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Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:04
How much is she wanting for it now...?
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:04
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Brexshit m8.
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:11
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Unless it's a Georgian farmhouse with an acre of land that happens to be right next to the station, a one hour train ride is a 90min-2 hour journey time. Realistically, too far for anyone that has to commute :\
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:12
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it did look the perfect home

what's the catch?
the short long
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:13
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Too far for anyone who needs to travel into London on a daily basis.
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:15
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What they all said. It needs a buyer who works on the M3 somewhere.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:49
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erm... I commute from further away. Lots of people do.

it's a 50 min train ride. My dad commuted from there for years. Drove to station and walked from Waterloo to Fleet St every day.

This village and others around it have been stuffed with lawyer commuters over the years. at one point the senior partners of Ashurst and two MC firms were living and commuting from there.

I think the train from there is now better than my line. it's the one that runs down through Winchester to Southampton.

The Brexit comment was more on the money.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:50
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Monts she's dropped it to just under 1.7m
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:50
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Tell her she's dreamin'...
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:50
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Is that an offer...
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:52
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No, it's a quote from The Castle...
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:53
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that seems v cheap

post the link again muts
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:55
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from memory it was just over 2m
isnt that dreaded stamp duty number?
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:56
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Love that fillum.
The "lawyer speech" bit: In summing up it's the constitution, it's Mabo, it's justice, it's law, it's the Vibe and, no that's it, it's the vibe. I rest my case.


one day I am actually going to say that in court.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 12:57
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Spadea ain't afraid of ya
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:01
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Think you'd want more than 3000 sq ft for that sort of cheddar. That kind of money buys a lot in Hampshire it seems.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:03
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it's 6400sq ft if you count the barn space which is, with the exception of the office, totally under-deployed. I would convert the un-listed barn.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:03
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housing is mad

one bed flats in london for 500k, and this
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:07
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It's really sad to see it just sitting there like a ship that's had its time. Reminds me of this.
http://jaquo.com/art-matters-the-fighting-temeraire/
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:09
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Everyone's got their own priorities, but for the money I'd take a 4 bedroom terrace with a 25 minute commute over the sprawling country farmhouse with a 90 minute journey to work every time.
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:11
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google tells me it's a 2hr commute to the City. Via Reading.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:11
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Yes but people have different taste. I for one couldn't live in London any more after about 18 years of feeling cramped up and needing space to live and think. As you can see my RoFwibblings I do get a lot of personal balance from the countryside.
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:12
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M3 J5... you're basically selling to BMW and Serco HQ execs.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:13
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well Google is wrong.

You go to Hook or Winchfield and 45 mins into Waterloo.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:15
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sorry not 45 mins, 1 hour. or go the other way to Basingstoke and take the express which is 45 min
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:16
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It's got an Aga, so Supes won't be able to bid for it...

OTOH, it does have a lot of space for motorbikes... and a sewing room for Mme C (in separate locations FTOAD)
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:18
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good fishing nearby too i imagine
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:18
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The big barn on its own with the tin roof, cam, that's concrete floored and has eight power points. I built cars in there.
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:19
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23minute cycle to Hook, then 1hr 17 via train and tube. Is what google tells you if you force it to go via Hook. Quicker, but still not quick enough.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:19
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Good fishing on the Whitewater in the village and nearby the Loddon and Lyde and, not far away, the Dever and Itchen. Come on.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:20
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Google.
🐤🐤🐤 is voting Conservative
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:21
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Bloody hellfire. £1.65m?! I mean, I know it's in God's Own County but still...
🐤🐤🐤 is voting Conservative
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:21
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Mind you, it's a fecking enormous gaff tbf.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:22
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Dominos?
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:24
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heh.
Keef has political fatigue
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:27
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If you're working in town you'd need to work on the basis of 3 and a half hours a day commuting. At least.

So that's equivalent to about 35 days a year. Or 10% of your time.

