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.....


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.

Smartiepants79 Wed 08-May-13 21:35:26

Seems an awful lot of money for not a lot of house. Only one bathroom. Not a particularly big kitchen or living room.
Garden looks very unloved.
All the character is on the outside.
I wouldn't even pay half that asking price for it.

icravecheese Wed 08-May-13 21:36:06

afraid so portofino - I could buy a new build house on a housing estate about half a mile up the road from me that is 5 bedrooms (one ensuite), eat-in kitchen, double garage, conservatory etc etc, for the same price as the house that I currently live in - a detached Victorian 3 bed with no ensuites, no garage, no eat-in kitchen. BUT my house does have beautiful big sash bay windows, original wooden floor boards, original 1910 stained glass front door, and DEEEEEEP skirting boards (not the piddly tiny sort you get in new builds or more modern houses).

Its not being poncy, its a question of personal taste. Depends what your key criteria are when house-hunting. Obviously we don't know OP's key criteria or whether OP prefers new or old or doesnt care, so I admit it was mean of me to say you can't compare them (I just couldnt compare them personally!)

deliakate Wed 08-May-13 21:38:03

It does seem to bowlers arm. But that one to the side a clued sac so hopefully wouldn't be too busy I imagine

PlasticLentilWeaver Wed 08-May-13 21:49:36

I would always choose character. We desperately tried to be practical and buy a newer house but couldn't find anything that we could really see ourselves living in. Am looking forward to ripping out the ghastly faux leaded windows when we can afford it.

But, I would not pay nearly a million to live on the A4155.

DameFanny Wed 08-May-13 21:59:54

I like the first one, although that bathroom doesn't suit it at all [shudder]

LEMisdisappointed Wed 08-May-13 22:08:47

That garden looks like it floods, other than that, apart from the picket fence, which would HAVE to go - i like it. I would have to totally redecorate though, the inside looks like 1980s suburbia

Wuldric Wed 08-May-13 22:10:07

1. The kitchen is way WAY too small - you couldn't eat in it - a total no-no for me. I would have to turn those two downstairs bedrooms into a big living kitchen.
2. You cannot have bedrooms on the ground floor with no downstairs bathroom
3. The dining room is a thoroughfare - it is the only way to get through to those oddly-situated bedrooms
4. Don't like mock tudor and the front of the house is ugly
5. The garden is a wasteland and would need literally years of effort (has someone very elderly/infirm had the house for a while?)
6. It is on a main road - you will get traffic noise
7. It is not screened from the roadside by trees or a nice wall - you will get no privacy

I know it is an expensive area, but you will spend a fortune getting that house right

xabiuol Wed 08-May-13 22:31:31

Marlow must be a really special place! I'm really intrigued about how that house can be worth £995 000? Less than 10 miles away you can get something like this for the bargain price of £765000!

Bowlersarm Wed 08-May-13 22:34:43

Very nice xabiuol. I would be happy to live there.

Wuldric Wed 08-May-13 22:38:59

Now that is gorgeous smile

IEatCakeInBed Wed 08-May-13 22:53:17

The house in the OP is on the Henley Rd, which is quite a busy main road. In my limited experience it seems slightly overpriced, but not hugely. It's on the so-called preferred West side of town, plus it's a flat walk to the shops and the river, in catchment for great schools inc the local grammar. The house in Marlow Bottom is in a completely different location, hence why there's such a difference in price/size.

emblon Wed 08-May-13 23:04:33

imho Marlow is a special place, particularly if you have young kids. That side of town is v expensive though.

Agree with everything ieatcakeinbed says. I would say 900K would be more realistic, but as you are probably finding, nothing much on the market at the moment and it's not been on long so I wouldn't expect a drop sometime soon.

The less favoured east side is considerably cheaper and only a 20 minute walk into town. Not much in the way of character properties though - but keep your eye out.

xabiuol - that kiln green house is lovely, but in the middle of nowhere effectively. Not nearly as lovely as being in staggering distance of Marlow High St.

