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Director Tim Burton's former London home on sale for £20m

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Tim Burton used part of the home as his creative studio where he completed the 2019 film 'Dumbo' for Disney. Photo: Aston Chase
Tim Burton used part of the home as his creative studio where he completed the 2019 film 'Dumbo' for Disney. Photo: Aston Chase

Hollywood director Tim Burton’s former five-bedroom London home in Primrose Hill is up for sale for £20m ($27.8m). It is also available to let for £15,000 per week.

The property, called Eglon House, has 13,000 square feet of accommodation and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

It has “dramatic interiors" such as bronze windows and feature glass brick facades, as per estate agent Aston Chase, which has listed the property.

The agent described the home as “one of the most extraordinary new houses to be built in Primrose Hill in living memory” designed in collaboration with architectural practice Chassay Last Architects and design house Russell Sage Studio.

The home consists of two buildings which sit opposite one another across a private central garden courtyard. They are interlinked on the lower ground floor.

Photo: Aston Chase
The house's two wings are separated by a courtyard. Photo: Aston Chase

Burton, who dated British actor Helena Bonham Carter for many years, is best known for films including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. He rented Eglon House for a number of years starting in 2016. 

Part of the accommodation, which has "spacious open plan interiors, generous ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling glazing or glass bricks on all floors", was used as his creative studio where he worked on the 2019 film 'Dumbo' for Disney. The west wing of the property provided accommodation for executives and staff working on the film

The west wing has a more “intimate feel”, Aston Chase said. The ground floor contains a double height living room and kitchen, opening onto the courtyard. On the upper floors is a study, three bedrooms, a walk-in dressing room and a bathroom.

Photo: Aston Chase
The grand salon in the east wing. Photo: Aston Chase

The wing has an upper galleried level which has a kitchen, breakfast room and dining room. On the lower level the salon leads into the leisure suite which includes the pool that doubles as a cinema room, with a mechanical floor and waterproof screen, alongside a leisure room and gym with a cocktail bar.

The leisure room which has a pool doubles as a cinema room. Photo: Getty Images
The leisure room, which has a pool, doubles as a cinema room. Photo: Aston Chase

The first floor of the east wing has the principal bedroom suite. 

Eglon House's west wing. Photo: Getty Images
The living room in Eglon House's west wing. Photo: Aston Chase

Eglon House has a passenger lift connecting all floors and staircases in both wings.

“Eglon House could be used as both a home and business base for a business owner including a creative studio for a film director, advertising/media firm or private family office/financial entity,” said Aston Chase.

The site originally served as stables and barns used in World War I to manufacture shell casings. It was then used by Express Dairies to service the milk production from cows who grazed on Primrose Hill up until the 1950s.

Photo: Aston Chase
The property boasts spacious open plan interiors and generous ceiling heights. Photo: Aston Chase

In the 1970s it was converted into Mayfair Recording Studios where the likes of David Bowie, The Clash, Oasis, The Smiths, Tina Turner and Pink Floyd made and recorded hit records.

Mark Pollack, co-founding director at Aston Chase says: “Elgon House is a unique home without a parallel in London."

"The property is ideal for the growing number of super-prime buyers who favour maintaining a low profile in preference to the visibility afforded by some of London’s more obvious destinations for substantial homes.”

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