Or 15% of your awake time.
Hotblack Desiato
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:27
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The reason that no-one on this board wants to buy that house, lovely though it is, is because we know that you grew up in it, and no-one wants to live in a house haunted by the teenage w@nk ghost of mutters.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:30
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Keith,
lots of people choose to do that.
Hotblack is prolly closer to the point. I think they have redecorated the ceiling in my old bedroom.
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:33
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But as you point out in the OP, this beautiful place is sitting unsold while people pay that money for small terraces in NW/SW London. While people prepared to deal with that commute definitely exist, there aren't all that many of them.
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:34
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Definitely the aga chilling the bidding.
Spadea ain't afraid of ya
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:34
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tbf, you could work from home pretty sweetly so if you only need to go in 2 days a week, it's no biggie.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:35
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no, indeed, hump. no, indeed.
Heffalump
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:36
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that sort of commute is probably ok if you've got a stay at home partner to do all the family kittens

if both of you are working it's just not going to work
Heffalump
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:36
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nice house though
🐤🐤🐤 is voting Conservative
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:39
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What's the big deal with commuting? You just sit on a train, it's not like you have to walk it. Besides, unless you live in zone 1, you'd have to commute from London anyway.

The big difference in prices isn't between London & the SE, it's between the SE and the rest of the country.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:39
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Shame the agents didn't do any upstairs bedroom pics. They are nice ones on all corners- light and well proportioned a la Georgian symmetry - and up top there is some clever working of oak beams into the ceiling lines, and great views. Why no proper conservatory shot either.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:41
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its fantastic, no doubt about it

does it come with the oar?
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:43
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so have a word with the agents, or doesnt mum like you interfering?
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:44
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Grade II listing on old wooden barns ain't ideal...
Heffalump
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:44
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I suspect one of the problems, Mutt, might be that like a lot of old country houses the main rooms are a bit small and dark? The current fashion is large and light filled.

What's the blade commemorating in the dining room?
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:45
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are you listed monts?
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:46
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you could always ask for a new set of photos, I'm sure, making that point.

too far out, but nice house.
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:46
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Os - no, thank God...
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:47
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So sad to see Mutters in pointy shoes and a shiny suit when he could have followed his dreams and become a mechanic.
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:48
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why did you appoint Strutter to sell it.

Read this gem on another property he's selling:
The ground floor accommodation is ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining with one room leading seamlessly into another.

quite right. Last house I bought had a tear in the fabric of space and time between rooms. Nothing worse than wandering from the dining room to the drawing room and being drawn down a wormhole into a parallel dimension.
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:51
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Why isn't it on zoopla as well - pretty basic stuff for a house chinny I would have thought
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:53
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does anyone bother with zoopla any more? I thought I was the last hold-out?
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:57
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That house is lovely. I do notice that it is the epitome of England country style living though. The house, the views, the landscaping/garden, the barns and the décor (or should I say dec-oar), it is all exactly how it is 'supposed' to be. The aga, the kitchen table the style & print on the sofa's, the borders and rosebushes. Brrrrr. And on that basis AHM OOT. (not that I was ever in btw) I wonder to what extent growing up in such an environment has impacted your life choices.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:57
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* to which I drew your attention

Pedants buy houses too, you know.
Testarossa
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:59
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Gorgeous house. Particularly like the aga. And the cold frames.
Hal Incandenza
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:59
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Gardens and Aga look lovely.

But Commuteableheh. How does this work?

To be in at 9 you'd have to leave by 7. So half an hour with the kids maximum, and in reality less because you are in the shower etc.

Leave work at 6.30, not back till 8.30. So if you've kids under the age of about 10, you will never see them in the week. Not much of a life.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:00
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no, that's Dad's St John's / Lady Margaret thingummy Os, and I am not letting you have that.
Ash89
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:01
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It's too big.
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:01
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For christ sake it less than an hour on the train. people routinely commute from much further out. I suspect any working professional dropping this type of cash is not someone who is being watched to see if he/she is at their desks at 9.30. This will be a senior person who can come and go as they reasonably please and is able to work from home.
polz
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:01
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the ceilings are quite low, but it doesn't look dark at all in the photos.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:01
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had a feeling it might be
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:03
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To be in at 9 you'd have to leave by 7. So half an hour with the kids maximum, and in reality less because you are in the shower etc.

