At the height of his career in the late 1800s, Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde lived along the now-famous Tite Street in London. Oscar and his wife, author Constance Lloyd, purchased a townhouse on the street shortly after their wedding in 1884. Although Oscar lived at the property on and off in the subsequent years, he maintained his residency there until his infamous arrest in 1895. Today, the four-story building consists of several individual flats—one of which just hit the market.
During the decade or so that he owned the property, Oscar wrote his acclaimed and only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his play The Importance of Being Earnest. Oscar and Constance also raised their two children in the home.
The property was repossessed during the two years Oscar spent in prison after being found guilty of sodomy and gross indecency—charges for which he was posthumously pardoned only recently, in 2017.
The approximately 960-square-foot flat comes with two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Most of the home’s interior has been modernized, although some of the building’s original features remain intact.
One of the home’s most alluring features is its location—not only is it Oscar’s former home, but it’s steps away from other properties once occupied by literary giants such as Mark Twain and Bram Stoker. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for £1,695,000 (approximately $2,190,000).
Located along Tite Street in Chelsea, London, the flat is currently listed for £1,695,000 (~$2,190,000) by Hamptons International Sloane Square.
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