The homes of two of Hollywood’s greatest female stars are on the market at the same time. Ava Gardner’s former home in Knightsbridge is available to rent through Tunstall Property for a mere £10,500 a week, while the Chelsea home of Ingrid Bergman is for sale via John D Wood for £3,950,000
Ingrid Bergman’s former home on Cheyne Gardens, SW3
This lavish property was once home to one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses Ingrid Bergman, who lived there between 1978 and 1982. Perhaps best-known for her role in Casablanca alongside Humphrey Bogart, Bergman was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and has been ranked as the fourth greatest female screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute.
The three-bedroom flat that Bergman used to live in would be unrecognisable to her, except for the lovely views over Cheyne Walk’s gardens. The property has three generous-sized bedrooms or equal proportions, a large drawing room with dining area and a modern, high-spec kitchen.
Cheyne Gardens, Chelsea SW3, John D Wood & Co, 020 7352 1484, johndwood.co.uk, Asking price £3,950,000
Ava Gardner’s former home on Ennishmore Gardens, SW7
Flat 3, Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge was once home to Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, now it is a five-bedroom apartment being let by luxury lettings agency Tunstall Property for £10,500 a week. Gardner lived in London from 1968, following her years of success in Hollywood, until her death in 1990. She was once quoted as saying ‘I love the history and grandeur of my little London retreat, some say it is too big for me alone, but I love the space.
‘I love the history and grandeur of my little London retreat, some say it is too big for me alone, but I love the space”.
The pin-up girl of the 50’s Gardner has high-profile marriages to Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra – it was her marriage to Sinatra that was credited for his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity, which re-launched his singing career.
The flat now comprises two reception rooms, five bedrooms, a study and kitchen/breakfast room. And is not alone with its heritage. The homes along Ennismore Gardens have a long history, built in 1870 as part of the redevelopment of Kingston House, a Palladian mansion dating back to the 18th Century, belonging to Elizabeth Chudleigh, Duchess of Kingston. The mansion and its estate was later sold to William Hare, Baron of Ennismore, in 1837, but was sold off for development following his death, with the street and private gardens named to commemorate him. Once completed, the five-storey homes along Ennismore Gardens, designed with Porticos and Corinthian Columns, commanded a premium of £17,000 per year.
Ennismore Gardens, SW7, Tunstall Property, 020 3011 1775, tunstallproperty.co.uk