Cheyne Place, Chelsea, £12.5m
"This is a proper house,” says Foxtons’ Sloane Square office manager Joe Divito as he steps up another mini-level and opens another heavy door of this period townhouse in Chelsea.
For all the talk of buyers wanting “open plan living” and floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s no replacement for some people for charm, history and a crazy floorplan.
And that’s exactly what this turn-of-the-century house on Cheyne Place delivers. It’s an eight-storey, seven bedroom house with 29 rooms, including seven bathrooms. It sits almost opposite Chelsea Physic Gardens and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in a redbrick terrace that’s close to many sought-after private and international schools.
Yet this period property has lain empty recently. Owned by a Middle Eastern family, it’s rarely used and “it’d be nice to have people living here again,” says Divito. Following a brief few months on the short-term rental market, where it was let for £50,000 a month, it was finally put up for sale at the end of last year. Since, it’s drawn interest from Brits, American buyers reaping the benefits of the weakened pound, and Continental buyers from Turkey and Greece.
Restored marble fireplaces and chandeliers live in harmony with newer additions that were added during an extensive refurbishment 10 years ago. A circular glass skylight floods the study, which already has views over the Physic Gardens and the river, with natural light, while a small staircase with a stove concealed inside a cupboard, leads to a decked terrace against a backdrop of City skyscrapers and terracotta chimney pots.
There’s even a tear-shaped pool sunken into the basement, with an adjoining gym and sauna, and a glass “sun room” dining area that leads onto a rustic garden. While overgrown, it’s also a large garden for Chelsea with only a church, rather than neighbours, at the back.
On the market freehold, with no ground rent to pay, this is multi-level, historical London living in all its charming complexity.
Call Foxtons Sloane Square on 020 7591 9000
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