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Only fools and houses

Robyn Hall

September 30, 2014

Only Fools and Horses started in 1981, the year after Margaret Thatcher introduced the Housing Act extended right-to-buy council homes.

Now a similar pad to Delboy’s in the fictional Nelson Mandela House, one of the most iconic buildings from British TV screens, would set you back at least £250,000 – but with the floor space shown on TV it is likely to be valued at £330,000.

Other classic TV shows have also seen their property prices increase.

The BBC sitcom Bread ran from 1986 to 1991 and the Boswell family, like the Trotter family tried to make their way through life in Thatcher’s Britain.

They lived in Liverpool and the properties used for filming can still be seen in Elswick Street.

In 1986 a two bedroom terraced house in Toxteth would have cost roughly £18,000 with the UK average at that time £35,647.

Today, a two bedroom terraced house for sale in Elswick Street, Liverpool would set you back just £90,000.

The Royal Family

The Royal Family focused on stereotypical low income family life in Manchester in 2000.

The TV sitcom property was the focus of the entire series with most of the scenes taking place in the living room.

A three bedroom property in Manchester in 2000 would have cost £36,000 with The Royal family’s home now worth £125,173.

Harry Potter

The Dursley home and the house where Harry Potter grew up was number 4 Privet Drive.

Many people have suggested this was a property in a private road close to the filming location in Watford; however the property used in the movie is in Picket Post Close, Bracknell.

The house has been sold a few times since the launch of the first movie and when The Prisoner of Azkaban launched it sold for £239,950. The house is now valued at £350,000.

Game On

Maybe not one of the best known British sitcoms, but Game On had a cult following back in the 90’s. The show characters were three childhood friends living in flat in Battersea, Southwest London, which Matthew, who had acute agoraphobia, bought with his inheritance.

When the show was being broadcast the 3-bedroom flat would have been worth £130,000, move forward twenty years and it is now valued at £650,000.

About a Boy

The movie adaptation of the novel of the by Nick Hornby was released back in 2002. Hippy Fiona and her son Marcus lived in a two bedroom flat in Kentish Town, just north of Camden.

The flat in 2002 would have been worth close to £200,000 but with the London market booming in recent years this has jumped to half a million pounds.

Russell Quirk, CEO of online estate agent eMoov.co.uk said: “Our research into popular TV houses might just be a bit of fun, but highlights what has happened to house prices over the past few decades. It showcases the distinct gulf in prices and the north / south divide of the UK property market. ”


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