Leave work at 6.30, not back till 8.30. So if you've kids under the age of about 10, you will never see them in the week. Not much of a life.


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considers life and is envious of w/l balance
🐤🐤🐤 is voting Conservative
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:04
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What Felix said.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:06
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Trigs wants to stick a windmill on it
Lib-Dem-Cyp-ree-en
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:06
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it's still 90-120 minutes commuting each way each day...
Bobbie-Fleckmann
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:08
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The problem with Felix's suggestion is the absence of superfast broadband. It's going to be pretty hard to work from home without it.

And lack of bathroom photos suggest that they all need replacing along with heating system
presumably EPC exempt, but my eyes water at the thought of what oil / calor must cost to run that inc a swimming pool and woudl guess that the ludicrously large aga is there to compensate for the cold.


they need to get all info on local satellite broadband services and planning consent on the barns (ancillary accomodation for one, office for t'other).
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:08
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Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:10
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Polz -this is a Georgian house. Ceilings are at the height on the ground floor that you would expect from a Georgian period property. There is one beam you have to bear in mind if you are c 6 foot on the ground floor. Otherwise there is no issue. I assume you are not >6ft but if you are you are used to the notion of ducking down an ich or two from time to time.

Triggs - this is my mother, aged 80, at work on interior design.

Heff - 1950s St John's Cambridge Lady Margaret boat oar with some other interesting names on the blade as well as my father. What is amazing is the individual weights. no one oarsman over 11 stone. The ration generation.
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:12
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I know someone who commutes from Yeovil 4 days a week. 2hr 20 on the train to waterloo and 10 min walk to the office. Lives in a 5 bed barn conversion set in an acre, with games room and gym, comprising 3500 square feet, all for 750k. He says it is price worth paying.

He had a nice barbie last summer was ace.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:12
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blimey, did they finish?
Spadea ain't afraid of ya
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:13
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Has anyone mentioned the commuting yet?
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:15
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Os yeah, it was a winning crew. Presumably they just got a massive gust of wind in their favour and it caused them to set a new water speed record.
Third Half
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:16
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I think that RoF should provide two websites "Upstairs" and "Downstairs".

"And never the twain shall meet"
cockpit
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:18
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Why don't you buy it, Mutters?
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:19
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My parents have a similar type house. It is an old vicarage.Its more modern in terms of finish and fittings but still retains most of the original features.It has been fvcking money pit, underpinning and all sorts.And the cost of oil to heat the place!! I don't know if this house would appeal to a family of 3 teen age kids.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:20
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Mutters - your parents' house reminds me of my grandparents' house, which is older but a similar size and feel, and is on the Sussex/Kent border. Very lovely.

Or it was until a couple of London lawyer turbokhunts hacked it to pieces and ran out of money in the process:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-53550647.html

Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:23
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Cockers, I have a house in an area I prefer - bit hillier and closer to the coast to the south of that place - and with a bit more outside space (fields, woodland etc). It's not listed or as old but I prefer it.
I also - you might think oddly - don't want to live in a house where my father's ghost is in every bookcase and so on. Nor do I want my siblings thinking it's "still their house".
So that's why I have already said no.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:26
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the people who bought my parents' london house also destroyed it, imo

i know this cos i can see the ad and that it hasnt sold for over a year at 2.5m

heh, khunts
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:26
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or, perhaps worse, mum strolling by and waving her stick at us and saying "what have you done to my nice...." while I am merrily burning the Laura Ashley wossname in the field.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:29
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Hey there! I am using WhatsCYP
Posted - 20 March 2017 13:48
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why did you appoint Strutter to sell it.

Read this gem on another property he's selling:
The ground floor accommodation is ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining with one room leading seamlessly into another.

quite right. Last house I bought had a tear in the fabric of space and time between rooms. Nothing worse than wandering from the dining room to the drawing room and being drawn down a wormhole into a parallel dimension.



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lolling still at this.


