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Flat linked to Crusoe legend up for sale

The Alexander Selkirk statue at the property in Lower Largo's Main Street

The Alexander Selkirk statue at the property in Lower Largo's Main Street

A Largo property bathed in literary legend is up for sale, giving househunters the chance to own a property of prestige.

A three-bedroom flat on the location of the birthplace of the real-life Robinson Crusoe is on the market for offers over £150,000.

The property at 101 Main Street, Lower Largo, was built in the 1860s on the site of a thatched cottage where the famous mariner, Alexander Selkirk, once lived.

Selkirk, thought to be the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s seafaring hero, was famously marooned off the coast of Chile for over four years in the early 18th century.

Tracy Ramsay, a property negotiator for solicitors Murray Donald, said the flat had a very reasonable price and was most impressive inside. It was bought in 2003 by the firm’s client, who made an extension into the attic, and has rented it out as a holiday home. This was an ideal use for it, said Tracy, while it would make a fine ordinary dwelling or retirement home, also being very close to the beach.

There had been a number of viewings already and Tracy added: “With the history behind it, I would like to think it would do well.”

 

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