Before Meghan Markle was living the royal lifestyle at Kensington Palace and later Frogmore Cottage, the former Suits star-turned-duchess was settled down at a cozy Colonial-style home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood. Described by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com as being just “a stone’s throw from downtown Hollywood,” Markle rented the home with her now ex-husband Trevor Engelson until their 2013 divorce, splitting her time between the luxury of Hollywood and Toronto, Canada, where she filmed Suits nine months of the year.
Of course, in the years since last stepping foot in the posh abode, many things have changed, including her new status as an official member of the British Royal family, and Markle’s former house is now on the market for the slim price of just $1.8 million.
Keep scrolling to peek inside the former home of the newly-minted royal!
Built in 1924, Markle’s former living quarters span 2,262-square-feet, an open floorplan, and featured four bedrooms, three baths, a family room, a living room with fireplace, and a dining area.
“Rare colonial Hancock Park charmer with so much sunshine! Abundant off street parking! Open floor plan downstairs amazing for entertaining. Living room with fireplace opens to dining room and family room,” the official listing reads. “Kitchen with eat in breakfast area. Four sunshine filled large bedrooms and two remodeled bathrooms upstairs. Park like grassy yard with porch, al fresco dining area, garage. Spacious, open, and airy in amazing central location! Buyer to verify square footage.”
The Living Room
Flooded with natural light thanks to large windows and the open floorplan, the spacious living room features a sleek design of crisp white walls and wood floors that run throughout the home. Currently, the room, boasting all white furniture, features pops of accent colors like blue and yellow. The living room also boasts a fireplace.
Boasting natural light, white cabinets, marble countertops, and stainless steel appliances, the kitchen made for the perfect spot for Markle to show off her cooking skills.
The Duchess of Sussex is known to have a love of cooking, something that she has put to good use since becoming a royal. In September of 2018, Markle worked side-by-side at the Hubb Community Kitchen with women who suffered after the Grenfell Fire, which took more than 70 lives. Together, they crafted a cookbook, with proceeds going directly to the kitchen.
“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together. Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy — in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy — something we can all relate to,” Markle said in a short film coinciding with the release of the cookbook. “Through this charitable endeavour, the proceeds will allow the kitchen to thrive and keep the global spirit of community alive.”
The Dining Room
Once dinner is served, guests can enjoy their meal in the dining room, which, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, opens onto a patio to offer an al fresco dining option, perfect for warm summer days and backyard bar-b-ques. For larger gatherings, or perhaps even game day, the open floor plan allows for guests to freely move about the home and enjoy their meal in either the dining room or the living room.
After a long day of traveling back from Toronto, Markle could relax in one of the home’s four bedrooms. Located on the upper floor of the home, the bedrooms feature wood flooring, white walls, and more than enough space for a king-sized bed and other furniture.
Also on the floor are two remodeled bathrooms, one of which features a gray, white, and black color scheme with gold accents. The bathroom is fitted with a walk-in shower and bathtub as well as a vanity.
Sitting on an 8,099-square-foot lot, the Hancock Park home offers plenty of space for outside entertainment and get-togethers. In addition to a patio, the lot also features a two-car garage with additional parking.
While the Colonial-style home is on the market, Markle is enjoying her time in Windsor, where she and husband Prince Harry relocated ahead of the birth of their first child together, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The 10-bedroom home located on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Berkshire – once the home to Abdul Karim, the first Indian member of the royal household and Queen Victoria’s aide – boasts lush gardens, green fields, and a serene lake, offering the couple plenty of privacy.
Prior to moving in, the royals did plenty of renovations to the home, though, with reports stating that they redecorated the exterior doors, windows and walls, and upgraded the outbuildings as well as transformed one of the rooms into a nursery for their son. They also changed the landscaping of the garden and added some lighting.