skinny mini mansion in chelsea on sale for £1.2million

Behold a ‘mini mansion’ in Chelsea, London (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)

In the posh area of Chelsea , west London , sits a rather adorable house.

Offering simply 290 sq ft associated with floor space and just 8ft 2″ wide at its narrowest point, the home is one of London’s smallest detached houses.

But it packs quite a bit into its teeny structure, giving the property a ‘mini mansion’ feel.

You’d expect that for a £1. 2million price tag, mind you.

The two-storey home previously served as a gravedigger’s cottage, then went on to be a sweet shop.

In 2017 it was put up for sale for the first time in 50 years, and was bought by property developer Robin Swailes, who beat out 17 other bidders to land it for £713, 000.

Robin Swailes then spent around £400, 000 turning what he described as a ‘doll’s house’ into a glorious home.

The house before the transformation

Before its £400, 000 transformation the 290 sq ft house looked like this (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)
 The house before the transformation.

Not super inspiring… (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)
The house before the transformation

But the location on Britten Street in Chelsea made the property well worth investing in (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)
the kitchen of the mini mansion before its transformation

It needed quite a bit of work, however (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)

Now, he’s selling it on for £1. 2million – or £4, 137 per square foot.

The home has lots of clever features to make the most of its limited space.

A retractable bed folds into the wall and is concealed by wooden paneling, with an LG projector above and a Bose sound bar.

In the living room, a TV hides behind a mirror and a tiny table is nestled into a space by the staircase, which has been strategically designed to make the room appear more spacious.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: HardingGreen/BNPS One of London's smallest detached houses has gone on the market for ??1.2m. The pint-sized pad in swanky Chelsea, west London, is a former gravedigger's cottage that has just 290sq ft of floor space. The two-storey home, that is just 8ft 2ins at its narrowest, was put up for sale in 2017 for the first time in 50 years. It was bought by property developer Robin Swailes who saw off competition from 17 other bidders to buy it for ??713,000.

Robin the boy wonder Swailes bought the home for £713, 000 and set about turning it into a ‘mini mansion’ (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)
The side of the mini mansion in chelsea, london

Now, he’s selling this with an asking price of £1. 2million (Picture: Robin Swailes/BNPS)

We’ll talk you through the floor plan (although there’s not much to run through).

On the ground floor is where you’ll find the reception room (with a chesterfield sofa that opens into a bed) and a small galley kitchen… and a wet room.

Yes, the bathroom is right by the kitchen, so you could leave the door open and view your dinner on the hob as you pee.

floorplan of mini mansion in london

The floorplan shows how the limited space has been used (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)

Despite its size, the kitchen has quite a bit packed in, including a microwave, an oven, and a washer-drier.

Upstairs you’ll find the bedroom, with aforementioned fold-away bed and smart storage crafted from wood.

Above that is a roof terrace, so you can easily get some fresh air when you’re feeling a tad suffocated in such a small space.

entrance to mini mansion in chelsea

You enter into the family room and kitchen area (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)
The ground floor of the mini mansion in london

That couch doubles as a fold-out bed (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)
BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Pic: HardingGreen/BNPS Pictured: The ground floor. One of London's smallest detached houses has gone on the market for ??1.2m. The pint-sized pad in swanky Chelsea, west London, is a former gravedigger's cottage that has just 290sq ft of floor space. The two-storey home, that is just 8ft 2ins at its narrowest, was put up for sale in 2017 for the first time in 50 years. It was bought by property developer Robin Swailes who saw off competition from 17 other bidders to buy it for ??713,000.

And there’s a TV hidden behind that mirror (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)

Robin Swailes, 59, said: ‘It is a challenge to work with small spaces and you can make them beautiful with design, that’s the challenge we took on here.

‘It’s a fantastic location, beautifully proportioned, a sort of mini-mansion.

‘We didn’t really have a budget, I just wanted to make it the best I could. We spent about £30, 000 just having the staircase made, it was designed to have light coming through and make the room appear more spacious.

bathroom of mini mansion

The toilet is right next to the sink (Picture: Miroslav Cik)
upstairs bedroom in mini mansion

Upstairs is the bedroom, which has a foldaway bed (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)
bedroom of mini mansion

There’s plenty of smart storage (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)

‘The skylight to the roof terrace opens hydraulically at the touch of a button, that will cost £35, 000.

‘Everything is done to amazing standards. We used superyachts as our inspiration on how to best use the space. ’

Edward McCulloch, from Harding Green estate agents, who are selling the home, added: ‘The uniqueness of the size is you are effectively buying something the size of an one-bedroom flat but its a freehold and you haven’t got the outgoings of a flat such as ground rent or lease worries.

roof terrace of mini mansion

Finally, here’s the roof terrace (Picture: Harding Green/BNPS)

‘The location is spectacular. You have a detached house overlooking one of the prettiest parks in south west London.

‘Robin has done a beautiful job on it, this individual basically stripped it back towards the bones and redid that. He has put a lot of love and care into it.

‘The design is akin to kitting out a very expensive yacht. It has all the gadgetry, you’ve got something you can take the particular keys and move into the next day.

‘Every square millimetre has been used. The care and attention to detail he has put into it makes the idea very special.

‘We’ve had a lot of international interest already. ’

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