Profile: Candy and Candy
Brothers Nick and Christian Candy are internationally renowned luxury property developers, producing some of the most envy-inducing addresses across the globe.
Together as Candy & Candy they have re-defined the prime property market in London and Monaco, whilst creating a new class of property; super-prime. Candy and Candy create the finest properties available and are driven by the pursuit of perfection by remaining consistent and paying close attention to even the most tiniest of detail.
The Candy brothers’ venture started as an elaborate experiment in the mid-nineties. With the support of their family Nicholas and Christian brought a small one bedroom flat. This flat was located in the highly sought after district of Earl’s Court in London, and they decided to use the property as an investment. While living in the apartment, the brothers renovated the £122,000 flat using the best resources they could source. After eighteen months of labour Nick and Christian Candy sold the property at £172,000, making them a £50,000 profit which began their careers as luxury property developers.
The brothers continued to refurbish properties in perfect locations whilst still working full time. By 1999, Nick and Christian had accumulated the funds, the know-how and the contacts to turn their pastime into careers, and start what is known today as Candy & Candy.
It is near impossible to highlight just one property that Candy and Candy have worked on and with so many developments of note, we decided to introduce you to three: One Hyde Park, The Monaco Penthouse, London Apartments.
One Hyde Park
In 2005, Candy & Candy purchased Bowater House in Knightsbridge for £150m, in partnership with a sovereign wealth fund. The site of the now former Bowater House, overlooks Hyde park on one side and Knightsbridge on the other, with Harrods a short walk away and with Harvey Nichols on its door step.
With an unrivalled location, a team of equally noteworthy individuals was formed. Led by world renowned architect Richard Rogers, who designed four separate yet linked pavilions, which rise and fall to suit the site’s context. The buildings materials, a subtle interplay of glass and bronze, provides a contemporary interpretation of the Victorian red brick of Knightsbridge.
The property, now known as One Hyde Park, contains 86 luxurious apartments, which are configured from single bedroom properties to seven bedroom penthouses. With Candy and Candy at the helm, the specification list includes: bomb proof windows, 24 hour concierge (supplied by the neighbouring Mandarin Oriental Hotel), 21m ozone swimming pool and car parking spaces. Each apartment is fitted with automated blinds, the latest Lutron lighting controls and Bulthaup kitchen with Gaggenau appliances.
One Hyde Park, also features, a branch of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, a Rolex boutique and a McLaren Automotive retail store, which is the first McLaren Showroom to be opened.
The Monaco Penthouse
Recognized as one of the most desirable properties in the world and one of the most expensive, having sold for a record-breaking price of £200 Million in 2010, La Belle Epoque Penthouse in Monaco is a fine example of a super-prime residence. Offering an allure of majesty and a pedigree of royalty, the historical La Belle Epoque (beautiful era) building is one of the best known in the principality.
Purchased from Lily Safra in 2006 for £10m, the penthouse was in ruins after fire engulfed it, killing her husband, the billionaire Lebanese banker Edmund Safra – a event surrounded in mystery, even to this day. Candy & Candy envisioned a complete renovation, which would set the benchmark for global super-prime property. The palatial penthouse underwent an 18-month £25 million top-to-bottom renovation in the sophisticated signature Candy & Candy style.
“Chris and I were already living quite contentedly in Monte Carlo when this penthouse came up for sale,” Nick Candy told Architectural Digest magazine in a 2010 interview, “but once we’d seen the space and the location, we realized it had the makings of the best apartment in the world.”
The luxurious residence includes an impressive double-height library, cinema room with seats, which convert into beds, bedroom suites with numerous walk-in wardrobes, a leisure room with billiard tables and arcade video games, and spa room. The vast roof terraces offer stunning sea views complete with mature 15-foot trees and an infinity swimming pool.
The penthouses elaborate security features include a panic room with reinforced glass and surveillance cameras throughout.
The prestigious 17,500 sq. ft.La Belle Epoque penthouse is not only the largest but arguably the most impressive in Monaco. The penthouse is located next to the Hotel Hermatage, with elevated views across from Monte Carlo’s magnificent glittery mega-yacht filled marina with incomparable views across the Harbour to the palace.
As well as apartment complexes, Nick and Christian Candy have retained their original passion of artfully designing individual properties. As London has long remained one of the top capitals of the world, many of their projects are based within exclusive London addresses.
One such address is a contemporary-style apartment in Hans Crescent, situated within an esteemed Knightsbridge mansion block, and is steps away from Harrods.
This apartment is complete with an entirely bespoke kitchen in muted tone, which is perfect for relaxed family dining or preparing food for a more formal occasion. The two large reception rooms provide both formal and informal spaces for entertaining with the second drawing room containing a top of the range hi-def media system – perfect for film nights. The master suite, has distinct his and her walk-in wardrobes, modern fireplace and spacious en-suite bathroom with separate his and her vanity units. Harrods can be overlooked from the master bedroom.
Like with all the projects featured, Hans Crescent has an impressive features list, including Lutron lighting, video entry system, Crestron home automation system and bespoke chandeliers.
Candy & Candy continues to build fantastical properties and interiors, while continuing to raise the bar and push the limits. Currently, Christian Candy is based in Monaco to oversee to development of international properties, while CEO Nick Candy remains in London to develop the potential of Britain’s most valuable locations.