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Harry Potter’s birthplace cheaper than a cosy home in Sydney

House hunters in Sydney looking for a cheap alternative might consider Harry Potter’s old digs.

Harry Potter’s birthplace from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is on the market for the bargain price of £995,000 ($AUD 1.63 million).

Potter fans will recall that Harry lived in the fictional suburb of Godric’s Hollow in the series. The actual house is located in the village of Lavenham in Suffolk, England.

According to the listing, the house sits on a 294-square meter block and boasts six bedrooms, two kitchens, four bathrooms and other necessities such as a “reception hall.” Oh, and there are stables for your horses too.

The property is known as De Vere House and is a historically significant “Grade I” listed house. This means you can’t move in and started bashing out walls. You’ll just have to rough it as is.

The listing states that the house takes its name from the De Vere family, which was the second richest family in the area in medieval times. Later, the Earl of Oxford did a stint there, and some believe he may be the true author of plays attributed to William Shakespeare.

Today – thanks more to Harry Potter than medieval history – De Vere House’s doorway is reportedly the second most photographed in the U.K. after 10 Downing Street.

For perspective, the median house price in affluent North Sydney is over 2 million, so for a half a million bucks less you could be living your best Potter life in Suffolk. And just think of all the random strangers coming to take photos on your doorstep. Bonus!

If $1.6 million is still a bit too pricey, you could also consider Harry’s other childhood home at Number Four Privet Drive in Surrey, U.K.

The Privet Drive house went on the market for just under $800,000 last September. That’s a couple of hundred grand cheaper than the median house price in Sydney.

Now all you have to do is stop eating smashed avos. We all know that’s the only way to get a foot on the property ladder.

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Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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