Karbea Thu 09-May-13 12:04:17

I love Marlow but I think it's very hard to find a nice larger, I'd worry about the road that house is on, as it's quite a main road. Is it very near the school? If so, i'd worry about parents parking etc.
We ended up in Gerrards Cross as we couldn't find anything in budget that we liked in Marlow.

How about this or this?

MadBusLady Thu 09-May-13 12:21:22

It's a slightly tricky layout. The kitchen faces NW and is too small, and is across the passage from the dining room. I can see Wuldric's point about relocating the kitchen to beds 4/5 and having the current kitchen as a guest room, with a bathroom carved out of the current utility, and a new utility roughly where the current cloakroom is. But the trouble is that leaves you a bedroom down and with a slightly larger-than-you-need L-shaped kitchen and dining area.

kilmuir Thu 09-May-13 12:26:44

must be something, anything better than those 2 surely

kilmuir Thu 09-May-13 12:27:57

Karbea , those 2 are much nicer

Are you out of your mind? That house looks dreadful for the money!


Dear lord. I don't get how/why something that poky is that much. Particularly compared to xabuoil's find. That one is stunning.

Reastie Thu 09-May-13 12:35:19

shock wow, that seems so expensive for that it is! (although OP I know you can't do much about that).

That was useless help wasn't it!

FWIW the kitchen looks like it's a pretty old one which has been painted to make it look fresher. Might need replacing quite soon depending on its condition...

KobayashiMaru Thu 09-May-13 12:37:54

There is a shower room by the downstairs bedrooms, isn't there?

FannyFifer Thu 09-May-13 12:39:41

Wow, that's some price for what is a not that big cottage.

No idea of the area, but even if it is the best town in the whole entire world it's still too expensive.

schmee Thu 09-May-13 12:40:16

I think it is a bit small for your money. It's only 1600 sq ft which is small for a family house if you are also planning to have an au pair - obviously people live really well in smaller houses but if you have £1m I would have thought you could have got more space even in a lovely area like Marlow.

Karbea Thu 09-May-13 12:50:30

I can't believe i'd ever say this but a million pounds isn't that much around here.
When I was househunting there was an agent in our high road who wouldn't even take my details as they never have houses less than £1.5m on their books!

badchat Thu 09-May-13 12:52:41

I would knock the kitchen and sitting room together and do new kitchen/diner area with a bit of comfy seating. Then make study into a snug or comfy tv lounge type room, and as the 'dining room' as pointed out above is already a throughfare to bedrooms, would use half of it for making downstairs bathroom, and a corner for a small study area.

Bedroom layout upstairs is good for you and two kids.

I think it has a nice fmaily house feel potentially, but I would want to do masses of work on it so would have to take that into consideration in the price. I don't know Marlow at all but being a Londoner £1m for a 5-bed house sounds very good value to me!

Oh gosh, no, I couldn't live anywhere with such low ceilings, especially after paying all that money!

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Thu 09-May-13 13:01:25

Kitchen is rather small. I would hate that busy road.

If the kids are off to boarding school soon you won't need a big kitchen for the family to use I suppose, and the road might not bother you, so, my views probably aren't relevant.

AngryFeet Thu 09-May-13 13:32:06

Christ I would just move. I mean seriously. The houses you can get elsewhere for that sort of money and still be near a nice town and good schools!

Crazy. I mean look at these near me.

The bungalow I am buying is the same size and a third the cost of that. You are off your rocker.

Erlack Thu 09-May-13 13:45:21

I don't like it. At all. It looks poky, shabby and eye wateringly expensive for what it is. Sorry.

ohbuggerhelp Thu 09-May-13 14:22:37

Are you welded to that area? If the kids are being sent to boarding school local schools won't matter anyway, surely?

Aethelfleda Fri 10-May-13 13:13:27

Hmm, that house (the original link) reminds me of another house we viewed. It's basically a bungalow that is being tarted up to look like a more standard house: as such the layout is odd and isually fomthe front it more resembles half-a-house, as if someone had chopped off or buried the bottom storey (imagine another genuine storey below what you can see on the photo and then it would be ok!) as it is, I'm afraid it looks overpriced. If you looove it, maybe it would be worth that to you, I'm sure a lot of the price is the area, but still....

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