The property benefits from a clear view from the upper windows etc

Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:31
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love a bit of chintz
Bobbie-Fleckmann
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:31
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people who bought my parents' house destroyed it and turned it into a mock tudor theme park.

I know this cos Laz posted the details here on RoF once saying it was the kind of house he was going to buy when he made it big :-(

((it didn't sell for what the khunts wanted either)
The Donald
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:32
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Stupid question but how many people does your mother need to run this (cleaning, gardening etc.) Does she still do her own shopping?

That would be my biggest concern - as others have said, the commute shouldn't be an issue for the type of person who can afford this.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:34
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cleaner once a week
gardener twice a week

yes she does.

She has bought another house in a nearby small town/big village where she can walk to the shops. she is developing it a bit so it's larger but not as huge as this, and it has a more sensible garden. The work will finish in the summer. She will live there once she has sold this house.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:36
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nice problem to have then
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:39
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£117k stamp duty doesn't help. And if it is going to be a family home to 3/4 kids and a working couple it won't last 5 mins, so any purchaser may want to drop another 150 k to do it all up.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:39
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It's heartwarming to see you made it out of the gutter Botti, despite all those obstacles in your path
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:41
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yeah. I have carefully not suggested it is a terrible situation for her. She's a wealthy enough to live well and to fund herself into aged decrepitude. My point is how a beautiful thing like this can be going for that price.

Note, another house with 10 acres of land and equestrian facilities is for sale over the road in the same village. not period, more land, 2.4million
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:41
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oh here we go
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:43
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I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight knowing your mother will likely net over £1.5m on a property.

And they say nurses have it tough!
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:44
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heh
she was actually a nurse for all her career. how amusing.
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:45
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Shami is it overpriced then? It is bound to need a lot of work, and people nowadays are less inclined to do that nowadays.. Still that would get you a 4 bed terrace, max in clapham
Lord Admiral Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:45
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Lol @ TPS.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:45
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pink, I really don't think the politics of sniping is what this thread is about so leave it out, ok? Just go and get chippy with someone else.
Mr Hargreaves
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:45
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oh god he's back then
Mr Hargreaves
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:46
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you're mums house is lovely mutters btw but I've no idea whether that's value round there
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:46
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"for all of her career"

You mean from 21 to 26 when she got married and had to stop working? [/thomaspinkkhuntstyle]
sporting_zucchini
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:47
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My gut feeling is that the Botti Snr gaff is neither a massive country pile that would appeal to the idle wealthy, nor an easy to live with 5 bed executive house for a professional couple near a station (where the demand is).

These in-between things that cost a lot to maintain are hard to shift unless cheap.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:48
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no.
she had children and returned to work after and worked up until her late 50s, variously in a local hospital, as a school nurse and then in a cancer hospice.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:48
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She certainly invested her meagre nurse's stipend wisely Botti! She should write an investment book in her retirement.

Chapter 1

Marry someone very rich

Chapter 2

That's it
Lord Admiral Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:49
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Why is she selling?

#giftedavoidIHT
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:49
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Zucchini you are spot on.

Brad, the pool is in good nick and has brand new heating. The court was resurfaced and painted only a couple of years back. Don't know why they are long distance shots.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:50
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My guess is it would cost upward of £500k to be at the standard someone with £1.5m to spend wants to live in.

If the swimming pool and tennis court aren't in the photos, they will be fvcked (for example)
Lord Admiral Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:50
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Really Botti, how else did you expect this thread to go?
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:51
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TP you are pretty fucked up.

Admiral - she cannot cope with running a house like that any more. She's too old. It's not full of people . She wants a family to own it.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:51
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Admiral he wanted it to turn into a handwringing session about how old money simply can't cash in these days and ISNT IT AWFUL
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:52
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TPS not covering himself in glory here...

some people are rich non shocka.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:53
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Heh TPS, when you've finished being chippy on this thread, are you going to get round to sending me that nonnymail so I can tell you about the person I was helping with an immigration/NHS entitlement question that you were such a turbokhunt about ?
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:54
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Realistically this much money will get you 5-6 bedrooms, an decent garden and 2000-2500 sq ft in most of zone 2 and even more in zone 3.

