THE BLACKBOOK is proud to add a little mystery to the portfolio. A beautiful apartment in Chelsea has just become available and was home to famed writer Agatha Christie. She wrote some key novels while living at Swan Court Mansion and while we’re not guaranteeing a book deal, it should defintiley help with inspiration.
Investors should note that the current BREXIT situation could create a very good opportunity for this luxury apartment in prime neighborhood in London. Read the official press release below:
Pastor Real Estate is delighted to present a one-bedroom (589 sq ft) apartment on the ground floor of Swan Court mansion. Located on Chelsea Manor Street, it is moments away from the King’s Road, and has enjoyed a long list of a-list alumni residents including Agatha Christie and Dame Sybil Thorndike.
Swan Court mansion was home to globally acclaimed author Agatha Christie, who lived there with her second husband – Sir Max Mallowan from 1948, until her death in 1976. In ‘The Getaway Guide to Agatha Christie’s England’ (1999) it is noted that Agatha regularly enjoyed lunch at “Betty’s” – a restaurant on the ground floor of the building, and would often meet with her neighbour, Hollywood actress, Dame Sybil Thorndike.
Whilst living at Swan Court, Agatha Christie wrote several pieces including: ‘Murder on the Nile’ (1948), ‘The Third Floor Flat’ (1950) and ‘The Mousetrap’ (1948).Agatha’s love for Chelsea is seen memorialised in many of her stories: inspired by her surroundings, there are references to local haunts that she would have visited. It is thought that ‘Third Girl’ (1966) – a book featuring Poirot, was indeed set in Swan Court.
Dame Sybil Thorndike, who starred alongside Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in ‘The Prince And The Showgirl’, lived in the building from 1937 until her death in 1976. Famed for her contributions to Shakespearean theatre, she adored literature until her last days, particularly poetry, which she took great pleasure in memorising each day, even in her twilight years.
Swan Court, was built in 1931 by architects, Buckland and Haywood. Prior to its launch, the architectural press stated that it “investigated the needs of the town dweller, and particularly those peculiar to an artistic quarter, such as Chelsea. Thus, there are flats for the bachelor; flats and maisonettes for the family man; and studio flats for the artist.” Rent prices at the time of completion ranged from £150 to £250 per annum, and selling points included central heating, electric lifts and continuous hot water supply.
Simon Green of Pastor Real Estate commented:
“Swan Court, with its history of thespians and literary legends is a perfect place to enjoy the best of what Chelsea and London has to offer. Beautifully refurbished to an exceptional standard, the apartment would make an ideal home or pied a terre”.
The art-deco exterior of Swan Court has a red brick and stone façade, with projecting wings and a recessed front, along with an internal courtyard – its design allows each flat to have plenty of natural light. The ground-floor entrance halls, found under the central arch, are decorated in an art-deco style.
The apartment has recently been refurbished to a high standard, the accommodation is spacious and airy, with its neutral palate and large windows. The living space and kitchen has been finished in an engineered light oak timber, there is a cream carpet to the bedroom and the bathroom has a tiled slate floor. Throughout the property there are ceiling spotlights and period features, including a fireplace with marble surround, and original windows – which have been skilfully restored.
Positioned centrally in the apartment is the kitchen, which comes fully fitted with high-gloss cupboards and under-cabinet lighting with integrated Miele appliances including a built-in double oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There is a stylish pull-out spray kitchen tap, along with an abundance of storage space.
The bathroom suite is tiled with a grey-stone marble, and has recessed storage shelves. There is a bath and power shower, dual-flush WC and mirrored sink area with vanity unit.
To the eastern end of the apartment is a well sized bedroom with a large double width window. Fashioned with a feature leather headboard and stylish linen and bed throw, the room boasts ample storage space.
Located off of the King’s Road, Swan Court on Chelsea Manor Street, is located close to a number of popular eateries including: Benihana, Rabbit, Tom’s Kitchen, Bumpkin among others. The Saatchi Gallery, The Royal Court Theatre and Cadogan Hall are all within a 15 minute walk way.
For those traveling into the City or the West End, excellent transport links can be found from Sloane Square (District and Circle line) and South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly line) stations which are just a short walk away.
Courtesy TheTopTier Digital Media / Pastor Real Estate