One of the most expensive houses in Britain – the former home of media mogul Chris Evans and now owned by singer George Michael – is up for sale with an £8.25 million price tag.
The six-bedroom Victorian corner house, which boasts its own tower and walled garden, is – in terms of pounds per square foot – Britain’s dearest property, but with floor space of 4,250 square feet, it is hardly bijou.
The house is in Gilston Road, a small street in South Kensington, and was once nicknamed Goldman Sachs Alley after the investment bank. It is just around the corner from other expensive addresses, including The Boltons and Tregunter Road.
The quiet west London street, with its white stucco houses, is already home to celebrities including David Bowie, comedian Rowan Atkinson and fashion designer Tom Ford. But their houses are likely to be outshone by Michael’s, as the singer hopes to achieve what would be a record-breaking price.
Jonathan Hewlett, of FPD-Savills, said: “This house always commands the most extraordinary price every time it sells.
“It is a mixture of its provenance, its appearance and its location on Gilston Road, which has become a destination address.”
The house hit the headlines last year when radio and television presenter Evans bought it for £6.7million but never moved in. Only months later, it was again in the papers when it was sold on to George Michael for £7.25 million.
In the late Eighties, the property became one of the first houses in London to fetch a sevenfigure sum after it was bought for £1 million from an elderly woman who shared it with dozens of cats.
The Flick family, whose Ger man industrial empire included the Mercedes-Benz motor company, were the buyers and brought over builders from Germany to completely redesign the interior.
“You would be thrilled every time you came home to walk up to the front door and think, ‘This is my house’,” said David Forbes of estate agency Chesterfield.
“It has great presence on the street, with its lovely walled garden. It has always been a marker house for the market.”
But not all estate agents were quite so impressed.
One said: “It’s all hat and no cattle, as they say in Texas.
“You walk into a wonderful series of reception-rooms, with a lovely library, a fine drawing room and huge kitchen, but after that it fizzles out.”