‘Mary Poppins’ Author P.L. Travers’ London Home Selling for £4.85 Million
- By Bertie Russell
- 11 November 2019
The London home of P.L. Travers, creator of iconic children’s book character Mary Poppins, hit the market last month for £4.85 million.
Tucked away in an exclusive west London enclave, the terraced house features iron railings on the outside, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, three terraces and a garden on four floors.
“It’s a real pleasure to market a home previously owned by one of the most influential authors of the 20 century,” Hugo Cordle of real estate agency Russell Simpson said in a news release. “The house is in an exceptionally sought-after area of Chelsea.”
Born in Australia, Pamela Lyndon Travers emigrated to England at 25 and published the first of the children’s book in 1934 under the pen name P.L. Travers. About a nanny with magical powers, the book was adapted into the 1964 Oscar-winning movie “Mary Poppins,” starring Julie Andrews, as well as into a stage musical in the early 2000s. It was revived again in 2018, in a film starring Emily Blunt as the title character.
The 2,195-square-foot terraced mews house, built in the 19th century, was purchased by Ms.Travers in 1962 following the release of the fifth book. She wrote three more in the following years and lived there until her death in 1996, according to the news release.
The house itself appeared in “Saving Mr. Banks (2013),” a film that stars Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, according to the brokerage. The film tells the story of how Disney persuaded Travers to sell him the film rights to her book series.
The current owners purchased the house in 2014 for £4.4 million, property records show. They could not be reached for comment.
Recently refurbished, the house’s sleek interiors are embellished with marble and wood materials. Upon entering the front door, the reception room leads to a living room and a study, where Ms. Travers wrote her books, accompanied by views over a secluded garden.
The garden, a kitchen, a dining room and a cinema room can be found on the lower ground floor, which also has a utility room and an additional bathroom.
The first floor features the master bedroom with a Juliet balcony and an en-suite bathroom. Two bedrooms with individual terraces are located on the second floor.
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