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    • Grimbal
    • By Grimbal 5th Aug 11, 11:16 AM
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    Grimbal
    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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    • Rambosmum
    • By Rambosmum 15th Feb 18, 11:36 AM
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    Rambosmum
    Ah yes, those uncouth Northerners with no taste. Perhaps we could build a wall?
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Please do. Especially if it'll stop your ridiculous house prices and the need to wear a coat with the slightest breeze.
    • Ocelot
    • By Ocelot 15th Feb 18, 7:47 PM
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    Ocelot
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52968771.html

    Hope link works?

    Not sure whether I love or hate this crazy house! but I guess the clue to its interior decor came with the first photo...

    Anonmum
    Originally posted by anonmum
    Looks like Del Boy's house!
    • ScarletMarble
    • By ScarletMarble 15th Feb 18, 9:45 PM
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    ScarletMarble
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52968771.html

    Hope link works?

    Not sure whether I love or hate this crazy house! but I guess the clue to its interior decor came with the first photo...

    Anonmum
    Originally posted by anonmum
    If Del Boy and Marlene got together to have 2 girls, this would be the terraced house they would live in
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 15th Feb 18, 10:10 PM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    Ah yes, those Romans again. What did they ever do for us, eh?
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Central heating wasnt it Dave?- and then we were daft enough to lose the technology for hundreds of years
    Fastest way to get a headache = try and make someone that thinks for themselves conform to local "group think"
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 16th Feb 18, 7:22 AM
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    Davesnave
    Central heating wasnt it Dave?- and then we were daft enough to lose the technology for hundreds of years
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    "We" weren't daft, if you consider the Celts to be our ancestors, but once the Roman military cleared-off, there was too much invasion, rape and pillage going on to worry about building hypocausts in one's spare time!.
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • AFF8879
    • By AFF8879 17th Feb 18, 12:12 AM
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    AFF8879
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71512409.html

    I think they have taken open-plan a little too far
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Feb 18, 5:02 AM
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    Davesnave
    While wood/multi-fuel burners are currently de rigueur, people do seem to stuff them into the most unsuitable houses, and this is a pretty good example of what I mean:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64113100.html

    Far from being "stunning," the huge black chimney is an eyesore from where I'm sitting. It doesn't do a lot for the exterior of the house either.

    Or am I just grumpy and out of touch?
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Feb 18, 6:57 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71512409.html

    I think they have taken open-plan a little too far
    Originally posted by AFF8879
    Whew! - at the thought of a room 11'6" x 12'1" having to be kitchen and dining room and sitting room and guest bedroom and any "personal room" wanted (eg study/sewing room/etc). Good job the area has probably got a decent number of facilities - so that place could be used as a "base", rather than a "home".

    So - 175,000 then for a self-contained bedsit....with no outside space by the look of it.
    Fastest way to get a headache = try and make someone that thinks for themselves conform to local "group think"
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 17th Feb 18, 7:06 AM
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    moneyistooshorttomention
    While wood/multi-fuel burners are currently de rigueur, people do seem to stuff them into the most unsuitable houses, and this is a pretty good example of what I mean:

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-64113100.html

    Far from being "stunning," the huge black chimney is an eyesore from where I'm sitting. It doesn't do a lot for the exterior of the house either.

    Or am I just grumpy and out of touch?
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    Perfectly okay house imo.

    One I wouldn't have to do anything to - other than change some of the paint colours and put up shutters and/or curtains at the windows. I'd take down the satellite dish personally.

    Admitted the wood-burner would be something that I'd just be regarding as ornamental personally - and have plans on taking it out (whether now - or in 10 years time because of no longer being fashionable).
    Last edited by moneyistooshorttomention; 17-02-2018 at 7:09 AM.
    Fastest way to get a headache = try and make someone that thinks for themselves conform to local "group think"
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 17th Feb 18, 10:53 AM
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    Red-Squirrel
    At least you don't have to get up to check how the cake you're baking is getting along.

    Too far is when the loo is in a public area.
    Originally posted by Penitent
    Ah, like this one?

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51177696.html

    Loo is in the cupboard structure in the middle of the studio.
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 17th Feb 18, 12:16 PM
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    fozziebeartoo
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71512409.html

    I think they have taken open-plan a little too far
    Originally posted by AFF8879
    But what a fabulous road name!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Feb 18, 12:27 PM
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    Davesnave
    Perfectly okay house imo.

    One I wouldn't have to do anything to - other than change some of the paint colours and put up shutters and/or curtains at the windows. I'd take down the satellite dish personally.

    Admitted the wood-burner would be something that I'd just be regarding as ornamental personally - and have plans on taking it out (whether now - or in 10 years time because of no longer being fashionable).
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Oh, the house is OK, and a wood burner in Christow is OK, since there's no mains gas (agent doesn't let on about that!) but there are more tasteful ways of installing one.

