When Boris Johnson, the current U.K. secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, ran for London mayor in 2008, he ran his campaign from Rocking Horse House, his father’s five-story, pastel pink mansion in London’s celebrity-laden Primrose Hill.
The house hit the market Thursday for £11.25 million (US$15.79 million), according to Aston Chase, the brokerage co-handling the sale along with Knight Frank.
Stanley Johnson, 77, a politician and author, purchased the home on Regent’s Park Road in 1994 after knocking on the front door when he noticed it was available to buy, an Aston Chase news release said. Stanley Johnson, along with his wife, Jennifer, lived there until late 2010, when they sold the house to the current owners for £5.25 million (US$7.38 million), a representative for Aston Chase told Mansion Global.
Built in the 1820s, the 5,226-square-foot townhouse for many years “was known ‘locally’ as The Rocking Horse House,” Richard Bernstone, director at Aston Chase, said in the news release, due to the wooden rocking horse placed in the window by both the Johnsons and the previous owners.
The current owners—who Mansion Global could not identify through public records—refurbished and extended the home in 2014, including adding a basement cinema and gym. The house also has four bedrooms, a study, a wine cellar, a terrace and a garden, according to the release.
Prior to the Johnsons, the townhouse was also home to screenwriter Lukas Heller, who wrote the screen adaption to 1962’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Heller lived in the house during the 1960s.
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