The quaint Victorian house where Kate Middleton spent her time as a young girl growing up will be auctioned off in June. It may not be fit for a queen, but this four-bedroom, semidetached house is on the market for £460,000, or about $743,000, and the selling price could go as high as £550,000, or $888,000, Bloomberg reported. That’s a pretty big markup from the £39,000 that the Middletons paid for the house in 1979.
It was in that house, called West View, that Carole Middleton started her successful mail order business, Party Pieces. While they lived there, the couple added a playroom and extended the kitchen, but few changes have been made since.
"It truly gives you a sense of how normal Kate's early life was," said NBC's Michelle Kosinski, who took a tour of the now-famous property, including a peek at the cozy kitchen and Kate’s master bedroom. "It was really her parents that propelled the family to success, sending their children to the best schools, and you have to wonder if Kate doesn't sometimes stop and think, 'Is this really me?' "
The Middletons moved to Bucklebury, about four miles away, in 1995, when Kate was 13.
“It’s always possible that someone will buy it as an investment, because if Kate becomes queen someone might even want to open it as a museum one day and charge people to see it,” Dudley Singleton, the auctioneer handling the sale in Pangbourne on May 31, was quoted as saying in the Telegraph.
“There’s also a chance that someone could look to buy it as a holiday let, but if it sells to someone who just wants it as their home I’m not sure the royal connection will attract a huge premium.”