London Sets Record for Luxury Home Sales

Foreign buyers are pouring in money to escape volatility at home
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2011 2:10 PM CDT
The Landmark, one of London's newest luxury residential addresses.   (Photo: Business Wire)

(Newser) – The market for London's most luxurious homes is skyrocketing as foreign buyers, seeking safe investments, swoop in to purchase the city's priciest residences. Sales of properties worth more than $8 million spiked 31% to a record 262 in the past year, reports Businessweek. House-hunters hailing from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Russia are investing upward of $1,900 per square foot in posh London neighborhoods as a way to escape volatility in their home countries.

The most expensive deals are being struck for apartments in central London neighborhoods including Belgravia, Knightsbridge, and Mayfair. One six-story building dating from the Victorian era, located near Paddington Square, was recently listed at $44 million.

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