Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at
Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? There is a very low likelihood of one of the Royal Family’s palaces going on the market, so this just may be the next-best opportunity for you: Kate Middleton’s childhood abode that she called home until the age of 13 is now on the market. Located in the Berkshire village of Bradfield Southend, about 60 miles west of London, this It’s a Victorian villa features four bedrooms as well as a playroom and is reputed to be in the same condition as when the Middleton’s sold the property when Kate was 13 back in 1995.
There are a myriad of royal wedding souvenirs on stores’ shelves, yet this may be the most expensive one to hit the market: One very enterprising family plans to auction off Kate Middleton’s childhood home in May for £460,000 (that’s $742,000).
“It’s always possible that someone will buy it as an investment, because if Kate becomes queen someone might even want to open it as a museum one day and charge people to see it,” said auctioneer Dudley Singleton.
The Princess’ parents, Michael and Carole, bought the four-bedroom house for £34,700 in 1979 when they were both working for British Airways. Kate, the eldest of the three Middleton children, was born in 1982, and the family established the Party Pieces website that generated their fortune in 1987.
Around the corner, one can still see the village school that Kate attended briefly before moving on the exclusive St. Andrew’s School in Pangbourne.
This home, as well as the nearby school, are both part of the ‘Middleton Country’ bus tours which have attracted visitors from all over the world since Kate got engaged to Prince William.
Also in the news regarding Middleton real estate: Carole and Michael Middleton were recently spotted checking out $7 million Bolehyde Manor, a 14th-century mansion near Wiltshire. It features 11 bedrooms and three cottages, plus meticulously kept gardens and landscaping. Interestingly enough, this estate once belonged to Camilla Parker-Bowes.
Would you like to sleep in the future Queen’s bedroom and raise your children in Kate’s childhood home? Now is your chance! Contact auctioneer Dudley Singleton to place your bid on this charming villa.