Luxury Basement Swimming Pools, The New Mansion Feature For The Uber-Wealthy In London 1st June 2016
A new report from Business Insider has looked at the many unique swimming pools that are fast becoming a ubiquitous feature of the mansion basements of London’s elite.
It seems down is the new way to the top for mansion owners as millions are being invested in revamping or even designing entirely new extravagant basements with the likes of cinemas, saunas and luxury swimming pools as common features.
Some of these elaborate basements known as ‘iceberg basements’ have several levels or floors and boast an array of decadent and luxurious indulgences, the likes of art galleries, game rooms and gymnasiums as well as the aforementioned swimming pools and other such features.
Reports suggest that the spectacular expansion plans tend to come from the likes of wealthy Russian or Arab investors, with a few high-profile names mentioned. The likes of Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club, as well as Andrew Lloyd-Webber, have been linked with plans to build these elaborate basements.
Such plans are most commonly submitted in boroughs such as Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Kensington, London’s most elite and sought-after property areas, with the latter having an alleged 800 basement extensions carried out in the past four years.
It would seem that an elaborate wine cellar with a few vintage Chateauneuf-du-pape and maybe a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne or two is no longer an exclusive enough feature for the basements of the wealthy. Basements with saunas, cinemas and, most importantly, luxury swimming pools are now the must-have element for a mansion in the eyes of London’s most prosperous, it would seem.