The former home of Harry Potter -- 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging (or Martins Heron, Bracknell depending on which zoning authority you refer to) -- has been put up for sale by the Muggles currently residing there. The 3-Bedroom detached property appeared in the 8-part "Harry Potter" series of films, which documented the Boy Who Lived's dramatic childhood and adolescence.
According to the listing, the house is situated in a "quiet cul-de-sac" and has recently undergone a complete renovation "to an extremely high standard." The house was in need of said renovation after security bars on an upper floor bedroom window were removed forcefully in a freak automobile incident. Potential buyers who have shown an interest in the property report that it is well looked after and “almost excessively clean.”
New owners will have three-bedrooms -- including a master bedroom with an en-suite -- plus a family bathroom and an alternate "bedroom-come-cupboard" under the stairs, which, though cozy, once contained a bed and ample shelving. Furthermore this was the bedroom in which the famous wizard slept until his acceptance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, after which he moved into the smallest bedroom upstairs.
The house was last sold in May 2010 for £290,000 ($375,800 / 9623 Galleons, 9 Sickles). It’s currently unknown if the "security system" placed there by the late Professor Albus Dumbledore was a contributing factor to the house’s unusually high sales price for the area. What is known, however, is that the house is ideally situated for commuters, being a mere 0.2 miles from Little Whinging ("Martins Heron") train station.
The current owners have increased the asking price to £475,000 ($616,000 / 157626 Galleons 13 Sickles 5 Knuts) in light of its fame, excellent location, plenty of living space and sizable garden. Buyers will also be given a forwarding address to pass on to any owls that may mistakenly arrive in search of the former tenant.
(via Daily Mail)