having benefited from the weakened pound in recent years, the move is seen by some as leveling the playing field for domestic buyers.

Nick Whitten, Head of UK Living Research at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), said: “The change in the rate of stamp duty for international investors was anticipated as part of the government's priority to 'level up' the distribution of wealth in the UK. However, it is vital to strike an appropriate balance in meeting this priority and enabling international investment which currently plays such a crucial role in unlocking the development of thousands of new homes in London and the UK's major regional cities.

“We welcome the delayed introduction until April 2021 to allow developers to explore options to adjust their delivery models. But time will tell what the long-term impact of the increase is, and whether it will threaten the future attractiveness of the UK and the viability of some housing schemes already in the pipeline.”

JLL forecasts moderate growth of one percent in the UK residential markets through 2020 as investor confidence slowly returns following Brexit. This is expected to increase to four percent per annum by 2022, when the more positive investment climate becomes better established.


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13 Mar 2020