Where did Alex James get his love of cheese from? Well, his former home in Covent Garden – which is now for sale – was temptingly close to Neal’s Yard Dairy…
Perhaps that was what brought on his turophilia, and perhaps the same dairy-based fate could become your destiny, now that his former home on Mercer Street, part of the Seven Dials district, is for sale.
The impressive five-story converted warehouse was home to the Blur bass player for several years in the early 2000s, when the band had huge successes with songs such as Parklife and Girls & Boys.
Since the band’s heyday, James has become an award-winning cheesemaker, even holding The Big Feastival on his very own 200 acre Cotswold farm.
The freehold Grade II listed property includes a huge master bedroom complete with a freestanding bathtub on the top floor, a balcony overlooking Ching Court from the living room, and the warehouse’s original full-height glazed loading doors.
There’s also a guest bedroom, dressing room and shower room on the second floor, an elegant living room with a balcony overlooking Ching Court on the first floor, and a ground-floor study. The large open-plan kitchen is located on the lower ground floor.
‘It’s unusual to find an entire freehold house in Covent Garden, especially one with such a rich history as this, a beautiful building, unique and full of character, but with everything you’d expect of a modern London home,’ says selling agent Jamie Read, Director at Tavistock Bow.
‘The location is fantastic, right in the heart of the action, but discreet and quiet. It really is a complete one off.’
Originally a warehouse, the property was remodelled by acclaimed architect Sir Terry Farrell between 1983 and 1985 as part of the regeneration of Comyn Ching Triangle.
It was later awarded a Grade II listing because of its architectural merit and degree of survival, retaining Farrell’s restored facades, their detail, fixtures and fittings. Farrell’s other notable projects include Camden Lock and the MI6 Headquarters at Vauxhall.
Mercer Street, Covent Garden WC2 is on sale for an asking price of £3.5m (and is also available to let for £1,650 per calendar week) from Tavistock Bow, Covent Garden. Call 020 7477 2177 or see tavistockbow.com
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