History

The Grosvenor family history stretches back almost 1,000 years, to the time of William the Conqueror.

The Grosvenor Story

Grosvenor has experience creating sought-after communities in some of the world’s most dynamic cities.

Living Cities Philosophy

Living cities helps the company to create, to invest in and to manage properties & places that contribute to the success of a city.

History

The Grosvenor family history stretches back almost 1,000 years, to the time of William the Conqueror. We have been actively managing our London estate since 1677 through numerous economic cycles, conflicts, the industrial revolution, technological change and globalisation. As a business too, we have continued to adapt to a changing world: since the 1950s we have expanded internationally to 60 cities, with offices in 17 of them.

1677

The Family and the Land

London lands came into the Grosvenor family in 1677 with the marriage of Mary Davies and Sir Thomas Grosvenor, including 500 acres of swamp, pasture and orchards to the west of the City, of which 300 acres remain with the family today forming Grosvenor’s London estate.

1720s

Mayfair, London

‘Mayfair’ took its name from the fair held on the land in May until well into the 19th century. In 1720 the family began developing the property into a fashionable residential area, with Grosvenor Square at the centre.

Mary Davies, wife of the 3rd Baronet T. Grosvenor (1665-1729)

Joint crest created when Sir Thomas Grosvenor married Mary Davies (1677)

1760

A view of Grosvenor House and Lambeth Palace from Millbank by Joseph Nichols

1950s

International Expansion

During the second half of the 20th century, Grosvenor began to apply its estate management skills of investment, development and asset management elsewhere in the UK, into the Americas, Asia Pacific and continental Europe.

2000s

Living Cities

In April 2000, Grosvenor became a Group of regional businesses. In 2005 our international fund management business was formalized as a discrete entity. In 2012, we brought all our indirect investments in property together, creating the present tripartite structure of direct proprietary activities, indirect proprietary activities, and fund management. Grosvenor remains privately owned.

The Grosvenor Story

Our future success is tied to the sustainable growth of the cities in which we have a presence. We have a vested interest in the shape of the urban landscape and aim to create and manage places in cities in which people want to live, work, learn and relax.

Our approach to a special development like Grosvenor Ambleside is to assemble a team of trusted local partners who are sensitive to the community and the people who reside there. In partnership with these stakeholders, Grosvenor aims to make long-term contributions to places like West Vancouver by using creative design and high-quality building methods in all our projects. This is what makes our developments so enduring.

Grosvenor projects from top to bottom: 5955 Balsam, Vancouver; The RISE, Vancouver; Time, North Vancouver.

Local Experience

Grosvenor’s interest and experience in Vancouver is well-established, beginning over 60 years ago when the City was selected to expand our property investment and development business to North America. Over the past four decades, we have been active in creating exceptional residential mixed-use properties in the North Shore’s most desirable and vibrant areas.

At Grosvenor, decisions are made locally, based on respect for the uniqueness of place, the people who live there and the detailed knowledge of our specialists. It’s a legacy that Grosvenor Ambleside exemplifies.

Living cities philosophy

The Grosvenor approach represents a unique combination of values, history and urban and professional expertise with a philosophy of Living cities. Living cities is about creating developments that are tailored to the community, and that bring together the essential mix of commercial, residential and public realms suited to special places like Ambleside.

Living cities helps guide the company to create, to invest in and to manage properties and places that contribute to the success of a city – specifically places which are alive and evolving; and it represents our approach – namely that we live, work and thrive in cities, by having an awareness of their unique identities.

Grosvenor Ambleside is a reflection of this philosophy.