Whether it’s creating an attractive investment, a welcome environment for tenants or a beautiful home, everyone wants to make their property a star attraction.
Here at HouseSimple we’re regularly asked if the properties we have listed can become bona fide celebrities by featuring in TV programmes, films and adverts. We’re not alone – plenty of UK properties have become stars in their own right.
No. 4 Privet Drive – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter might not have enjoyed his early life in the cupboard under the stairs at No. 4 Privet Drive, but the owners of the real-life location certainly appreciated the rise in property value in the local area thanks to their home’s appearance in the first film. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Bracknell, Berkshire, the three-bedroom detached house went up for sale for around £450,000 in 2016 and agents reported “an unprecedented level of interest”. They must have had offers flowing in through the chimney.
Del Boy’s flat – Only Fools and Horses
Harlech Tower in Acton, West London, was the site for Nelson Mandela House in the classic sitcom and, true to Del’s predictions, its residents are now millionaires. A new townhouse on the same estate recently sold for £1.1m. Harlech Tower will soon be demolished for redevelopment, but fortunately TV channel Gold has been known to occasionally recreate the interior for fans to visit.
Bridget’s flat – Bridget Jones’s Diary
Between her first outing in 2001 and the arrival of Bridget Jones’s Baby this year, Bridget’s flat above The Globe Tavern in Borough, London, has risen in value from an estimated £190,000 to £650,000. The pub also welcomes plenty of visitors on the many film tours of London.
Winterfell – Game of Thrones
Castle Ward, the 18th century mansion in County Down that provided the setting for Winterfell’s courtyard and a whole host of tragedies, is a National Trust property that welcomes all visitors and even hosts special Game of Thrones tours. It even features dire wolves.
Shaun’s house – Shaun of the Dead
Home sales are rarely helped by a zombie apocalypse, but Shaun of the Dead seems to have proven an exception. Not only has The Albany, which became The Winchester for the film, been turned into flats, but the property in Crouch End that served as Shaun’s home has risen in value by nearly 70% over the past five years alone. Now that’s star quality.