Why should you consider a mews house for your next move?

Duncan Petrie, Associate Director, Mews Department, Savills
Duncan Petrie

Mews have generally remained slightly in the shadow of the traditional period homes and ‘trophy flats’ that surround them, often because they are thought of as smaller homes. This is one of many mews misconceptions. Recently, however, opinion is changing and mews streets have never been so popular. Savills analysis of 20 selected mews streets in central London found that the average sale price has increased by almost 200% over the last ten years.

Almost all mews houses share common characteristic features – Collinge hinges, hayloft-access doors on upper levels with Juliet balconies and side-hinged garage doors to name a few. However, each individual mews is unique.

One element that has historically always been absent from mews homes, and tends to deter buyers, is some form of outside space. Country dwellers and townsfolk will have different standards of what can be called a garden, but within the context of London gardens there are a handful of mews houses lucky enough to have generous outside space. However, these properties are being inventively modernised and reconfigured to introduce a garden or terrace, whether that is a central light well with a patio at the bottom, a roof terrace or a balcony.

Mews houses can often surprise with their tardis-like proportions. They tend to be laterally configured and many have had the ‘sideways treatment’, combining at least two houses to create a ‘super mews’, providing substantial living space over fewer floors. As a result we are seeing exciting new features appearing such as living walls, mezzanine levels, retractable ceilings and spa facilities.

Additionally, basement excavations are no less popular than they were five or ten years ago. Those done well with good light and of a good depth contribute positively to a house. In the world of mews one can rarely tell from the street that a house has a basement therefore perpetuating the perception of these houses being of a conservative size and giving credence to the idiom, “never judge a book by its cover”.

Duncan Petrie
Associate Director, Mews Department