Worthy Of Impersonation


An immaculately modernised Grade II listed original 2,502 square foot Georgian four bedroom townhouse with a 170 square foot roof terrace on Derby Street in Mayfair, which during the 1990s and early 2000’s was the London home of British-American actress and comedian Tracey Ullman is for sale on a sought after freehold basis via sole agent Wetherell.

Finished to a high specification with an elegant interior design and dressing scheme throughout, Tracey Ullman’s former Mayfair townhouse on Derby Street provides luxurious accommodation over six floors including two receptions, one opening onto a rooftop terrace/garden, a study/home, family kitchen, dining room and four bedrooms including a large principal bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom occupying an entire floor of the house.

Arguably the most brilliant and successful female impressionist of her generation in the world, multi-award-winning BAFTA actress and comedian Tracey Ullman was born in Berkshire in 1959 and won a scholarship to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of 12. At 16 she entered her showbusiness career and started working in television in 1980 starring in famous programmes including ITV sitcom Girls on Top (1985) co-starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax and the Tracey Ullman Show initially with American CBS and later HBO (running between 1965 to 2010).

In 1983 Tracey Ullman married TV producer Allan McKeown (1946-2013), famous for Porridge and Auf Widersehen Pet, and the couple had two children. The townhouse on Derby Street provided the couple with their family home in London and was their main base during the 1990s and early 2000’s, their life in Mayfair covered in a Daily Mail profile of Tracey Ullman by Tom Leonard published in 2016.

The townhouse on Derby Street had a long and interesting history both before and after Tracey Ullman used the property as her London home. The four storey house on Derby Street was originally built during the reign of King George II in circa 1750 as part of a terrace of Georgian townhouses. The house has an understated brick façade, sash windows and a classic Georgian door surround and casement.

During the Georgian and early Victorian eras the property was the ‘grace-and-favour’ Mayfair residence of the private tutors to the Grosvenor family, the wealthy dynasty who built the Grosevenor estate that is now modern Mayfair. The tutors to the Grosvenor family led a nice lifestyle having use of this “grace-and-favour” property, a good salary, time at the family’s Eaton Hall estate in Cheshire and being able to accompany their young charges on their grand educational tours of France and Italy.

The house led a charmed life until 1940 when during the Blitz a German high explosive bomb fell directly onto Derby Street, resulting in most of the properties having to be rebuilt post-WWII. The Georgian house is one of the few original properties on the street lucky enough to have survived the bombing unscathed

Fast forward to the modern day and since 2013 the Derby Street house has been owned by the current vendors and has now been placed on the market for sale. Finished to a high specification with an elegant interior design and dressing scheme throughout, the house provides luxurious accommodation over six floors from lower ground, raised ground and four upper floors.

There are two reception rooms, one on the first floor, with an adjoining study/home office, and the other on the top (fourth floor), with the top floor reception room opening onto the spacious roof terrace/roof garden. The spacious fully fitted family kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear façade on the ground floor, with a skylight above the breakfast bar enabling light to cascade into the kitchen space. The kitchen opens into the dining room/third reception room to the front façade of the house.

The principal bedroom suite occupies its own private level on the third floor, with a spacious bedroom lined with built-in cupboards connecting with the main bathroom which has large format stone and wall tiles and a double basin/vanity suite, a freestanding sculptural bathtub and a walk-in shower. There is a principal guest suite with ensuite bathroom on the lower ground floor and a further two bedrooms, sharing an ensuite shower room on the second floor.

Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of Wetherell says: “This fully modernised and refurbished Georgian townhouse was originally the Mayfair grace-and-favour residence of the private tutors of the Grosvenor family and during the 1990s and early 2000’s was the London home of famous and talented British-American actress and comedian Tracey Ullman, the most brilliant and successful female impressionist of her generation in the world. The house is located close to Hyde Park and Green Park and is a lovely family home.”

The townhouse on Derby Street is available for sale on a freehold basis for £6,750,000.


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