helsea is beautiful all year round, but it really comes into its own when the Chelsea Flower Show comes to town. The London planes are laden with leaves, streets throng with green-fingered enthusiasts, and, of course, Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital grounds come alive with spectacular floral displays.
In honour of the Chelsea Flower Show starting this week, we’ve chosen a Property of the Month that has a special relationship with the event. It’s on St. Leonard’s Terrace, one of SW3’s most desirable roads – so prized, in fact, that there’s only been a handful of sales here over the last decade.
Located between the King's Road and Burton Court, St. Leonard's Terrace is home to a residents-only garden square with tennis courts and a cricket pitch. Beyond this: uninterrupted views of the Royal Hospital and therefore, when it comes around, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. What better view could there be in the city than literal award-winning, flora-laden gardens?
The property’s exterior, meanwhile, is an inimitable white stucco, with a Rococo-style balcony at the third level. Wisteria curls up the entrance railings to a bottle-green front door.
Arranged over five floors, the interior of this Grade II-listed property is sumptuous. The living space is a haven of cream and gold, with a marble fireplace and French doors opening onto the balcony. The dining room, meanwhile, features panelled walls in bold teal and a carved wood fireplace, overseen by an extravagant crystal chandelier.
In the kitchen/breakfast room, the grandiose style gives way to a more cottagecore aesthetic. Grained floors become sandy wood, cabinets are painted a spring green, and the rustic oven gleams yellow. On the ground level, a conservatory wraps around the courtyard patio.
Ascending to the first floor, you find a drawing room with another grand fireplace, plus a library area. The second floor is entirely reserved for the principal bedroom (along with a dressing room and ensuite) that is immediately distinctive for its pretty pink and blue printed wallpaper – the dusty rose is picked up in floor-to-ceiling drapes. Further elevation leads to two additional bedrooms and a family bathroom.
If Chelsea could be distilled into one townhouse, we think it would be this one. And not just because of its proximity to the flower show – the property is a standard-bearer for all of the charm and taste that the area is known for.
But the St. Leonard’s Terrace property also has its quirks. Features like the teal panelling and buttercup oven represent the other, historically trendy, side of Chelsea – the ‘60s stomping ground of Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood and locus of the Saatchi Gallery, where the YBAs made waves in the ‘80s.
This property is a respecter of tradition, to be sure. But it is also destined for someone who frequents Bluebird and lives out of the stylish boutiques of Duke of York Square. It embodies a quintessentially-Chelsea juxtaposition of class and cool.
The St. Leonard’s Street property is on the market for £7.5 million. Visit awsprime.com