These walls could tell some stories. The history of this Grade II* listed property is fascinating, and its meticulous restoration means that purchasers here are buying into real heritage, but with the luxury trimmings of the 21st century
Seeing a Blue Plaque on the front of a building inevitably piques interest – there are only 900 structures with the symbol of historical significance in London*, making them a real rarity on the property market for those looking for a home with history.
One such building is Eagle House, in the heart of Wimbledon Village, with a plaque proudly mounted on the pale blue façade for Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher who lived and studied at the Grade II* listed building between 1788 – 1860.
Robert Bell, William Pitt and Nelson
Though set well back from the High Street, this magnificent Jacobean Manor House is still visible behind elegant iron railings. With a history dating from the early 1600s, the imposing building was originally a country retreat for Robert Bell, one of the founding members of the East India Company.
It was from the top of Eagle House that Lady Mary Armyne, a tenant during the 17th Century, witnessed the blaze of the Great Fire of London. Later, in the 1780s, Speaker of the House of Commons, William Grenville, entertained then Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger, within its walls. A particularly notable visit came from Lord and Lady Nelson in 1805, resulting in its brief name changing to “Nelson Academy”, before it continued as a military academy, a school once again, and finally an Islamic Heritage Foundation.
A painstaking restoration
Now extensively restored by Octagon Developments, it houses eight very unique apartments with spectacular period features – from soaring stained glass and leaded light windows, to elaborately moulded ceilings and ancient hammerbeam arches, whilst throughout is a number of meticulously restored original fireplaces and cast iron grates.
Heritage, but with modern specification
The new residents of the two and three bedroom homes will enjoy top of the range specification, technology and design, as befitting the Octagon name, as well as access to a beautifully landscaped communal rear garden and private forecourt parking. There is lift access to the upper floors, and the largest home, Apartment 5, spans across three floors, accessed via a private lift.
Wimbledon Village enjoys a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and bars along High Street, as well as a number of famous parks and sporting facilities, including the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club and Royal Wimbledon Golf Club. Numerous bus routes service the area, and Wimbledon mainline and underground stations are less than a mile away – residents can reach London Waterloo in just 19 minutes on the train. Prices from £2.25m.