aibu to buy a terraced house

(61 Posts)
mattsmadmum Wed 22-Jan-14 17:58:32

Living with family with 2 dc. Will have enough to buy a house with no mortgage by april. Happy to live anywhere but dsis and dm are furious I will consider a mid terraced as think I will have terrible problems with neighbour's. Cant afford anything else as sp could borrow but dont want to.a . Something at the back of my mind thinks they could be right, aibu to ignore this and stick to a v tight budget

jamdonut Thu 23-Jan-14 07:48:54

I live in a terraced house,that has an alleyway to the back garden every two houses. It is ex - council. When we moved here 11 years ago, both neighbours were lovely,elderly lady one side and a family of grown-ups the other (council house).

Unfortunately, the family moved out 3 years ago, and the council put in a young family. Our lives have not been the same since!!! The kids scream and yell in the garden and their bedrooms ( I can take children playing, I'm a TA - this is more than playing) The parents yell at each other and the kids and smoke weed, which seems to seep through the walls. Disgusting!

If I could afford to move,I would. But then....you don't know what your neighbours are going to be like elsewhere.It is a lottery. Very depressing.

TheRaniOfYawn Thu 23-Jan-14 07:32:50

I've always lived in terraces. I don't really understand the snobbery as although I'm currently in an ex council terrace with lovely neighbours I have also lived in a terrace with a spin doctor on one side, a retired headmistress on the other side and an actress who is the type the papers calm a national treasure across the road. It's just a house.

I should clarify that my terraced house is not worth anything like 725k (!!) - just that the concept of holding out for a detached home in my city would be a but loopy when some (equally loopy) people are paying that much for a mid-terrace.

It would never cross my mind that it would be a problem! We live in quite a middle-class/crunchy area (lib dems, allotments & babywearing!) and we all live in Victorian terraces.

There's a 1200 sq ft terrace not far from me on the market for £725k right now (and I'm not in London) so the idea of buying a detached house anywhere around here is just hilarious!

Of course, my American in laws assume we live in a slum.

wonkylegs Wed 22-Jan-14 22:24:20

We had a lovely terraced house, we could rarely hear the neighbours (in 10yrs we heard a few drunken party renditions of the Sound of Music on one side and one or two teenage staircase meltdowns on the other but that was it) we had more problems with people on the other side of the street. We loved our neighbours either side and we were very sad to move.

My dad lives in a cul-de-sac of posh detached houses and has neighbours from hell on one side.

Unless you are moving to the middle of a field on your own (which has it's own downsides) neighbours are going to be there. Whether or not they are good neighbours is less predictable. Whether or not your house is soundproof - check when you buy. Some houses (terraced/semi/detached) are flimsy others solid as a rock.

happylittlevegemites Wed 22-Jan-14 22:16:32

"Oh they don't build them like they did in the old days".

Pah. PAH. P A H ! ! Thank fuck they don't

If I had a pound for every time I heard that, I could have paid for the renovations on our Victorian terrace!

We've just moved to a 20 year old detached house. Yes, the terrace was very cute, yes this little new estate is a bit dull, but I love not being woken up by next doors hair dryer.

Just like now, old houses could be built by good or bad builders. Ours was built by ye olde worlde Barratts.

(Disclaimer - terraces aren't all bad, I have friends who love theirs, we did make a tidy profit on ours and - most importantly - do what suits your family not your dsis and dm!).

yonisareforever Wed 22-Jan-14 21:17:31

I have found most london terraces are not only policed better in terms of hot EH teams to deal with noise but they also tend to be more solid and far better sound proofed its elsewhere you need to check.

Notcontent Wed 22-Jan-14 21:16:19

Ha, ha - you are obviously not in London!!!
Around where I am people pay nearly a million for even a tiny crappy terrace and feel pretty lucky to be able to buy a house, rather than just a flat!

bonvivant Wed 22-Jan-14 21:16:15

I once moved to a house in the country to have no neighbours and ended up with terrible neighbour issues. Now I live on a lovely estate with nice neighbours.

yonisareforever Wed 22-Jan-14 21:14:33

Ours is victorian opal and the walls are pretty thin.

MaeveWest Wed 22-Jan-14 21:14:25

Im in a terrace and have no problems. On one side, i hear their dog when it barks to be let back IN! That is the most annoying noise but it would be the same in a row of semis.

Blu Wed 22-Jan-14 21:11:41

Every thing has it's compromises, and I would think long and hard before compromising my ability to live mortgage free! The thing that might swing me is, will you be wanitng to upsize in the future? Where I live (London) I would buy the biggest I could afford now because by the time I was going to move in another 5 years, say, prices would have risen so ridiculously that I wouldn't be able to afford and inflated extra mortgage.

Whereas you might be in a sensible part of the country where you can save as fast as house prices rise.

I lived in a flat, then 2 terraces, then a semi. There are terraces and terraces. Terrace houses in London count as quite-very posh in most areas. Had 3 lots of lovely neighbours in our terraces, and one truly awful lot. And it was my own fault, I could easily have researched it. Many many terraces are in calm friendly roads. I would happily live mid-terrace again.

