The aristocracy followed and stayed, but as London expanded, the rural retreats were replaced by Georgian townhouses for the new merchant class. The area later attracted a colony of eminent artists and writers, as the high number of blue plaque properties shows. Construction of Chelsea Embankment in the late 19th century sparked a fresh property boom.
Wentworth House is a notable mansion dating from this period, on a site that was occupied previously by the historic Swan Tavern, a favourite haunt of 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys.
Converted into flats in the post-war period, the interior has been upgraded and transformed into five large, modern apartments with lovely views out to the delightful Chelsea Physic Garden.
Prices from £3.45 million. Call estate agent Ashdown Marks on 020 7589 3353.