Author and journalist Cyrus Redding's former London home asks £5.25m
Location: St. John’s Wood, London
Price: £5.25 million (US$6.95 million)
Known as Hill House, the circa-1780 home was bought by Redding in 1831, and from the house he founded The English Journaland The London Journal news publications in 1841, according to Aston Chase, the brokerage handling the listing. He later became a highly respected wine journalist and went on to write 13 published books, many of which are still used by scholars and historians today.
“What’s lovely about the house is that it’s low built, with no basement, which is popular now,” listing agent Howard Kayman said. All of the space is on the three floors above ground. When you enter, to the right of the reception hall is a TV room or study, “or if you have children, this could be a playroom,” he said.
To the left of the reception hall is a large open-plan formal living room and dining room. The dining room, which can comfortably sit 10 guests, has access to the garden.
“The ceiling heights are really good, with lots of windows and lots of light,” Mr. Kayman said.
This floor also holds a utility room and the kitchen, which has “really nice views onto the courtyard garden,” he said. “The aspect is very private.”
The second floor holds the primary bedroom suite, which has a large bedroom that overlooks Hill Road, and dual walk-in closets and bathrooms.
Impressive arched doors lead into the principal suite, Mr. Kayman said.
Other architectural details include a brick-work façade with sash windows, period fireplaces, skylights, built-in bookcases, high ceilings, cornices and French doors.
The third floor has two more bedrooms, one of which has an adjacent storeroom, and a family bathroom.
The 2,732-square-foot house has four bedrooms and three full bathrooms.
Amenities include five fireplaces, a gated entrance, off-street parking for one car, an electric car charging station and a rear courtyard with a mature garden.
St. John’s Wood is a very desirable residential area, Mr. Kayman said. “It has lots of boutique fashion shops as well as restaurants.”
Nearby local shops include a grocery shop, a coffee shop and a pharmacy, he said. Both Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are within walking distance.
Agent: Howard Kayman, Aston Chase