St. James' is one of London's central districts and part of the West End. Originally developed for the aristocracy, St. James' property also became the home of gentlemen's clubs during the 19th century.
While much of the area is now devoted to commercial premises, there are still opportunities to buy homes in this stylish district.
Expensive tastes are catered for by the exclusive boutiques, delicatessens and tailors of Jermyn Street, and the grand theatres of Haymarket. To the south, St. James’ Park is one of the loveliest of the Royal parks, full of semi-tame wildlife and landscaped gardens. Walk across the bridge in the middle of the lake for a perfect London view, with Buckingham Palace on one side, and the palaces of Whitehall on the other.
St. James' Property
According to our estate agents handling property in St. James' whether you are looking for a studio flat or a family home, this elegant district can oblige. Singles and couples are well served by the smaller apartments located within converted mansion houses, while more spacious four and five bedroom apartments are also available.
There are also a smaller number of Grade II listed townhouses available on the edge of Green Park. Any address in this area is highly desirable, but St. James' property around the square commands some of the highest prices.
The Crown Estates own nearly 50 per cent of the buildings in St. James's; the area is part of the core fabric of The Crown Estate. The portfolio is currently the focus of a £500 million investment plan. In addition to 80 modern homes in Regent Street, increasing the provision of residential space in St. James's is an important part of their investment programme.
They plan to reinforce St. James's established position as a high quality residential location and are seeking over the next ten years to double the provision of residential space in the St. James's portfolio.
St. James' Buyers and Residents
St. James's still attracts prosperous residents today; some of its most famous inhabitants included:
The 17th Earl of Derby, who was born at 31 St. James' Square
William Gladstone, the Liberal politician
Dwight Eisenhower, who was Supreme Commander of European Allied Forces
Nancy Astor, the first female MP
William Pitt the Elder, who led government in the Seven Years' War
Top 5 Reasons to Live in St. James'
- St. James remains a very exclusive address
- For families there is a choice of top performing schools nearby
- From a St. James’ property you can access high quality shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and private galleries
- West End theatres are within easy reach
- You have St. James' Park and Green Park on your doorstep