Listing of the Day
Location: London, United Kingdom
Price: £21 million (US$25 million)
This historic renovated grade I property in central London was once the home of Lord Richard Haldane, an early 20th century lord chancellor and secretary of state. He had an illustrious legal and political career until he was forced to resign in 1915 because of his affinity with the Germans.
But it was at this home where he hosted many dignitaries including Kaiser Wilhelm, who nicknamed the Queen Anne’s Gate property, “the dollhouse,” for its quintessential townhouse feel. “It is not such an enormous house you would feel lost in it,” said Kirsty Sugden, the listings agent from Hathaways.
The home bears an English Heritage blue plaque, denoting its status as Lord Haldane’s former home.
The home’s history stretches back much further. Built in 1704, it is one of the earliest examples of the Queen Anne style. Its portico has a Dutch canopy similar to those homes in Amsterdam, a holdover from the influence of William of Orange, the previous ruler from the Netherlands before Queen Anne.
Inside, historical flourishes such as a sweeping and dramatic Queen Anne-style staircase meld with the contemporary touches installed by Atelier London during a renovation completed late last year. Atelier London installed Lutron and Crestron home technology systems, touch-screen control, and bespoke furniture made of eucalyptus and walnut woods.
“They really have done a magnificent job here with the refurbishment,” said Ms. Sugden. “It is … one of the highest levels of refurbishment I have ever seen.”
The street is also situated on St. James’s Park, and in fact, the garden of the home was once part of the park. “What sets these houses apart from other heritage houses,” said Ms. Sugden, “is that it is wonderful to have such a green and open view.”
The home is 7,200 square feet and six stories tall. There is a garden and 800-square- foot terrace, a master suite with his-and-hers en-suites and a dressing room, four additional bedrooms with en-suite baths, and a dining room, drawing room and study.
The home has an elevator, accommodations for staff, a wine cellar, a professional kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, and a security system with a panic button. The garden floor has been configured to an open plan, making it perfect for modern family life. The home also has a cigar room, paying homage to the nearby gentleman’s clubs at St. James’s.
Queen Anne’s Gate is one of the most prestigious, beautiful and historic roads in London. Situated between the government buildings at Westminster and Buckingham Palace, the street has been home to many important historic figures, including Baron John Fisher, a naval hero.
Agent: Kirsty Sugden, Hathaways, joint sale with Susannah Odgers, Knight Frank
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