Return of the pied-à-terre: 7 properties available to buy or rent now

In our recent blog article, Cluttons’ James Hyman highlighted that a return of the pied-à-terre purchaser was beginning to fill the first-time-buyer-shaped hole in demand felt across London since June.

James noted his teams were seeing an increase in buyers who had previously moved their families to the country but were now returning to the office. Add to that a combination of soaring hotel prices and train fares approaching pre-pandemic prices, it seems that the idea of owning, or renting a secondary residence is becoming an increasingly attractive option once again.

What exactly is a pied-à-terre?

Pied-à-terre is a French term for “foot on the ground”. In practice, it’s essentially a small house or apartment in a city that you own or rent in addition to your main home, where you stay when working in or visiting that city for a short time.

Why might you want to live in one?

According to James, clients typically look to purchase a pied-à-terre in London for a couple of reasons. “It mainly appeals to professionals who have relocated outside of London but want a bolthole in easy distance from both their workplace and a station. Many view it as a long-term investment; instead of putting money into a pension fund, this is an asset that can be rented out and more than likely deliver strong capital growth in the future, as well as something their friends and family can benefit from too if they’re studying or working in London.”

The other increasingly common scenario is for those who want to downsize as they look to spend more time at a European holiday home that’s just a short flight away from London.

Most popular amenities

  • As they say – location, location, location
  • Easy access to public transport
  • Concierge or porter
  • Pet-friendly
  • Two bedrooms or one bedroom with a good size living area for when friends and family stay

One perhaps surprising feature that doesn’t top the non-negotiable list, is outside space. James says “Despite changes to how we live and work, it’s a bit of a misconception that outside space is a major driver for all Central London buyer and renters at the moment. Especially when it comes to those looking to buy or rent a secondary residence, because they’re going to be out and about a lot and more than likely have a garden at their primary home. Such a massive proportion of London doesn’t have any outside space – it’s the “London compromise” and always has been. Location and interior space is always important and anything more than that, such as a balcony or terrace, is just a wonderful luxury”.

London hotspots

Whilst everyone has their private wish list, and it really depends what you’re using it for, arguably the most important aspect or buying or renting a pied-à-terre is its location.

Commenting on popular City spots, James says “Obvious locations are Shad Thames and Wapping, due to their proximity to both the City and Canary Wharf. Buyers will be looking at geographies that are affordable but likely to offer good returns, in areas that are undergoing regeneration and infrastructure improvements.”

“Other popular locations are Kings Cross and Paddington thanks to infrastructure. Professionals can literally hop off their train, drop their bags off and be into work in under 30 minutes.”

Searching for your perfect pied-à-terre in London?

Take a look at a selection of Cluttons properties currently available to buy or rent, now.

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Pied-à-terres available to buy

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1
£585,000

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W
£620,000

Hermitage Waterside, London, E1W

Westbere Road, NW2
Offers in excess of £450,000

Westbere Road, NW2

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£485,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16
£350,000

New Caledonian Wharf, London, SE16

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1

Grange Road, London, SE1
£700,000

Grange Road, London, SE1

Tamarind Court, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £550,000

Tamarind Court, London, SE1

Corio House, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Corio House, London, SE1

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
£550,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1
£1,300,000

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£800,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Boss House, London, SE1
£700,000

Boss House, London, SE1

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £575,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

The Boathouse, London, SE1
£2,500,000

The Boathouse, London, SE1

Balmoral House, London, SE1
£770,000

Balmoral House, London, SE1

The Porter Building, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £595,000

The Porter Building, London, SE16

Luna House, London, SE16
£1,595,000

Luna House, London, SE16

Granary House, London, SE16
£750,000

Granary House, London, SE16

Compass Court, London, SE1
£800,000

Compass Court, London, SE1

De Beauvoir Crescent, N1
Guide Price £600,000

De Beauvoir Crescent, N1

Seymour Street, W1H
£495,000

Seymour Street, W1H

St. Anns Villas, W11
£650,000

St. Anns Villas, W11

Gloucester Place, W1U
Offers in excess of £7,000,000

Gloucester Place, W1U

Edgware Road, W2
£275,000

Edgware Road, W2

Echo House, London, E14
£450,000

Echo House, London, E14

Clifton Place, W2
£750,000

Clifton Place, W2

Peninsula Court, London, N1
Offers in excess of £900,000

Peninsula Court, London, N1

Ann Street, N1
£550,000

Ann Street, N1

Stanhope Terrace, W2
£795,000

Stanhope Terrace, W2

Edgware Road, W2
Offers in excess of £295,000

Edgware Road, W2

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,050,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Park West, London, W2
£425,000

Park West, London, W2

Ashmore Road, W9
£575,000

Ashmore Road, W9

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£565,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£650,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Porchester Place, W2
£445,000

Porchester Place, W2

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,100,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Sherwood Court, London, W1H
£1,175,000

