INSIDE THE FORMER KENSINGTON HOME OF RACING DRIVER JAMES HUNT
The Kensington mews house that Formula One champion James Hunt lived in back in the 80s is up for sale – and the party lover would certainly approve of its modern manifestation
James Hunt, who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976, was renowned as much for his party lifestyle as he was for his fearless driving on the track. However, his lasting legacy in his former home in Kensington is something slightly different.
‘Apparently James Hunt initially bought the house so he could park his Ferraris where he lived,’ explains Dale Allen, the current owner of Normand Mews. ‘As you know, in London having off-street, secure parking for three vehicles is unusual.’
Apparently James Hunt initially bought the house so he could park his Ferraris where he lived
The four bedroom property is set behind private gated mews and proudly sports a Blue Plaque commemorating the fact Hunt called this home from 1980-82. ‘It is very special and adds to the character of the house,’ Allen says.
‘London is one of the world’s leading cities and its history and past achievements of its residents is an important element, and something that should – and is – celebrated with the Blue Plaque system.’
Although the property was completely rebuilt in 2011, there are elements that would have been right at home when Hunt was in situ. The reception and outdoor areas, in particular, look ripe for throwing a good party.
‘The house is perfect for those that like to entertain,’ Allen agrees. ‘It’s open plan with bi-fold doors leading to the private patio, which has outside mood lighting and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.’
The house is perfect for those that like to entertain. It’s open plan with bi-fold doors leading to the private patio
There are also two shower rooms, two bathrooms (one with a Jacuzzi), wine cellar, and a whole host of state-of-the-art technological additions throughout. Would Hunt have loved living here in its present incarnation?
‘Undoubtedly,’ smiles Allen. ‘It provides a convenient, secure London base with multiple off-street parking spaces.’
Normand Mews W14 has a guide price of £2,800,000 with carterjonas.co.uk