Capitulation on St George’s Hill Points to a Bottom in Prime Markets
Updated: Nov 22, 2018
“Be greedy when others are fearful” Warren Buffett
It is often said that capitulation is a gilt-edged signal of a market bottom and one often used by some of the world's greatest investors. Four years on from the market peak and after 20%+ declines in the Prime London and South East property markets, Ludgrove has been privy to a number of capitulations and distressed sales.
Recently a 16,000 square foot, new build luxury mansion set in 1.1 acres on the exclusive St George’s Hill private estate with access to one of England’s finest golf and tennis clubs exchanged hands for £4.6m. A huge amount of money of course, but when one considers that the same property would have commanded around £13m in 2014, one can appreciate the scale of the opportunity available in the Prime London and South East property markets today.
Looking at this transaction in detail, the price paid by the new owner equates to £287 per square foot comfortably below the build cost, implying the 1.1 acres of land in prime St George’s Hill had a negative value! Further similar properties on the Estate have rented for around £7,000 per week (£360,000 per annum), meaning if the new owners chose to let a rental yield of 7.8% could be achieved (£360k on £4.6m value). Such a rental yield is more than double the yield achievable on St George’s Hill in 2014 and would rank amongst some of the highest yielding regions in the UK.
The property was sold with the following specification:
16,100 square feet.
1.1 Acre plot.
South West facing.
Situated in St George’s Hill private estate with 24-hour manned security entrance.
Leisure complex on lower ground floor with indoor swimming pool and cinema.
6 en-suite Bedrooms.
Separate staff accommodation.
Luxury fit out: bespoke kitchen, Gaggenau appliances, marble bathrooms, underfloor heating, ceiling speakers etc.
If you’d like to discover similar distressed property opportunities in the Prime London and South East property markets, please get in touch with Ludgrove Property. We have access to a number of outstanding opportunities.
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