Another "which house would you choose?" thread.

(37 Posts)
cavell Sun 03-Nov-13 19:35:55

I absolutely love one of these houses, quite like another and hate the other. Dh loves one (obviously not the same one that I do, or there wouldn't be this "dilemma") and quite likes the other two. I won't say which is which for now - I just want to try to get things straight in my head about it.

House A: absolutely stunning 3acre garden. Layout not ideal for us but would be okay until we are able to fund building an extension in 1-2 years time. 1.5 mile walk to the train station for dd1 to go to school. Nearest neighbour approsimately 300m. Near busy road and with a quiet train line running along the edge of the garden. Can't see the road from the house, traffic noise acceptable. Very well "finished" inside.

House B: large garden with established trees but more "normal" sized. Not overlooked. Light and spacious inside but with a few cosmetic jobs to do and the windows all need replacing. On quiet residential road. Approximately 1 mile from train station. Not much potential to add value.

House C; (very badly) converted barn. Amazing views. Huge garden plus 3 acres of paddock. (No, we don't have a horse, nor do we ever plan to). Needs gutting on the inside. Quite dark. Possibly damp. Set on its own, near some playing fields. Nearest neighbour approx 300m. Could possibly be done up and sold on at a large profit, but we would, basically, be living in a dump until we could afford to do so. Perhaps 2 years down the line. Approximately 1 mile from train station.

MILLYMOLLYMANDYMAX Tue 05-Nov-13 08:18:57

We lived in holiday cottage accommodation nearby when we had a previous house done.

I think i should marry your DH, as house c and a campsite would appeal to me!!

However in your position i would say house B is the sensible choice really.

All i would say about house c is how soon could afford the work? If quite soon you could always live on site ( mobile home ) as you have the space to do that. However if you are looking at notbeing able to afford to do it up for some time, then that would count it out for me.

Leopoldina Mon 04-Nov-13 16:01:55

grazing is not very lucrative - the paddocks by us in the pricey south east rent at the princely sum of £25 / week because they aren't connected to mains water / electricity / have no shelter. unless you invest, it doesn't raise much cash - though at least you can put the burden of maintenance on the tenant. You may of course occasionally find a horse in the garden - as we do from the neighbouring fields. It's as well I like horses... and they appear not to be too keen on my herbaceous borders.

steppemum Mon 04-Nov-13 14:57:36

I agree lighthouse, my mum is a serious gardener and retired, and she had a garden of 1 acre, it was a full time job, and she has just given it up.

lighthousesea Mon 04-Nov-13 14:45:09

From someone who owns a large garden, an acre of mature garden is a full time job. 3 acres is a lot of work. Are you able to pay for help? Do you have the time at weekends and evenings to dedicate to it? I would only tackle 3 acres if both parties are on board. If your dp is not into gardening that's a bit strain on your relationship and time.

steppemum Mon 04-Nov-13 14:19:15

Just a thought, if the 3 acres are paddocks, and properly fenced, then you could let them to horse owners in the village. Where we used to live there were always people looking for pasture. The income might even be enough to do the building work.

Mintyy Mon 04-Nov-13 11:49:07

I would pick b.

The size of the garden at house a is too much plus its on a main road and has traffic noise.

A job like house c should really only be done by people who have always intended to find a doer-upper. It rarely goes well when inexperienced people decide to go for it on a whim.

MILLYMOLLYMANDYMAX Mon 04-Nov-13 11:44:34

House A has a train line and a busy road. That would be a definite no no.
House B needs work and although maybe not on the face of it that much you will end up doing more than you set out to do, windows wil mean probably a new paint job in the rooms and if there is not much profit in it I would give it a miss.

House C as long as you get it at the right price and get a good builder in to get it done whilst you live/camp elsewhere. I would allow about 12 weeks, then you will have a perfect house with a good garden. The 3 acre plot I would see if you could rent out to a horsey/farmer type person more for them to look after than it being your responsibility.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 04-Nov-13 11:30:08

It has to be B, really. A is too far from the station and 3 acres is too big if you're struggling with a normal garden. C is just impossible with kids.

Tell your DH he can have land when you can afford a gardener.

