£1.9m ELTON JOHN RECORDING STUDIO FOR SALE
Located at Townhouse Mews on St Stephen’s Avenue in Shepherd’s Bush, the historic address that was once the former Virgin recording studios – where Elton John recorded the biggest-selling single of all time, ‘Candle in The Wind’ in tribute to Princess Diana – is a 2,000sqft four-bedroom family townhouse for sale for £1,895,000, via DEXTERS.
The state-of-the-art townhouse on St Stephen’s Avenue, part of a bespoke layout of 12 sleek, modern houses set behind a secure entrance, is set over four floors and comprises four en-suite bedrooms, two reception rooms and an open concept kitchen/dining room, with its own quiet courtyard, terrace and private roof terrace.
The ground floor hosts a magnificent kitchen/dining room and an open concept reception room which benefit from plenty of natural light thanks to the exceptionally high ceilings. In addition to this, there are folding doors that span the full width of the house and lead out to the landscaped courtyard garden.
Taking up the entire floor-to-ceiling wall is a striking built-in bookcase with an extension ladder. The designer kitchen is equipped with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar for everyday informal family meals, further enhancing the contemporary feel of the home. A laundry room and a guest cloakroom are also found on this level.
An elegant wood and glass suspended staircase leads to the first floor, which also provides its own entrance to the house and offers a second gallery reception room which overlooks the ground floor. To the rear of the living room is a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet.
The second floor has another bedroom with a large dressing room and a bathroom, with two sinks and access to the terrace. The third floor has two additional bedrooms both offering en-suite bathrooms. At the top of the final staircase, buyers will find a charming roof terrace with stunning views over the West London skyline.
The townhouse is fully underfloor heated and its modern finish makes St Stephen’s Avenue the perfect home for sociable families who like to entertain.
Virgin’s former recording studios, aptly named “Townhouse Studios”, had been established by Richard Branson for his Virgin label in 1978, in an existing building that previously housed Goldhawk Film Studios. The building served as a “London residence” with studios, mastering rooms, living quarters, a canteen and recreation rooms all under one roof.
Phil Newell, technical director at Virgin when the studios were built, was commissioned by Branson to build ‘the best studios on the planet’ and £2million was invested in creating a state-of-the-art facility where the biggest stars from the past three decades including Queen, Coldplay, the Sex Pistols and Robbie Williams have flocked to record their material. The famous “Stone Room” was responsible for the famous drum sound on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”.
The studios were then purchased by EMI in 1992 and the band Sanctuary in 2002 after years of hosting bands like Oasis, Blur, Duran Duran, The Killers, Muse and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as singers such as Tom Jones, Sting and Kylie. Minogue. The studios eventually closed and the equipment was auctioned off in 2008.
Located on a residential street, Townhouse Mews is less than a mile from Westfield Shopping Center and surrounded by a range of local amenities on Goldhawk Road. There are easy transport links to central London, as well as access to a leafy park known as Ravenscourt Park.
Georgia Buckley, Director of DEXTERS Shepherds Bush, says: “The extraordinary history of this now modern family home not only adds character and sparkle, but means you could sleep in the same room where the Sex Pistols once performed. . With a mix of Victorian and modern properties scattered throughout Shepherd’s Bush, the style of Townhouse Mews creates generous space and is an ideal property for families who want to enjoy all the diversity London has to offer, but with a subtle suburban charm. .
St Stephen’s Avenue is for sale at an asking price of £1,895,000.