On the money: novelist Martin Amis’ £7.5 million house is up for sale
PUBLISHED: 17:20 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 11 May 2017
The former home of celebrated British author Martin Amis is on the market in Regent’s Park for a cool £7.5 million
The former home of renowned British novelist Martin Amis is on the market in Regent’s Park. The home of the author who penned Money (1984) and London Fields (1989) now has bespoke interiors designed by Westbourne Park-based Stiff and Trevillion, who have also renovated the space in the garden where the author once wrote.
Amis’ writing largely focuses on the excesses of capitalist Western society, and the absurdity of modern consumer culture. The £7.5 million price tag is somewhat removed from those sentiments, and is less a caricature of spend, spend, spend culture and more a reminder that money makes the world go round.
Given its location on Regent’s Park Road in upper crust Primrose Hill, the price tag is perhaps less controversial than the adaptation of Amis’ novel London Fields, embroiled in a cloud of confusion and Hollywood smokescreens.
An Evening Standard report claimed that director Mathew Cullen was suing the producers of the film for $1 million, while the BBC reported that the producers were suing star Amber Heard for sabotaging the film. The film was also set to star her then-husband Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton and Cara Delevigne but has since fallen into cinematic obscurity.
With such glamorous names attached to the project, it’s fitting that the Regent’s Park home itself is reminiscent of a glamorous film set. The kitchen is clad in on-trend white and black marble, which pairs well with white brick tiling, statement light fittings and rose gold touches.
Light was a priority for S&T, who doubled the ceiling height in order to capitalise upon available natural light and repositioned the stairs in order to maximise lower ground floor space. Dark wood combines with crisp white tones, muted greys and purples to accent the spacious, laid-back grandeur of the home.
Should famous friends come knocking, entertaining spaces are ample, including a roof terrace providing expansive vistas over the London cityscape. Formal reception rooms on the raised ground floor provide bright and spacious entertaining areas and feature original period features including floor to ceiling windows, original dark wood floors and fireplaces. Contemporary light fixtures and furnishings contribute to a modern feel.
With five children, it’s no wonder Amis opted for a home with four bathrooms and an attic room. To the rear, the property benefits from a well-kept south facing garden ideal for summer entertaining, and a private garage for trips around town. Nannies or guests can be provided for in the self-contained studio apartment located in the garden and illuminated by way of a sky light.
The first floor master suite is coupled with a luxurious dressing room complete with walk in wardrobes, and provides access to a south facing balcony. According to a Telegraph interview with the writer at home in 2010, Amis’ signature house cocktail was a “bracingly strong negroni” made with Campari and vodka. Gulp it down, it’s the only way you’ll be able to swallow the price tag.
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