“I didn’t believe the real estate agent’s claim about my house – then the tourists started to arrive”


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Ray Edwards, 72, wasn’t sure his real estate agent was telling the truth when his real estate agent name ditched one of the world’s biggest music stars as a former resident

Ray couldn’t believe it when he found out who had lived in his house

A man who bought a three-bedroom semi-detached house in West London was stunned after learning it was once the home of Freddie Mercury.

Ray Edwards, 72, believed his real estate agent was liquidating him during a visit when he mentioned that the Queen frontman lived in the house.

Freddie Mercury, real name Farrokh Bulsara, came from Zanzibar to Gladstone Avenue in Feltham with his parents in 1964, when he was only 17 years old.

While living in the West London home he began to explore his incredible musical talents, before joining Queen as lead singer in 1970.

Ray, who is retired, thought his real estate agent was lying when he named the iconic star – but after he bought the property he realized that was true.







Freddie Mercury lived in the house from 1964 to 1970, when he became the frontman of Queen
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But in 2016, when Queen band member Brian May unveiled a blue British heritage plaque on the house, he was finally convinced – and even let 50 guests enter the house to watch the unveiling.

Ray said: “I am proud to say that I live in the former home of Freddie Mercury. It’s good to have some kind of recognition from Freddie.

“The plaque stands out. The idea is that people look at him and it makes them think of Freddie and reflect on his life and his contribution.

“I look at it every now and then and think about it, I admit it. I am proud to have it there. Freddie was a very talented person. “

He added that he had heard a few rumors that the house belonged to a famous person when he first saw it, but he was never convinced that these rumors were true.

And when the realtor kept mentioning Mercury’s name during the viewing, Ray was sure it was just a sales tactic.

“I wasn’t sure the real estate agent was peeing,” Ray added. “I did a quick internet search and it was difficult to find out who was living here.”

Since the house was occupied by a famous face, it has changed quite a bit.

The loft has been converted, while one of the three bedrooms has been made into a bathroom – but sadly during the renovations Ray couldn’t find any clues giving a glimpse into Freddie Mercury’s life.

Ray is currently renting the star’s former bedroom to a mother and daughter – who are familiar with the incredible history of where they live.

The Bulsara family left home in 1970, when Freddie was 23 and just starting out at Queen – where he has sold over 300 million records.

But while living in the house, Mercury befriended his bandmates Roger Taylor and Brian May – meeting John Deacon a year later in 1971.







Ray has done quite a bit of work on the house since he bought it
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Although he enjoys the incredible history of the house he lives in, Ray admits that Queen is not quite his cup of tea.

“I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan,” he said. “However, I wouldn’t say I don’t like their music. I have some of their music, some of their records.

“But I’m not one of those people who idolizes them and stands outside staring at the plaque.”

Mr Edwards estimates the plaque attracts two visitors a week, up from before the pandemic.

He says he doesn’t mind people eyeing his property as they pass – even when fans are strolling past his front door.

Freddie Mercury died at the age of 45 in 1991 after developing bronchopneumonia due to AIDS.

His death shook the world and shed light on the AIDS epidemic around the world.

Next week, BBC2 will release a new documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Final Act, which features new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor.

It also has talks with his sister Kashmira, friends Anita Dobson and David Wigg, and PA Peter Freestone and will air on November 24 – exactly 30 years after Freddie’s death.

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