Could you afford to live like Del Boy and Rodders?

Published by Laura Whitcombe on 26 September 2014.
Last updated on 26 September 2014

Nelson Mandela House

Ever wondered if you'd be able to afford your favourite TV characters' pads?

Unsurprisingly, the homes in London-based shows are pretty punchy in today's prices.

Del Boy and Rodney's three-bedroom flat in Nelson Mandela House, Peckham, would cost around £330,000 - according to the musings of online estate agent

The actual building used as the Trotter family's pied-à-terre was actually Harlech Tower on the South Acton Estate, a block of council flats built in the sixties and knocked down a few years ago.

A typical local authority three-bed flat in the Peckham would now cost 250 'bags of sand' – to use Del Boy's lingo (that's £250,000 to you and me).

But the Trotter's pad was no typical flat. Its sprawling floor space would easily add another 80 bags of sand to the selling price today.

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Soaring value

But the London abodes of the Game On and Men Behaving Badly housemates would cost far more than the Trotter residence.

Nineties sitcom Game On saw agoraphobic Matthew, flirty Mandy and geeky Martin shack up in Battersea, south-west London. Their three-bedroom flat would have been worth £130,000 when the show was originally broadcast but would have rocketed to around £650,000.

Meanwhile Gary and Tony's permanently tatty-looking but roomy two-bedroom ground-floor flat in Ealing was probably in the region of £125,000 when the show was on, but that too would have soared in value to around £550,000 today.

The house where Harry Potter spent much of his time in the 'cupboard under the stairs' with the dastardly Dursleys hasn't escaped eMoov's attention either.  

Number 4 Privet Drive, was actually actually a three-bed detached home in Picket Post Close, Bracknell.

eMoov noted that the house has been sold a few times since the launch of the first movie (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) in 2001. It sold again just after the Prisoner of Azkaban movie came out for £239,950 and is valued today at £350,000.

Moving much further north, eMoov found that the family home of the Liverpudlian Boswell family is much more affordable.

The Boswell's lived in a two-bed terrace in the Dingle area of Liverpool. The location for filming was actually Elswick Street, where back in the Eighties, it would likely have cost around £18,000 – a time at which the national average was more like £35k. Today the
house would cost about £90,000.

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