Monday, November 7, 2016

Harry Potter Privet Drive Home for Sale

Interested house-hunters in the UK might have their attention drawn to a particular piece of property going on sale recently. It’s located at 12 Picket Port Close in Bracknell, a quiet town in Berkshire west of London. As for why this is quite significant, let’s just say that the simple two-story house with garage and backyard is quite famous for one of its bedrooms; not the three official rooms, but the fourth unofficial (and highly-cramped) one found in the cupboard under the stairs. For this house in the books by JK Rowling – and successful film series by warner Brothers – also goes by 4 Privet Drive in Little Whinging, Surrey, home to the Dursley family and their unwanted relative, the boy wizard named Harry Potter.

According to the Daily Mail, its current owners – the house was put it up for sale back in 2003 and 2010 – are putting it on the market for £475,000 ($620,000), around twice its 2003 selling price of £249,000 ($325,00) during the height of Potter-mania. Warner Brothers had chosen the house in 2001 to be the location set of Harry’s miserable boyhood home in the first Potter film, “The Sorcerer’s Stone”. Later films had only used studio sets.

Any prospective buyer will get quite a deal with the house, with its spacious living area, a grassy backyard with garden patio, a one-car garage, and the bedrooms. It official property listing describes it as “situated in a quiet cul-de- sac location, this detached property has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard.” That’s no exaggeration; the kitchen has been renovated after 2001 to a more contemporary look and furnishings, a far cry from how it looked when Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and Dudley ate dinner while poor Harry, played by then-young Daniel Radcliffe, was neglected.

Its real-life location is also quite remarkable, being only 0.2 miles from the Martins Heron Railway Station, perfect for residents who might commute to London for work. Berkshire itself is also home to some heavy hitting names and places. Theresa May lived here before moving to 10 Downing Street in London after becoming Prime Minister; so does Mr. and Mrs. Middleton, parents of Katherine Duchess of Cambridge. Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Castle itself draws a lot of visitors and tourists too.

As for the famous, or infamous, cupboard under the stairs, any new owner of the house can find their own use for it. If you want to see the room as it was portrayed in the films, you’ll have to go to the Warner Bros. tour in Watford.

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