Property of the Week: Chiltern Court once hosted intellectual salons featuring figures like HG Wells and Emmeline Pankhurst

Melissa York
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It may be a high price, but for over £7.5m you can buy an apartment that was at the heart of high society for decades. Comprising 4,855sqft, this flat is one of the largest lateral homes on sale in London and it’s got a valuable history, too.

Chiltern Court, Marylebone, £7.685m

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The seven bedroom home is currently on sale in the Chiltern Court building, which was built in 1929 when a number of suburbs began cropping up along the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first underground railway at the time. It was meant to be a luxury hotel originally, with the railway company’s headquarters on the lower floors, but opened as an illustrious residential building instead.

Its proximity, not only to new transport, but also a minute’s walk from Regent’s Park, made it a popular meeting place for lectures and meetings, not least from HG Wells. The War of the Worlds author lived in the building from 1930 to 1936 and hosted regular gatherings of thinkers to put the world to rights. It was the height of sophistication at the time, with a fashionable restaurant “The Metropolitan”, postal chutes, central heating and wireless telephones.

Now, it’s a railway that’s bringing the building back to life again. Crossrail, to be christened The Elizabeth Line when it opens in 2018, will reduce the journey time from nearby Bond Street to the City to just 10 minutes, attracting developers to the west London neighbourhood.

This penthouse sits atop an eight-storey, 180-home refurbishment of Chiltern Court. It has no fewer than nine windows overlooking the front of the mansion block and 16 overlooking the courtyard. Inside, four metre high ceilings frame two wood-carved Corinthian columns with wooden wall panelling and darkwood flooring throughout.

The bathrooms, of which there are five, are floor-to-ceiling marble and the apartment even comes with a separate service flat, for staff or relatives, reached via a communal terrace, with its own living area, utility room, kitchen and bathroom.

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