A Victorian home in a leafy London district is now on the market for just under £12 million (US$15.15 million).
The 5,552-square-foot semi-detached house is the longtime residence of Lesley Clarke , co-founder and CEO of Nicky Clarke Worldwide, a London salon and a hair-care line. Located in Queens Grove, part of the St. John's Wood district, it was listed on July 6 by the U.K. brokerage Aston Chase .
The former wife of celebrity hairstylist Nicky Clarke, Ms. Clarke has lived in the six-bedroom home since 1994. It could not be determined how much she paid for the property at the time.
Over the year, she and her family have entertained the likes of the late pop star George Michael , Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and members of the bands Depeche Mode and Oasis, according to Ms. Clarke.
Its double reception room is “wonderful for big parties,” Ms. Clarke said in a statement. The centerpiece of the room is a white piano once owned by singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka , which is not included in the sale.
“We have enjoyed many parties around Neil Sedaka’s white baby grand over the years including some post-BRIT Awards bashes,” Ms. Clarke continued. “Now the children are grown, and with families of their own, it is time for another family to come and create a new chapter of memories in this really special house.”
The Grade II-listed home was designed by English architect John Shaw Jr ., who was inspired by the stucco Regency architecture of Bath and Regent’s Park, and built in 1844 by William Holme Twentyman , according to the listing. Behind a gated driveway, it includes the main house and an 838-square-foot guest house with two bedrooms.
A substantial garden is also part of the property, according to Mark Pollack , the co-founding director of Aston Chase.
“Since the U.K. lockdown, buyers have come to greatly value outside space,” he said in a statement. “This property represents a rare opportunity to be very close to prime central London, yet have the size of garden that one normally associates with having to travel much further out to the suburbs in order to obtain.”
The landscaped garden has a stone patio with room for lounging or dining, according to the listing. There’s also a shielded sun terrace designed to provide outside living and entertaining space in warm weather.
French doors lead from the garden into the kitchen and breakfast nook, the listing said, as well as the family room. The raised ground level features the formal reception area with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble fireplaces, parquet flooring and a balcony overlooking the garden. That floor also features the study and a dining room with space for 12.
The master suite encompasses the entire first floor, and includes a dressing room lined with mirrored wardrobes, according to the listing. The bathroom boasts marble flooring and a marble-clad bathtub, custom shelving and a separate walk-in shower.
There are an additional four bedrooms, three with marble bathrooms, on the second floor. Another bedroom suite can be found on the top floor.
The guest house is located at the bottom of the garden, the listing said. It features an open-floor plan that includes the kitchen and living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It could also be used as a home office or gym.
The area is known for its Victorian houses, and is part of the St. John’s Wood conservation area, according to the listing. It’s close to a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a tube station, a number of private schools and college and Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.