Harry Potter’s Real-Life Hogwarts Has Been Converted into Luxury Apartments (PHOTOS)

10/22/2015 at 04:13 PM ET

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Now even muggles can live at Hogwarts!

One of the locations used for filming the Harry Potter movie series, Royal Connaught Park has been converted into luxury apartments.

“The former private school was in a terrible state of repair,” Caroline Comer marketing director for London developer Comer Homes tells PEOPLE. “Most buildings were derelict and the few that were in use were not maintained very well.”

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The Victorian gothic buildings—which were used in the films as Hogwarts’ Great Hall and Dumbledore’s magical office—went through five years of renovations.

Comer Homes Group

“Stonemasons carefully restored and replicated the beautiful archways while glaziers set to work on the two story high stained glass windows,” says Comer. “Joiners painstakingly stripped back decades of paint to reveal exquisite wood paneling.”

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But not everything has changed. The room that doubled as the Great Hall remains essentially the same and is available for use as a shared space.

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The development, with homes selling from $500,000 to $3.8 million, includes 100 acres of private parkland, a swimming pool, and a health and fitness club.

Comer Homes Group

Comer Homes Group

“The homes they created are every bit as magical as Hogwarts itself,” says Comer.

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—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone


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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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drgrady on

Can’t even imagine living in a place this gorgeous!

Cali on

Wow! Those are gorgeous! Sign me up. (after my lottery check clears…)

Anonymous on

How beautiful! WOW!!!

Lyrak on

How beautiful! WOW!

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