It may look like a grand old Victorian house from the street. However, the four-story mansion in the quiet, posh London neighborhood of St. Johns Wood is anything but from inside.
The Grade-II listed home, which won an award last year for an innovative floating staircase that cuts through its core, has hit the market for £3.95 million (US$5.23 million). The home was formally listed last month, according to brokerage Arlington Residential.
Over the past several years, the current owner gave the Grade-II listed home a complete overhaul, the biggest job of which was adding a basement, said Marc Schneiderman, sales director at Arlington.
“They literally dug out a whole new level,” Mr. Schneiderman said. The basement now encompasses a sleek open kitchen with marble white countertops that flows into the formal dining room.
Firm Neil Tomlinson Architects added the home’s statement staircase to bring light to the new subterranean level. It features what appear like floating walnut wood planks, held steady by glass walls and a series of steel cables. It’s creativity won silver in the London Design Awards in 2017 for a residential interiors.
The current owners, who lives in a larger home nearby, originally bought the property in 2007 for around £2.7 million, according to public property records. They rented it out for a time before giving it the contemporary facelift—which expanded the total internal space from 165 square meters to nearly 250 square meters, according to the citation from the London Design Awards.
It now features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and large open living areas on the basement and ground floors. There are also several outdoor spaces, including a front garden and back courtyard off the ground floor, plus a green roof off the master bedroom level.
The house is part of a neighborhood of quiet streets, lined with Victorian homes, a few minutes’ walk from the high street in St. Johns Wood as well as Regent’s Park, Mr. Schneiderman said. This is also the neighborhood where the Beatles were photographed crossing the street for their famous “Abbey Road” album cover.
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