    As for the satellite dish, those of us in out of the way places and/or in dips and hollows know why it's there!
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Feb 18, 12:29 PM
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    Davesnave
    But what a fabulous road name!
    Originally posted by fozziebeartoo
    https://www.behindthename.com/bb/fact/616381
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • SalsaDanca
    • By SalsaDanca 17th Feb 18, 1:20 PM
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    SalsaDanca
    Loo is in the cupboard structure in the middle of the studio.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    That cupboard-like structure in that flat reminds me a bit of a large flat in central London that one of my colleagues rented. It was very cleverly designed. The living area was long and thin, with several structures like that spaced out along it. It appeared to be open plan, but there were lots of floor-to-ceiling doors that were white to match the walls and were invisible when open - they either slid away into pockets in the walls, or hinged open to hide in recesses. There were loads of different possible configurations - by opening and closing different doors, he could have a separate living room, dining room, and a private office, or a large open plan living area, or anything in between.
    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 17th Feb 18, 1:48 PM
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    StumpyPumpy
    I do agree that the price is atrocious, though. You could buy a three bed house with a garden for that here.
    Originally posted by Penitent
    Yes, but it's not there is it? I know it's not just you, but I do wish people would stop saying such nonsense.

    Every time there is a small flat for more than 2/6 someone comes on and states that where they live you could purchase a whole street for that, with first refusal for the lord of the manor's eldest daughter thrown in. Ok, a slight exaggeration but seriously, unless where you live is two streets down from the property in question it's not relevant.

    Houses, on the whole, are not mobile. They are priced as they are because people are prepared to pay that price for their location. Reading is full of students, hospital staff, tech workers (both Microsoft and Oracle are based there) and commuters drawn by the admittedly crammed rail and motorway links into London. Salaries are higher on average so people have more money to throw at a mortgage. 175k is around 5 times Readings average salary - how much is it for where you are, I wonder.

    House prices are obscenely high and unaffordable for many, that goes without saying, but they are everywhere. What makes it worse, is that in many "cheaper" areas there aren't tiny flats like this one available to buy (or rent as this one almost certainly has been) which makes the market even more impenetrable to the lower waged and first time buyer in those areas than in places like Reading, despite first impressions based on the sale price alone.

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60146507.html seems like a lovely house, great views, 5 bedrooms and all for 160k (well... offers above but still getable for under 175k) It's been on the market since 2016 and in all ways bar one superior to the Reading flat, so why hasn't it been snapped up? Perhaps it is the 23h 37m each way commute to Reading. Even the mainland is over 13 hours away by car/ferry.

    Full disclosure: I don't and never have lived or owned property in Reading, I have lived in the South East in the past, though don't now. I'm not trying to buy or sell property in Reading or the Shetlands or anywhere else.

    SP
    Come on people, it's not difficult: lose means to be unable to find, loose means not being fixed in place. So if you have a hole in your pocket you might lose your loose change.
    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 17th Feb 18, 1:54 PM
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    StumpyPumpy
    https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/historic-zinzan-tomb-revealed-4200960

    SP
    Come on people, it's not difficult: lose means to be unable to find, loose means not being fixed in place. So if you have a hole in your pocket you might lose your loose change.
    • badger09
    • By badger09 17th Feb 18, 4:09 PM
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    badger09
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71512409.html

    I think they have taken open-plan a little too far
    Originally posted by AFF8879
    My 1st thought was, how refreshing, something other than a 60" TV screen as a focal point

    At least you don't have to get up to check how the cake you're baking is getting along.
    ..........
    Originally posted by Penitent
    My 2nd was, pity there isn't room for a washing machine so they could watch that when the novelty of the cake baking wore off
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 17th Feb 18, 4:34 PM
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    Davesnave
    the current price of a Freddo.
    Originally posted by Penitent
    Five bob!

    Ooops! I've turned into my Dad.....
    'A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they'll never sit in.'
    • badger09
    • By badger09 17th Feb 18, 4:41 PM
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    badger09
    Five bob!

    Ooops! I've turned into my Dad.....
    Originally posted by Davesnave

    I think I must have turned into my nan Freddos have completely passed me by - many times it seems
    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 17th Feb 18, 7:21 PM
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    StumpyPumpy
    I think you might be overthinking what I said, StumpyPumpy. I understand things cost more in other places, I'm just shocked by the difference sometimes. I respond the same way to the current price of a Freddo.
    Originally posted by Penitent
    Sorry, it wasn't personal against you, it is just that yours was the latest in a long line of "you can get [insert mansion here] where I live for that money" and it always grates with me.

    It's probably that I moved south because of work and have spent the last 25 or so years listening to various relatives and friends going on and on and on about what sort of house I could buy with the salary I'm on, if only I'd move back up north. They seemed completely oblivious to the fact that if I did move I would no longer be able to command the salary I would need to pay for the houses they thought I could buy or indeed get a job at all in my field (highly technical and specialised).

    The irony is that since quitting my job and buying a much bigger place "up north" rather than shutting up, it is now all "but where are you going to get a job doing what you do, up here? There's no call for it: you need to be in London where the big bucks are, otherwise you'll lose your house." The truth is that I won't lose the house because it isn't mortgaged and I won't find a job because I'm not looking for one.

    Within 20 miles of my postcode Rightmove has a 4 bed detached in an acre of gardens for 175k but only a tiny percentage of people in the area would be able to afford the mortgage repayments. With incomers like me (well returners) buying the more expensive properties and pushing the prices up I think there are probably less affordable houses in this area than in my old one. In absolute terms housing is much cheaper here, but in relative terms it is actually very similar.

    SP
    Come on people, it's not difficult: lose means to be unable to find, loose means not being fixed in place. So if you have a hole in your pocket you might lose your loose change.
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