Boy George Is Selling His Gothic-Style London Villa and the Kitchen’s Natural Lighting Will Make You Fall in Love
This might come as a surprise, but Boy George has lived in the same home for over 30 years. And now, one lucky homebuyer with a multi-million dollar budget may get to call his historically gothic London mansion home.
Originally known as The Logs, the property, which sits directly across from popular Hampstead Heath greenspace, was recently listed with high-end London real estate agency Aston Chase for $20 million. Spanning less than half of the 11,000 square feet of land, the 5,000-square-foot home features some pretty lush amenities — including two secluded outdoor areas in the front and rear of the house.
Just as the property’s location offers the best of both worlds — a secluded natural oasis just 4 miles from London’s city center — the decor marries Eastern and Western cultural touches, all while balancing classic and modern architectural structures.
After having undergone a three-year renovation process, the 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom mansion has maintained much of its original charm, with high arches and ornate designs in the crown molding and walls. The dark, heavy iron master staircase — which awaits you at the end of one of four reception areas — also appears to be one of the original features from the 1868-built home.
Although the original gothic style that encompassed the “villa” can still be seen throughout, the bathrooms, bedrooms, and what is described as a “meditation tower,” have all been changed to a modern, minimalistic style. Featuring beige walls and dark brown accents, these areas may be rendered warmer than one might expect. The only exception here is the master bathroom, as it’s seen decorated in a more traditional way, with white tile walls, a brushed metal soaking tub, and a skylight that takes up almost the entire ceiling (similar to Conan O’Brien’s newest beachfront purchase).
Like many of the celebrity homes we’ve seen listed of late, the kitchen in Boy George’s home is definitely one worth writing home about. Sitting at one corner of the house, it bathes in natural light, thanks to two glass walls that give way to a patio and outdoor dining area. In addition to the overflowing amount of light, the glass doors also give the kitchen an indoor-outdoor feel, even when it isn’t opened to the outside. So, dining al fresco can always feel possible.
On the opposite side of the kitchen, a wall of white cabinets housing two built-in ovens surround and support the countertop range. The far wall features taller cabinets, ensuring that there is plenty of storage space, while the center of the large kitchen hosts a massive, natural wood island boasting a farmhouse sink and additional storage.
A running theme throughout the Boy George’s soon-to-be former home is that there is plenty of space to entertain. From intimate indoor salons to a cozy outdoor cabana that allows visitors to have that Hampstead Heath experience, new inhabitants will feel like they have everything they need without having to share it with the outside world.
If owning a celebrity home is a bucket list item for you or someone you know, then this one hits the mark twice: A portion of Boy George’s renovation of the 1868 home involved purchasing a property next door that used to belong to singer Sam Smith.
Take a look at the full listing, held by Mark Pollack of Aston Chase, here.
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