Famed Writer H.G. Wells’ Former London Home Hits the Market
H.G. Wells, dubbed the father of science fiction, loved his London house. The novelist and technology visionary lived at the sought-after home, bordering Regent’s Park, from 1933 to 1946. Against advice, he even stayed here during World War II and the Blitz. Only after his death did the deed change hands. Even now, as the property comes to the market asking £13.95 million, Wells’ inspired legacy lingers. Not in an ominous way like the titular character of his iconic novel The Invisible Man, but instead there is an air of creative warmth in the bright, historic abode.
Set behind a classic stucco façade at 13 Hanover Terrace, where a subtle blue plaque notifies that Wells “lived and died here,” the spaces peek out to the quiet street and park beyond via sash windows. A wrought-iron balcony allows for a particularly dramatic vantage point of these delightful views. Inside, the home designed in 1822 by Sir John Nash spans 4,898 square feet across five floors. Four bedrooms lie within its walls, with four formal reception rooms also included for glamorous entertaining. The property’s mews house provides two additional bedrooms and a living space, perfect for guests’ visits.
Faithfully restored, with an attention to the original period details, the home also holds modern elements much as Wells could have foreseen. The author, who penned The War of the Worlds, is known for having predicted many technologies we have today.
For Wells, the residence proved itself as a reliable place to weather a war, so a new owner can plan to weather whatever comes next in 2020 here. Aston Chase exclusively holds the listing.