which of these two houses would you choose?

(75 Posts)
firstchoice Thu 27-Mar-14 18:29:35

this is the first one - rural area. 10m from nearest big town (Hexham) down rural unlit road. 6m from shops / doctor / school etc:


This is the 2nd one:
6m from Alnwick


what do you think?

Cheboludo Thu 27-Mar-14 18:31:21

Just going by the photos, I'd choose the second

EthelDorothySusan Thu 27-Mar-14 18:33:08

2 for the kitchen.

MuttonCadet Thu 27-Mar-14 18:37:22

I'd definitely go for number 1, the second isn't very pretty is it?

allisgood1 Thu 27-Mar-14 18:37:44


dannydyerismydad Thu 27-Mar-14 18:41:08

Number 1. The bathroom in number 2 would be an utter pig to clean.

Yama Thu 27-Mar-14 18:41:37

House 2 - it's nearer the sea.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 27-Mar-14 18:41:41

2nd - neighbours on just one side rather than 2

FloralPuddles Thu 27-Mar-14 18:43:04

Second house but the bathroom would be the first thing to go. Those spa/jet baths spill out and hold so much bodily gunk, I couldn't bring me self to use it after moving in! Other peoples gunk freaks me out sad

Lovely choice to gave though, they both look lovely houses but second for me.

orangepudding Thu 27-Mar-14 18:44:14

The first is prettier but i would pick the second.

FloralPuddles Thu 27-Mar-14 18:45:23

Hmmm number one looks nicer on street view though.

TheArticFunky Thu 27-Mar-14 18:46:01

Number 2 looks like it needs more work but I would still opt for it as it is 6 miles from Alnwick.

Littlevideo Thu 27-Mar-14 18:46:40

Second one

HolidayCriminal Thu 27-Mar-14 18:49:23

Not a lot in it. I would decide based on things like access to public transport.

bubblesausage Thu 27-Mar-14 18:50:30

Number 2, only one set of neighbours, and I'm not sure why but I like the funny bed in the hole in the loft, I'd love to make that into a library and curl up in there to read books!

matilda101 Thu 27-Mar-14 18:52:11

1st one!

firstchoice Thu 27-Mar-14 18:56:27

I've actually viewed the 1st one. Its nicer than in the pics. the kitchen is bigger than it looks and there is a dining room with a log burner. It is immaculate too. BUT: middle of forest with NO public transport. Nearest facility is forest toilet and stargazing thingy they are building. Fantastic! but maybe not as practical as number two? Nearest school about 8m (transport provided) away and not brilliant according to Ofsted?

bubblesausage - that's a great idea! I have a feeling it would be commandeered for a Hornby train set though sad Nearest good school that my dc would cope with (asd) is 10m away which I would have to drive myself.

sorry, hope this not drip feeding. don't mean to.
haven't seen the 2nd one 'in the flesh' yet.

Rooble Thu 27-Mar-14 18:56:50

Second one. Would hate to be six miles from a pint of milk in the depths of winter...

HairyPorter Thu 27-Mar-14 19:02:44

First one much prettier. Second one has better potential epc so may be cheaper bills. I'm really envious at the prices as I'm trying to buy in London at the moment!

nobutreally Thu 27-Mar-14 19:08:37

2. Love the loft, and the garden is much bigger so potential to extend/build cabin in the garden.

firstchoice Thu 27-Mar-14 19:12:50

Hairy - it is MORE expensive than the area I live in atm.

My house is Victorian stone built detached.
4 beds, 3 receptions - 2 with marble fireplaces.
Basement suite of 2 rooms 18 x 20foot plus 2 large storage areas. basement with own separate entrance so business premises or separate flat. No real garden and located on a busy(ish) road.
You will NEVER guess the price.....................

sherbetpips Thu 27-Mar-14 19:18:00

Number 1 for me

TheFrightenedMonkey Thu 27-Mar-14 19:18:55

Number two.
Number one sounds like it would be well creepy at night. Imagine on a power cut!

Buckteethjeff Thu 27-Mar-14 19:21:25

No 2 near sea and I like the fire. Also back garden looks bigger.

