Monday, February 11, 2013
Film Director Joe Wright Sells Up in Spitalfields
LOCATION: London (Spitalfields), U.K.
SIZE: 3,123 square feet, 2 bedrooms (plus two studio spaces), 2 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Thanks to one of Your Mama's savvy property snitches on the ground in London—we call him Harry Hound—we've learned that English movie director Joe Wright has quietly sold his three centuries old red brick row house in East London's arty-farty Spitalfields area for $2,645,000 to another well-known star of stage and screen.
Mister Wright, the son of a couple of puppeteers, started up his ladder of Showbiz fame and fortune in the late '90s and early 2000s directing short films and mini-series for the boob toob (The Last King, Bob & Rose). In the mid-Aughts he made the shift to feature films and in the last six or seven years has directed a healthy handful of sometimes well-regarded and sometimes harshly criticized movies including The Soloist, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, a period piece adaption of the venerable Jane Austen novel of the same name. Mister Wright's most recent cinematic endeavor is the ambitious and currently in theaters Anna Karenina, a fantastical reinterpretation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of the same name that's been nominated for four Academy Awards. Mister Wright clearly has a bit of a thing for photogenic English actress Keira Knightley who has starred in three of his last five films.
In the fall of 2010 Mister Wright married Grammy-nominated sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar and together have one child. Miz Shankar is, of course, the daughter of legendary and very recently deceased composer and musician Ravi Shankar and the paternal half-sister of nine-time Grammy winning songstress Norah Jones who, as it turns out, accepted a much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her father at last night's Grammys.
Anyhoo, information provided to Your Mama by Harry Hound shows Mister Wright picked up the Georgian-style digs in Spitalfields in March 2008 for £2,150,000. That's $3,395,770 at today's rates for all us Americans. Mister Wright and his musically accomplished missus sold the house in the latter days of 2012 for £2,645,000, an amount that converts to 4,177,590 U.S. dollars at today's rates.
While Your Mama can't prove, our man Harry Hound swears the boho crib was bought by award winning Welsh actor and singer Jonathan Pryce (the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, Glengarry Glen Ross and—our personal favorite—Brazil). As lauded and applauded for his work on the stage as for his admiarable versatility on the silver screen, Mister Pryce has won two Tony Awards, first for Comedians (1977) and then for the long-running musical Miss Saigon (1991).
In February 2010 Mister Wright gave an interview in the London Evening Standard in which he revealed his house in the once gritty now gentrified—and increasingly pricey—Spitalfields area was originally built in 1726 by the French and the floor plan included with the links to digital materials forwarded by Harry Hound shows it measures in at around 3,126 square feet and, in its current configuration, has two proper bedrooms, two bathrooms and two large semi-detached studio spaces, each with a half bathroom.
Old Spitalfields Market where seven days a week artisans, hipsters and hipster artisans hawk their various wares to other hipsters, artisans and hipster artisans.
The rustic but well equipped and clearly custom fitted galley style kitchen—Harry Hound says it may very well be a very top end Chalon designed situation—has gray Shaker-style cabinetry, gray subway tile back splash and butcher block counter tops. There seems to be plenty of under-counter storage space but besides the opens shelves fitted into what was once a fireplace there seems to be a dearth of shelves for storage for tableware, food stuffs and other necessary kitchen knick-knacks. We're also not quite sure where the fridge or freezer is located but we'll guess they're tucked under the counter in the extra-wide peninsula that separates the kitchen from the dining area.
Besides the Wright/Shankar clan and now Mister Pryce, Spitalfields has long attracted artists types who include novelist and deli-owner Jeanette Winterson, entrepreneurial YBA artist Tracey Emin and art world grand poobahs Gilbert & George.
listing photos and floor plan: Rightmove