A miniature version of the White House is on the market in London for £2.5million and just like its American namesake the walls are full of history.
Set in the US Embassy complex in Mayfair, over the years it has seen the comings and goings of presidents and politicians such as George Bush, Nancy Reagan, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Bill and Hilary Clinton and Colin Powell.
And they have been invited to party with dignitaries and honoured guests.
The home’s official address is in Blackburne’s Mews, a privately gated complex accessed from Upper Grosvenor Street and Upper Brook Street.
The Grade II-listed building dates back to 1732 and earned its moniker due to its location, white façade; grand 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-style entrance hall and sweeping staircase.
Its close relationship the American Embassy started in 1785 when inaugural diplomatic mission the American Envoy was founded by John Adams, later President of the United States, who rented a house on adjacent Grosvenor Square.
Over the years residents of the Mews were invited to numerous social events at the adjacent Embassy, a tradition that continued when the existing six-storey centre for diplomacy was built between 1957-1960 and through the Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson administrations of the 1960s when the home earned its local nickname.
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From 1968 the neighbour-outreach programme was halted with security levels dramatically increased in 1985 and again following 9/11 when the Mews was incorporated into the Embassy’s protective perimeter. This made it arguably Britain’s most protected private home with fortress style security that includes identity card access, patrolling US marines, 24 hour British police presence, checkpoints, anti-tank blocks and CCTV security.
But the security cordon is set to be lifted in 2017 when the US Embassy relocates to Nine Elms and its empty building is transformed into a five-star, 137-bed hotel and luxury resort with new public entrances fronting onto Grosvenor Square and Blackburne’s Mews.
The Little White House, which underwent major reconstruction in 1926-1928 by West End architects Forsyth And Maule, provides 2,773sq ft of living space over four floors.
It is made up of four bedroom suites, each with en suite bath/shower rooms a large, first-floor double reception room, ground floor formal dining room, with doors opening onto the communal garden, and a large family kitchen/breakfast room, integral garage, guest cloakroom and utility/storage room.
It is on the market for £2,500,000 (leasehold) with estate agency Wetherell .
Chief executive Peter Wetherell said: “The Little White House in Blackburne’s Mews provides the adroit buyer with an outstanding and unique long term investment and lifestyle opportunity.
“The transformed embassy building will become London’s next Claridges or Connaught Hotel with the purchaser having the benefit of living right on the doorstep.
“The resort’s restaurants, bars, health spa and boutiques will be one of the ‘must visit’ destinations in Mayfair, and the urban renewal programme has the potential to give huge uplift to property values in the local area.”