Houses and flats for sale in Soho
Soho’s housing appeals to a wide range of buyers. The market is dominated by lateral flats: impressive loft and warehouse conversions retain the charming characteristics desired by many purchasers; whilst new build apartments and luxury penthouses offer the services demanded by international buyers.
Exceptional new build properties will command top prices in Soho and we are seeing a significant shift towards these top price brackets, specifically for apartments featuring sought-after amenities such as concierge services and leisure facilities.
Freehold townhouses are rare and therefore keenly sought. These range from unmodernised development opportunities to newly developed, interior designed properties with terraces and parking.
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Living in Soho
An area of approximately one square mile, Soho is bound by Oxford Street in the north, Leicester Square to the south, Charing Cross Road to the east and Regent Street to the west. It is rumoured to have taken its name from the hunting cry “soohoo” used in the 17th Century.
The area was originally grazing farmland until 1536, when it was used by Henry VIII as a royal park for the Palace of Whitehall. It began to develop in the 1660’s, when it began to attract an array of wealthy and fashionable crowd, including the Earl of Leicester, and towards the latter part of the century the area became too crowded.
Developers were brought in to provide housing for the area – and Soho soon became known as the French Quarter with over 40% of the population being Hugeunots fleeing from France. They soon brought along foreign trades such as tailoring, and a new culture of nightlife, theatres and music began to emerge.
Over the years, a strong music scene began to emerge, with the Café de Paris and the Hippodrome attracting famous American artists in the 1920’s and 30’s; and world-acclaimed jazz venue Ronnie Scott opening (it still remains one of the vest jazz venues in London). Today, the area is home to an array of cultural attractions including The Comedy Store, The Prince of Wales Theatre, The Soho Theatre, The London Palladium as well as a variety of restaurants ranging from small market stalls to upmarket eateries.
Soho is also home to an eclectic range of shops, including world-renowned department store Liberty and smaller, up and coming designer boutiques.
Living in Soho is a feast for the senses. For the very best properties for sale Soho has to offer search Knight Frank or contact one our Soho property experts.