Rankin’s Mer­chis­ton home sells for £ 2.1m as au­thor down­sizes

The Scotsman - - AROUND SCOTLAND - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

Re­bus au­thor Ian Rankin has banked a profit af­ter sell­ing his Mer­chis­ton man­sion for more than £ 2.1 mil­lion.

The Scots writer has sold the plush home where he has lived for the last 16 years af­ter down­siz­ing to a flat in the city.

Rankin, 59, and his wife Mi­randa bought the eight bed­room house for £ 1.6m in 2003 as royalties rolled in from sales of his books about the Ed­in­burgh de­tec­tive.

The area be­came known as ‘ Writer’s Row’ as at one t i me Rankin, Harr y Pot­ter au­thor JK Rowl­ing and Alexan­der Mccall Smith all lived there.

The house was not ad­vert i s e d on t he op e n mar­ket but prop­erty records re­veal it was sold to a cou­ple from Ed­in­burgh for £ 2,150,000 last month. The prop­erty is a three- storey de­tached Vic­to­rian villa which was built in the 1870s.

Rankin told ear­lier this year how he was mak­ing the ex­act same home s wit c h a s hi s f i c t i o nal de­tec­tive’s neme­sis Big Ger Caf­ferty.

In a pre­vi­ous book in the best- sell­ing se­ries, Rankin moved crime boss Caf­ferty from a large home in Mer­chis­ton to a lux­ury apart­ment in the Quar­ter­mile de­vel­op­ment.

The au­thor said Re­bus’ flat in the books is where he lived when he wrote the first novel in the se­ries.

0 Ian Rankin bought the house in 2003 as royalties came in

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