With the BBC sitcom classic Only Fools and Horses no longer running on television, the business who piled money into the sets used for the series are now cashing in on what is left of the show’s legacy. The flat situated next door to the fictional Nelson Mandela House that was used as a backdrop for the show has been sold to a lucky developer for an impressive £1.1 million.
The flat can be found on an estate in South Acton and was initially used as an alternative to Peckham by the BBC.
Harlech House (pictured in a photo reminiscent of that from the opening credits) was used in the role of Nelson Mandela House, Peckham. Said flat is not the original stock that was featured on the show and the entire area is being renovated instead. The estate will be rebranded as Acton Gardens and once the regeneration project is complete, it will feature around 2500 new homes for nearby citizens. The process is said to take around a decade to be fully realized.
While half of the properties will be sold for inflated amounts, the other half will be kept as affordable housing for the 5000-odd people who currently reside in the area. The end result will be some more opulent properties surrounded by more affordable housing, providing something for every wallet size.
Doesn’t this remind you a bit of the episode Yuppy Love (the first of Season 6) in which Del and Uncle Albert are scheming to sell the flat at Nelson Mandela House to make a quick quid due to rising property prices … much to the dismay of Rodney!