Kate Bush lived in this lavish 6-bedroom house in Eltham from 1985 through 2003 before selling the property to a Jackie O’Reilly, who put the house up for sale a couple of weeks ago. The initial price tag was £3 million (nearly $4.8 million) but has been reduced by £375,000 since the first listing. Eltham lies southeast of central London, about a half-hour’s drive away.
O’Reilly says, “I grew up in Eltham, and we always knew it as Kate Bush’s house, and caught odd glimpses of her. ... But she clearly valued her privacy. The house is surrounded by large trees, to keep out prying eyes.” The impressive wrought-iron sign over the front gate reading “Wuthering Heights,” which is also the name of Bush’s first single from 1978 and the only song of hers to reach #1 on the U.K. charts, was added not by Bush but by O’Reilly. “The house was already called that in the title deeds, so we decided to put that in as a homage to Kate,” she said. Parts of a video promoting “Wuthering Heights” were shot in what is now O’Reilly’s daughter’s bedroom.
Naturally, here’s “Get Out of My House,” the final track of her 1982 album The Dreaming