A Victorian mansion in London once home to “The Sound of Music” star Dame Julie Andrews is on the market for the first time in 50 years with a £16 million (US$21.6 million) price tag.
The Grade II-listed West Lodge in Wimbledon was designed and built in the late 19th century, according to a news release from listing agent Savills. It hit the market in April, a representative said.
Originally one home, the 11,000-square-foot mansion was split into three wings in the 1950s. The current owner lived in one section before purchasing the remaining two as they came to the market. By 2002, they owned all three wings and have since re-combined the property.
“The current owner has carried out a remarkable job in seeing that the house be reunited as an individual home once more,” said James Morrison, head of residential at Savills Wimbledon, in the release.
Having raised a family at West Lodge, they are now seeking to downsize elsewhere in London, he said. Mansion Global could not identify the owners.
The four-story house has six reception rooms, 12 bedrooms and eight bathrooms, plus a balcony, moulded ceilings, original fireplaces and a glass atrium, the release said.
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Its location opposite Wimbledon Common—the district’s large park—adds value, as homes located within 100 meters of Wimbledon Common command a 17% premium versus other prime properties nearby, Savills said.
While split as three residences, the front wing was home to Ms. Andrews, 82, during the 1960s and 1970s, the news release said.
When she sold the property, the actress gifted a straw boater hat to the buyers that had been given to her by actress Glynis Johns, who played Winifred Banks in her 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” according to the release.
The gift set a tradition with the hat being passed to each owner since her tenure. The current owner intends to bestow the boater to the future owner of West Lodge.
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