BellaVida Thu 27-Mar-14 19:23:09

Number 1 has more curb appeal but number 2 looks like it has a better layout and space, plus a bigger garden. You can always do some work to the exterior.

throckenholt Thu 27-Mar-14 19:23:41

I would go with the semi (although get rid of the bathroom). The loft space looks like a good place for kids to use. It seems bigger overall, and only one adjoining neighbour. The other one has a nicer garden (if you are into gardening)

Bunbaker Thu 27-Mar-14 19:25:08

Second one. I don't know Embleton, but have a couple of friends who love it. I don't care for the bath and the fact that there is only one bathroom though.

throckenholt Thu 27-Mar-14 19:25:13

Having said that - the first one looks to be a nicer immediate location, but further away from civilisation.

I would go for number 2 - the kitchen is bigger, it has an open fire in the lounge, and I love the gallery bedroom in the loft - I would have loved that, as a teenager.

Though I can also see the attraction of the more isolated house too. That's probably not very helpful, is it? Sorry.

youarewinning Thu 27-Mar-14 19:33:13

Both have their pros and cons! <helpful!> I prefer the second one for layout.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 27-Mar-14 19:36:50

I don't think the 1st has more kerb appeal. I'd go for the second, but is it ex council? If so probably neither.

trufflehunterthebadger Thu 27-Mar-14 19:37:23

Definitely 2. Lovely raspberry bed...

iseenodust Thu 27-Mar-14 19:37:45

Number 2.
Prefer Alnwick to Hexham and think it has more facilities eg public swimming pool?
Weather will be better year round as it is further east and nearer to sea level.
The kitchen of number 1 hasn't got the width for proper depth cupboards both sides.

trufflehunterthebadger Thu 27-Mar-14 19:40:49

To all those saying number one has a nicer outside, i don't think OP is planning on living in the front garden ! The inside is what makes a house imho

fideline Thu 27-Mar-14 19:41:09

First is much nicer. Do you have DC?

Wandastartup Thu 27-Mar-14 19:41:13

Like them both , go for number 1 purely because I did my Gp attachment in the surgery at humshaugh and they were so lovely!

Kikibee Thu 27-Mar-14 19:41:51

Number 2. How do you get to garden in number 1? Do neighbours have access over your garden. Mid terrace is a no no

figgieroll Thu 27-Mar-14 19:49:57

I've wondered round the streets. Number one is more attractive mini estate. Number two is a bit bland. Has the village any facilities?

firstchoice Thu 27-Mar-14 19:53:54

Figgie - have you wandered around Stonehaugh?
Or Embleton?
be grateful for your thoughts if either?

MillyMollyMama Thu 27-Mar-14 21:11:33

If you have a look on the web, Community Action Northumberland has the 2008 Village Plan for Embleton. It is a conservation area and near National Trust coastline. The plan makes very interesting reading and the fact that the village is near Alnwick would persuade me. Alnwick is one of the best places to live in the UK according to Country Life. The village appears to have a bit of life to it!

Stonehaugh was built for forestry workers, the whole village. This might make it look very uniform. On this basis, Embleton would be better.

firstchoice Thu 27-Mar-14 21:34:48

thanks, MillyMollyMama
will look at that - v grateful for link!
Stonehaugh is very uniform - it is only 1 street grin

lessonsintightropes Thu 27-Mar-14 22:14:29

Alnwick nicer than Hexham IMO but I much prefer house 1, I think the 2nd is a bit tired and dated and will need quite a bit of work,

Clawdy Thu 27-Mar-14 22:45:45

Definitely the second,far less chance of neighbour noise.

MillyMollyMama Fri 28-Mar-14 01:18:23

Sorry I am not better at links firstchoice! If I can find it, you will too!

Definitely second, as it's a front doors together semi so less noise. Especially as you're moving from a detached. I wouldn't buy a mid-terraced if I had the choice.

NanooCov Fri 28-Mar-14 15:28:26

Number 2. The rooms in number one look dark.

HavantGuard Fri 28-Mar-14 15:30:37

Location. I don't know the two areas but you do! Look at (lack of) facilities, neighbours, general area, schools.

You've said your DS would either have to travel with you or use the school transport provided. Being realistic, which of those works best for you. Would having to pick him up and drop him off every day be doable for you? Would he be happy using the school transport? Would lack of a regular bus service interfere with him being able to travel alone or is that not an issue?

Visit at different times to get a feel for the places. You might find you'd have a very noisy neighbour.

