Comment: £6m St Albans mansion 53 The Park makes the national press - with good reason

53 The Park, St Albans

53 The Park, St Albans - Credit: Archant

St Albans has many marvellous claims to fame, not all of them related to Romans.

The swish kitchen is one of the property's main selling points

The swish kitchen is one of the property's main selling points - Credit: Archant

Since his death last month, we’ve been reminded that none other than Bruce Forsyth used to live in a modest home on Admirals Walk – that’s a little bit of TV history right there, just off London Road.

Anyone with a keen eye for undercover celebs can confirm that Kellie Bright (Linda from EastEnders) and Rosie Marcel (Jac from Holby City) call the fair city home, while famous former residents include Kym Marsh and Jack Ryder, who got married in a celeb-packed affair at the Cathedral, as seen in OK! magazine.

Sometimes a house is more famous than its occupants however, and this is certainly so in the case of a certain new-build property on one of the city’s most sought-after streets.

It’s not often a house in St Albans makes the national press, so it was exciting to see 53 The Park all over the papers this week.

The most talked about house in town has had a reaction like no other since coming on the market back in June, and its £6m price tag has doubtless had no small part to play in that.


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Now it’s made Zoopla’s list of most viewed properties during August, coming in in seventh place.

The story was picked up by the national press, with Mail Online raving about its “pristine underground garage with plenty of space for a collection of cars” and the Mirror gushing over the “incredible mansion” in “desirable St Albans”.

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Not surprisingly, all of this is music to the ears of agent Stuart Cassidy, managing director of Cassidy & Tate, who is marketing the property.

He says that house-hunters and passersby haven’t been able to get enough of the high profile home and his window display has never attracted so much attention. “It’s like a tourist attraction!” he said. “It’s what dreams are made of!”

While most of us lack the millions required to make this particular dream a reality, we’re enjoying the drama its mere existence is creating.

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