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Thursday, June 6, 2013

JK Rowling home

JK Rowling’s home sells for more than £2.25 million

JK Rowling’s home sells for more than £2.25 million

The house where Harry Potter creator JK Rowling’s wrote most of her best selling
books about the boy wizard has been bought just three weeks after going on the

The detached house in the upmarket Merchiston area of Edinburgh is understood to have sold for significantly more than the asking price of offers over £2.25 million.

Rowling had lived at the property since 1999, making a number of alterations to transform it into the eight-bedroomed house which she later shared with family. Her study in the property was where she wrote many of the later Harry Potter novels.

In 2009 the family moved out of the property to the outskirts of Edinburgh but the author only recently decided to sell her former home.

Estate agent Rettie and Co said the property listing for 1 Abbotsford Park attracted over 16,000 visits on its website.

About 65% of the page views came from overseas, the majority being from America and Asia.

However, Rettie said all of those who viewed the property and noted interest were Scottish-based businessmen looking for a suitable family home in the capital.

The 19th-century mansion has eight bedrooms, landscaped gardens and an office at the back.

While living there Rowling had been eager to guard her family’s privacy, with high walls surrounding the garden and a intercom entry system at the front gate.

Rettie said the sale was tied up within 21 days from the point that it went on the market, to the terms of the transaction being agreed.

James Whitson, a director of Rettie & Co, who was responsible for the sale, said: “This was an iconic house in Edinburgh and it was a privilege to be entrusted with its sale.

“The fact we secured a buyer so quickly demonstrates that even in the most challenging of economic environments, we are well-placed to service the needs of our clients at the higher end of the market.

“Further to this it also illustrates there is a shortage of quality supply in Edinburgh and that when any property is correctly priced, in a prime location, it will attract significant interest and, in most cases, a buyer.

Source & Image courtesy of Telegraph

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