Our Indian client was looking for a family apartment in St John’s Wood that was not only close to where his family already owned, but it also had to meet with his complex Vastu requirements. Vastu shastra (vāstu śāstra) is a pseudoscience originating in India which literally translates to “science of architecture”. According to Vastu Shastra, the main entrance to a home is not only the entry point for the family, but also for energy. The main door should face the north, east or in the north-east direction. Trying to find an apartment that meets with Vastu requirements is incredibly challenging as most do not comply.
Vastu requirements can sometimes be fulfilled in new build developments, particularly when buying off plan, as long as the developer is open to making changes to the layout. Our direct relationship with developers often means we gain access to opportunities early, allowing our clients to select the very best options, and make changes.
We identified a superb off market, new build development less than a two minute walk from where our client’s family live. One St John’s Wood is set to be one of the most luxurious new build developments in St John’s Wood. Amenities include a 20m swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and plunge pools, cinema room, private dining room, business lounge, club lounge, concierge and residents lobby, residents roof terrace and valet parking. Once completed it will be without doubt one the most compressively serviced buildings in St John’s Wood.
We analysed the block and its units and concluded that combining two smaller units would give our client the size of apartment that he needed and, just as importantly, a layout that could be re-organised to comply with Vastu. We were not only able to get the developer to agree to the amalgamation of the units and change in layout, but we were also able to save our client money from the asking price.
Our direct relationships with developers is unrivalled. Early access meant that we could cherry pick the best units for our client and negotiate layout changes which were vital to meeting our clients strict Vastu requirements.