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April 15, 2024

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Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion is on sale for $38 Million

By Arushi Sakhuja

When it comes to the world of music Freddie Mercury is a name that reckons with many fans around the world. Being the face of the iconic rock band Queen, now, fans and luxury real estate enthusiasts have the opportunity to own Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion for a staggering $38 million. Currently handled by Knight Frank, it is located in the upscale neighbourhood of Kensington, it is known as Garden Lodge and the Kensington home is on the market for the first time since Freddie Mercury’s passing in 1991.  He left the Neo-Georgian-style estate and his friend and former fiancée, Mary Austin, who had been living at and looking after the property. But now is ready to part ways with the estate.

Freddie Mercury’s stately residence was originally built in 1907 by architect Ernest Marshall for a former chairman of Sotheby’s, and  Mercury bought the place in 1980. He roped in interior architect and designer Robin Moore Ede to renovate the palatial pad and suit it to his life. Staying true to his extravagant lifestyle,  his exquisite property offers a rare glimpse into his flamboyant lifestyle. Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion is spread across multiple levels and the residence boasts an array of luxurious features and stunning interiors that reflect Mercury’s personality and refined taste. Freddie Mercury considered the London home to be a sanctuary amid the hectic rockstar lifestyle.

Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion
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Designed with a keen eye for detail, the interiors of Freddie Mercury’s former home seamlessly blend classic elegance with contemporary flair. Rich hardwood floors, ornate mouldings, and bespoke furnishings create an atmosphere of timeless luxury, while modern amenities ensure comfort and convenience. Throughout the residence, dramatic lighting fixtures and bold colour palettes add a sense of drama, reflecting Mercury’s eclectic sense of style. The residence sports the finest marble accents, rich wood floors, and tons of bright jewel tones. Most notably, the walls of the dining room are painted a citrusy yellow—the singer’s favourite hue.

Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion
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Other highlights include the double-height drawing room, where Mercury stored the grand piano that he famously used to compose Bohemian Rhapsody. The British singer also helped design the garden, which is dotted with large magnolia trees and sculpted plantings. Other highlights include a sitting room with exquisite French doors that lead to the landscaped Japanese-style garden that Mercury helped design. Upstairs, the main suite boasts a dramatic dressing room, adorned with floor-to-ceiling mirrors that hold Mercury’s extensive wardrobe and stage costumes. Complete with a spacious bedroom, luxurious en-suite bathroom, and dressing room, this private retreat exudes sophistication and style.

Art Nouveau-inspired decor pieces and artistic doorways with stainglass add a European and countryside allure to Freddie Mercury’s former London mansion. Boasting large gardens and outdoor spaces, a highlight is that the brick Neo-Georgian-style estate has a garden featuring magnolia trees and Japanese-inspired water features.

Last year, Austin sold off a large portion of the star’s treasured possessions during a Sotheby’s auction. The event attracted a bidding frenzy of more than 41,800 eager bidders from across the world. the Freddie Mercury: A World of His Own, auction,  included the piano he used to write Bohemian Rhapsody, which sold for more than $2 million.

Arushi Sakhuja

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