This week marked 20 years since the launch of Friends, which showcased one of the best known flats in the whole world. Leading online estate agent Emoov.co.uk has looked at property price of a number of well-known properties from English TV screens.
Only Fools and Horses
Nelson Mandela House, one of the most iconic buildings from British TV screens. The home of the Trotter family was actually Harlech Tower which was in Acton, not Peckham. Only Fools and Horses started in 1981, the year after Margaret Thatcher introduced the Housing Act extended right-to-buy council homes.
Over 30 years on and Del Boy wouldn’t have quite been a property millionaire, however he would be a third of the way there.
This type of local authority three bedroom flat in the Peckham area would now set you back at least £250,000, however with the floor space in Trotter onscreen example it’s likely to this would be valued at £330,000.
The sixties tower blocks on the sprawling South Acton Estate were used as the location for the long-running sitcom. But now the 17-hectare site was bulldozed a few years back as part of a £500million regeneration project.
The BBC sitcom Bread ran from 1986 to 1991. The Boswell family, like the Trotter family tried to make their way through life in Thatcher’s Britain.
They lived on the typical terraced street in Liverpool and the properties used for filming can still be seen in Elswick Street.
Back in 1986 a 2 bedroom terraced house in Toxteth would have cost roughly £18,000 with the UK average at that time £35,647.
These days, a 2 bedroom terraced house for sale in Elswick Street, Liverpool would set you back just £90,000.
Another cult classic from the 90’s and only 14 episodes were created, Spaced was the brainchild of Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg. Launched 15 years ago it centred on the main two charters played by Pegg & Stevenson in their flat in Meteor Street, Tufnell Park, London. The flat was owned by landlady Marsha, a strange lady who lived upstairs, plus there was a forth bedroom occupied by the eccentric artist Brian.
A 4 bedroom property in Tufnell Park back in the late 90’s when the show launched cost £350,000 and now would set home buyers back a cool £2 million.
TV sitcom royalty from the turn of the millennium and focused on a family living in Manchester. The series focused on stereotypical low income family life in 2000. The Royal family 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 Royals family home now worth £ 125,173.
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.
Men Behaving Badly
Another popular comedy from the 90’s was Men Behaving Badly. Two beer-guzzling flatmates shared a 2 bed flat in Ealing. The price of this flat would have jumped from £125,000 to £550,000.
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 Prisoner of Azkaban launched it sold for £239,950. The link-detached house is now valued at £350,000.
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.