J.P. Morgan’s 12-bedroom mansion for sale for $93.5m

Enterprise tycoon Mike Jatania is trying to promote a 12-bedroom mansion simply west of London, in what can be one of many UK’s largest ever nation home offers.

The Grade I-listed stately residence in Denham, Buckinghamshire — a 30-minute drive from central London — will go on sale subsequent week for £75 million ($93.2 million) by Knight Frank, Savills and Beauchamp Estates. The last word proprietor of the property is the household of Jatania, who constructed a fortune in cosmetics and offered personal-care model Lornamead to rival Li & Fung Ltd. for nearly $200 million a decade in the past.

“It’s very uncommon to get a stately residence of these palatial proportions that’s on par with a royal residence,” mentioned James Crawford, a companion in Knight Frank’s nation division. “Since Anglo-Saxon instances, as much as the present distributors, there have solely been seven homeowners of Denham Place.”

The deliberate sale comes 23 years after Jatania purchased the property from British American Tobacco Plc, which acquired the constructing as workplace area after a £5.1 billion takeover of rival cigarette maker Rothmans. The house — which has a James Bond-themed cinema room and cocktail bar — was rented by American banker J. P. Morgan and James Bond co-producer Harry Saltzman.

Jatania is anticipating a world purchaser to buy Denham Place, because the weak spot within the pound towards the greenback lures extra international buyers to London’s luxurious properties — notably from North America and the Center East. 

“In central London, the likes of Ken Griffin and different hedge fund managers have purchased properties, so I’m positive the People will take a look at it,” mentioned Jatania, who now resides in Monaco and invests in actual property initiatives comparable to Regent’s Crescent in London. “There’s additionally been a variety of wealth created within the Center East not too long ago, and we all know households there have a practice of proudly owning London houses.” 

Rich consumers who’re much less reliant on debt have helped London’s costliest houses defy a slowdown in Britain’s housing market, which is dealing with disruption because it adapts to greater borrowing prices. New gross sales directions for houses priced at £5 million or extra have been 74% greater within the ultimate quarter of 2022 in contrast with the pre-Covid common, in keeping with knowledge compiled earlier this yr by researcher LonRes.

What’s extra, 17% of ultra-high-net-worth people purchased at the least one residence final yr, in keeping with a report by Knight Frank. Residential property is seen because the most secure asset class for wealthy buyers, the analysis exhibits, rating above gold and bonds, respectively.  

“Demand for properties of this type is stronger than it has been for many years,” mentioned Crispin Holborow, joint-head of Savills’ personal workplace. “There was a widening curiosity from the world’s wealthiest households for interval property within the UK.”

Nonetheless, the hole between purchaser and vendor calls for in London is widening. Over half of potential purchasers on the lookout for a first-rate property within the capital anticipated at the least a 5% low cost within the first three months of the yr, in contrast with 6% in the identical quarter of 2022, in keeping with a Savills report revealed earlier this month.

Property developer Christian Sweet offered a luxurious property 20 miles west of London for about £125 million final yr, which was reportedly £15 million lower than he initially needed. 

Regardless, Jatania is hoping Denham Place’s historical past and shut proximity to central London will push the worth greater than £75 million.

“It wasn’t a straightforward quantity to decide on,” Jatania mentioned. “We hope that it’ll have aggressive pressure and go for extra.”