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

Rossetti Garden Mansions, London, SW3
£795,000

Rossetti Garden Mansions, London, SW3

Porter Street, London, SE1
£750,000

Porter Street, London, SE1

Portnall Road, W9
£760,000

Portnall Road, W9

Wharf Road, N1
Offers in excess of £550,000

Wharf Road, N1

Millennium Square, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £725,000

Millennium Square, London, SE1

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V
£500,000

Canaletto Tower, London, EC1V

Hanover Steps, London, W2
£550,000

Hanover Steps, London, W2

St. Anns Villas, W11
£650,000

St. Anns Villas, W11

Lefkonico House 505-507, London, N7
Offers in excess of £800,000

Lefkonico House 505-507, London, N7

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1
£595,000

Cinnamon Wharf, London, SE1

The Triangle, London, SE1
£650,000

The Triangle, London, SE1

Axis Court, London, SE16
£775,000

Axis Court, London, SE16

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £750,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£995,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

Admirals Court, London, SE1
£1,150,000

Admirals Court, London, SE1

Ashmore Road, W9
£599,999

Ashmore Road, W9

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W
£690,000

Halcyon Wharf, London, E1W

Clifton Place, W2
£750,000

Clifton Place, W2

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

Park Mansions, London, SW1X

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1
Offers in excess of £600,000

Butlers & Colonial Wharf, London, SE1

Shepherds Bush Road, W6
£625,000

Shepherds Bush Road, W6

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

Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1

Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16
Offers in excess of £725,000

Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16

Blenheim Terrace, NW8
£450,000

Blenheim Terrace, NW8

Baltic Court, London, E1W
£480,000

Baltic Court, London, E1W

Coniston Court, London, W2
£480,000

Coniston Court, London, W2

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

Corio House, London, SE1

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1
£775,000

Vogans Mill Wharf, London, SE1

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

Chimney Court, London, E1W

Stanhope Terrace, W2
Offers in excess of £800,000

Stanhope Terrace, W2

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,375,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Canonbury Road, N1
£325,000

Canonbury Road, N1

Wenlock Street, N1
Offers in excess of £500,000

Wenlock Street, N1

Graham Street, N1
Offers in excess of £1,500,000

Graham Street, N1

The Quadrangle, W2
£1,100,000

The Quadrangle, W2

Queens Head Street, London, N1
Offers in excess of £375,000

Queens Head Street, London, N1

Park West, London, W2
£425,000

Park West, London, W2

Porchester Place, W2
£725,000

Porchester Place, W2

Essex Road, N1
£400,000

Essex Road, N1

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

Wheat Wharf Apartments, London, SE1

Arlington Avenue, N1
Offers in excess of £550,000

Arlington Avenue, N1

Goswell Road, EC1V
£850,000

Goswell Road, EC1V

The Circle, London, SE1
£530,000

The Circle, London, SE1

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1
£1,565,000

Spice Quay Heights, London, SE1

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

New Concordia Wharf, London, SE1

Southacre, London, W2
£1,675,000

Southacre, London, W2

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

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

Berglen Court, London, E14
£850,000

Berglen Court, London, E14

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£565,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£275,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Devonport, London, W2
£799,000

Devonport, London, W2

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£850,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Curlew Street, London, SE1
£30,000

Curlew Street, London, SE1

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1
£825,000

Vanilla & Sesame Court, London, SE1

The Water Gardens, W2
£700,000

The Water Gardens, W2

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2
£850,000

Quadrangle Tower, London, W2

Cleveland Mansions, London, W9
£675,000

Cleveland Mansions, London, W9

Portsea Hall, London, W2
£900,000

Portsea Hall, London, W2

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W
£625,000

Cinnabar Wharf West, London, E1W

Java House, London, E14
£600,000

Java House, London, E14

Riverlight Quay, SW11
£950,000

Riverlight Quay, SW11

Maida Vale, W9
£899,999

Maida Vale, W9

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

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3
£1,040,000

Chelsea Cloisters, London, SW3

Waterside Building, London, E1W
Offers in the region of £1,000,000

Waterside Building, London, E1W

Pied-à-terres available to rent

Wapping High Street, West Wapping , London, E1W
£575 per week

Wapping High Street, West Wapping , London, E1W

Vanilla & Sesame Court, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£612 per week

