The childhood home of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will be offered for sale at an auction about a month after the wedding and may fetch as much as 550,000 pounds ($888,000), according to the company handling the transaction.
The four-bedroom Victorian house in the village of Southend Bradfield, 48 miles (77 kilometers) west of London, will be sold on June 3, said broker Brooke Singleton of Dudley Singleton & Daughter. The guide price is 495,000 pounds.
The property, called West View, is a “character country house in a very pretty and peaceful semi-rural location,” the company said in a statement. Middleton, 29, lived in the house after her birth in 1982 and the building stayed in the family until 1995.
“She did have her formative years there,” Singleton said today by telephone. She didn’t identify the house’s owner.
Middleton has been dating 28-year-old Prince William, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and the second in line to the throne, since 2003 after they met while studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland. The couple’s April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey will be followed by a carriage procession past Parliament, Downing Street and St. James’s Park.
The average price of a four-bedroom home in the area is about 461,000 pounds, according to Zoopla, a property website.
The Daily Telegraph reported the sale earlier today.