By Megan Slack
The former home of esteemed director Tim Burton is currently listed for £20 million in the elegant Victorian district of Primrose Hill, London.
The home producer and director of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland, rented the home, known as Eglon House, from 2016. During this period, he used a section of the modern home as a creative studio where he completed Dumbo in 2019.
Eglon House had a fascinating history, even before Tim Burton made his investment, as the site served as stables and barns, which were used to manufacture shell casings during World War I. Following its military heritage, the estate was turned into the globally- admired Mayfair Recording Studios throughout the 1970s. In that time, it welcomed the likes of David Bowie Oasis, Pink Floyd, and Tina Turner through its doors.
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Following this rich history, architect Chassay Last constructed Eglon House to mirror the design of Pierre Chareau's iconic Maison de Verre – meaning House of Glass – in Paris, France. Like Maison de Verre, the property showcases a striking early nineteenth-century design through its harsh glass blocks and steel features. These characteristics create a juxtaposition through its raw industrial elements and traditional and elegant features.
Though, despite reflecting the Parisian property, Eglon House was made by English craftsmen who gave the home its own quintessential signature through its luxe main staircase that is made from pitch-pine and grout mixed with Portland stone.
The property consists of two structures that sit opposite from each other across a private central garden courtyard. These buildings are adjoined at the lower ground floor level. Split into the east and west wing; the east section boasts the primary living spaces, including the vast kitchen space and the breakfast and dining room. Lower floors are brimming with a selection of alluring amenities, including a stylish purpose-built cocktail bar, a gym, and a chic swimming pool that doubles as a cinema room. This was Tim Burton's home, after all.
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Among its five bedrooms, the first floor of the east wing is also home to the master bedroom suite. Meanwhile, across the courtyard, the west wing further emphasizes the refined Art Deco aura and includes a double-height living room, kitchen, and a therapeutic courtyard. The remaining bedrooms can be discovered in this glittering east wing
Across the courtyard, the nostalgic west wing oozes with a sophisticated Art Deco ambiance, with its ground floor that includes a double-height living room, kitchen area, and a therapeutic courtyard. The west wing is complete with a further three bedrooms, one of which has a large walk-in closet.
Howard Kayman, Associate Director at Aston Chase, who holds the listing, shares: 'There is a prescience in the design of Eglon House in how it meets the demands of the world we now find ourselves in. It combines large lateral studio spaces with intimate residential parts and successfully blurs the boundary between the two. Director Tim Burton lived and worked in the space for several years, basing his creative studio there for the production of his Dumbo remake. A space like this is a rarity in Prime Central London.'
Designer Russell Sage, responsible for the property's continental-inspired interiors, added that working on the home 'with such a collaborative team of designers and highly skilled makers was a positive experience.'
'Having the chance to use fabrics designed by Henry Moore and re-execute some of Pierre Chareau's furniture was an excellent, rare opportunity. I love the house because it finds the ideal balance and fluidity for living and working environments that weave in and out of one another effortlessly; so much more important in the world we now find ourselves,' Russell adds.
Who will follow Tim Burton’s footsteps and make Eglon House their home? Only time will tell.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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