Prop­erty of the week

A grand apart­ment with a mu­si­cal her­itage

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

With the Proms start­ing last night, this home could be the per­fect base, writes Is­abelle Fraser.

Just down the road from the Royal Al­bert Hall, this el­e­gant one-bed­room apart­ment also has a mu­si­cal her­itage.

It is the for­mer home of Evan­ge­los Pa­p­athanas­siou, the com­poser bet­ter known as Van­ge­lis, who com­posed the mu­sic for the 1981 film Char­i­ots of Fire, in­clud­ing the fa­mous theme song.

That landed him an Academy Award for best score, and it was con­sid­ered to be far ahead of its time: the film, set in the 1924 Olympics, was ac­com­pa­nied by elec­tronic tracks, rather than or­ches­tral mu­sic.

He also co-scored the sound­track to Ri­d­ley Scott’s 1982 sci­ence fic­tion movie Blade Run­ner.

His for­mer home cov­ers 1,969 sq ft of a grand Vic­to­rian town­house, with a white stucco fa­cade and a west-fac­ing bal­cony di­rectly over­look­ing Queen’s Gate.

In­side there are many pe­riod fea­tures and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails in­clud­ing Corinthian col­umns, an or­nate ceil­ing and wall panel de­tail, two fea­ture mar­ble fire­places and four French win­dows, fill­ing the flat with light. It has a small study up­stairs, a com­pact kitchen and a large en suite mas­ter bed­room.

The flat is cen­tred around a huge, airy re­cep­tion room which was the house’s for­mer ball­room. With huge pro­por­tions, it cur­rently houses a grand piano and would make a per­fect in­ti­mate venue. If you don’t have tick­ets to the Proms, you could just cre­ate your own at home.

It is on the mar­ket for £4.5mil­lion with Har­rods Es­tates (020 7225 6508; har­rod­ses­tates.com)

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