After 15 years, British-Canadian fashion designer Patrick Cox has sold his 1,908 sq.ft Victorian villa in London’s Little Venice, and now he’s packing his bags for Ibiza. The house on Lanark Road might not seem like much judging by its Victorian façade, but its £2.75 million price tag includes a “disco loo”, a Roman bathroom and a walk-in shoe-den.
These are some of Cox’s special touches on what used to be an ordinary four-storey, semi-detached villa back in 2002, when he had first purchased it. After moving out of his flat in the trendy Notting Hill district, the shoe designer devoted almost 1.5 years to remodelling and meticulously designing his new home as part of his “grand designs” style property project. Cox transformed what was meant to be a four-bedroom family home into a stunning “entertaining house” that came with an abundance of open lateral living space — just the perfect luxury pad for him and his two British bulldogs.
Keeping only the villa’s façade and its original Victorian period staircase untouched, Cox rebuilt all four floors into one large room each. On the lower ground floor is the sleek, stainless steel designer kitchen, complimented by luxurious flooring made from slabs of the finest chocolate-coloured Emperador veined marble. The kitchen is tucked in a corner off the huge dining room, which was often lined with sketches of shoes by Cox. There is also a media room that opens onto a patio terrace at the front and a garden to the rear.
The ground floor acts as a 27 ft double volume reception room. Its generous ceiling height, bespoke joinery and American walnut wood parquet flooring made the perfect backdrop for the many dinner parties, cocktail parties and events that the house had played host to over the years. Being a celebrity in the fashion world, Cox included the likes of Liz Hurley, Madonna, Cate Blanchett and David Furnish to his star-studded guest lists.
Cox’s master bedroom suite occupied the entire first floor, complete with a black Nero marble bathroom. If that didn’t sound lavish already, Cox converted the entire top floor second into a vast, walk-in wardrobe and dressing room — home to the designer’s collection of almost 400 pairs of shoes.
For the final fabulous touch, the house is completed with a guest “disco bathroom” — complete with sound system — that features an array of mirrors and a terraced rear garden.
Cox’s unique Lanark Road home was sold to leading Inner London estate agency, Aston Chase. Mark Pollack, Founding Director of Aston Chase, notes that “Patrick’s house is in immaculate condition and finished to a luxurious specification.” Cox adds that the house’s close proximity to Regent’s Park “is ideal for walking the dogs and the house has totally bespoke interiors”, representing “a very special purchase for the discerning buyer”. Having grown tired of the city scene in London, Cox plans to embark on another “Grand Designs” style project in Ibiza for a change.