So it's not like the in-London alternative is slumming it in some pokey flat.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:54
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"Chippy". Oh the terrible terrible burn of it all. I can't take it.
Lord Admiral Lib Dem
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:55
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you missed " very wealthy" before "family" there.

Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:55
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I really can't be arsed.

Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:57
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'this much money will get you 5-6 bedrooms, an decent garden and 2000-2500 sq ft in most of zone 2'

i question the accuracy of this.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:59
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rof, u gotta larf
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 14:59
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My commute to London from Crewe today will have taken the same time as this commute to the wrong side of London
Captain Mal
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:00
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The problem fundamentally is that the main house is a bit sh1t for the price (cramped and old fashioned) and it is listed so you can't even extend it in a sensible way / knock it down and redevelop.
Trigger Warning
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:00
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It's all so predictable.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:01
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And it's listed
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:01
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'My commute to London from Crewe today'

identifies source of chippiness
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:04
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Jesus fvcking Christ re that Battersea house!!!!
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:04
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TPS lives in train spotter heaven
pancake humper
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:06
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i question the accuracy of this.

10 second search in a random area:
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-61319687.html

6 bedrooms, 2000 sq ft, right next to Clapham Common for £100k less.

£1.7m is an awful lot of money, even in London
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:09
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3 very small box roos though. Battersea not my cup of tea, too close to crime ridden council estates.
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:11
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Pancacke 6 bed, 2 baths, that will never work as a family home.
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:12
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Osama it my closest station but thank god I don't actually live there. It's unspeakably grim place, and I grew up in Middlesbrough,

The trainspotters are bonkers. I can understand people enjoying almost everything, except maybe scat, but I am totally baffled by the trainspotters
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:12
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furry muff. loft conversion is cheating rather though.

i fvckin hate terraces. like living in a tunnel.
Man from Del Monte
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:13
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also:

waves at resipsa[/a]
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:15
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Random spotters at odd stations make me lol, it just makes no sense. Must be an autism thing
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:18
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I *heart* trainspotting.

trains are there to be spotted. Anyone who doesn't is weird.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:26
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maybe in the age of steam,or pre internet
Judy_Carter
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:30
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I love that house, Mutters. i wish that I could move to the country.
camenbert
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:32
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pssshaw!!
Stand there and watch an IC125 ripping it up.
Merkz
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:40
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it's a nice enough house but these days the kind of people who can afford that kind of money don't want to live in that kind of house

welcome to how markets work 101
qualita oro
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:46
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Every other ramshackle barn is grade 2 listed. It subtracts rather than adds value.
harlequin01
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:48
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Cyp makes an interesting point about Google. It may well be completely wrong, but it will still be the first thing people look at. Cyps posthe being a case in point.
qualita oro
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:50
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Merkz nails it though.
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:57
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Who told you that Oro?
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:00
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OP, lovely house BTW. Would make a nice B&B or guest house.....

Does it need much work to bring it up to the standard a working professional family would want who maybe also looking at exec new builds or similar? ie, electric, gas, heating, fast internet, modern plumbing and wiring, modern bathrooms and en-suites, full damp and mould courses throughout, solid reliable and level flooring etc?
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:02
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OP, she could drop it bya couple of 100k and still be quids in? Or offer to pay the stamp duty?
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:06
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"It could be a B&B"

*imagines Botti's pain*

Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:37
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harlequin01
Posted - 20 March 2017 15:48
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Cyp makes an interesting point about Google. It may well be completely wrong, but it will still be the first thing people look at. Cyps posthe being a case in point.


Not serious buyers who know what they are after which, if you are thinking of dropping 1.65m, you will be.
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B&B - would require fire doors all over the shop but yes.