Vanilla & Sesame Court, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Cayenne Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£650 per week

Cayenne Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1

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

Court Lodge, South Kensington, London, SW1W
£995 per week

Court Lodge, South Kensington, London, SW1W

74 Arlington Avenue, Islington, London, N1
£625 per week

74 Arlington Avenue, Islington, London, N1

Hans Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3
£500 per week

Hans Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London, W1U
£745 per week

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London, W1U

New Quebec, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£595 per week

New Quebec, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2
£840 per week

Hyde Park Square, Hyde Park, London, W2

Long Lane, Bermondsey Street, London, SE1
£865 per week

Long Lane, Bermondsey Street, London, SE1

2 Boss Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£635 per week

2 Boss Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Royal Street, Waterloo, London, SE1
£300 per week

Royal Street, Waterloo, London, SE1

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1U
£675 per week

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, Marylebone, W1U

Mill Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£519 per week

Mill Street, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Shad Thames, London, SE16
£658 per week

Shad Thames, London, SE16

Knightsbridge, London, SW1X
£1,950 per week

Knightsbridge, London, SW1X

Duke Of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3
£850 per week

Duke Of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3

Little London Court, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£819 per week

Little London Court, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Seymour Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£460 per week

Seymour Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2
£1,214 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, London, W2

Great Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£750 per week

Great Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Manchester Street, Marylebone, London, W1U
£725 per week

Manchester Street, Marylebone, London, W1U

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London, W1U
£750 per week

Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London, W1U

27 Bermondsey Wall West, Shad Thames, London, SE16
£646 per week

27 Bermondsey Wall West, Shad Thames, London, SE16

Wapping, London, E1W
£625 per week

Wapping, London, E1W

Boston Place, Marylebone, London, NW1
£595 per week

Boston Place, Marylebone, London, NW1

Finchley Lane, Hendon, London, NW4
£519 per week

Finchley Lane, Hendon, London, NW4

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

Weymouth Mews, Marylebone, London, W1G
£850 per week

Weymouth Mews, Marylebone, London, W1G

Raven Wharf Apartments, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£888 per week

Raven Wharf Apartments, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£1,050 per week

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£995 per week

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Wapping High Street, Wapping, London, E1W
£465 per week

Wapping High Street, Wapping, London, E1W

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H
£575 per week

George Street, Marylebone, London, W1H

Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14
£646 per week

Fairmont Avenue, Canary Wharf, London, E14

Fulham Road, Fulham, Fulham, SW6
£323 per week

Fulham Road, Fulham, Fulham, SW6

26 Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H
£450 per week

26 Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London, W1H

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£808 per week

Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W
£2,000 per week

Metropolitan Wharf Building, Wapping, London, E1W

Coriander Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1
£692 per week

Coriander Court, Shad Thames, London, SE1

Sanderling Lodge, Wapping, London, E1W
£785 per week

Sanderling Lodge, Wapping, London, E1W

Upper Berkeley Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H
£808 per week

Upper Berkeley Street, Hyde Park, London, W1H

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£625 per week

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

1 Fairmont Avenue, London, E14
£588 per week

1 Fairmont Avenue, London, E14

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3
£625 per week

Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3

Millennium Square, Tower Bridge, London, SE1
£635 per week

Millennium Square, Tower Bridge, London, SE1

Porchester Place, Hyde Park, London, W2
£675 per week

Porchester Place, Hyde Park, London, W2

Park Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8
£967 per week

Park Road, St Johns Wood, London, NW8

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2
£1,508 per week

Edgware Road, Paddington, London, W2

Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V
£600 per week

Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, Bayswater, W2
£1,230 per week

Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, Bayswater, W2

1 Fairmoint Avenue, London, E14
£554 per week

1 Fairmoint Avenue, London, E14

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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