October 19, 2012 6:59 pm

Hot property: Historic owners

Five homes formerly owned by prominent people, including an oil tycoon’s house and a Polish prince’s penthouse apartment
The Old Rectory, Wimbledon, London, UK

The Old Rectory, Wimbledon, London, UK, £26m

Where In Wimbledon, west London, 10 miles from Heathrow airport, 18 miles from Gatwick.

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What The Old Rectory is a nine-bedroom, 1,500 sq m house that dates back to 1500, with the private chapel thought to be 150 years older than that. The main house retains many of its period details, including original oak beams, stained glass windows and carved wood panelling. The property comes with a two-bedroom gatehouse and separate studio flat.

Why The Old Rectory has long had a connection to royalty. In the 16th century, visitors included both Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. In the 17th century the wife of Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria, owned the property and, much more recently, the house belonged to Brian May, guitarist for the rock band Queen.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 20 8946 0026

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4009 West Lawther Drive, Dallas, Texas

4009 West Lawther Drive, Dallas, Texas, $24.9m

Where In central Dallas, overlooking the White Rock Lake, 29 miles from Fort Worth international airport.

What A five-bedroom, 18,000 sq ft property with four-bedroom guesthouse, all in 10 acres. Also in the grounds is a private four-lane bowling alley.

Why In 1938, legendary oil tycoon HL Hunt bought the property for his family. His son, Lamar Hunt, helped found the American Football League, and, in 1967, set up the first Super Bowl competition.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +1 312 980 3500

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Penthouse, Ospedaletti, Liguria, Italy

Penthouse, Ospedaletti, Liguria, Italy, €1.5m

Where In Ospedaletti, northwest Italy, 7 miles from Nice international airport.

What A restored three-bedroom, 200 sq m penthouse apartment. The building dates back to the late 19th century, and the apartment comprises the top two floors of the original tower. There is also a large terrace with sea views.

Why The property once belonged to the Polish noble Prince Aleksander Ignacy Lubomirski (1802-93). Prince Aleksander funded a centre for the poor in Krakow, now part of the city’s University of Economics.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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Château, Normandy, France

Château, Normandy, France, €6m

Where In Orne, Normandy, northern France, 278km west of Paris and Charles De Gaulle international airport.

What An 18th-century listed château with 11 bedrooms and nearly 13,000 sq ft of living space, in 74 hectares of grounds. The property has a hunting lodge, stables and staff accommodation.

Why Artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) came to the house in 1861 and stayed for around 30 years, creating some of his finest paintings there. Famous for his pictures of dancers, Degas is widely considered to be one of the founders of the Impressionist movement.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +33 6 85 82 47 70

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Son Galcerán, Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain

Son Galcerán, Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain, €17.5m

Where In the village of Valldemossa on the west coast of Mallorca, 15 miles from Palma international airport.

What A seven-bedroom house, which has been fully restored and features a cinema, library, gym and terrace.

Why The house was built for Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator (1847-1915). An early champion of Mallorca’s wildlife, Ludwig spent 22 years writing a nine-volume book on the Balearic Islands, Die Balearen. In 1895, he founded Central and Eastern Europe’s first open-air museum in Prerov nad Labem, a town in what is now the Czech Republic.

Who Engel & Völkers, www.engelvoelkers.com, tel: +34 971 63 63 63

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