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I don't think it needs a "massive amount of work" or any, in fact.
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:40
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Apart from replacing the aga with a nice rangemaster obv
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:49
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the aga is non mains gas. I personally would get rid.
I got rid of the aga in my place.
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:49
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And putting a proper sized telly on the LOUNGE wall
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:50
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Good call Banto
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:52
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heh
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:53
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It could also do with some LED uplighters in the paths. Classy touches like that.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:54
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disco room, with pole
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 16:54
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Have u been to my house banto
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:04
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some metal gates, auto opening, brick the drive, koi carp pond, a plastic heron with a solar powered LED, some gnomes, a bar in the conservatory.
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:07
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banta - if you're going to do that, you really need a modern water feature somewhere close to the front door...also, it would really benefit from a pillared portico over the front door...with maybe a couple of large concrete lions rampant either side...
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:08
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Botti - it says it's got automatic metal gates in the sales blurb...
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:19
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yeah but not good Wang-types : one old oak farm gate with a hydraulic ram on a sensor.
Gravitas? What Gravitas?
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:20
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What about a TV on a stand with wheels like you used to get in school?
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:20
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Need to sort that, Botti - get the classy look a la wang if she wants to sell...
sad banta
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:23
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Hydraulic ram is Mrs Banta's pet name for me, but I don't have any kind of sensor.
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:27
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i love koi carp
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:29
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could eat more than one though
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:30
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OLD MONEY electric gates eh Botti? Very De Bretts
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:34
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is reading the particulars with some care.

I think he's interested. Go on, monts, get your small change out.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:35
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just a shitty gate

(and it's Debrett's, not "of Brett"0
wango has voted
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:36
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I don't think it's "old lady in the 1950s" enough for montie. More doillies might help. And some pot pourri
Thomas Pink is voting CISTA
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:36
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It's also ) to close a bracket, dipsh1t
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:37
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Botti - make the changes I suggested above and I might put an offer in...
Osama
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:37
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Monts misunderstood my question as to whether HE was listed
Marshall Hall
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:38
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All those messy looking outbuildings would put most folks off, as they will be a massive maintenance headache.

Knowing that area quite well, it is over-priced still by about. £200k
Montagueh
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:39
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Os - Monts chose to ignore, notm4...
felix1000
Posted - 20 March 2017 17:54
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Hyoo, what is your take on this, albeit it is not anywhere as expensive as any of the houses you have recently completed on?
qualita oro
Posted - 21 March 2017 04:03
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I express no view on what the house is worth but Merkz has made the salient point already: why not pay 500K more and get something slightly smaller but still large that meets a modern family's needs rather than buying an excess of space in a remote location with extras no one needs (tennis court, pool etc.)? The modern exec homes you now see marketed for around 2M are bullet-proof, built near good schools, take the commute into account and still give you plenty of floor space and a garden as well as being situated in decent areas.

If the budget were limited to the asking price for this one I'd apply the same argument. In any event this one clearly needs a lot of money spending on it to bring it up to modern comfort and reliability standards. People moving in with a family won't want the hassle when there's an alternative. And as Merkz says, people really want modern comforts now. The better newbuilds are forcing owners of period homes to raise their game.
Ceiling Cat is voting labour
Posted - 21 March 2017 06:27
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hard to imagine anyone looking at that house and wondering whether to buy it or some modern 'executive home' they are completely different markets.

It will sell eventually but it will need someone to fall in love with it. The low ceilings, the position right on the road etc will need a bit of outweighing by someone falling for its undoubted charm. Realistically a buyer is going to need to spend 200 to 300k on it to get it into shape and a 'modern professional couple' where both work in full on jobs are going to be put off by the commute and the amount of ongoing maintenance it will need.
qualita oro
Posted - 21 March 2017 07:19
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'Fall in love with' is shorthand for unmarketable.
Lydia
Posted - 21 March 2017 08:09
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It is worth what someone will pay. Put it to auction if needs be. We had to knock 100k off the asking price to sell my parents' house in Newcastle when my father died. Both my parents died in the house which is what they wanted although we didn't tell the buyer that.

I do wonder if younger people are less prepared to commute - partners 30 years ago I worked with commuted from Brighton, Kent, Herts, Cambridge.

