Mayfair Loft With Royal and Literary Pedigree Hits the Market for £2.25 Million

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The London apartment might only be two bedrooms but it’s packed with history.

It's rare for a home buyer to have the opportunity to purchase a house once owned by royalty or a famous author. But it's downright unheard of to have one lived in by both. That's what one lucky house hunter will get with a two-bedroom flat listed for £2.25 million ($2.83 million). 


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The 870-square-foot apartment is located on the second floor of a landmark building in the Mayfair neighborhood of London. It was here where one of Queen Victoria's grandsons—Alexander Mountbatten—lived for several years with his wife, Lady Irene Denison. They took up their residence in the abode in 1917, before moving to Kensington Palace after welcoming their daughter Lady Iris in 1920.


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Just a few short years later, another notable resident moved in: the author PG Wodehouse. He set up shop here between 1927 and 1934, a time when he wrote his most famous novels, including Very Good, Jeeves and Thank You, Jeeves. Wodehouse used the second floor as his study to write the literary works, and it was a story about his neighbor Lord William Russell who was murdered by his butler that inspired the series. 


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The Queen Mother was such a fan of the author that she placed a Blue Plaque marking it as a heritage site outside of the home in 1988. And fashion designer Alexander McQueen also called the penthouse of the historic building home for many years. 


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Today, the flat features a modern design complete with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a reception room, high ceilings, a private balcony, wood floors, a sleek kitchen, and a marble bathroom. Plus, the location is one of the best in the city with access to Hyde Park, and the area's famous Michelin-starred restaurants and shopping.


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"'This superb apartment provides a discerning purchaser with the opportunity to buy a slice of famous Mayfair history," said Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of Wetherell. "Once a Royal home, it is here where P. G. Wodehouse wrote some of his world-famous Jeeves and Wooster stories."