On the racetrack, no one drove faster than James Hunt—he won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship in 1976. Off the track, he had a reputation for fast living. However, after retirement he settled down to family life in a beautiful Arts and Crafts house near Wimbledon Common. Now that house could be yours for £5.75 million.
During his career, James Hunt epitomized all that was glamorous about Formula One, with his blonde good looks, stunning girlfriends and a string of images of him in racing kit with trophies and champagne bottles galore. The public are less aware of the fact that he became a devoted family man—he liked nothing more to play with his kids in his large garden and tend to his budgerigars in their specially built aviary.
Hunt’s former home is a seven-bedroom property in Bathgate Road, just a five-minute walk from Wimbledon Common. It’s a spacious house, perfect for families — there are five reception rooms, a library and an indoor swimming pool. The house stands in half an acre and offers plenty of off-street parking (for the racing car) and Hunt’s aviary which still exists at the bottom of the garden.
Wimbledon is south-west London’s smartest suburb and, while it’s most famous for a certain two-week tennis tournament each year, its attractions are numerous. Wimbledon Common offers green open spaces and Wimbledon Village is a twee haven of smart boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Excellent schools and easy transport links to central London and the City add to a mix that’s already tempting for executives, expats and their families.
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