The true cost of living like a Disney princess in the UK

Posted 10 May 2016 by Helen Christie

Once upon a time we’ve all dreamt of living in a palace or a castle, but what would the cost of those homes be if they existed in the UK?

Palaces and castles from some of Disney’s best loved films would sell for in excess of £1bn on the current UK property market, research from online estate agent House Network has shown.

The Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin would retail for £1.75bn, while Cinderella and Prince Charming would be looking at a potential windfall of upwards of £83m, should they decide to downsize from the King’s Castle.

Using in-depth research of each property’s features as seen in the films, and current UK house prices as a barometer, House Network has valued five of the most famous Disney palaces and castles. 

The most expensive of these, the Sultan’s Palace, boasts 12 domed towers that famously can be seen from anywhere in the city and is set over 1m square feet. Other key features include walled gardens and its own hidden lair and dungeons. However, a considerable reduction has been factored into the valuation to reflect potential structural problems from the Palace’s recent move by an evil sorcerer to a mountain top.

Second to Aladdin and Jasmine’s impressive abode, in terms of asking price of the Disney properties House Network valued, is the King’s Castle from the fairy tale favourite Cinderella. This late gothic style castle is in a central, capital location and 27 towers, the tallest of which measures 183ft, roughly half the size of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, could expect to fetch £83.6m.

The new king of this castle could expect to reign over their own private moat, more than 20 reception rooms, and a throne room.

For those house-hunters looking for a coastal location House Network suggests Prince Eric’s Castle, as seen in The Little Mermaid. Its stunning sea views, private docks and private shoreline can be attained for around £4m.

Moving inland, Beast’s Castle, with its picturesque mountain-top location, grand ballroom and forbidden West Wing would set buyers back in the region of £15m.

Privacy was paramount to the previous owner, so this period property is ensconced within 90 acres of its own parklands and woods, and comes complete with its own highly trained staff, who offer a truly magical service. 

Keeping to a rural setting and providing an option for the buyer on a more frugal budget is the Dwarfs’ Cottage from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Only two bedrooms, but able to accommodate eight, this cottage is decked out with ornate woodcarvings and offers spectacular 360 views of the forest.

Mark Readings, CEO of House Network says: “Everyone dreams of their fairy tale house, which gave us the idea of finding out how much some of the most famous fairy tale homes would go for if they were on the UK market today.

“Aladdin and Jasmine are quite literally sitting on a real estate goldmine in their palace and there’s certainly nothing beastly about the value of his castle, but at the other end of the spectrum should they choose to sell, each dwarf would be looking at just over £30,000 back from their cottage.

“Obviously it’s impossible to state definitively how much these palaces and castles would go for, but using various different factors such as the price per square feet in London we’ve given a good estimate to the value of each of these properties.”



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