A former US President once lived in this four-bed Surrey house known as ‘The White House’ – and it’s now for sale for £2.35m
- Four-bedroom Surrey property was home to Herbert Hoover in 1902
- Herbert Hoover went on to become the 31st US President in 1929
- Property is known as ‘The White House’ and could be yours for £2.35m
A four-bedroom house in affluent Surrey that was once home to a US President could be yours for £2.35million.
The Hoovers’ lived at the property in 1902, more than a quarter of a century before Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States of America in 1929.
He explained in his memoir written in 1952 that his ‘wife searched out a small country house at Walton-on-Thames’.
He may well have had political aspirations at the time of finding the property, adding that it was ‘curiously known as The White House’.
This four-bedroom property in Surrey’s Walton-on-Thames was home to Herbert Hoover in 1902
Herbert Hoover went on to become the 31st President of the United States of America in 1929
Hoover was born on August 10, 1874 and was the US President during the Great Depression.
He signed a law on March 3, 1931, which made The Star Spangled Banner the US national anthem.
He was a self-made man who became rich as a mining engineer before moving into politics.
He stayed for only a short time in 1902 at the Walton-on-Thames property, although his wife reportedly stayed a little longer – although she eventually headed into central London.
The Georgian period property was built in 1768 and boasts bay windows along with a bell tower on the roof.
There is space for plenty of parking and established gardens that include an expansive lawn area.
Inside, there are high ceilings and four generously-sized bedrooms, as well as a luxury Tom Howley kitchen with travertine marble worktops.
The luxury kitchen is from the Tom Howley brand and includes a spacious breakfast bar
The sophisticated kitchen has grey wall and base cabinets with travertine marble worktops
The property is being sold by Churchods estate agents, which explained that the house has an ‘abundance of original features and period detailing from the Georgian era’.
It added: ‘The four receptions areas are great for entertaining, dovetailing perfectly with the four bedrooms and two bathrooms. And the gardens are a suntrap providing exceptional seclusion across all seasons.’
The property is in Walton-on-Thames’ West Grove. The market town is on the south bank of the Thames in north west Surrey.
It is about 15 miles south west of central London in the borough of Elmbridge, which is often dubbed the Beverly Hills of Britain due to its large, expensive houses.
The property is known as ‘The White House’ and is for sale for £2.35million via Churchods estate agents
In the dining room, there are high ceilings and a bay window with patio doors that lead to the garden
There is another comfortable reception area off the main entrance, with a feature fireplace
The main entrance of the property also has a staircase and leads through to the kitchen
The average price of a property sold in the past year in Walton-on-Thames is £750,665.
It is more than double the average £354,152 price of a property sold across the country during the same period, according to Zoopla.
The property has a blue plaque on the exterior highlighting that the former president lived at the property.
However, this blue plaque has not been installed by the English Heritage London blue plaque scheme as it is outside of the capital.
The property has two bathrooms and four bedrooms, including this one with a bay window
Outside, there is an enclosed garden with an extensive lawn area and a dedicated dining space
Daniel Copley, of Zoopla, said: ‘This enchanting Georgian home is brimming with natural light and period features including decorative windows, fireplaces and coving.
‘The property also has historical links and was once the family home of successful businessman Herbert Hoover who later became President of the United States of America.’
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