An apartment for $ 100 million for an entire floor: a pearl in the collection of Kairat Boranbayev

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Access to the sea” has found anoth­er elite prop­er­ty belong­ing to busi­ness­man Kairat Boranbayev. An apart­ment in London occu­pies an entire floor and costs at least $ 100 million.

One Hyde Park Towers on the right. Photo: Vanity Fair

Until the 18th cen­tu­ry, the Knightsbridge area was a zone of law­less­ness, inun­dat­ed with defrocked monks and var­i­ous thugs, — this is how the arti­cle “The Legend of Two London” by the American mag­a­zine Vanity Fair begins . “But that all changed in the Victorian era, which still sets the style for the area.

But now those who leave the south exit of the metro are not impressed by the his­toric build­ings — the first thing they see are four build­ings of glass, met­al and con­crete, sand­wiched between the Victorian splen­dor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and a five-sto­ry res­i­den­tial com­plex. This is the One Hyde Park res­i­dence, which has earned the title of “the most expen­sive apart­ment build­ing in the world” due to the high cost of the apart­ments. The cost of apart­ments here reach­es hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds and today “Access to the Sea” will tell about one of them.

Famous buyers 

We have already touched upon this res­i­dence when we talked about the prop­er­ty of Camilla Kim , the mid­dle daugh­ter of a busi­ness­man close to the first pres­i­dent of Kazakhstan, Vladimir Kim . The girl became the own­er of an apart­ment in One Hyde Park for £ 27.5 mil­lion on her 18th birthday.

Vladimir Kim him­self is men­tioned by Vanity Fair mag­a­zine among the first buy­ers of apart­ments in this house, that is, he acquired and owned real estate in this house at least until 2013. “Landlocked” failed to inde­pen­dent­ly con­firm this information.

Vanity Fair also men­tions anoth­er own­er of an apart­ment with Kazakh cit­i­zen­ship from One Hyde Park — “singer” Anar Aitzhanova . She is known to Kazakhstani law enforce­ment agen­cies and inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists as an asso­ciate of the fugi­tive oli­garch Mukhtar Ablyazov . The mag­a­zine claimed that she owns an apart­ment worth $ 39 mil­lion. “Access to the sea” has so far been able to con­firm this infor­ma­tion only par­tial­ly — Aytzhanov is on the pub­lic list of own­ers, but the num­ber of the apart­ment is unknown to us.

There are only about 80 apart­ments in the four-tow­er com­plex One Hyde Park: the exact num­ber can­not be giv­en, because the rich­est own­ers com­bine sev­er­al apart­ments at once. Thus, the 11th, 12th and 13th floors of tow­er “C” were pur­chased by the project investor, Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim al-Thani , at the time of acqui­si­tion — by the Prime Minister of Qatar. Ukrainian oli­garch Rinat Akhmetov owns a two-sto­ry apart­ment in this com­plex. Vanity Fair val­ued this pur­chase at $ 215.9 million.

Home for post-Soviet corrupt officials

The cre­ators of the project — the Candy broth­ers — knew what audi­ence they were count­ing on, so they tried to please future buy­ers as much as pos­si­ble. The Candy broth­ers built their busi­ness on the ren­o­va­tion of apart­ments with adap­ta­tion to the tastes of the cus­tomer. They did one of their first projects for the fugi­tive Russian oli­garch Boris Berezovsky .

Designers quick­ly real­ized that the most promis­ing clients on the mar­ket are not bankers or suc­cess­ful Western busi­ness­men. Even Arab mon­ey fad­ed into the back­ground, and cor­rupt offi­cials from the coun­tries of the for­mer Soviet Union came to the fore. “It’s hard for any­one to com­pete with the Russians or Kazakhs,” says one expert for Vanity Fair.

Therefore, the main dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures of One Hyde Park are under­lined pri­va­cy. Outsiders are not allowed into the com­plex, and its secu­ri­ty is trained by British spe­cial forces. The win­dows are made in such a way that it is impos­si­ble to spy on them. The buy­ers are also most­ly anony­mous — two-thirds of the apart­ments are reg­is­tered with off­shore com­pa­nies, the ulti­mate ben­e­fi­cia­ries of which are unknown.

Boranbaev’s floor

But Kairat Boranbayev, a con­stant hero of the pub­li­ca­tions of “Access to the Sea”, did not hide his name from the British real estate reg­istry. He is reg­is­tered as the own­er of an apart­ment in One Hyde Park on the ninth floor of build­ing C — in the same build­ing where Vladimir Kim’s daugh­ter lives on the sev­enth floor.

Extract from the British Real Estate Register. It is indi­cat­ed that Boranbayev owns not only an apart­ment, but also a park­ing space, a stor­age room and two wine stor­age rooms

The extract from the reg­is­ter does not indi­cate the pur­chase price. “Access to the sea” has already encoun­tered a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion in the case of oth­er objects belong­ing to Boranbayev. But this time we can safe­ly eval­u­ate the real estate — none of the apart­ments that occu­py an entire floor in this com­plex cost less than $ 100 mil­lion, and the cost of one of them reached £ 160 mil­lion ($ 226 mil­lion, pent­house in build­ing B).

Now, to the col­lec­tion of Kairat Boranbayev, you can add a real trea­sure, which can only be com­pared to a man­sion in an elite area near London , the price of which is also unknown.

The plan of the apart­ment under the apart­ments of Kairat Boranbayev: in the illus­tra­tion, the eighth floor of build­ing “C”, a Kazakh busi­ness­man owns the ninth floor of the same building 

Recall that “Access to the Sea” and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions were added to the pub­lic col­lec­tion of Kairat Boranbayev earlier:

Three apart­ments in The Knightsbridge Apartments, adja­cent to One Hyde Park, with a total val­ue of £ 15 to £ 55 million.

- Hotels in Czech Karlovy Vary, a ten­nis court near this resort, an apart­ment in a closed res­i­dence where Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babis lives, and a golf club in Latvian Jurmala .

- An apart­ment in the most expen­sive sky­scraper in Russia — in the Federation tow­er of the Moscow City complex.

- House in Canada — a  small man­sion in the sub­urbs of Toronto.

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