Richard Burton’s former London home could be yours for $9.8 million – Rob Report
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Richard Burton went from being a humble, stage-trained Welsh actor to an international film star, and while living in a handsome house in the leafy village of Hampstead in London, cemented his status as an old Hollywood legend.
The late artist lived on Lyndhurst Road with his first wife, Sybil Christopher, between 1949 and 1956. The couple originally bought a one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor in the building, eventually purchasing the remaining floors after Burton’s success. While living at Lyndhurst Road, he took on some of his most famous roles, including those in Desert mice, The robeAnd Alexander the Great.
It’s also where he lived when he first met Elizabeth Taylor in 1953. However, Burton and Taylor didn’t get to know each other romantically until they met again in the early 1960s on the set of the epic drama. Cleopatra. They later and famously married – twice.
Fast forward to today, and the Victorian residence is now on the market for £7.95 million (or roughly $9.8 million). A blue plaque near the front door commemorates Burton’s time in residence. The historic destination was unveiled in 2011 by fellow Welsh actor Michael Sheen.
“This Blue Plaque house is not only special because of the provenance of its famous former occupant, but it also represents a rare opportunity to purchase a fantastic family home located in the heart of Hampstead and within easy walking distance of Hampstead Heath,” says Mark. Pollack, co-founding director of Aston Chase, said in a press release.
Built by architect Henry Davidson, the house dates back to the 1860s. Overall the space consists of a semi-detached dwelling with six bedrooms plus a separate two-bedroom garden apartment.
There are heaps of original period details throughout, such as high ceilings, tall windows, marble fireplaces and French doors. Other features include a top floor penthouse studio, 60-foot rear garden and views of St. Paul’s Cathedral from the master suite.
“It’s a rare find on one of Hampstead’s most desirable tree-lined streets,” adds Katie Brooks of Knight Frank, who is involved in listing the home.
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