Just when you thought shelling out for the $1,000 limited edition box set was a splurge, J.K. Rowling has sold the home in which she wrote four of the seven Harry Potter books for over $3.6 million. Now there’s a real fan.
The 19th-century Victorian mansion defied the lackluster Edinburgh housing market and sold after just three short weeks, becoming one of only six properties in the Merchiston area to go for over $3.2 million this year. Rowling resided in the home from 1999 to 2009, initially purchasing the top half of the mansion before later buying out her downstairs neighbor to convert the mansion into a single property.
Real estate agent James Whitson told the Scotsman newspaper that the web listing received over 16,000 unique visits, though most of those were from the United States and Asia. There were also a number of viewings before the mansion ultimately went to a Scottish-based firm. “I think 75 to 80 percent of those, we knew who the people were anyway, and amongst all of that you had obviously the phenomenal interest from around the world just because she was J.K. Rowling,” he said. “To be honest, it was a refreshing change to the normal house. There was a bit of magic involved, which was quite fun to deal with.”
Meanwhile, Rowling has moved to Barnton, another posh Edinburgh suburb, where she is building her very own Hogwarts. Wait until that house goes on the market.