Pls critique this house

(55 Posts)
deliakate Wed 08-May-13 21:09:18

We have 2 children would use the other 2 bedrooms for au pair and guests, so I don't mind their not being upstairs.....

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ohbuggerhelp Wed 08-May-13 21:11:40

If you were genuinely thinking of paying a million smackers for that, I'd get your bumps felt.

Roshbegosh Wed 08-May-13 21:11:43

Looks nice, is that road busy?

Portofino Wed 08-May-13 21:13:53

For the money, I don't like it. No ensuite, the kitchen is too small, is odd.

Portofino Wed 08-May-13 21:14:19

Is odd layout, I meant to say.

maxpower Wed 08-May-13 21:14:47

Main rooms look ok for size and it seems light. Only one bathroom? Will that work if you've got an aupair? What's the outside space and parking like?

snowmummy Wed 08-May-13 21:14:58

I've seen nicer houses for that kind of money. As in seen them online!

viktoria Wed 08-May-13 21:16:16

Actually really like the layout - especially considering the way you are planning to use the downstairs bedrooms.
One thing I don't like is the fact that there is only one bathroom, even though there is the other shower.
The two downstairs bedrooms do not have a bathroom - maybe you could extend the toilet and creat a showerroom/toilet but that might make the one bedroom very small.

icravecheese Wed 08-May-13 21:18:09

could be gorgeous.... just looks like it might need abit of TLC. But I love the victorian feel to it (from the outside, not much in the way of period features inside, but then pictures might just not be showing that very well).
Yes its pricey, but so is everything in the southeast!
Road doesnt bother me personally - house looks set back from it, but no idea how busy it might get. But that probs still wouldnt bother me either.
I like it, but probs wouldnt pay full asking for it....

Portofino Wed 08-May-13 21:18:19

I like this one much more and it is hugely cheaper.

Hassled Wed 08-May-13 21:21:15

Nice, large bright sitting room, dining room a bit pokey.

I've no idea whether it's a valid sort of price for the area but it just doesn't look like a £1M house. The outside is a bit - well, not shabby exactly but no wow factor.

And I can't work out if there's much of a garden - the bit you can see looks like it needs a lot of work.

icravecheese Wed 08-May-13 21:21:42

Oh my goodness portofino - please dont take offence but the house you prefer is lots cheaper because its a very ugly 1960s house with those hideous leaded windows (why does ANYONE put those into new houses?!!). The one OP posted is a victorian gate lodge - you can't compare them!!

ohbuggerhelp Wed 08-May-13 21:21:58

But it has brown leather sofas and laminate flooring! shock It's committing a MN sin!

Hassled Wed 08-May-13 21:22:30

Oh I like porto's one - you could imagine living in that. Maybe that's what's missing from #1 - no homeliness to it.

harbinger Wed 08-May-13 21:23:35

Would this be your main house or a pied de terre?

Seems rather white.

Hassled Wed 08-May-13 21:24:25

You don't actually have to buy the sofas wink.

The Victorian gate-lodgeness of the first had passed me by - I wrongly thought mock Tudor.

Portofino Wed 08-May-13 21:25:46

If you are Savin 300 k you could afford to change the windows and do cosmetic work. The flow of the house is much better.

EverybodysStressyEyed Wed 08-May-13 21:27:53

i like it (I like old and quirky though) but the outside looks like it needs a lot of work and the inside needs some too. it is quite a busy road

is this a family home or a weekend home?

Bowlersarm Wed 08-May-13 21:27:57

Portofino that's horrible. Characterless.

Is the price about right OP?

deliakate Wed 08-May-13 21:28:54

I prefer the location of the gate house, sorry but the other house is in Marlow Bottom where I don't want to live.
I think the road is quite a popular one and other houses are a lot bigger than this one. We could definitely make it feel more homely, cleaner and more comfy. Wd need to add a better bathroom downstairs, agreed.

Thanks everyone

Portofino Wed 08-May-13 21:29:01

Of course I can compare them. It is a house. Are people so poncey that they would prefer to live in a cramped house because it is OLD than improve a house that had proper space for a family? Neither of them were endowed with period features.

deliakate Wed 08-May-13 21:29:56

It would be our only home, but kids might be at boarding school in a few years, so we don't want a cavernous place.....

deliakate Wed 08-May-13 21:31:22

If the location was 100% I wd consider any age house. Don't like the sunken patio effect of the marlow bottom one at all, wd be dark.

unebagpipe Wed 08-May-13 21:32:35

I agree with portofino. Don't get me wrong, historically the OPs house choice is grander- but practically the second house is better. Downstairs bedroom/bath is great with an aupair.

Why Marlow, could you move elsewhere and get more bang for your buck?

Bowlersarm Wed 08-May-13 21:34:02

The road looks like it runs round the property on two sides. (Might be just the photo angle though) .Maybe that would be quite intrusive.

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