Proper lottery money this week as we get to have a look around this house which, apparently, belongs to the illusionist Derren Brown. It’s a 19th century former print house that has been converted into a three bedroom property spread over five floors to include a cinema, artist’s studio and two south-facing terraces.
It’s on the market for, breathe…. £4,750,000 with The Modern House and I’m assuming that yes of course you want to have a look. And there’s plenty to see although this isn’t a psychology blog so we probably shouldn’t spend any time on the unicorn head, the zebras, Greek busts, the Bull (Minotaur) and peacocks. But I’ll just flag them so you can see as we walk past. This is not a minimalist apartment and I wouldn’t want you to miss anything after all.
So the cinema and study are on the lower ground floor, the kitchen and one reception above, and en suite bedroom and second reception on the first floor with a giant master bedroom suite and roof terrace on top of that. The third bedroom, studio and second terrace are on the third floor but I can’t see a bathroom (or loo) for them before the basement. This works if you live alone but as a guest I might find that tricky in the middle of the night. Also fascinated by the fact that the master bedroom has a bath in in the bedroom and another in the ensuite. And no shower.
But floorplans aside, I do rather love it and if I had £5m quid down the back of the sofa (need a bit more than the asking to sort the bathrooms out) I would buy it. The ceilings are high, the windows are tall and the beams bring character. It’s filled with books and objects of interest all of which bring huge amounts of character to it. We’ve all seen those celebrity homes which are hired in staged furniture and cold tiled floors. This does at least look real. And interesting. And I, for one, would love a rummage through those books.
Even from these photographs every time you look you can spot something you hadn’t noticed before. In terms of what we can take for our own homes I’m not sure there’s much – unless you live in a huge space that needs zoning.
I love the yellow velvet sofa that was probably made specially but hugs the fireplace and the coffee table and creates a cosy seating and chatting area in what is a very large room. I will say that I find the industrial tin lights slightly at odds with the rest of the room but that also appears to be the only lighting. There are no table lamps or floor lights visible.
It’s hard to tell from the floorplan which room is which but I might make this my office. All that natural light would be perfect and then a woodburning stove for winter working. Having spent 10 years working in a north-facing kitchen I can vouch for the joy of a woodburner over fingerless mittens any day.
Now opinion is still divided over the bath in the bedroom scenario. I’m not sure it’s for me but there’s no denying this is a very pretty picture and I like the idea of a bath under the window leading out to a roof terrace. And, as I mentioned above there is another bath by the dressing room on the other side of this bed so it’s probably the notion of one for evening baths and one for practical morning ablutions.
This is the other bedroom with that door leading to the en suite where there is a shower. Again I may not be convinced by the bath in the bedroom but I’m definitely not having a giant mirror at the end of the bath and I don’t care how much bigger it make the space feel.
I’m here for the vintage haberdasher’s storage unit though. And the panelling. And that pretty green colour on the walls.
So what do we think? We buying lottery tickets or not. Do go and visit to see the floor plan and more pictures for yourself.