Islington’s Hidden Celebrity Oasis

Inside the spectacular Roman Way residence Kirsten Dunst and Heath Ledger once called home

A short walk from Upper Street, with its cosmopolitan bars and restaurants, lies a large secluded private residence in Roman Way. This hidden oasis, set around a tropical courtyard lined with palm trees and greenery, is a true urban sanctuary and a favourite of Hollywood’s A-list elite. The property has been previously let to Kirsten Dunst and Heath Ledger and once played host to the reality television show ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’. Now, the six bedroom, five-bathroom home is available to rent once more through Dexters, London’s leading independent Estate Agent.

Before becoming home to the stars, Roman Way had many lives. It was once a dairy farm in the 1920s and then a factory in the first half of the twentieth century, producing compasses with pearl faces. When new owners moved in during the early 1970s, they found pearl discs strewn across the floors of the home and named the property ‘Pearl House’, incorporating pearl pieces into many of the designs they produced in their on-site furniture shop. Then, in 2004 the house underwent a full renovation and was immaculately transformed into a stunning modern home.

This private residence includes a separate flat and has several features which make it truly unique such as the way it has been designed around a large central courtyard filled with plants and a pond.

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Entry to the main house is through a pair of intricately carved columns, from the old British Consulate in Mumbai, and floor to ceiling doors in the kitchen and dining area open out onto the quadrangle, filling the home with natural light. At night, a projector activated by movement projects artworks such as Botticelli’s Venus on the walls of the garden area.

The principal suite of the property has a private dressing room, en suite bathroom, and a private balcony while the five further bedrooms and four bathrooms of the home are all spacious and designed to a high standard. Above the house, a large rooftop terrace provides another outdoor space with a kitchenette perfect for entertaining.

The house also has a garage for two cars and there are easy transportation links with Highbury, Islington, and the Caledonian Road nearby. The area is full of art and culture, with fringe theatres such as the Pleasance Theatre and King’s Head Pub just a stone’s throw away as well as the bustling shops of Chapel Market and Upper Street.