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The Best Blue Plaque Homes on the Market Right Now


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The Best Blue Plaque Homes on the Market Right Now

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From Cheltenham Regency style apartments to Little Venice gems, all these properties have one thing in common – the much-coveted blue plaques, linking the people of the past to the buildings of the present. These are the best blue plaque properties on the market right now…

The Best Blue Plaque Homes on the Market Right Now

1. Markham Square, Chelsea

Markham Square, Chelsea

Originally constructed in 1848, the blue plaque attesting to its former resident Dame Maud McCarthy (Army Matron-in-Chief) isn’t the only thing impressive about this property. An elegant and unique family home that retains many of its period features – including two open fire places, Markham Square is a haven in the heart of Chelsea, boasting spacious receptions rooms, access to a private garden square, plus a terrace and rear garden allowing for natural light even in dark winter months. POA through John D Wood & Co.

     

2. Aubrey Walk, Kensington

Aubrey Walk Kensington Interior

An art deco lover’s dream, this Mayfair gem is the perfect place for those who enjoy alfresco dining and entertaining. With an abundance of space over five floors, a roof terrace and a 35′ swimming pool and spa, guests will be sure to be impressed. The 7 bedroom house features a blue plaque dedicated to Dusty Springfield, one of England’s greatest female soul singers. Available through Humberts and Savills for £14m

3. Watergate House, Kent

Watergate House, Canterbury, Kent

Canterbury is as storied a place as any and Watergate House has an especially interesting history. Originally the Manor House of Fordwich, the Grade-II listed property belonged to St Augustine’s Abbey from Saxon times until 1535, and its present day garden is the site of St Augustine’s Wharf. Rebuilt in brick in 1560, Watergate House belonged to a string of notable families including Finch, Crispe and also Blaxland (the first non-convict settlers of Australia). After a loving restoration and sensitive modern touch, the beautiful home invites you to join its long list of famous residents; safe to say, you’ll be in good company. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2.5m

4. Eagle House, Wimbledon Village

Eagle House, Wimbledon, £2,950,000, Knight Frank (2)

After a painstaking restoration, this Grade-II listed manor has been transformed into eight luxury apartments. Magnificently ornate ceilings hark back to the rich history of the property while the installation of the latest technology make for ease of living. Access to beautifully landscaped communal gardens at its rear make for an ideal morning reading spot – perhaps even an essay by ex-resident and acclaimed philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) if the philosophical mood should strike. Available through Knight Frank for £2.95m

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5. Hill House, Saffron Walden

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As the Royal Mail’s sorting office during World War II, Hill House is definitely one of the most iconic buildings in Saffron Walden – and now one of the most luxurious. The beautiful restoration has breathed a new life into this historic home; aside from original full-length windows, fully integrated appliances, and four-metre high ceilings, residents benefit from an enclosed, private courtyard too. Hill House boasts a blue plaque dedicated to George Stacey Gibson; mayor, banker, philanthropist and botanist who lived in the building from 1845. Available through Cheffins from £335,000

     

6. Bishopswood Road, Highgate

16 Bishopswood Road (4)

In the beautiful and increasingly covetable area of Highgate, this stunningly restored Victorian residence sits on a crescent shaped road. The imposing red-brick facade is a bold entry to a warm, design-led interior of grand proportions and comfortable, luxurious living. At the rear of the house you’ll find an ultra-modern extension and an impeccably landscaped garden which conceals the basement leisure and entertainment suite below – complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, cinema, media room and bar. Bishopswood Road is a magnificent home which does its equally illustrious former occupants Margaret Hill (daughter of John Neville Keynes, key figure in local politics and awardee of a CBE) and her husband Archibald V. Hill (a Nobel prize winner of Physiology in 1922) justice. Available through Glentree Estates via OnTheMarket.com for £10m

7. Hanwell House, Suffolk

Carter Jonas, Hanwell House, Exterior

A blue plaque dedicated to Admiral William Hanwell, who commanded a fleet against Napolean during the early 1800s, isn’t the only thing this Suffolk home has going for it. Beautifully presented, behind the Queen Anne facade you’ll find lovely period features including high ceilings, cornices, original fireplaces, dado rail, brass foot furnishings and an elegant staircase with a mahogany handrail. The quaint courtyard at its rear is a welcome addition also. Available through Carter Jonas for £450,000

8. Chiltern Court, Marylebone

Chiltern Court 46

If walls could talk, Chiltern Court would have a lot to say. This prestigious period mansion has a line-up of residents as glamorous as the building itself; H.G Wells, political cartoonist David Low and famous author Arnold Bennett among them. Aside from its 24-hour porterage service and simply being an utterly gorgeous property, Chiltern Court’s Marylebone locale is extremely attractive; next to Baker Street station, moments from boutique shops and nearby to the open green spaces of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, you can’t do much better. Not to mention its proximity to renowned restaurant Chiltern Firehouse, an accolade we think deserves a own plaque of its own. Available through Marsh & Parsons for £2.85m

     

9. Arundel Terrace, Brighton

Designed by the famous Regency architects Amon Wilds and Charles Busby, this Grade I listed building is impressive right down to its conception in 1828. A dramatic home in its architecture, decor as well as its residents, the gloriously high ceilings and elegant spaces were once occupied by film and television actor Robert Flemyng, whose friends Sir Laurence Olivier and TS Eliot regularly graced the same halls. The ground floor was also occupied by the famous music hall artist Douglas Byng. For creative inspiration, the spectacular views of the sea at your doorstep are ideal, as is a stroll through the glorious six acres of communal gardens to rehearse lines, cure writer’s block, or simply read a play. Available through Winkworth for £2.275m

10. Carriage Court, Hertford

Carriage CourtAs the former iconic showrooms of Henry McMullen, these newly restored Georgian townhouses do its rich history proud. The development has been awarded not one but two blue plaques, the first of which will read ‘Site of Ebenzer Strict and Particular Chapel 1773-1967, and the second dedicated to acclaimed photographers Arthur Elsden and his son Arthur Vincent Elsden who called Carriage Court their home and studio from 1859-1882. Now, inside the former coach and carriage works site are 13 generous, bright and airy homes featuring open-plan spaces conducive to a wonderful flow of living. Available through Go Homes from £495,000

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