Listing of the Day
Location: London, England
Price: £4.5 million (US$5.8 million)
Tucked in among the wide tree-lined streets of London’s prestigious Kensington neighborhood is an immaculately maintained townhouse that boasts what’s possibly the grandest reception room in the area.
“It’s an unusual feature in a townhouse, so for those who like to entertain it is just amazing,” said Shaun Drummond, sales director at Harrods Estates. “And space is at such a premium, especially in prime, central London, that it’s exceptional to have a reception room this size. It was formerly the ballroom of the original house, so it’s big by any standards. It also has four beautiful, full-height French doors that lead out to a balcony that overlooks Queen’s Gate.”
Queen’s Gate is a picturesque and tony street, and the flat is also quite close to the top of Hyde Park. “Having once lived nearby, I think it’s the perfect place to live in London,” Mr. Drummond said. “The space is attracting older people (rather than families) who may be looking for an amazing pied-à-terre. It’s right amid the buzzy hustle and bustle of both Knightsbridge and Kensington.”
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The 1,969-square-foot apartment has one large master bedroom suite with a full bathroom en-suite and a Juliet balcony located in the back. The reception area is 30 feet by 50 feet and has 16-foot ceilings.
The space is set over one-and-a-half floors, with a private study on the half-landing area. A compact kitchen and a guest cloakroom are accessible from both the main reception room and hall. According to Mr. Drummond, the grand drawing room has retained an abundance of architectural features and late-19th to early-20th century details, including Corinthian columns, ornate ceiling and wall panel details, two marble fireplaces and four French windows that open onto a balcony directly overlooking Queen’s Gate.
Mr. Drummond also noted that the apartment is the former home of Evangelos Papathanassiou, better known as the composer Vangelis, who won an Academy Award for the title music for the 1981 film “Chariots Of Fire.” He used it as a pied-à-terre for approximately 15 years (throughout the 1990s until about 2005).
“The home is literally around the corner from the Royal Albert Hall,” Mr. Drummond said. “Imperial College is also nearby on Exhibition Road—it’s one of the top 10 in the world—and it has a beautiful campus as well. The whole area survived the Blitz of World War II with very little damage, so the streets were left pretty much intact and have great examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture.”
Underground stations are within easy walking distance, as are many restaurants and bars, as well as museums, galleries and schools.
Agent: Shaun Drummond, Sales Director at Harrods Estates
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