Listing of the Day
Location: London, England
Price: £8.75 million (US$11.8 million)
Back in the Victorian days, Tite Street in London’s Chelsea neighborhood was home to several famous residents, most notably, Dublin-born author Oscar Wilde, whose scandalous and not-so-secret activities played out at several addresses in the area.
A newly listed home on the famous block conceals something of an intriguing secret of its own behind its dormer windows. Though it looks slender from the outside, the house has a surprisingly voluminous floor plan.
“The sheer amount of internal space in this home is phenomenal,” said Lara Askew, Sales Negotiator at Russell Simpson. “From the outside, it looks like a quaint English home, but once you enter, you are met by rooms of large proportions, providing the perfect family space.”
The front door opens into a wide hallway and a large, ground-floor reception room at the front of the house, which leads to an open-plan kitchen and dining room at the rear, according to the listing.
Also on the first floor is the master bedroom with a large dressing room and en-suite bathroom with his-and-hers basins and a separate shower. There is also a study on the first floor.
The second floor has four double bedrooms, two of which are en suite. A large playroom/gym, utility room, cloakroom and wine cellar are found in the basement.
The property includes a garage behind the house as well as an additional off-street parking space.
“The off-road garage is truly a great feature,” Ms. Askew said. “Parking in London can be a difficult commodity to acquire, so this is a major selling point.”
The four-story, 4,476-square-foot townhouse has five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.
The home includes a modern basement extension with a gym, a wine cellar, a plant room and utility quarters.
“The atrium in the kitchen/dining room provides the perfect area for the whole family to gather and enjoy mealtime or simply congregate,” Ms. Askew added.
Nowadays, Tite Street may not have the same broad-name recognition as some other famous London thoroughfares, such as Abbey Road or Baker Street, but beginning in the late 19th century, it housed more than a few artists.
According to the listing, Wilde purchased a permanent home for his wife and two sons here in 1884—he was also known to share a home on the street with artist Frank Miles, famous for his painting of a young Princess Victoria.
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The listing also detailed other famous former residents of the street. American-born painter James Whistler built the famous White House on the street in 1877. Florence-born American artist John Singer Sargent, who was renowned for his portraits, moved to the street in 1900 and later expanded his home to create a light-filled studio. Welsh painter, draughtsman and etcher, August John (famed for his 1919 portrait of Lawrence of Arabia) made his home there between 1940 and 1958.
Split by Royal Hospital Road, Tite Street stretches from Redburn Street to Chelsea Embankment. The Royal Hospital Chelsea is close by and the King’s Road and Sloane Square District & Circle Underground lines are within short walking distance.
Agent: Lara Askew, Sales Negotiator at Russell Simpson
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