Oscar Wilde’s Chelsea home for sale

13:16 27 November 2012

The house in Tite Street where Oscar Wilde lived. Picture: Savills

The house in Tite Street where Oscar Wilde lived. Picture: Savills

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A flat in the Chelsea house in which Oscar Wilde wrote some of his most famous works, including The Picture of Dorian Gray, has been put on sale.

The blue plaque on the house in Tite Street where Oscar Wilde lived. Picture: SavillsThe blue plaque on the house in Tite Street where Oscar Wilde lived. Picture: Savills

Commemorated by a blue plaque, part of Oscar Wilde’s family home on Tite Street where he lived with his wife and two sons for 11 years is for sale through Savills for £1.15million.

It was in this house that Wilde wrote works including The Picture of Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wilde’s library, where he wrote, is now a bedroom and forms part of the one bedroom flat that is available to buy.

In the late 19th century Chelsea was home to London’s bohemian quarter. Popular with painters and poets, famous neighbours on Tite Street would have once included artists John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.

The bedroom, which used to be Oscar Wilde's library, at the flat in Tite Street. Picture: SavillsThe bedroom, which used to be Oscar Wilde's library, at the flat in Tite Street. Picture: Savills

Wilde moved into the property with his new wife Constance in 1884 and left after his fall from grace and imprisonment in 1895 when the Marquis of Queensberry accused the famous playwright of homosexuality due to his affair with her son Lord Douglas.

Tom Wilson, of Savills Sloane Street, said: “Tite Street is ideally situated in the heart of Old Chelsea, between the Kings Road and the River Thames and would make the ideal pied-à-terre or first time buy.

“The link with Oscar Wilde makes it a very special property, especially as you would get to sleep in the very same room where he wrote some of his famous books and plays. The property has also been beautifully decorated and would allow someone to simply move in and enjoy the flat.

“Chelsea is now one of London’s most desirable residential locations and prices for a family home can start from £4 million upwards. We forecast that prime central London will outperform all other markets over the next five years with a 25 per cent increase in prices by 2017.”

The reception room at the flat in Tite Street. Picture: SavillsThe reception room at the flat in Tite Street. Picture: Savills

The property has undergone an extensive renovation by the current owner Myca Lee, an interior designer, who said: “The property was originally a two bedroom apartment when I bought it but I wanted to create an open living environment with rooms that flow into each other without feeling constricted.

“During the works everything was stripped back whilst being sympathetic to the history of the building, particularly in the bedroom which is where Wilde would have once written some of his most important work.”

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