John Griswold’s Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s James Bond is useful tome for determining the location of James Bond’s home. In fact, Bond’s Chelsea flat can be discerned from descriptions of a few books but the biggest hints come from Moonraker.
“Bond took the car quietly into the park and over to Baker Street… He had a small but comfortable flat off King’s Road… Bond left the car under the plane trees in the little square and let himself into the ground floor of the converted Regency house, went into o the book lined sitting-room and, after a moment’s search, pulled Scarne on Cards and dropped it on the ornate Empire desk sitting near the broad window… he was driving along King’s Road into Sloane Square…” – Moonraker
James Bond’s Fictional Chelsea Home for Sale £6.85 million
Notably, author Fleming had a tendency to refer to real life locations and locales for his avatar’s exploits and it appears that following Bond’s choice of roads to get home, our secret agent lives on none other than a fairly exclusive piece of London luxury real estate – Royal Avenue. Icing on cake, James Bond’s Chelsea flat is now for sale.
Currently listed by Strutt and Parker for £6.85 million, James Bond’s home is a real life five-bedder on Royal Avenue, London, complete with the plane of trees and broad windows as described in the book.
A stunning five bedroom Grade II listed Freehold house located on a prime Chelsea square, and extending to some 3,000 square feet,’ – Strutt and Parker
Situated off Kings Road, within reach of Sloane Square and Sloane Street, James Bond’s flat is also located near the gardens and tennis courts of Burton Court. Unfortunately, that potential work-out spot is likely the only draw for secret agent wannabes because the Royal Avenue five bedroom Grade II listed freehold Chelsea house is currently designed more like a family domicile than an apartment for a swinging bachelor and his string of one night stands.
Historically designed by Sir Christopher Wren on behalf of William III in the 1690s as part of a proposed carriageway linking the Royal Hospital to Kensington Palace, the Chelsea flat recreates period elegance with quality finishing.
More importantly, it offers a classic first floor drawing room with high ceilings and views similar to what Mr. Bond might have seen, over Royal Avenue. While the five bedroom apartment comes with many rooms including four reception areas courtesy of open plan dining room to sitting room, two terraces and courtyard and even a cloakroom, there’s no parking for your Aston Martin.