Now that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their adorable newborn, Archie, are all settled in their newly renovated home, Frogmore Cottage, fans of the young royals would love to get to know them better—and what better way than to become their neighbor?
No surprise, then, that Windsor—the quaint little town where the Frogmore estate is situated—has reportedly seen a 35% uptick in property searches since Archie’s birth.
That’s according to Miles Shipside, a spokesman for the U.K.-based real estate site Rightmove, who explained to the press: “The British public adores the royal family, and you only have to look at how many people lined the streets for Harry and Meghan’s wedding to see that. So, to be able to buy a property which would effectively make you a neighbor of the duke and duchess is something really special.”
Anthony Blackstone, director of the Sunningdale branch of Winkworth, a real estate agent, which covers Windsor, agrees. “With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex living just around the corner,” he said, “Windsor has become somewhat of a fairy-tale town and is a marvelous place to raise a family.”
How much do homes in Windsor near Harry and Meghan cost?
So how much will it cost to live within latte-bumping distance of the royals? Currently, the average asking price for a Windsor home reportedly hovers around $721,240. But that could start rising, fast. One house just a 20-minute walk from Frogmore Cottage has just hit the market for about $1.4 million.
Granted, this new listing is quite grand, with four bedrooms, a formal drawing room, formal dining room, and a walled rear garden. However, the house is reportedly in need in of a full renovation.
This house in Windsor is beautiful—and within walking distance from Harry, Meghan, and Archie.
In other words, if you hope to invite the royal family over for tea or a playdate, you’d better be prepared to shell out, so you can entertain them in style.
And banking on a peaceful getaway in Windsor might turn out to be a pricey gamble. Imagine if megaphoned tour buses start roaring down these once-quiet streets, filled with selfie-snapping gawkers hoping for a peek of Archie, too. And good luck getting a seat at your local pub!
“Delays and inconveniences should certainly be expected,” Jon Knight, chief security officer of Fortifiedestate.com, tells realtor.com®. But he points out that the additional security detail could come with some advantages for local residents.
“Purchasing a home here likely makes you less of a [burglary] target than people in other high-end neighborhoods,” Knight says. “It’s about who’s the biggest target, and here it is the royal family—not a nearby homeowner. The owner of [a home in Windsor] will benefit from nearby security measures.”
Sound convincing? You might want to consider a few of these Windsor properties from realtor.com’s U.K. listings (exact addresses available upon request):
4-bedroom, 1-bath Windsor apartment for $228,526
This restored 16th-century, timber-framed building has been divvied up into shops on the ground floor and quaint, character-filled apartments above. Plus: A sign on the building claims that Anne Boleyn once lodged here, before she became the queen of Henry VIII.
Apartment for sale in Windsor
This building was once an inn where Anne Boleyn is said to have bunked down.
1-bedroom, 1-bath Windsor apartment for $342,790
Welcome to Recognition House, a former convent! This cozy apartment also boasts gorgeous gated grounds.
An apartment is for sale in this former convent.
4-bedroom, 2-bath house for $1,110,892
At the other end of the spectrum, you can purchase this single-family home, perched in a cul-de-sac so you’ll have plenty of peace and quiet.
A house in Windsor for sale
6-bedroom, 5-bath house for $2,405,876
Want to live like royalty yourself? Then pony up for Burfield Lodge, a gorgeous Georgian estate where the mistress of King William IV was rumored to live. It’s a short distance from Windsor proper, but with digs like this, we doubt Meghan and Harry would turn up their noses at an invite!
A house fit for royalty
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