Tuesday, May 30, 2023

SW3’s Smallest – Smallest Stand-Alone House In Chelsea For Sale For Staggering Sum

Smallest stand-alone house in Chelsea for sale for 100% more than it was offered for in 2017; there’s barely room to swing a cat

Described as “small but beautiful” by its purchaser Robin Swailes in 2017, a former gravedigger’s cottage in Britten Street, Chelsea, SW3 has gone on sale for double its last asking price.


Just 8-foot wide, but now increased in size with the addition of an undemised roof terrace to its second floor, the 290 square foot house – once dubbed by the Mirror as “London’s smallest detached house” – has been renovated by its current owner and is now described by selling agents Harding Green as “highly distinctive” and “characterful.”


With just an open plan sitting room and kitchen and a minute shower room to the ground floor, the property has a bedroom above and that’s about that.


Of it, on social media, Amit Karia sensibly concluded: “A one-bedroom house, narrower than the length of an average car… If I don’t look at the price… A great size for an Airbnb for a business trip or a quick weekend.” Responding, a lady named Lucy Armitage answered: “The world has gone completely mad.”


What on earth would the legendary Roy Brooks have made of this pad? Aside from offering up that it might “not have enough room to swing a cat,” he would no doubt have approved that the marketing agents have stuck a bottle of Dom Perignon next to some tiny bar stools. Whoever is crazy enough to part with £1.2 million will no doubt be able to glad to at least be able to neck that as they ruminate on their very, very expensive pint-sized purchase.


The Names & Numbers – 20 Britten Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 3TU, United Kingdom

September 2022 – Offered for sale for £1.2 million ($1.4 million, €1.4 million or درهم5.1 million) by Harding Green.


March 2017 – Sold for 19% above the asking price for £713,823 ($832,877, €821,921 or درهم3.1 million) to 54-year-old Robin Swailes, a businessman and director of North Oxford Property Services. Of his purchase, Mr Swailes told the Mirror: “Everyone dreams of owning a detached house in central London. It is small but beautiful and we’re going to renovate it and use it as a pied-à-terre.”


February 2017 – Offered for sale for £600,000 ($700,000, €691,000 or درهم2.6 million) by Douglas & Gordon.


Reception room
Harding Green described the two-storey property with undemised roof terrace above as a “proper Chelsea gem.” They laud it having comfort cooling and electric floor heating throughout and describe it as “cleverly built” and as having a “wealth of storage space.”
The staircase is lauded as “beautiful” and “winding” whilst other features are said to include LG projectors, a Bang and Olfsen sound system and a Bose sound bar that provide “a superb level audio-visual experience.” The house also has electric blinds and there is even a boiling water tap in the kitchen.
Dom Perignon
A box containing a bottle of Dom Perignon has been strategically placed by the marketing agents for booze loving buyers.
The only bedroom in this pint-sized property has a retractable bed that folds into the wall behind if and when space for other activities in the bedroom area is required.
Shower room
There is no bath tub in the house, but there is a tiny shower room that features mosaic tiling that Harding Green highlight as “enhancing the movement [with] dynamic design” – whatever that may mean.
Roof terrace
The roof terrace addition is accessed via an opening roof light. It has new balustrading, composite flooring and self-watering hedge tubs. Overlooking St Luke’s Church’s gardens, here is another spot for Dom Perignon loving sorts to indulge in a glass at the end of a day shopping on the nearby King’s Road.
Floor plan
This floor plan illustrates how truly tiny this £1.2 million crib is. Whether it sells for such a staggering sum as Britain faces a winter of crisis remains to actually be seen.
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.


  1. Ha! Yes…my life style is a bit too casual for such a pad…but it certainly is a special little place! Folks live in converted closets in NYC..none of which appear to be ” done up”..and pay handsomely for the discomfort…London must be worse I’m guessing .


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