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Oscar Wilde's former Chelsea home goes on sale for £1.15million

Oscar Wilde’s London Chelsea Home has been put up for sale through Savills for £1.15 million.
Oscar Wildes London Chelsea Home has been put up for sale through Savills for £1.15 million.

Oscar Wilde’s London Chelsea Home has been put up for sale through Savills for £1.15 million.

Commemorated by a blue plaque the house where he lived with his wife and two sons was part of Oscar Wilde’s family home on Tite Street in London’s Chelsea for 11 years.

It was here, in his library, that Wilde wrote some of his best known works including The Picture of Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s library is now a bedroom and forms part of the one bedroom flat that is available to buy, which also includes an elegant reception room with high ceilings and an open plan kitchen.

In the late 19th century Chelsea was home to London's bohemian quarter. Popular with painters and poets famous neighbours on Tite Street would have once included artists John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler. Wilde moved into the property with his new wife Constance in 1884 and left after his fall from grace and imprisonment in 1895 when the Marquis of Queensberry accused the famous playwright of homosexuality due to his affair with her son Lord Douglas.

Tom Wilson, Savills Sloane Street, said: "The link with Oscar Wilde makes it a very special property, especially as you would get to sleep in the very same room where he wrote some of his famous books and plays. The property has also been beautifully decorated and would allow someone to simply move in and enjoy the flat."

"Chelsea is now one of London’s most desirable residential locations and prices for a family home can start from £4 million upwards. We forecast that prime central London will outperform all other markets over the next five years with a 25% increase in prices by 2017."

The property has recently undergone an extensive renovation by the current owner Myce Lee, an interior designer: "The property was originally a two bedroom apartment when I bought it but I wanted to create an open living environment with rooms that flow into each other without feeling constricted.

"During the works everything was stripped back whilst being sympathetic to the history of the building, particularly in the bedroom which is where Wilde would have once written some of his most important work." 

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