Sherwood Court, London, W1H

The Water Gardens, W2
£549,500

The Water Gardens, W2

Sunderland Terrace, W2
£1,000,000

Sunderland Terrace, W2

Devonport, London, W2
£799,000

Devonport, London, W2

Angelis Apartments, London, N1
£550,000

Angelis Apartments, London, N1

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H
£270,000

Upper Berkeley Street, W1H

Juniper Drive, SW18
£795,000

Juniper Drive, SW18

Raleigh Mews, N1
£475,000

Raleigh Mews, N1

Leigh Road, N5
£600,000

Leigh Road, N5

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V
£450,000

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V

The Triangle, London, EC1V
£500,000

The Triangle, London, EC1V

Goswell Road, EC1V
£850,000

Goswell Road, EC1V

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

The Triangle, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £625,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Forset Court, London, W2
£520,000

Forset Court, London, W2

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1
£1,350,000

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14
£425,000

New Atlas Wharf, London, E14

Wapping High Street, E1W
£1,200,000

Wapping High Street, E1W

Hays Court, London, SE16
£895,000

Hays Court, London, SE16

Waterside Building, London, E1W
£950,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W

Scotts Sufferance Wharf, London, SE1
£695,000

Scotts Sufferance Wharf, London, SE1

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1
£2,500,000

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Chimney Court, London, E1W
Guide Price £630,000

Chimney Court, London, E1W

Tollgate Gardens, NW6
£475,000

Tollgate Gardens, NW6

Southacre, London, W2
£1,650,000

Southacre, London, W2

Park West, W2
£590,000

Park West, W2

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

The Water Gardens, W2
£700,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£700,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £700,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Park Mansions, London, SW1X
Guide Price £3,300,000

Park Mansions, London, SW1X

Tamarind Yard, E1W
£600,000

Tamarind Yard, E1W

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£900,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Forset Court, London, W2
£350,000

Forset Court, London, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£275,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Riverlight Quay, SW11
£950,000

Riverlight Quay, SW11

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W
£1,850,000

Chantrey House, Belgravia, London, SW1W

West India Quay, E14
£850,000

West India Quay, E14

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W
£575,000

Eluna Apartments, London, E1W

Pied-à-terres available to rent

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£925 per week

Montagu Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Montagu Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£1,150 per week

Montagu Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Queen Elizabeth Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£519 per week

Queen Elizabeth Street, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Great Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£895 per week

Great Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Caraway Building, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£750 per week

Caraway Building, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Bermondsey Wall West, Shad Thames, London, SE16
£981 per week

Bermondsey Wall West, Shad Thames, London, SE16

Upper Berkeley Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£1,000 per week

Upper Berkeley Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W2
£570 per week

Sussex Gardens, Hyde Park, London, W2

St Michaels Street, Marylebone, London, W2
£830 per week

St Michaels Street, Marylebone, London, W2

Tea Trade Wharf, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£715 per week

Tea Trade Wharf, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Midway House, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V
£738 per week

Midway House, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V

Bridewell Place, Wapping, Wapping, E1W
£450 per week

Bridewell Place, Wapping, Wapping, E1W

Carronade House, Wapping, London, E1W
£462 per week

Carronade House, Wapping, London, E1W

Ann Street, Islington, London, N1
£808 per week

Ann Street, Islington, London, N1

Lefkonico House, Islington, London, N7
£600 per week

Lefkonico House, Islington, London, N7

Wapping Lane, Wapping, London, E1W
£525 per week

Wapping Lane, Wapping, London, E1W

Wimbourne Street, Islington, London, N1
£508 per week

Wimbourne Street, Islington, London, N1

Lees Place, London, W1K
£995 per week

Lees Place, London, W1K

Tufnell Park Road, Islington, London, N7
£450 per week

Tufnell Park Road, Islington, London, N7

Earls Court Road, Earls Court, London, SW5
£775 per week

Earls Court Road, Earls Court, London, SW5

Earls Court Road, Earls Court, London, SW5
£577 per week

Earls Court Road, Earls Court, London, SW5

Canalside Square, Islington, London, N1
£550 per week

Canalside Square, Islington, London, N1

Dunelm Street, Limehouse, London, E1
£535 per week

Dunelm Street, Limehouse, London, E1

48 Sloane Square, South Kensington, London, SW1W
£795 per week

48 Sloane Square, South Kensington, London, SW1W

Elliotts Place, Islington, London, N1
£750 per week

Elliotts Place, Islington, London, N1

Wapping Lane, Wapping, London, E1W
£550 per week

Wapping Lane, Wapping, London, E1W

Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14
£450 per week

Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14

Quadrangle, Marylebone, London, W2
£650 per week

Quadrangle, Marylebone, London, W2

Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X
£675 per week

Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1X

Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6
£505 per week

Shepherds Bush Road, London, W6

1 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14
£635 per week

1 Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7
£1,859 per week

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7

Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7
£910 per week

Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7
£1,093 per week

Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7

Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7
£540 per week

Cranley Gardens, South Kensington, London, SW7

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£577 per week

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Tarling Street, Whitechapel, London, E1
£475 per week

Tarling Street, Whitechapel, London, E1

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,315 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£900 per week

Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3
£1,050 per week

Fulham Road, South Kensington, London, SW3

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,110 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2
£982 per week

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2

Hill Street, Hyde Park, London, W1J
£1,100 per week

Hill Street, Hyde Park, London, W1J

Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair, London, W1K
£1,050 per week

Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair, London, W1K

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W
£1,900 per week

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W

Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W
£1,900 per week

Wapping Wall, Wapping, London, E1W

Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J
£740 per week

Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J

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