Although she hasn’t owned the property for very long, the news has reached us that Keira Knightley and husband, Klaxons singer James Righton, have put their east London home on the market for £3 million. The historic Huguenot property is located in the heart of Spitalfields, overlooking Hawksmoor’s stunning 18th-century Christ Church.
Most famous for her roles in Pirates of the Caribbean films, Knightley first caught our attention in the whimsical Bend It Like Beckham. Since then she has gone on to star in a string of hits, including Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, making her one of the UK’s most successful film actresses.
The 3,200 square foot property boasts four bedrooms, arranged over six floors and Knightley has apparently renovated it into a light and spacious living space full of quirky details. There are wooden floors throughout, a blue painted kitchen, a Victorian style bath and a narrow walkway leads to a secret patio and a studio in the back garden. Before Knightley bought it, the house belonged to fellow Brit actress Samantha Morton.
Lying immediately to the east of the City, Spitalfields has seen its fortunes rise exponentially in the last 10 years. Once a run-down district associated with Victorian deprivation and London’s main meat market, it’s now embraced the role of ‘hipster central’ – the place where all the cool kids come to work and play. Spitalfields market is a bastion of all things trendy, while property prices have spiraled as City whizz kids have used their bonuses to gentrify the Georgian and Victorian terrace houses.
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