How many landlord insurance clients know whether anyone famous lived in their properties? London agents Marsh and Parsons are selling a flat in Bayswater, London in the house once occupied by Alexander Herzen who is often referred to as the father of Russian socialism. Herzen came to London after the death of his mother, wife and child in 1852 where he became acquainted with Karl Marx and was visited by Dostoyevsky, the author of Crime and Punishment. Herzen helped to found the International Workingmen’s Association and is credited with creating the political climate in Russia that led to the emancipation of the serfs in 1861.

Marsh and Parsons estimate that the whole house was worth less than £30,000 when Herzen lived there nearly 160 years ago. In today’s market, Marsh and Parsons are offering a three bedroom apartment in the house for more than £900,000.