Leonard House, the quintessential literary lover's haven, is currently on the market for £3.3 million ($4.5 million).
Situated on the aptly named Paradise Road, the Grade II listed property was home to Leonard and Virginia Woolf, who launched the esteemed Hogarth Press at the address. The organization expanded from Woolf's hobby into a globally established commercial printing business, which is celebrated by a London blue plaque at the front of the home.
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Alongside her Hogarth Press's success, Virginia has gained a reputation as one of the most important literary figures in English literature. Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One's Own, and To the Lighthouse are among the novels and essays that are still frequently studied more than 60 years after her death.
The four-bedroom 3,603 square foot townhouse, which towers above the affluent London neighborhood, has recently undergone a stylish renovation that has firmly brought the property into the modern day. However, classic period features, including several feature fireplaces, continue to showcase the property's rich heritage.
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Leonard House's entrance epitomizes West London elegance and grandeur through its large reception rooms that boast historically high ceilings, herringbone wood floors, and signature wood paneling. Other notable rooms include the large British hand-crafted eat-in kitchen – complete with a chic central island and dining area. The first floor is a maze of beautiful bedrooms, one of which includes a private en-suite bathroom.
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The home's exterior is no less beautiful, as the winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Heather Appleton, designed the landscaped courtyard garden to minimize maintenance and provide maximum privacy.
The exterior space includes a patio, which is waiting to hold the book-club party location of the century. Meanwhile, beyond the estate, the opulent area of Richmond is a leafy paradise, featuring the Kew Gardens botanical kingdom and indulgent cuisine along the Quadrant main street.
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Listing agents Knight Frank (opens in new tab) has described the property as 'a beautifully restored Georgian house in the center of Richmond' and encourage potential buyers to take a virtual reality viewing online.
We're certainly envious of the buyer who will make Leonard House a Home of One's Own soon.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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