The former London home of renowned writer and author H.G. Wells is on sale
The former London home of renowned writer and author H.G. Wells is on sale exclusively through leading ultra-prime estate agent Aston Chase for £13,950,000. The Grade I Listed Nash residence, located at 13 Hanover Terrace in Regent’s Park, was the home and primary residence of Wells from 1933 up until his death in 1946.
Designed in 1822 by Sir John Nash, 13 Hanover Terrace provides 4,898 sq. ft. of space over five floors, with four bedrooms and four entertaining spaces. The Nash terrace offers a beautiful front exterior with iconic stucco façade, sash windows and a wrought iron balcony. Residents benefit from unobstructed views over Regent’s Park as well original and restored period features throughout the property. 13 Hanover Terrace benefits from a blue plaque, commemorating H.G. Wells’ life and death there. The property also features a 1,1045 sq. ft. mews house offering secure garage double parking alongside a further two bedrooms and a living space.
H.G Wells was a renowned novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian who wrote dozens of novels, short stories and works of social commentary. Born in 1866 in Kent, Wells spent his youth studying in London at the Normal School of Science. He went on to teach in London and Wales before moving to Woking in Surrey before eventually returning to London in 1933 where he purchased 13 Hanover Terrace.
Known as the ‘father of science fiction’ some of his most famous pieces of work include The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine. Wells was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times throughout his life and his novels are still recognised as some of the greatest pieces of science fiction ever written.
Despite advice and requests from friends, Wells refused to leave 13 Hanover Terrace during the Second World War and the Blitz and he lived out the remainder of his days there enjoying the views over Regent’s Park. Wells lived in the house until he died on the 13th of August 1946 in 13 Hanover Terrace
Having been comprehensively restored in 2004, the main Nash residence at 13 Hanover Terrace provides three double bedrooms, a study, magnificent drawing room, living room, self-contained staff accommodation wine cellar, safe room and sauna. Set over five floors, the home retains a number of its striking original period features.
The lower ground floor of 13 Hanover Terrace offers the home’s kitchen and breakfast/ family room which were both restored and renovated and provide state-of-the-art appliances as well as a striking spiral staircase which leads to the ground floor. The lower ground floor also has a utility room, sauna, staff bedroom and wine cellar as well as a courtyard at the front of the property and a landscaped West facing garden to the rear of the house, accessible from the family room.
The ground floor at 13 Hanover Terrace contains the home’s impressive dining room which offers views over the park and a study complete with bespoke book cases and a fireplace.
The entire first floor of the home offers an exceptional formal reception room complete with unobstructed views over the boating lake of Regent’s Park, balcony access from the front of the house accessible via French doors and a terrace accessible from the back of the room. The residence’s first floor ‘L’ shaped drawing room benefits from restored period features including beautiful cornices and fireplaces.
The second and third floors of 13 Hanover Terrace accommodate the three double bedroom suites. The principal bedroom suite occupies the entire second floor of the home and has a walk-in dressing room and an impressive en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath. The third floor provides two guest-bedroom suites, both with en-suite bathrooms.
The mews house, located at the foot of landscaped rear garden provides a double width garage as well as two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room/ garden room and a terrace.
Mark Pollack, Director and Co-Founder at Aston Chase commented: “13 Hanover Terrace is an exceptional Nash property with grand entertaining spaces, period features and unobstructed views over Regent’s Park. Alongside the main residence, purchasers of 13 Hanover Terrace benefit from a mews house, which can host guests or be utilised as a private home office. This property is truly one-of-kind with a colourful history, commemorated by the blue plaque outside. The purchaser of 13 Hanover Terrace will be buying an iconic home, which seldom comes to market, as well as a piece of British history.”
Residents of 13 Hanover Terrace benefit from additional off-street parking and 24/7 security. The open green spaces of Regent’s Park are within moments of the home and the amenities of both Marlyebone High Street and St John’s Wood High Street and transport links from Regents Park and Baker Street Stations are within walking distance.