Featured property …
Maison Sprimont, 26-30 Old Church Street, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5DQ
Key details …
Character townhouse part of a development of four side apartments and another townhouse.
The Sprimont House is a modern interpretation of a traditional Chelsea townhouse, offering an abundance of light, space and luxury.
The property spans 3,821 square feet over four floors and includes four bedrooms, an elevator, kitchen and dining and living room surrounded by an interior courtyard.
Its interior was designed by award-winning company Andrew Martin, which has business clients such as Jumeirah Group, Marriott Hotels, El Lodge, and the Mandarin Oriental.
These interiors can be seen in the gallery above.
The backstory …
The Sprimont House is located on the site of the Chelsea Porcelain Factory.
England’s first porcelain factory began production around 1745 and started the porcelain revolution in the country.
It enjoyed royal patronage and the Queen Mother was a follower of its botanical tableware which is still produced today.
The factory has played a central role in the history of arts and crafts in the region – the creative spirit inherent in Chelsea was born in the 18th century when artisans made porcelain famous around the world.
The artistic domain …
Sprimont House is in the heart of Old Chelsea on Old Church Street, near the River Thames and set back from the many shops, cafes and restaurants of London’s King’s Road.
For those with a penchant for expensive shoes, Sprimont House could not be more conveniently located, just a few meters from the world famous Manolo Blahnik shoe store.
Over the years, celebrities have taken to the venue in droves, including Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger, Paloma Picasso, David Bowie, Rupert Everett and David Hockney.
While the brand now has 17 flagship stores worldwide, the Old Church Street boutique remains the creative heart of the empire.
Creativity is the calling card of the area, and Old Church Street is also home to Sound Techniques, a small recording studio in a former dairy that opened in the 1960s.
Artists and bands who have made landmark albums there include Nick Drake, John Martyn, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull.
A creative group indeed, but nothing eclipses the world-renowned Chelsea Arts Club in creativity issues.
Founded in 1891 by a group of local artists, led by painter James Abbott Mcneill Whistler, it began life on King’s Road but in 1901 migrated to Old Church Street.
Today, the exclusive club has over 2,400 members, including painters, sculptors, architects, writers, poets, actors, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and photographers.
Unlike the UK public school system, admission is meritocratic, so proximity to the club won’t help the future owner of Sprimont House get in. However, living in the artisan property might just provide the ambient inspiration to write a piece of work creative enough to open the door.
What brokers say …
“Chelsea has always had a lasting appeal to major international investors because of its world-class schools, shops and restaurants in a historic British setting,” said Richard Bourne, Managing Director of Martin’s Properties.
“Our development at Old Church Street sits quietly and safely on one of the area’s most beautiful streets, ideally located for famous King’s Road, Knightsbridge and South Kensington, yet minutes from the River Thames.
“There are plenty of amenities nearby, including the exclusive shops and restaurants of King’s Road, as well as Sloane Street and Sloane Square. Battersea Park with its 200 acres of parkland and lakes is nearby for rest and relaxation.
“Our vision for the development at Old Church Street was to create a modern interpretation of Chelsea Townhouse with all the benefits that this brings, in the context of living in one of London’s most desirable areas.
Sprimont House is for sale with Martin’s Properties
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