From Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles, CA, these seven enchanting apartments are proof that magic exists all around us — you just have to know where to look for it!
When it comes to creating places that capture the imagination, J.K. Rowling wrote the book — make that books. And with the November 18 film premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter will invite Potterheads to delve into a whole new world of witchcraft and wizardry as magical monsters run amok in 1926 New York, NY.
Will order be restored to the world of the American Muggle (excuse us: No-Maj)? You’ll have to see the movie to find out if Newt Scamander is triumphant, but rumor has it that a little bit of the pixie dust gets left behind in America. Perhaps Harry Potter and Dumbledore’s Army could find it in one of these homes for rent that would fit right into a modern-day Harry Potter film.
1. New use for a chapel in New England
This quirky-cool rental has Luna Lovegood written all over it. Constructed in 1880, the one-bedroom, two-bathroom rental home originally served as the town chapel for the residents of Falmouth, ME. Its pews and parishioners are now a distant memory, but the 1,768-square-foot chapel’s past lives on in its arched windows and cathedral ceilings (a half-giant like Hagrid wouldn’t even have to duck!). And can we please tip a witch’s hat to that amazing farmhouse-chic kitchen?
2. A studio apartment for the studious
A 19th-century-library-turned-studio-apartment? Hermione Granger would find a match in this one-of-a-kind rental in Philadelphia, PA. Outfitted with ornate mahogany millwork, walnut floors, two fireplaces, and elegant chandeliers, the stately studio comprises two rooms (formerly the library) of the 14,000-square-foot Bergdoll Mansion in Philly’s Spring Garden section. Extra-tall, hand-painted ceilings make the space feel larger than its 1,800 square feet, while two garden-view terraces offer additional space. Between study sessions, Hermione could soak up some culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, both of which are nearby.
3. Happily ever after outside Chi-Town
This cottage that looks as if it were plucked straight from the English countryside sits on a tree-lined residential street outside Chicago, IL, and would make a snug and happy home for a family. Details like exposed beams, a curved staircase, a Juliet balcony, and a stone fireplace amp up the charm, while a prime location near parks and transportation speaks to the pragmatic renter. At 2,600 square feet with three bedrooms, this storybook-perfect home would be a tight squeeze for a nine-person clan like the Weasleys, but Mrs. Weasley might make some (magical) concessions to be able to cook her famous family meals in that modern kitchen.
4. Comfort for all creatures in Atlanta
The style and grace of this vine-cloaked stone Tudor in Atlanta, GA, would be a good match for the glamorous Fleur Delacour — or anyone, really. Because who could resist the allure of a gourmet kitchen and climate-controlled wine cellar, the comfort of a crackling fireplace, or the dazzle of wood floors and designer finishes? (And hey, even Dementors need to treat themselves to a dip in a heated saltwater pool from time to time.) This seven-bedroom home includes a fully equipped in-law suite and a four-car garage. Translation: plenty of room for when Fleur’s family visits from France.
5. Enchant and entertain
Better hightail it to Gringotts: You’ll need to make sizable monthly withdrawals to afford the rent at this fully furnished, gated Tudor in the ATL. The $16,000 per month rent would grant interested parties access to seven bedrooms, a sparkling outdoor pool with a footbridge, and a dungeonlike study, ideal for brushing up on incantations. The vaulted great room could easily host Harry’s graduating class of Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins for dinner, and the 3.19-acre lawn is large enough for rousing games of Quidditch or a group of grazing hippogriffs. Bonus: Check out the mural on the ceiling of the two-story foyer!
6. Hogsmeade meets the O.C.
Framed by the Santa Ana Mountains, this 11,119-square-foot, Hogwarts-esque stone mansion (dubbed “Mythea Castle”) makes Laguna Hills feel like Hogsmeade. Turrets, leaded glass, and a pair of guardian lions contribute to the seven-bedroom chateau’s commanding exterior, while the inside is all about European grandeur: think sumptuous fabrics and millwork, walls with murals, a wine cellar, and elegant light fixtures (this fully furnished home for rent even comes with its very own suit of armor!). All that’s missing is a moat — and perhaps the ghostly figure of Moaning Myrtle in the marble-bedecked master bathroom.
7. Prim, puzzling, and panoramic
Marking the spot where whimsical meets refined, this Victorian-style residence on 3 gardened acres would certainly catch the eye of a buttoned-up, proper witch like Minerva McGonagall. Known as the Armour-Stiner House, the 8,400-square-foot residence dates back to 1860 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Octagonal shape aside, architectural details like a Renaissance-style domed roof, gothic moldings, a wraparound veranda, and cast-iron railings prove this home to be more than unique — a fact reflected in the $40,000 per month rent! A spiral staircase ascends to the cupola, where 360-degree views of the Hudson River await.
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