Property of the Week: Chariot of Fire composer Vangelis' former flat with an original Victorian ballroom

Melissa York
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A piano in the open plan reception room that used to be a ballroom

Win gold in the property game by buying an apartment that used to belong to the composer of Chariots of Fire. Vangelis – real name Evangelos Papathanassious – won the Academy Award for Original Score for the unforgettable title music for the 1981 film, which also won the Best Picture Oscar that year.

Queens Gate, South Kensington, £4.5m

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Situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Albert Hall in Queen’s Gate, it’s a great location for a classical music fan with a neo-classical taste in architecture. It was designed by 19th century architect Charles James Richardson, a pupil of Sir John Soane, in the heart of South Kensington’s museum quarter.

Sitting on the first floor of a Victorian townhouse, it’s unusually generous for a one bedroom apartment, comprising nearly 2,000sqft of space over one and a half floors.

Original period details include Corinthian columns, ornate ceilings and wall panels, two marble fireplaces and four French windows.

“A ballroom is an unusual feature in a townhouse and a reception of such scale in an apartment, rarer still."

The original ballroom is now a grand reception from which to greet visitors, leading to a study, master bedroom suite with adjoined bathroom, Juliet balcony and a guest cloakroom.

“This is a remarkable apartment, set behind an exceptionally well preserved facade and the apartment that has perhaps benefitted the most from the property’s original design and scale,” says Shaun Drummond, sales director at selling agent Harrods Estates. “A ballroom is an unusual feature in a townhouse and a reception of such scale in an apartment, rarer still.

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“The current owners have styled the space to create both formal and informal areas, making the most of the stunning period features and centre focal points of the marble fireplaces. A reception room of this scale is a luxury in prime central London and something that lends itself to entertaining on an equally grand scale.”

The apartment is within easy walking distance to South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube as well as Hyde Park.

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