Actor Hugh Grant’s former South Kensington penthouse in London, which he sold in 2003, is back on the market for roughly $12.3 million (£8.95 million).
The glitzy penthouse, called the Petersham House on Harrington Road, spans the entire 7th floor and has an elevator that opens directly into the reception room. There are three double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, as well as a spacious living room, sun room, dining room, a gym, two terraces and a Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi can fit up to six people, and the sundeck where it is located is the perfect spot to entertain for family or friends, especially with the beautiful views offered over all of London.
“Accessed via a discreet entrance offering secure elevator access up to the penthouse, it’s ideal for those who like privacy, hence its appeal to Hugh Grant who lived here between 2002 and 2003,” says Peter Preedy of boutique property consultancy Alexander Millett. “Just before he started filming Christmas classic Love Actually, Hugh decided to sell this spectacular penthouse to move to a larger property.”
While this particular penthouse may not have been large enough for Grant, it is exceptionally spacious. The residence spans 3,065 square feet and has more than 1,500 square feet of private outdoor space via its two terraces, quite rare for a South Kensington home. Plenty of light flows through the bright space, and it feels incredibly spacious thanks to vaulted ceilings.
It has a glam, contemporary style with lots of mirrors, skylights and a bright neutral color palette, including white marble in the bathrooms. The semi-open-plan reception room is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors for easy access to the terrace. The home also has air conditioning throughout.
“The expansive lateral space is rare in this area, which is dominated by period buildings, and is complete with interior designed rooms that are finished to the highest standard, with swathes of glass and luxurious furnishings including custom-made crystal chandeliers,” Preedy says. “Away from the living space, the sumptuous master bedroom is an ideal place to relax. It benefits from a dressing room and vast en suite bathroom finished with the finest marble, and the skylight over the shower provides an exotic finishing touch.”
The penthouse is located in the posh South Kensington neighborhood and has panoramic views over London. There are designer shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, as well as prestigious schools. It’s also nearby world-class museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall are also nearby.
“This penthouse is ideal for someone wanting a trophy home in one of Prime Central London’s favoured spots with so much of South Kensington’s wonderful shops, restaurants and museums on the doorstep,” Preedy says. “The pièce-de-résistance is the expansive outside terrace. It is rare to find such a large terrace which offers 360-degree views of the London skyline and views of famous London landmarks.”
There are few residences in the neighborhood that offer the same modern amenities, space and access to all the wonders of South Kensington.