Before she was married to the second in line for the throne and took on the title of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton was already living a life that included some exclusive luxuries. Thanks to her parents’ successful party-planning business, which is estimated to be worth around £30 million or $50 million Canadian, Kate may have been the first commoner to marry into the royal family, but she wasn’t living like a commoner. The Duchess’ Chelsea apartment that she shared with her sister Pippa before marrying Prince William is now for sale, giving us a sneak peek into her life before the Royal Family. FYI, it was a life with beautiful natural lighting.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom flat was bought by the Middletons for their daughters in 2002 for £780,000 or $1.3 million Canadian. The women lived in the apartment together until 2011, when Kate and William were married and moved into their 20-room apartment in Kensington Palace.
Located on Old Church Street in London, the apartment is currently listed at £1.95 million or $3.2 million Canadian.
Boasting a “picturesque view onto Justice walk and over the chimney pots of Old Chelsea,” the apartment has a master en suite on the third level, which we assume is where older sister Kate lived.
The dining room opens to a balcony, providing ample natural lighting.
The living room, where Pippa and Kate likely spent many hours planning the royal wedding, has a built-in fireplace and crown moulding.
The small kitchen features a view of the Old Chelsea neighborhood.
The apartment is split between three levels and currently features a fresh, neutral colour scheme of white walls and tasteful framed art pieces sprinkled throughout.
The listing doesn’t include any mention of the apartment’s previous tenant, but we have no doubt that the Duchess’ former residence will likely go for well above asking price thanks to the building holding the allure of being a place where the future King spent much of his time. Real estate is all about location, location, location, unless there’s the added bonus of royal, royal, royal.