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    • Grimbal
    • By Grimbal 5th Aug 11, 11:16 AM
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    The "have a look at this!" thread II
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    • 5th Aug 11, 11:16 AM
    The "have a look at this!" thread II 5th Aug 11 at 11:16 AM
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    Thanks to Grimbal for starting this thread, where compulsive Rightmove browsers share their funniest finds. Scroll down for Playboy mansions, unusual extensions, toilets in wardrobes and mysterious presences under bedcovers.

    Back to the original post...

    Thought I'd start off a new thread as the other one was getting to be pretty long. The old thread can be found here.

    How about starting up a thread dedicated to the interesting properties that we come across in our searches ?

    I'm guessing these guys don't invite their granny over to watch TV


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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 10th Sep 17, 4:14 PM
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    And I thought my council was mean! It's free if you can get it to the tip, pardon, civic amenity site. Garden waste collection £60 a year for a wheelie bin or £1.60 a sack (no more than 20kgs)
    • phoebe1989seb
    • By phoebe1989seb 10th Sep 17, 5:18 PM
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    No householder charges here and - for now at least - garden waste collection in wheelie bins is still FOC. Good job too as our council tax is ridiculously high

    One thing we have noticed since moving to the West Midlands is that the tip recycling centre doesn't have a resale area. Not sure if that's the same in other parts of the country, but back in Wiltshire (and previously in both Essex and Hampshire) there were sections set aside for the sale of the *better class of rubbish*
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 10th Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    Impressive back garden
    This is the biggest back garden I've ever seen on on a suburban 3 bed house.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-68361530.html#location

    On the satellite view it's 10 houses to the left of the grey dot, next door to the house with the solar panels.
    Last edited by NaughtiusMaximus; 10-09-2017 at 6:07 PM.
    • EachPenny
    • By EachPenny 10th Sep 17, 6:11 PM
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    This is the biggest back garden I've ever seen on on a suburban 3 bed house.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    Complete with an "old air age shelter" [sic]

    Might be a useful feature with the North Korea situation developing... but not sure the door and roof are up to NBC standards
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Sep 17, 6:21 PM
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    This is the biggest back garden I've ever seen on on a suburban 3 bed house.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-68361530.html#location
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    That is a good size; probably too good for many folk!

    I once viewed a house in Warminster, Wilts with a 620' back garden, but it was somewhat narrower than that. Looking east on the aerial photo, it seems as if some people got together and sold off parts of their gardens for development. (Newland Gardens)
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 10th Sep 17, 6:31 PM
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    The Buxton house yesterday was a classic example of a good old-fashioned house, properly maintained. I loved it.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    I'm with you on this. When I see a "Look at this old fashioned house, ha ha" type comment, almost invariably the houses are spotlessly clean and well maintained, whereas the constantly "modernised" ones that fill Rightmove often seem tired and neglected.

    My heart sinks a little every time I see a nice old house with "Recently updated to a high standard", in the description. You almost know there is going to be some out of character fitted kitchen sticking out into the knocked through dining/living/kitchen/breakfast area. I'd much prefer to buy a well maintained "out-of-date" house than one that needs ripping out and rebuilding every 5 years.

    But, surprise, surprise, people like different things and I like older things. I guess many people wouldn't bother to try and source the right type of chamfered picture rail to replace those taken out by previous owners of our house, unlike me


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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 10th Sep 17, 7:16 PM
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    I remember being amazed at my last house at how different the rooms looked when we put the picture rails back. Completely altered the proportions - for the better. The trouble with people 'modernising' houses is they don't put nearly as much thought into how things look/work as the original architect. And don't get me started on double glazing units that bear no relationship to the originals ...
    • Ocelot
    • By Ocelot 10th Sep 17, 7:18 PM
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    'Harpers & Co is delighted to present this property developer's dream & rare to market stunning Georgian detached house residing on a large corner plot.'

    Doesn't look Georgian to me, and, if it is, it won't be a 'property developer's dream' as it will likely be listed.!
    • Ocelot
    • By Ocelot 10th Sep 17, 7:23 PM
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    I'm with you on this. When I see a "Look at this old fashioned house, ha ha" type comment, almost invariably the houses are spotlessly clean and well maintained, whereas the constantly "modernised" ones that fill Rightmove often seem tired and neglected.

    My heart sinks a little every time I see a nice old house with "Recently updated to a high standard", in the description. You almost know there is going to be some out of character fitted kitchen sticking out into the knocked through dining/living/kitchen/breakfast area. I'd much prefer to buy a well maintained "out-of-date" house than one that needs ripping out and rebuilding every 5 years.

    But, surprise, surprise, people like different things and I like older things. I guess many people wouldn't bother to try and source the right type of chamfered picture rail to replace those taken out by previous owners of our house, unlike me


    SP
    Originally posted by StumpyPumpy
    Agree. I would almost never buy a 'modernised' period house, as it is often vulgarised with PVC windows and a white plastic front door, not to mention all the walls knocked down to create an 'open-plan' feel and laminate or concrete flooring, instead of the original wooden one. If I did I would expect a hefty reduction in asking price to enable me to restore it to its former glory.

