Queen Elizabeth’s Former Home in Malta Is on the Market for $6.7 Million
If you’ve ever dreamed of living like a queen, here’s your chance. Queen Elizabeth II’s former home in Malta is currently on the market, People magazine reports. The future monarch lived in the sprawling Villa Guardamangia for two years from 1949 to 1951.
As you might expect for a home once occupied by royalty, the asking price is eye-popping. But if you’re thinking about buying, don’t expect a move-in ready property. This house is definitely a fixer-upper.
The price tag is $6.7 million
The 6-bedroom, 3-bathroom villa is currently on the market for $6.7 million, according to the listing with Homes of Quality. Located just outside of Malta’s capital of Valleta, it features views of the Marsamxett Harbor from the roof terrace and a large garden.
The 1,560 square-meter home is a “an amazing grand Palazzo style property,” according to the listing, with “many authentic architectural features such as an imposing wide fronted façade, an elaborate porch, arched entrance hall, original wide staircase, stone floors and various fireplaces.”
“The property is just crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue,” notes the listing.
It needs a lot of work
While the Villa Guardamangia has an impressive pedigree, the home definitely needs some work. The home — the only one outside of the U.K. that a monarch has ever lived in — has fallen into disrepair. Photos from the listing show an overgrown garden and crumbling stonework.
The state of the building has been an issue for years, with preservationists arguing that the building should be restored and that is has the potential to be a tourist attraction. The government of Malta has indicated in the past that it would like to see the landmark building repaired. Reportedly, the Queen herself expressed an interest in seeing the home again when she visited Malta in 2007, but the owners turned down her request.
“This villa not only has immense architectural value, but is the only property outside of the UK which the Queen has called home,” conservationist Astrid Vella said in 2015, according to the Telegraph. “If the Queen asks to visit this property again, it shouldn’t be in this state. We must save it.”
The Queen’s time in Malta
The Queen and her husband Prince Philip lived in Malta as newlyweds when he was stationed in the country with the Royal Navy. The royal couple reportedly spent some of the happiest and most carefree years of their marriage in the country, in part because they were able to live a more ordinary life.
“The Princess really loved Malta because she was able to lead a normal life, wander through the town and do some shopping,” the Queen’s bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks has said. “It was the only place that she was able to live the life of a naval officer’s wife, just like all the other wives.”
The Queen has also spoken of her fond memories of her time in the country.
“Visiting Malta is always very special for me. I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married,” she said during a visit to the island nation in 2015.
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