Pink house on London’s most Instagrammable street is for sale
- By Bertie Russell
- 12 December 2019
This London property’s tickled pink.
A rosy three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the tony Chelsea neighborhood is on the market for $3.9 million (or £2.97 million).
Its location on Bywater Street — a tree-lined cul-de-sac popular among Instagrammers for its colorful houses — is its main selling point.
And of all the candy-hued facades with bay windows, the pink home at 24 Bywater St. seems to be a favorite backdrop for social-media shutterbugs.
Bywater Street has literary and cinematic caché, too: In 1974’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” famed spy novelist John le Carré used 9 Bywater St. as the home for the central character, MI6 intelligence officer George Smiley. The same house was later used for exterior shots in the 2011 movie version starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman as well as in the 1979 BBC miniseries “Smiley’s People.”
But residents say that Bywater Street has been famous long before it made the big and small screens or dotted Instagram feeds.
“It’s always been a very photographed street,” Carolyn Aylmer, the former owner of No. 9, told the Daily Mail in 2013. “You get a lot of fashion shoots.”
According to the listing for No. 24, with agent Russell Simpson, the house needs “modernization” but has four floors, a patio garden and a terrace off the master bedroom on the second level.
It’s a charming community to be a part of.
“Some people have been here 30 years,” she said. “There’s a street party once a year, they close the street and have a paddling pool for the little ones in the afternoon. And then, when they’ve gone to bed, the wine comes out.”
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