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H.G. Wells' London home is for sale - and it's on the market at nearly £14 million

Take the tour of the famed author's exquisite former London home

H.G. Wells London home for sale
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For £13.95 million you could own the former home of one of Britain's most prolific author and writers, as the townhouse belonging to H.G.Wells has hit the market.

The Grade I Listed 13 Hanover Terrace was the home and primary residence of War of the Worlds author Wells from 1933 up until his death in 1946, even staying there for the duration of the London Blitz.

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H.G. Wells London home for sale view

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Boasting unobscured views over London's Regent's Park, the property was designed by noted architect Sir John Nash, who designed several of the impressive buildings in this area of the capital.

Set over five floors and nearly 5,000 sq ft, the home includes four bedrooms and entertaining spaces, along with an additional mews house, ideal for a guest house or home office. 

Although the property was thoroughly restored in 2004, it has retained its classic charm and many of its original period features.

HG Wells house dining space

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Below street level, on the lower ground floor of the terrace house, is the kitchen and the family room. Cleverly, this space has been designed to allow natural light to flood in from above, making it a bright and airy area. 

The contrast of the contemporary staircase and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances with the period window detailing creates even more interest in this delightful space.

HG Wells house kitchen

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You'll additionally find a utility room, sauna and staff bedroom (although more likely to be used as an additional guest room these days). 

There's also a wine cellar which, if his eponymous cocktail is anything to go by, the four time Nobel prize nominee would have got some serious use out of.

The back doors of this lower ground floor provide access to private outdoor space - a courtyard at the front and a landscaped garden to the rear.

HG Wells house study

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Up one floor and the entrance-level floor of 13 Hanover Terrace offers a delightful dining room with clear views of the Royal Park across the street.

Also on this level is a traditional study space, featuring a fireplace and bespoke in-built bookcases. 

HG Wells house sitting room

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A beautiful formal reception room sprawls over the entirety of the first floor of the property once owned by the author of The Time Machine. 

This ornate space includes original features, such as delicate cornicing and period fireplaces. The unusual L-shaped floorplan means the this reception room benefits from natural light coming in from both sides of the building and has views of the garden to the rear, and Regent's Park's boating lake to the front.

HG Wells house main bathroom

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Heading further up the stairs, the second and third floors of the property hold the three double bedroom suites.

The second floor is dedicated to the master suite, which includes a walk-in dressing room and large en-suite bathroom

HG Wells house guest bedroom

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The final two bedroom suites are situated right at the top, on the third floor.

Both of these classically designed rooms have en-suites and impressive views of London.

HG Wells house garden

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At the foot of the rear garden sits the additional mews house. 

This building provides not only a double width garage, but two bedrooms and bathrooms, a sitting room garden room and a terrace. 

HG Wells house plaque

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The exterior of this wonderful home once belonging to H.G. Wells of course provides all the period features one might expect from a building of its period - iconic stucco façade, sash windows and a wrought iron balcony. 

However, unlike most homes it also boasts one of the famous English Heritage blue plaques, commemorating H.G. Wells’ life and death there.  

With thanks to Aston Chase for access to this exceptional property. 13 Hanover Terrace is on sale for £13.950,000 exclusively through Aston Chase. 

Thea Babington-Stitt
Content Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is a Content Editor at Future. She has been an interiors journalist for nearly 10 years and has held positions at LivingEtc, Country Homes & Interiors and Homes & Gardens. Currently, she is writing for Ideal Home and Style At Home's websites and magazines.