Rocker Pete Townshend Quickly Scores a Buyer for London Mansion

Rocker Pete Townshend Quickly Scores a Buyer for London Mansion

Pete Townshend, guitarist for the Who, has sold his London mansion. The Who’s Pete Townshend has sold his £15 million ($20.7 million) storied London mansion after listing it earlier this summer.

The home secured a buyer in less than two weeks, as it only hit the market at the end of June with London-based estate agency Pereds, who have now listed the property as sold on their website.

Built in 1775, the Georgian house is in Richmond, one of London’s most affluent neighborhoods where average property prices clocked in at close to £900,000 in July, according to data from online property portal Rightmove.

With 250 years of history under its belt, it’s no surprise that the brick-and-stone house—known as The Wick—is Grade I-listed. The historic destination identifies the home as one of “exceptional interest,” according to Historic England, the public body responsible for protecting and preserving the country’s oldest buildings.

But The Wick is noteworthy for more than just its age, it comes with a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll pedigree.

Mr. Townshend, 76, bought the home in 1996 through his company Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd. from the late music industry executive and publisher Derek “Dick” Leahy, property records show, though they don’t indicate how much Mr. Townshend paid.

The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood also counts among the six-bedroom home’s past owners.

Mr. Wood, 74, acquired the four-story spread in the early 1970s, and his first major project there was to build a music studio in the basement, he wrote in “Ronnie: The Autobiography.”

“From the first day the studio was ready, the house was throbbing with friends 24 hours a day, all coming around to play music. George Harrison would show up with the ‘Monty Python’ crew and we’d jam, and the actor John Hurt would show up and eventually we’d all wind up in the pub,” he wrote.

“We’d fall asleep on the studio floor and wake up to find a room full of musicians who hadn’t been there when we crashed. Gregg Allman, Paul McCartney, Keith Richard and Ringo. We’d play music until we couldn’t play any more.”

Whether the home’s musical legacy will continue or not is unclear. Details of the sale have yet to be recorded and as such, buyer information and a final sale price is not available.

During his more than 20-year tenure, Mr. Townshend restored and upgraded The Wick, a process that included removing an elevator, according to marketing materials from brokerage Pereds, which didn’t mention the musician by name.

The firm didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Fitted with stately wood-burning fireplaces, lavish moldings and beamed ceilings, the 8,500-square-foot home has a drawing room with a balcony, a conservatory and studies.There’s also a vaulted kitchen, a breakfast room, storage vaults, a dog’s room, a heated pool, a pool house and impressive views over the nearby River Thames.Mr. Townshend could not be reached for comment. NME first reported the sale. The 1971 Brutalist-style house is one of only four in the area. Torf House, the Brutalist-style home outside Boston […]

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