Freddie Mercury’s House In London Goes On Sale For $38m

Freddie Mercury’s House In London Goes On Sale For $38m | Society Of Rock Videos

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Freddie Mercury’s former home in London is now up for sale, priced at $38 million, a substantial increase from what the Queen frontman paid for it in 1980.

Located in the upscale Kensington neighborhood, Garden Lodge was inherited by Mary Austin, Mercury’s closest friend, after he died in 1991. Having lived there for over three decades, Austin recently decided to sell the property following an auction of most of its contents in 2023.

Reflecting on her connection to the house, Austin expressed to Bloomberg that while it was technically hers, it would always be associated with Mercury’s vision and dream. He had spent a decade meticulously renovating the residence to his preferences, leaving behind distinctive features like citrus-yellow walls and art deco mirrors.

The property boasts eight bedrooms, a Japan-themed living area, multiple lounges, a dining room, and a studio where Mercury often played his grand piano. Additionally, there’s a bar, library, and a Japanese-style garden. Described as not merely a blank canvas but a space with a unique charm, Garden Lodge holds sentimental value for both Austin and Mercury.

Recalling their first visit to the property, Austin reminisced about the peaceful ambiance that captivated them both. She recounted how Mercury immediately felt drawn to it, expressing a desire to purchase it on the spot to escape the intrusive press and enjoy privacy.

Now, at 72, with her children having moved on from the house, Austin feels it’s time to let go. Despite considering selling in the past, she held on to the memories associated with Mercury. However, following the auction, she realized the moment had arrived to part ways with the property.

Expressing her hopes for the future owner, Austin emphasized the importance of preserving Garden Lodge’s uniqueness and respecting its significance to Mercury. However, she also acknowledged:

“Once you’ve sold, you’ve sold. You can’t hold on to the past forever, I suppose. I’ll be leaving with it very warm in my heart.”

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