Home of Reggae


Located within a popular Victorian mansion block in Bloomsbury that was once home to internationally acclaimed reggae musician Bob Marley, a beautiful four-bedroom, entrance floor apartment has come to the market with DEXTERS. With views looking out onto the pristine communal gardens, the well-presented home at Ridgmount Gardens is available for sale at £1.65 million.

Ridgmount Gardens was home to Robert Nesta Marley in 1972 when he first came to London to try and launch his career outside of Jamaica. Invited by American soul singer Johnny Cash to support his UK tour, Marley and his band the Wailers played gigs around the capital to try and land a big record deal; they ultimately met Chris Blackwell, owner of independent Island Records which led to international success and fame for the reggae stars. In 2006 for Black History Month, a blue cultural heritage plaque for Marley was unveiled at Ridgmount Gardens by The Nubian Jak Community Trust and mayor Ken Livingstone, celebrating it as the first London home of the ‘singer, lyricist and Rastafarian icon’.

The Victorian mansion block, regarded as one of Bloomsbury’s finest, presents an attractive red brick façade typical of the architectural style. Built in the 1890s, the building benefits from beautifully kept gardens, a tranquil setting, and original features including period fireplaces and windows.

A large entrance area leads onto the flexible living and sleeping accommodation of this bright and well-proportioned apartment. The high ceilings, stylish wooden flooring, and neutral palette of the spacious reception/dining room are indicative of the entire apartment, while a large bay window adds extra dimension and channels additional light into the space.

Each of the four double bedrooms is light, open, and well-proportioned with large original windows providing an abundance of natural light and views out onto the communal gardens. These are served by two family bathrooms. A period fireplace takes centre stage in one bedroom and bathroom.

The apartment also benefits from access to a communal resident's garden as well as the right to apply for access to Bedford Square Gardens. Ridgmount Gardens is meticulously well-maintained with a resident porter.

Located on the west side of London’s historic neighbourhood of Bloomsbury, and very close to Tottenham Court Road and Fitzrovia, Ridgmount Gardens enjoys a tranquil location amongst the hubbub of the West End. While residing in a relative oasis of calm, the surrounding area of Bloomsbury provides a host of amenities to enjoy. These include the Brunswick shopping centre with an eclectic mix of high street brands and restaurants, while theatres and museums, parks, and other notable London attractions are all in close proximity. For easy transport links, Goodge Street Station is the closest, while Tottenham Court Road, Warren Street, Euston, Kings Cross, and Russell Square are all within walking distance.

Alison Battrick of the Dexters Marylebone office says: “This well presented apartment is a fantastic example of why Ridgmount Gardens has built such a reputation as one of Bloomsbury’s premier properties. The spacious and flexible living space is made even more attractive by the communal gardens and greenery. Ridgemount Gardens has a great history, once home to the reggae superstar Bob Marley, and now has a cultural blue plaque, making it a highly desirable home.”

Ridgmount Gardens is available for sale with DEXTERS for £1.65 million.


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