The former London home of actor Fred Astaire has hit the market in Mayfair for £9.5 million (US$12.37 million). Astaire, whose prolific stage career sent him between New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, leased the slender late-Georgian townhouse during the 1930s. It was during that time that the entertainment icon played the lead in the hit play “The Gay Divorce,” which was later turned into the 1934 film “The Gay Divorcee,” according to a 2012 biography, “The Astaires: Fred & Adele,” by Kathleen Riley.
Behind the home’s period, five-story brick facade, the interiors likely look a far cry from when the Astaires lived there. The property last traded hands in 2013 for £5.675 million, according to public records, and has since undergone an extensive remodel.
It now offers nearly 4,000 square feet of living space spread across seven levels. The ground floor now opens into a large entrance hall that leads to an open kitchen and 10-seater dining room, where the Astaires would have entertained the likes of Winston Churchill and socialite Prince Aly Khan during their stay. The current owner overhauled much of the interiors, replacing a more classical and somewhat dated look for more open spaces with modern appliances and finishes, past and present images of the home show.
The redesign included adding an elevator, which offers access to five of the property’s seven levels, and ripping out an in-ground spa. The lower ground level now houses a suite of high-end amenities, including a home cinema filled with plush sofas, an adjoining games room, vault and bedroom suite well suited for guests.
A large living room, with an adjacent terrace, and an office fill the second level, while the next three floors encompass four more bedrooms, all en-suite. The main bedroom suite spans the entire third level, includes walls of built-in closets and is believed to have belonged to Adele Astaire.
Article source: Mansion Global