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