It is the sort of street where lawyers and bankers exchange golfing wisdom on Saturday afternoons while snipping their hedges or sponging their cars, and where many of the properties have been turned into guest houses to make full use of the embarrassment of room space.
Official papers seen by The Herald show Aberdeen council's proposal for the project was given the green light last year despite being ranked 10th by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) out of 16 proposals by Scottish councils to take part in a public-private finance initiative known as tax increment financing (TIF).
It came from 33 Horseferry Road in Vauxhall, central London, headquarters of the Department for Transport (DfT), which put out a startling announcement around midnight on Tuesday.
It said that, in view of certain irregularities with the process for renewing the rail franchise for the West Coast mainline between London and Glasgow, the choice of Aberdeen-based transport company FirstGroup was revoked. Instead, the DfT was going to set up two inquiries, one into the West Coast process and one into the whole system of rail franchising.