MyMotherHadMeTested Mon 04-Nov-13 09:35:49

Having read the OP I was sure you liked House A, and Dh House C. I was going to go for House B - House A is too far from station, House C needs too much work, and when you have children I think the most important thing is to have a house to live in - practical, close to the things you need, etc. So having read the rest of the thread it turns out I agree with you - House B it is!

littlecrystal Mon 04-Nov-13 09:22:49

House B! House B any time! I would not want to be a house slave, in the sense that spending most of my time supervising building, thinking where to improve, dealing with builders. I just would want to live life that is not centered around the house.

schmalex Mon 04-Nov-13 06:18:02

I would only buy C if I could afford to do the work it needs straight away (and rent somewhere while it's done). I wouldn't live in a damp dump with kids. I don't think it's practical to move in and think you'll have money to renovate in a couple of years, you'll just be miserable in the meantime.

cavell Mon 04-Nov-13 00:59:44

Thanks for the advice, everyone. This is giving me sleepless nights - hence the post at this hour..
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I think the whole idea of masses of land is a bit of a long-held fantasy for dh. The reality is that it's a bit of a struggle to keep our current "normal" sized garden looking anything like decent, but dh can't or won't accept that. Even House B would mean twice the amount of garden that we have now.
The other thing is that the barn conversion is surrounded by playing fields. There is no other house for 3-400 yards. To dh, being surrounded by playing fields means being in "the heart of the village". "People come to play football or cricket", he says "how much more at the centre of things could you be?". To me, it is just living in the middle of a field and I just see myself being really lonely there. (We don't know anyone at all in the village we plan to move to). Having actual neighbours, as we would do in House B, is what I see as being "at the heart" of the village.

I am desperate to move from our current house and it took ages to persuade dh to move in the first place. We have an offer at the moment, but I am worried that the buyer will pull out if we don't find something soon.

cece Sun 03-Nov-13 23:19:21

B for me.

steppemum Sun 03-Nov-13 23:12:13

well, maybe you need to get him to do a plan/budget etc and see how it would really plan out. Let him work out the dream a bit to see if it works.

And keep looking!

Ah, yes, tricky then! If it were me, house C would be my last choice too! I think it's probably a step too far to get you to live in a house that isn't finished for two years plus when it is one you don't like! I really think you both need to discard that one.
Then have a serious discussion about the other two.
House B does sound the most appealing to me though!

BackforGood Sun 03-Nov-13 21:33:44

I'd choose B, but I think it's down to personal preference.
My dds walk 1.5 miles home from school, but that's not after a train journey. It's along residential roads, but I wouldn't want them to have to do it on quieter roads, and after a commute.
and, I'm no gardener, and, I don't want to start doing major works. Of course, there will be others who think a large garden is a real bonus, and others that think being able to 'add value' is a good thing.

cavell Sun 03-Nov-13 20:49:44

I think 1 mile is okay if the weather is okay. I will probably be able to give a lift home from the station most days. The houses nearer the station are mostly flats or smaller terraced houses and we are looking for something a bit bigger than that. Quite a few children walk from the main part of the village to the station.

bimbabirba Sun 03-Nov-13 20:41:04

Isn't 1 mile to the train station still quite far for your DD's to walk whatever the weather and when it gets dark early?

cavell Sun 03-Nov-13 20:39:17

light and spacious, not slight and spacious.

cavell Sun 03-Nov-13 20:37:36

And the prize goes to..... ItLooksLikeRainDear

Yes, dh loves House C, the damp, gloomy, grotty, barn (my description). I think really he's in love with the view (admittedly very nice) and the idea of having 3 acres of land. Gawd only knows what we would do with it. It's agricultural land, so can't be turned into a garden. Dh's grand idea is to turn it into a campsite, with access through what would be our garden.

I love House B - to me it's a slight and spacious family house with big bedrooms for both the girls, about twice the amount of garden we have at the moment and some neighbours. I really don't fancy living in the middle of a field.

The first house has bags of "potential" but I agree that it's too far from the train station and I think we would struggle to cope with a 3 acre garden. It truly is stunning at the moment, but I don't think we could maintain it as it is and worry that we'd end up handing on an overgrown mess to the prospective next purchasers.

mumofapirate Sun 03-Nov-13 20:25:53

id go with B

bimbabirba Sun 03-Nov-13 20:22:51

Links would be handy smile

Twighlightsparkle Sun 03-Nov-13 20:17:39

That came out wrong! Apologies!

I mean if you can't find one you both agree on, then keep looking. The first two sound nice.

House b sounds like best option. I bet DH wants C - my DH would!

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