Property of the Week
- By Bertie Russell
- 05 March 2018
Home with deceptive proportions on street made famous by Wilde and Whistler hits the market for £8.75 million.
Located on Tite Street, one of London’s most iconic streets and once the home of some of the world’s greatest artists, sits a home of spectacular proportions, behind a narrow façade. Measuring close to 4,500 sq. ft. the five-bedroom, four-storey townhouse, with spacious open-plan interiors provides the perfect family home in the heart of Old Chelsea, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames and green space of Chelsea Embankment Gardens, as well as the plethora of high-end boutiques on the King’s Road.
On the market for £8.75 million, with prime London estate agents Russell Simpson and Knight Frank, the home at number 20 Tite Street is just metres from the former home of legendary author and playwright, Oscar Wilde. The Irish wordsmith purchased number 16 (now 34) Tite Street in 1885, as his family residence, although he was known to spend a lot of his time occupying Room 118 of the Cadogan Hotel, Pont Street.
Shortly before Wilde purchased his permanent residence on Tite Street, he shared number 1 with artist Frank Miles (famed for his painting of a young Princess Victoria, as well as being a key suspect in the Jack the Ripper case), esteemed American artist James McNeill Whistler built his famous ‘White House’ on the street in 1877.
Purchasing a vacant piece of land, Whistler created his own strikingly modern home and studio, which wholly embodied his aesthetic values. However, he only enjoyed his home for two years, before having to sell it during a long legal battle with the leading English art critic of the time, John Ruskin.
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