Is it a Victorian terrace, or modern?

The only drawback apart from the neighbours is that everything for the back garden has to be carted through the house: workmen's ladders, turf for the garden, slabs for the patio, debris back out...

Not sure why your dsis and dm are 'furious': apart from offering any helpful experience if they have any what is it to do with them?

Pipbin Wed 22-Jan-14 21:10:58

I have just moved from a mid terrace where we lived for 10 years.
We got on well with both of our neighbours. One was a single chap and the other was a widowed lady, therefore there wasn't too much noise. Except the man was a DJ and used to play music quite often, it was Northern Soul though and we didn't mind too much. If we ever asked him he would turn in down. The only time I every heard anything from the lady was when we would both get up at 6 am and I would hear her having a wee! When her grandchildren came to visit I could hear every word.

For the last year we were there they both moved out. He moved with work and she moved into sheltered accommodation. The people who bought the mans house were lovely and doing it up to rent. We knew that when the ladies family had got everything sorted then hers would be sold, undoubtably to rent too. We sold up as quick as we could.
And about right too, the new neighbours in the mans house were really not very friendly at all. Loud arguments and drug use. That said you could listen into the arguments, it was like Jeremy Kyle! The ladies house was bought by a guy for band practice!

Like any house you can't choose the neighbours. The most expensive house could have dreadful neighbours. My thoughts would be about the size of the house. I personally would get a tiny mortgage and get something you never have to leave.

NearTheWindmill Wed 22-Jan-14 21:10:07

I think the argument's more about neighbourhood than type of house. We are in london and in the last 30 years have lived in 60ks flat, vict terrace, vict semi (with about 6 inches betwwen pairs) and now 1990's mid terrace. All ur neighbours have been lovely professional people.

I find the view that terraces are somehow third class quite offensive actually.

OpalQuartz Wed 22-Jan-14 21:07:47

I think Victorian terraces do often have thicker walls and better soundproofing than say 1930s semis, but perhaps that isn't always the case?

Viviennemary Wed 22-Jan-14 21:04:07

I agree that it can be pot luck if you get good neighbours or not. Terraced houses do sometimes cause problems with noise and parking. But so do other houses with people parking outside their houses and not on the drive and so on. And people having 3 or four cars parked. And folk in detached houses can have problems with noisey neighbours barbecuing till dawn and loud music.

yonisareforever Wed 22-Jan-14 20:59:54

you can get bad neighbours anywhere but the nature of terraced housing with thin walls makes it far more of a problem.

check the walls adn the neighbours,

having a couple being a PITA is one thing, having 8 or 9 people living next to you all being PITA is another entirely.

talk to the neighburs.

livelablove Wed 22-Jan-14 20:54:46

Yes you need to be in a good area and you can't tell just by looking. Good thick walls very important. Gardens can be a problem. But to be living mortgage free is a huge bonus so if you can find a good house I would do it.

Pimpf Wed 22-Jan-14 20:52:06

Firstly, this is your decision, not you dm or dsis, secondly, you can get bad neighbours anywhere.

whitepuddingsupper Wed 22-Jan-14 20:50:28

I lived in a mid terrace and the only real problem was parking as it was a narrow street with no driveways but the neighbours were fine, only occasional noise from one side when the teenage son's parents were away for the weekend and he had mates over but it wasn't often.

harticus Wed 22-Jan-14 20:46:45

yonisareforever

That is not a problem with terraced housing, that is a problem with the neighbourhood.

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Wed 22-Jan-14 20:44:07

We live in a mid terrace (just three houses on our run) and have no problems. We have a shared drive but all the covenants are in place so no issues at all.

One side is a house share and we've perhaps heard two peeps out of them in two years, other than friendly exchanges, and the other side is a single mother who prefers staying at her mums so we never hear anything from them either.

hiddenhome Wed 22-Jan-14 20:42:51

I lived in a terrace and loved it. We now live in a semi and the neighbours are a bunch of shits and we've had endless problems.

We've just put in an offer on another terrace grin

17leftfeet Wed 22-Jan-14 20:37:09

I live in a terrace, never heard a peep from the neighbours

I used to live in a very middle class semi and the neighbours were so noisy it wasn't funny!

RafflesWay Wed 22-Jan-14 20:31:39

Definitely agree with everyone advising to check out noise and hopefully existing neighbours. However no guarantees wherever you buy as good neighbours can leave. We have been in our lovely large detached home for 25 years - been mortgage free for 5 years now and it is fab! Both neighbours either side had been here roughly the same amount of time as us as the houses were a small development of individual private new builds. Unfortunately neighbours one side - my bestest friend sob!- divorced and had to sell up to split the proceeds. They sold to a young couple who are a complete PITA! You enjoy your mortgage free new home and don't let anyone put you off. Some of the loveliest people live in terraced houses and some of the biggest pains are those desperately trying to keep up with the jones's!!

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