Formerly the London home of renowned music icon Sting, one of the world’s best-selling artists, an elegant Grade II Listed Georgian mansion in Westminster has come to market with leading estate agency Beauchamp Estates, on sale for £12,950,000.
Located on Old Queen Street, with views onto St James’s Park, the historic townhouse is, according to the current owners, the former London home of Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, who rented the townhouse for circa 2.5 years whilst renovating their property on nearby Queen Anne’s Gate. Originally constructed in 1775, the townhouse offers accommodation over seven floors, including a grand drawing room, contemporary kitchen, formal dining room, two roof terraces, lift, and private garden.
Born in Wallsend, Northumberland, Sting (real name Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) is a singer, songwriter, bassist, actor and philanthropist, a veritable music industry legend. His achievements in the music industry include having sold over 100 million records as a solo artist and with rock band The Police, winning 17 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and four Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. His song “Every Breath You Take” is the most played song in radio history. Further accolades include a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II for services to music, received in 2003, an Ivor Novello award for Lifetime Achievement, and being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Passionate about property, Sting and Trudie’s other notable homes past and present include Lake House, an Elizabethan country house in Wiltshire; a duplex in Manhattan once owned by Billy Joel; a villa in Tuscany; and an apartment at Battersea Power Station. Living at Old Queen Street was ideal whilst renovating the Queen Anne’s Gate property, with the two within a few minutes’ walking distance.
The Old Queen Street townhouse was originally constructed in 1775, with records of a mansion on site since the 1690s and the first recorded resident in 1696 was Sir William Honywood, 2nd Baronet and politician. The townhouse has a smart brick façade with a Doric portico porch, with other past residents including politicians, apothecaries and affluent families.
Throughout the vast 5,901 sq. ft. townhouse there are beautiful period details that have been carefully preserved, including several marble fireplaces and intricate cornicing, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light from the Georgian sash windows.
Entered on the raised ground floor, there is a large formal dining room with a ten-seater dining table and grand marble fireplace, with doors leading onto a private terrace, a fantastic space for entertaining. There is also a reception room on this floor overlooking the quiet street, with lift access to the other floors. The townhouse’s elegant drawing room is on the ground floor, with three large sash windows overlooking St James’s Park and a historic green marble fireplace. There is also a separate study providing ample space for home-working if required.
The Principal bedroom suite occupies the first floor, where a spacious bedroom overlooks the park, with beautiful wall panelling, parquet flooring, a Juliet balcony and two reading nooks. The en suite bathroom is finished in matching delicate wallpaper with panelling and a grand freestanding bathtub. On the upper floors, there are a further four guest bedrooms, two of which are en suite, with the fourth floor a play room or additional study space which opens onto a roof terrace.
Located on the lower ground floor is the large contemporary-style kitchen with an island, opening onto a breakfast room, with integrated high-quality appliances including a wine fridge. The breakfast room opens onto the private rear garden with gate access to Birdcage Walk and St James’s Park behind.
Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates commented: “Old Queen Street is a beautiful Georgian townhouse with elegant living space and great acoustics, the perfect home for any music mogul or performer looking for exceptional entertaining space.”
Paul Finch, New Homes Director at Beauchamp Estates says: “Old Queen Street offers extensive living space, ideal for buyers searching for a grand family home. This townhouse offers a variety of outside living spaces, with private terraces and a rear garden, an enviable asset in this central Westminster location and a key feature for buyers in this current climate.”
Old Queen Street is located in the heart of Westminster running parallel to Birdcage Walk, with St James’s Park a few moments’ walking distance. The boutique shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury shopping of nearby Mayfair, Marylebone and Knightsbridge are within easy access, with the prestigious Westminster School in walking distance for families.