Hidden away down a tiny gap between Claire’s Accessories and Hotel Chocolat on London’s Kensington High Street, Adam and Eve Mews was once known as a musicians’ haunt.
George Michael rented a flat in the modern end of the street during his days performing as one half of the 1980s pop group Wham! The English 1970s rock band Deep Purple had a recording, studio in the tiny cobbled street along with rock legends Dire Straits. And even the Aussie crooner Jason Donovan once resided in the mews.
Property investors can now own their own slice of this street seeped in music heritage as a £2.5 million (Dh15.5 million) tiny white fronted house has gone on the market. The property offers two bedrooms as well as a spacious kitchen diner complete with a winding iron staircase to a large lounge. For those who want to “go outside”, the house also includes a roof terrace.
“Victorian mews houses like those in Adam and Eve Mews were originally designed to have stables on the ground floor and living quarters above, so in the 1970s and 1980s they became ideal places to convert into studio space,” says Andrew Phillips, the UK regional director at Hamptons International.
“The street is also in an excellent location in the heart of London, but at the same time it’s remarkably private. If you didn’t know the street was there you could very easily miss it,” he adds.
Mr Phillips is marketing the mews house, just doors away from Michael’s old digs – which he says could be the “edge of heaven” – for a UAE-based investor looking for a buy-to-let investment or a base for children who are being educated in the UK.
Hamptons, which has been marketing the property this week in Dubai as part of its The Collection property exhibition, says that surging London property values have priced musicians out of the street these days.
In fact Mr Phillips says Hamptons has plenty of “faith” in London property prices.
“Most of our clients aren’t really interested in the fact that George Michael and Deep Purple once lived in the street,” he adds. “What they’re interested in is that this is a sound real estate investment in prime central London.”
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