La tipologia di case chiamata "mews" ha avuto un aumento di valore del 12% solo l'anno scorso.
Sono case in stradine secondarie pedonali a ciotoli, usate in passato per ospitare i cavalli dei proprietari delle case padronali.
Offrono molti vantaggi, tra i quali quello di essere freehold e di non avere spese condominiali ma di avere comunque prezzi simili ad appartamenti nella stessa zona.
In 2014, a mews house – the sort of property that usually conjures up a quaint, cottage-style city home on a cobbled, tucked-away street – sold for an all-time high of £2,909 per sq ft. Within a year, the record set by Eccleston Mews had been smashed with the purchase of a former stables-turned-garage on Reeves Mews in Mayfair, which went for £24 million, or a cool £3,840 per sq ft. “We’re seeing more international interest – largely American and European, but also recently Middle Eastern, which wasn’t the case 10 years ago,” says Oliver Lurot, head of Savills’ mews department. “They may have rented a mews for a short time because it is seen as very British, but they wouldn’t have bought it. Now there’s more of an awareness of these hidden gems.”