The London terrace home of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers is for sale
- By Bertie Russell
- 14 November 2019
The home of P.L. Travers, the author behind the iconic children’s book series Mary Poppins, has hit the London market with an asking price of £4.85 million ($9.1 million).
The four-bedroom house in the heart of affluent Chelsea is where Queensland-born Pamela Lyndon Travers wrote the final four books in the Mary Poppins series.
The book was adapted into the 1964 Oscar-winning movie starring Julie Andrews, as well as being revived into a stage musical and a 2018 movie starring Emily Blunt.
Ms Travers emigrated from Australia to England aged 25, going on to publish her first book in 1934 under the name P.L. Travers. She purchased the terrace in 1962 and lived there until her death in 1996.
Property records show the current owners purchased the house in 2014 for £4.4 million.
Spread across 203 square metres and four levels, the recently refurbished home is a classic terraced mews house built in the 19th century. It spares no luxury, with multiple sitting rooms, a wine cellar, and a cinema room. After entering via the front door, the reception room leads to a living room and a study, where Ms Travers wrote her books.
It’s not just the house that is impressive, but the home’s location has to be one of the best in London. It is a quick walk to the River Thames and is positioned around the corner from the bustling retailers of King Street.
The Disney film Saving Mr. Banks was filmed in part within the home. Photo: Russell Simpson
The house itself also appeared in Saving Mr. Banks, a 2013 Disney film starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Thompson portrayed Travers in the movie, which tells the story of Walt Disney’s attempt to persuade her to sell him the Mary Poppins film rights.
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