You’ll have no excuse not to stay in shape if you buy a home with a private gym, either as part of a house or shared with other residents in an apartment building. Before you exercise, make sure you know how to use the equipment and that you can do it safely. “Check that it is fully functional and ideally that the seller has left manuals or that the management company has information on site,” advises Olympian Roger Black, who has his own fitness range. “Do some research online for programs or how to get started. Don’t just hop on a treadmill and start running at the highest speed – it can do more harm than good.” From starter apartments to multi-million pound mansions, here is a selection of properties for sale with their own gyms.
1. L&Q at the Silk District, Whitechapel, London. Price: from £124,375 for a 25% share of the total market value of £497,500
A five-minute walk from the next station on the Elizabeth line in Whitechapel, these new one and two-bed apartments are available through condominiums, a government scheme to increase accessibility. It allows people to buy a share in a house and pay rent on the rest to a housing association, with the option of increasing their stake later. Unusually for a condominium development, the homes have access to a private gym equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a Peloton spin studio, and there is also an on-site cinema and concierge. You can find out more on the L&Q website.
2. Welton, East Yorkshire. Price: £400,000
This modern four bedroom house was originally a show home and is still backed by an NHBC warranty providing insurance against any structural defects. It is in excellent condition and includes an outbuilding containing a fully equipped gym. A pair of exercise bikes, treadmill, elliptical, sauna and weights are all included in the price. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room for relaxing after a workout. It is on sale at William H Brown.
3. Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Price: Offers over £495,000
An expanded five-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a flexible layout and high standard finishes. Downstairs there is a large open plan kitchen/family room with a wood burning stove, leading to the dining area, with a living room to the front. In addition, it has a laundry room, a cloakroom and a large bedroom converted into a gym. However, the future owner might prefer to free up the space to use as an office and install cardio machines and other equipment in the garden building – currently used as a games room and bar – instead. It is sold by Purple Bricks.
4. Harcourt Gardens, South Quay Plaza, Canary Wharf, London. Price: from £720,000
Grab a one, two or three bedroom apartment in Harcourt Gardens, the latest phase of a development designed by world renowned architects Foster + Partners and you’ll automatically become a member of the Quay Club. This boasts some of the best fitness and wellness facilities in the capital, including the Bamboo Sanctuary on the 18th floor, featuring a gym, health suite and spa and hot tubs on an outdoor terrace , a coworking space with a games room and karaoke studio on the 37th floor and a rooftop garden on the 55th floor. Guests can also use the amenities of the nearby Valiant Tower, which includes another gym, swimming pool, 56th-floor bar and terrace, private screening, dining and meeting rooms, and participate in classes provided. in person and online. For more information, see the Harcourt Gardens website.
5. Stanbridge, Bedfordshire. Price: £1.225 million
The gym in this substantial house occupies a workshop in the large garden and is equipped with electricity, lighting and even a wood-burning stove, in case help is needed to sweat it out. The accommodation spans over 3,000 square feet and includes a kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, family room, laundry room, mudroom and downstairs office, as well as only five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor. It has open country views and no top chain. The hunters are the real estate agents.
6. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, £2million
An abundance of period features and beautifully finished rooms hide behind the beautiful red brick exterior of Grade II listed Goldness House. Among them, six large bedrooms, two dressing rooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, a country kitchen with an island and a four-room bar in the converted cellar. The star of the show, as far as fitness enthusiasts are concerned, is the massive first-floor gym which is air-conditioned and overlooks the 20-acre grounds. It is on sale at Fine & Country.
7. Fryerning, Essex. Price: £3.5m
Leisure and lifestyle are taken very seriously at this sumptuous four-bedroom country house, set in nearly six acres of woodland and featuring a detached fitness and spa building that wouldn’t seem out of place in a retreat luxury. As well as an impressive gym, it has an infinity pool with mood lighting and steam room, dry sauna (infrared) and separate traditional sauna, yoga/pilates room overlooking outdoor hot tub decks and barbecue areas, as well as a bar and cinema room. See the Zoe Napier Group website for more information.