If Bridget Jones was going to make her big screen debut in 2016 it is highly unlikely she would be living in Borough Market, according to property experts.
Bridget’s bachelorette pad was situated above The Globe Tavern in the film Bridget Jones Diary, which came out in 2001.
The flat, which also featured in the second film The Edge of Reason would have cost around £190,000 back in 2001, according to housing experts from property portal OnTheMarket.com.
But they estimate the same flat would cost more than £650,000 now - that’s a rise of 240%.
OnTheMarket.com commercial director Helen Whiteley said: “Even in her wildest dreams we don’t think Bridget would have predicted such an impressive increase in the value of her flat. Borough has become a property hotspot and single girls like Bridget would be in a unique position if they were looking to sell now.”
According to income estimates from the Greater London Authority, the average wage in the borough of Southwark (where the flat would have been) in 2001/2002 was between £25,000 and £55,000.
So, with Bridget being a fairly entry level journalist we reckon she could be on £25,000 at the most - meaning she would only have just been able to afford the flat in 2001 - with a hefty a deposit.
However, Jackson-Stops and Staff associate director Zoe Mercer believes a one bedroom flat similar to Bridget’s would have cost between £100,000 and £150,000 in 2001 - making it a little more affordable.
She said: “Now you would be looking to spend between £600,000 and £1million for a one bedroom flat.
“There has been so much investment into Borough Market and London Bridge that it has become a highly coveted micro-location, where the financial market works harmoniously alongside the more urban lifestyle aspect of the food market. Whatever personal dramas Bridget faced over the years, there is no doubt that her flat would have proven to be an extremely sound investment.”
The flat itself that Bridget lived in is currently not for sale.
The Globe Tavern was refurbished and the flat above the pub was due to be occupied by its staff.
However, fans could live nearby at the Valentine Place development , where Jackson-Stops and Staff are selling one-bedroom flats from £735,000.