After only three weeks and massive interest from around the world, the home where J.K. Rowling crafted a piece of literary history has been whisked off the market for more than $3.6 million.
The 47-year-old author and her family lived in the eight-bedroom mansion from 1999 to 2009, having purchased the Edinburgh abode a short time after the first Harry Potter novel took the world by storm. Besides some gorgeous gardens and very old original cornices and fireplaces, the property also comes complete with a detached office where Rowling wrote four of her later books.
According to the listing agent, the sale of the house for more than its asking price was a bright spot in what's a slumping Scottish housing market — and more proof of Rowling's magical appeal.
“To be honest, it was a refreshing change to the normal house," selling agent James Whitson told the Scotsman. There was a bit of magic involved, which was quite fun to deal with."
While Rowling owns several properties around the world (and with a growing fortune of more than $900 million, why not?), her main residence is still in Edinburgh at an even older million-dollar mansion. Much to the delight of fans everywhere, she received planning permission this past July to build a massive $230,000 treehouse structure for her children on the property. As I wrote then:
The sprawling two-story high structures will be built on stilts and feature balconies, turrets, trap doors, secret entrances, slides, and even spiral staircases. They're meant to be enjoyed by Rowling's two children — David, 9, and Mackenzie, 7 — both of whom will soon become even more popular at school.
Earlier this year, the childhood home where Rowling lived until she was 19 was sold for somewhere near its $640,000 asking price. Besides its Hogwarts-like architecture and gorgeous gardens, the home also included a cupboard under the stairs — just like the one Harry Potter was forced to sleep in.
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