In London’s Chelsea, a Renovated 1860s House With an Observation Tower and T-Rex Skeleton Sells for $27.5 Million


In the heart of central London, an 1860s house has an observation tower that soars above its neighbors. The tower is a relic of bygone firefighting efforts: Local lore says a Victorian-era fire chief used the Chelsea home as a lookout to spot smoke from miles away.

Now the house is setting the real-estate market ablaze. The roughly 7,100-square-foot house has sold for $27.5 million following a multiyear renovation. It was listed for $28.6 million in November 2020.