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JK Rowling puts house on market for offers over £2.25m

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Image caption The Merchiston house has been put on the market for offers over £2.25m

An Edinburgh house where Harry Potter author JK Rowling lived until she moved to the outskirts of the capital is up for sale for offers over £2.25m.

The multi-millionaire moved from the eight-bedroom Merchiston home to a house in Barnton in 2009.

Estate agents Rettie is selling the family home, where the author lived with her husband Dr Neil Murray and her three children.

The stone built house is on two floors and also has an office building.

In the prospectus for property, the home is described as being situated in "one of Edinburgh's most exclusive conservation areas."

It has a "discreet landscaped and walled garden" and had undergone a redesign to "complement retained Victorian period features".

Image caption The back of the eight-bedroom home

It also has a summerhouse, various outhouses and a double garage.

In July JK Rowling's husband applied for planning permission for two huge interlocked treehouses at her new home in Barnton.

The application said the tree houses were for their children to play in.

It is understood the tree houses, which would be built by Blue Forest, would cost £150,000.

She has an 18-year-old daughter and a son and daughter aged nine and seven.

Image caption Inside the Merchiston home, which has three public rooms

The author's first adult book, The Casual Vacancy, which is set in a fictional English village, will be published on Thursday.

The story is centred on the death of Barry Fairbrother, whose unexpected passing shocks the Pagfiord villagers.

The Harry Potter author will appear at the Lennoxlove Book Festival on 2 November.

The festival will be the author's only public event in Scotland to promote The Casual Vacancy.

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