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Banderas puts Surrey mansion on the market

Banderas paid 3.1 million euros for this prefabricated property.
Banderas paid 3.1 million euros for this prefabricated property. / R. C.
  • The Malaga actor, who has just confirmed he is taking part in the new Indiana Jones movie, is selling his UK ‘student accommodation’

In 2015, Antonio Banderas decided to move to the UK to study design and dressmaking at the prestigious Central Saint Martins school of art and fashion. There, he chose to live in a prefabricated house which had been built by the German studio Huf Haus.

This mansion is in Surrey, just 30 kilometres from London, and the actor and his partner Nicole Kimpel enjoyed living there while he was studying. However, following his triumphs in Hollywood and international recognition for his work in film and theatre, the actor has now decided to return to Spain, where he is involved in different initiatives and where, he says, his "life project" is based.

He has now taken the definitive step by putting this London home on sale for 3.5 million euros. It is one of just 200 prefabricated luxury houses built by Huf Haus in the UK, and he paid 3.1 million euros for it in 2016.

The house, with its gabled roof, is set in the countryside and has clean, avant-garde lines, with glass and wood as the main features. It has five bedrooms, several receptions rooms and a leisure area, a gym, a sauna and a large garden with a swimming pool. Banderas moved there to escape from the stressful pace of life in the USA and to enjoy the freedom of Surrey, known as the Beverly Hills of the UK, where other celebrities such as Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett also have homes.

The house was built in an immense factory in Germany and the couple had input into its design, because the company offers a basic version inspired by Bauhaus architecture, with simple, functional, unadorned buildings that can be modified to suit the tastes of the purchasers. It was then transported and assembled at its destination.

One of the main attractions is that the house is energy-efficient and is set amid surroundings which are ideal for moving around by bicycle. It was an ideal love nest but, as Banderas himself made clear when he received the Award of Honour at the Festival of Malaga in 2017, his energies are focused on the city of his birth.

There, in Malaga city a few years ago, he set up the Soho Theatre in the old Teatro Alameda, a project that he managed to get off the ground without public funding by putting all his knowhow and what he had learned in the American industry into effect.

The pandemic has meant that the initiative has not been able to develop as quickly as he had hoped, but far from being discouraged, Banderas set up a production company to create projects for television and we have just learned that he is to appear in one of the longest-running and most popular adventure film franchises in the cinema world. He confirmed his participation in the fifth installment of Indiana Jones after two prestigious publications in the United States, Deadline and Variety, reported that he had reached an agreement to join the cast, which features other well-known actors such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson, in addition to Harrison Ford, who plays the lead role.

This fifth Indiana Jones film, which is produced by Disney Studios, will be directed by James Mangold, and not Steven Spielberg, who directed the first four. It is scheduled to open in cinemas on 29 July 2022.