By John Grainger, Property editor
What makes a home a “superhome”? Is it a superb swimming pool, or spectacular grounds, or sensational views?
Well, at least two things appear to be important: size (it must be big) and location – whether it’s in a city centre or on a mountain-top, it must command an enviable position.
One of the most high-profile examples of the genre is Antilla, the 27-storey hi-tech tower home built in Mumbai by petrochemicals magnate Mukesh Ambani. It has six storeys of parking, 600 staff and is said to have cost £1 billion to create.
The most expensive home currently on the market in this country is 2-8a Rutland Gate, the former home of the late Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq Hariri. It has underground parking, bulletproof windows, millions of pounds’ worth of gold-leaf decoration – and a price-tag of £300 million.
It makes the £65 million currently sought for a 9,000 sq ft, five-bedroom apartment (yes, that’s a FLAT) also overlooking Hyde Park seem quite modest.
Prices in our area are rather more down-to-earth – the £10m barrier is very rarely breached – but then, there’s not much call for gold-leaf decoration, or indeed bulletproof windows.
The following four homes are big, excellently well positioned, and are all currently for sale for at least £2 million, which is very reasonable compared with London prices.
Duchy House, set in large gardens on Duchy Road in Harrogate, is an Edwardian property remodelled to a 21st-century aesthetic.
It has seven en-suite bedrooms, games room, cinema room, wine store and large, ultra-modern reception rooms, as well as underfloor heating, six-zone HD TV distribution and outdoor hot-tub.
Even the double garage has underfloor heating.
Stafford House is an extremely rare detached property overlooking the Stray. It needs some renovation, but could become a stunning family home.
It has six bedrooms, large, high-ceilinged reception rooms, and a range of rooms in the basement and loft.
There’s also planning permission to extend the main house and to convert part of it into a separate home.
Son Vida, on Fulwith Mill Lane in Harrogate, is a six-bedroom Arts and Crafts house with modern appeal. The heart of the house is the large orangery, which opens onto an acre of landscaped gardens.
One of the house’s main attractions, though, is its location – on Harrogate’s south side, on one of the most sought-after roads in the North of England.
Finally, Heaton House in Aldborough is one of the finest country houses in the area. In addition to the spacious main house there is an adjoining two-bed cottage; adjoining garage, offices and large workshop (in converted stables); and a detached garage block with one-bed apartment above – all in seven acres of gardens and grounds.
For £800,000 extra (bringing the total asking price to £3.75m), you can also buy another 24 acres of land; an outdoor swimming pool; a 14,000 sq ft agricultural building; more than 5,000 sq ft of office space; and outbuildings with planning permission to convert into three office units, potentially boosting the rental income to around £125,000.