    I do prefer some modernisation, however, such as a bathroom and indoor toilet!
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 10th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
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    Red-Squirrel
    This is the biggest back garden I've ever seen on on a suburban 3 bed house.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-68361530.html#location

    On the satellite view it's 10 houses to the left of the grey dot, next door to the house with the solar panels.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    I've got family members near Liverpool with a garden that sort of size on a 3 bed semi. Its got a proper little orchard at the bottom, peaches, pears, apples, used to love it as a kid.

    I'd never be able to manage it though, I bet it puts a lot of people off.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 10th Sep 17, 11:01 PM
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    I remember being amazed at my last house at how different the rooms looked when we put the picture rails back. Completely altered the proportions - for the better..
    Originally posted by bouicca21
    We did the same. You're right about the way it changed the whole feel of the place.

    Friends, from whom we'd bought the property, stripped them all out. I remember laughing at their folly, and at the house they'd created, not knowing that we would own it less than two years later!
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    • Vectis
    • By Vectis 11th Sep 17, 8:11 AM
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    Granby Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, High Peak
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50431083.html

    It's like going back in time. Not seen a blue bath suite for a while.
    Originally posted by NicNicP


    A bit unfair, I think, to put this house in with lots of the other hideous examples shown in this thread.

    It's obviously been well maintained and looks like somewhere you could just move straight into without major work and redecorate as you go. Yes, the carpets etc are a dated design but lumping an obviously well looked after home in the same category as some of the messes we've seen seems a little unfair.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 11th Sep 17, 8:12 AM
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    Do you pay to dispose of stuff as a householder where you are? Here you can get rid of as much as you like if you can physically get it to the tip. Its only trade/commercial waste and special collections that are charged for.

    I took 15m2 of carpet in about 10 bin bags the other day!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel

    Same here. Whenever I used my Land Rover to take rubbish to the tip I had to show them that the rear seats were in place to prove I was a householder using an 'estate car' and not a tradesman using a 'van'.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 11th Sep 17, 8:46 AM
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    Think I might be the only one looking at "most impressive back garden" on the house mentioned as having one and thinking "Where is it then? I can only see a reasonable size back garden".

    You know that a high proportion of houses now have "pocket handkerchiefs" for gardens when an ordinary back garden gets described as "most impressive". Sad times.....
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    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 11th Sep 17, 8:51 AM
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    Think I might be the only one looking at "most impressive back garden" on the house mentioned as having one and thinking "Where is it then? I can only see a reasonable size back garden".

    You know that a high proportion of houses now have "pocket handkerchiefs" for gardens when an ordinary back garden gets described as "most impressive". Sad times.....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I can only think you are looking at the wrong property, or only at the first image of the garden.
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 11th Sep 17, 9:19 AM
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    Think I might be the only one looking at "most impressive back garden" on the house mentioned as having one and thinking "Where is it then? I can only see a reasonable size back garden".

    You know that a high proportion of houses now have "pocket handkerchiefs" for gardens when an ordinary back garden gets described as "most impressive". Sad times.....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Puts on best John McEnroe impression: you cannot be serious ...
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
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    Think I might be the only one looking at "most impressive back garden" on the house mentioned as having one and thinking "Where is it then? I can only see a reasonable size back garden".

    You know that a high proportion of houses now have "pocket handkerchiefs" for gardens when an ordinary back garden gets described as "most impressive". Sad times.....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    200' isn't impressive then? I doubt if anyone could have found a 200' garden tacked onto an 'average' house from any era in my old city.

    Believe me, I looked....
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    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 11th Sep 17, 9:34 AM
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    Granby Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, High Peak
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50431083.html

    A bit unfair, I think, to put this house in with lots of the other hideous examples shown in this thread.

    It's obviously been well maintained and looks like somewhere you could just move straight into without major work and redecorate as you go. Yes, the carpets etc are a dated design but lumping an obviously well looked after home in the same category as some of the messes we've seen seems a little unfair.
    Originally posted by Vectis
    It's a particularly fine time-warp house, so it belongs here. None of us said anything rude about it. Being experienced Rightmovers, we acnowledged its finer qualities in the the same way as you.

    All sorts of houses are 'lumped -in' here, including those worth millions.
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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 11th Sep 17, 9:51 AM
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    Granby Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, High Peak
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50431083.html


    It's a particularly fine time-warp house, so it belongs here. None of us said anything rude about it. Being experienced Rightmovers, we acnowledged its finer qualities in the the same way as you.

    All sorts of houses are 'lumped -in' here, including those worth millions.
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Indeed, I see this thread as being for particularly interesting or unusual houses, although the downright ugly ones are always good for a laugh

    As you say the Buxton one qualifies as unusual as the interior is simultaneously retro (or dated depending on your point of view) but very well maintained, usually houses with this type of interior are somewhat dilapidated.
    • NicNicP
    • By NicNicP 11th Sep 17, 9:57 AM
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    Thanks. I didn't post it as an 'ugly' house, rather a house that has been maintained but without updating and showed the true styles of times passed.
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