The reasons are that now hours are often longer and secondly more full time careers for both spouses and thirdly parents wanting to see their children more. My parents eg lived near the hospital my father worked at in Newcastle and he came home from work just about every lunch time of his lief (as did I until I was 10) for lunch and to put us to bed, certainly he was home by 6 but they would have had the same issue - do you buy a bigger place further from work and schools or smaller in a city.
Osama
Posted - 21 March 2017 08:21
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the broader point of change in working lives, technology, etc, is v relevant. Reggie perrin doesnt exist any more. My dad, an executive, said he never really worked hard, in the days of post only and then telex. An old boss said pre internet you opened your few letters, replied to the serious ones with "please clarify" and went to lunch. It seems a bit counter intuitive that even tho you can now work on the commute, people don't want to commute

Maybe change the agents mutts, for a shake up
Heffalump
Posted - 21 March 2017 08:26
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lydia: the commute is worse now.

20/30 years ago the train took the same time, but you got a seat, and it was cheaper.

now: heh.
Osama
Posted - 21 March 2017 08:28
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good point
qualita oro
Posted - 21 March 2017 08:57
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Rambling country piles sound good in the weekend supplements where a family with young children is escaping the rat race. I don't think anyone else would be interested in them. But even such families will now likely have to ensure the breadwinner is near enough to the office and - given the class aspect to this - appropriate schools. That makes location priceless. Add in material fix-up costs and the idyll quickly looks tarnished beyond repair.
Heffalump
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:11
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hugh, with great love and deep respect, your post of 04.03 is the biggest pile of I have ever read
qualita oro
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:13
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Come clean - it's gold.
Osama
Posted - 21 March 2017 09:14
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hugh does tend to think everyone shares his thoughts on houses
wilfrostron
Posted - 21 March 2017 10:27
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My inlaws bought a very similar place when their kids were late teens/about to fly the nest and the Dad was beginning to wind down work in the city. Has been brilliant for them as they get closer to retirement. They can potter round the garden and is a great place for grandkids to run around and explore.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:12
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wil- my parents were happy with that arrangement until mum was widowed and then it seemed a gaping hole of a house. All grandkids (12 of them) are teens or twenties so going their own way and being there en mass is less of a thing. When we were all in London with toddlers and the house was a tranquil and warm haven from the hurley burley of life then it was full and joyful.

I have to go there soon and put stickers on some of the furniture and pictures etc I want. Very difficult thing to do. She is liquidating her life from furniture down to the books, silver and glass.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:13
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also... my in-laws bought a place in the Cotswolds at that stage in life, and it went well until he got ill then died and my mother in law moved back to London.
wango has voted
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:14
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Remember to save your vintage fiesta collection that's still under the skirting board
Bright Carver
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:16
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Good luck with it all, Botts.

CC - where did you get "the position right on the road" from?
sad banta
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:20
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Rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light !
The Donald
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:20
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BC - the embedded Google map in Bottis rightmove link seems to suggest that.
Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:24
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the "road" is a metalled road, yes, but it's a track between the village green and two farms. It has minimal traffic. If you google streetview it then you get a sense of what's going on. it faces the green and the church and a farm and a wood. the only traffic going down that road is going between the village and the farm. The main road is the Reading to Hook/Odiham road on the other side of the woods and not in ear range.
Merkz
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:24
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I remember doing the sticker thing when my parents retired and sold their Dallas house; are yours all colour coded?

I have been trying to convince my parents to rationalise what is in their current house (which was a summer place before they retired to it and is full of crap that no one will use again) but they are having none of it.

Shami's Chakra botti
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:27
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Bright Carver
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:29
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Ah - cheers The Donald.

sad banta
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:32
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Can't we have a whip round and buy it as a ROF commune ?
Osama
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:35
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and not let mutts in?
Bright Carver
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:37
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Heh - love the ROF Commune idea.

It will need Mutts' blessing before we start a central fund though...
polz
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:39
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My parents sold a house like that and moved into an ugly (imo) modern one with 4 bedroom. They love it - nice and toasty (we had the aga, oil, heating issue) and manageable.
sad banta
Posted - 21 March 2017 11:40
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Separate male and female dormitories though. Lights out at 10. Bromide in the tea.
  
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