Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PROPERTY TALK -

The­atre and film di­rec­tor Mike Leigh is known for his bleak and angst-rid­den dra­matic pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing Abi­gail’s Party on TV and Vera Drake on film.

But this eye-catch­ing prop­erty starred in one of his more gen­teel ef­forts, 2014’s biopic Mr Turner. It’s Leigh’s ver­sion of 19th cen­tury painter JMW Turner’s life, who in the film is played by Ti­mothy Spall.

Rush Grove House was bought by prop­erty de­vel­oper Gary Halk­yard in 2012. But half way through do­ing up the run-down Ge­or­gian gem, Mike Leigh de­cided the prop­erty would be per­fect to por­tray the gallery that Turner built for him­self in Har­ley Street, cen­tral Lon­don.

In real life Rush Grove House is in the cap­i­tal’s south­east­ern sub­urb of Wool­wich and has five bed­rooms and four re­cep­tion rooms.

Gary’s ren­o­va­tion is com­plete in­clud­ing the restora­tion of its ex­tra­or­di­nary wooden floors, and the ad­di­tion of a show-stop­ping chan­de­lier in the main hall­way and beau­ti­ful restora­tion of its wood-and-gilt balustrade.

The prop­erty has an un­usual dis­tinc­tion too. It is one of only six homes in Lon­don with their own lake, in its case Mul­grove Pond. The list in­cludes sev­eral il­lus­tri­ous ad­dresses, in­clud­ing Buck­ing­ham Palace.

The prop­erty is be­ing sold di­rect by the de­vel­oper on the prop­erty’s web­site for £3.25 mil­lion af­ter spells be­ing sold by sev­eral es­tate agents. The prop­erty will ap­peal to City types. When Cross­rail opens next year, the house will be just 28 min­utes from the Square Mile via the new sta­tion be­ing built at Wool­wich Ar­se­nal. www. rush­grove.lon­don/ rush-grove-house.php

Rush Grove House is one of the few prop­er­ties in Lon­don with its own lake, pic­tured inset

Ti­mothy Spall as JMW Turner

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