An apartment that is believed to have been lived in by the famous writer Rudyard Kipling in a Blue Plaque-adorned London building named in his honor, has come to the market for £2.5 million (US$3 million).
The apartment, located on the fifth floor of the eight-story building, named Kipling House, has approximately 1,932 square feet of living space with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to the listing posted at the end of last month by James Staite, director of Dexters Fitzrovia & Covent Garden.
The home also has a kitchen and a reception room with floor-to-ceiling arched windows and a Juliet balcony, with details and views matching the information in his biography, “Rudyard Kipling: A Life (2000)” by Harry Ricketts and Kipling’s autobiography “Something of Myself,” published in 1937, Mr. Staite said.
In his autobiography, he wrote “from my desk [in the living room] I could look out of my window through the fan-light of Gatti’s Music-Hall entrance, across the street, almost on to its stage. Charing Cross rumbled through my dreams on one side, the boom of the Strand on the other.”
“We know that Kipling lived on the fifth floor, above the ground floor shop of Harris the Sausage King, so this might have been his apartment,” Mr. Staite said in a statement.
Hee did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. Mansion Global could not independently determine when and for how much the apartment was last traded for.
Born in Mumbai in 1865, Kipling was educated in England and moved back to London after a journalistic stint in India from 1883-89. He was believed to live on the fifth floor of the historic building from 1889-91, when he completed his first novel, “The Light That Failed,” which was published in January 1891, according to Dexters.
Kipling would go on to write many popular novels including “The Jungle Book” (1894); “Kim” (1901); and the “Just So Stories” (1902). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907 and was the first English-language writer and the youngest to receive the prize.
The building itself features a cream brick facade with arched windows. With origins dating back to 1237, it was given a Blue Plaque to commemorate Kipling’s tenure by English Heritage in 1957.
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