How to live like a young Rolling Stone in north London
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A property has come on the market in Ivor Court, the mansion block that Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts made his first home in
Want to live like a Rolling Stone? We can’t promise you’ll get the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle you want, but a plush apartment in historic Ivor Court could satisfy you for just £1,625,000.
The Marylebone block of 164 flats was the former home of the band’s first manager Andrew Oldham, who used his apartment as his office in 1964.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones were frequent visitors, and the young band were regularly photographed leaving via the front steps.
Drummer Charlie must have enjoyed his visits to the locale, as he rented his own property in the Gloucester Place pad in 1965, which he shared with his wife Shirley.
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The band had previously all lived together in a squalid shared flat in Chelsea, where romantic lore has it that they ate cold baked beans out of the tin before being propelled to superstardom.
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Most young couples today can only dream of renting a less-than-squalid home together, particularly in the salubrious NW1 postcode. You’d certainly need the salary of a rock star to achieve it.
Photographs from the time show the stylish couple decked their home out in groovy contemporary furniture.
The famous residents have now moved on to their luxurious seven bedroom north Devon property, complete with an Arabian horse stud farm.
Set on the second floor of the mansion block, the two bedroom flat has been recently renovated and features everything that you might need.
The reception room features beautiful herringbone wooden floors and plenty of space for entertaining.
The contemporary kitchen includes fully integrated appliances and has been fitted with modish marble surfaces and painted blue cabinets.
The block has a 24 hour porter service and is right around the corner from the tranquil green spaces of Regent’s Park and the amenities of Baker Street.
The block itself is currently in the process of being renovated, and its proximity to local universities would make it an attractive rental investment.