As for the houses, look at how you would use the space. Would a dining-kitchen be easier than a separate kitchen and dining room? Do they both have a second loo? Does the 'attic storage room' (they're not allowed to call it a bedroom so it doesn't meet regs or they haven't applied) give you needed separate space? How do you get to it (I've been to see one house where there was just a ladder!) Does the other house have the option of adult only space?

HavantGuard Fri 28-Mar-14 15:32:28

I remember seeing Kim and Aggie clean one of those baths. It involved filling it up with warm water and biological washing powder and then turning on the jets and using a sieve envy

mistlethrush Fri 28-Mar-14 15:40:09

No2 is in a lovely part of the country - beautiful beaches near there, and it looks as though you could walk down there from that village.

WetAugust Fri 28-Mar-14 16:10:19

2nd. The ist is more like a holiday cottage.

But you get a lot of house for your money there. They would be 3 or 4 times were they in my area.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 28-Mar-14 17:57:24

Just going on the houses I'd say the second. Extra loft room, semi detached, seems bigger, nice kitchen, I like the bath.

But I'd love to live in a forest so might say No 1. But if that isn't an attraction then the second one no doubt.

firstchoice Fri 28-Mar-14 18:02:21

I should post some pics of my house and let you guess the price. You would fall off your seat, honestly!

Onesieone Fri 28-Mar-14 18:05:11

I don't know the area so going on photos only choose the second one.

firstchoice Fri 28-Mar-14 18:11:10

sorry, that sounded like some weird sort of house boast which it is NOT meant to be.
what I meant was, you would never guess how little my house is worth if you saw pics of it / knew size.
that's better"!

WetAugust Fri 28-Mar-14 19:13:07

I guess you're somewhere dahn sarf then First.

firstchoice Fri 28-Mar-14 19:19:20

Nope, I live in cheapo property land!
Rural Scotland.

AwkwardSquad Fri 28-Mar-14 20:16:40

The second one is one of the most parts of the east coast. It's stunning there. Dunstanburgh, Craster, Alnemouth (Seahouses not so much...). Really lovely. Rural, but you're not that far off the A1 and Newcastle is great.

AwkwardSquad Fri 28-Mar-14 20:16:58

*in one ...

AwkwardSquad Fri 28-Mar-14 20:17:24

*most beautiful

It's Friday. I'm tired.

burnishedsilver Sat 29-Mar-14 19:49:37


Spinaroo Sat 29-Mar-14 19:55:26

Def number two- and am very jealous as I know that area!

SwedishEdith Sat 29-Mar-14 20:15:54

Has to be no 2 as it has a utility room. And it's a good size. The bath would have to go though.

JustPassingThru Sun 30-Mar-14 09:39:50

I prefer the look of No 1, but No 2 has, on balance, a better location, I think. I was brought up in the countryside down unlit roads (not a village), so I have no issue with that; DB and SIL bought an ex-Forestry house in a tiny village (not as pretty as the one you are looking at) so I know that type of community.
However, remember the old mantra: location, location, location. Given the resources (time, money & imagination) you can change just about anything about a house, except move it. A mid-terrace will always be a mid-terrace ... Does that help?

If you like the location of one but prefer the decor / layout / whatever of the other, ask yourself what features you like: size/style of kitchen, no of bathrooms, size/ease of maintenance of garden, no of rooms - and consider what improvements are possible in the one with the better location.

glowstick Sun 30-Mar-14 09:51:36

It would be neither for me - lots more will come on the market soon. Location and easy daily practicalities are high up there for me so neither locations would fit the bill given what you have said.

mrsbucketxx Sun 30-Mar-14 09:56:33

2 you can pretty up a frontage with a portico, or porch, cladding that sort if thing.

2 has more space and less adjoining neighbours no brainer for me.

wigglylines Sun 30-Mar-14 10:04:20

Wetaugust please post some pics of your house! smile

TrueToYou Sun 30-Mar-14 10:11:43

2nd house is better imo what's the access to the back garden of the first? Looks like it could be a problem. I'd have a semi over a terrace any day.
Dying to hear more about your place, come on! smile

firstchoice Sun 30-Mar-14 17:08:01

Ah. Thanks for all useful messages.x

Have now viewed no 2, the 'seaside one'.
Was not as nice in the flesh. Smaller than it looks. Ladder to loft room is in main bedroom. Ladder is vertical and opening into loft room almost impossible to get into. Will contravene all building regs. Bathroom grubby and seems boiler doesnt provide enough hot water to fill bath?)Space nicked for bathroom from 2nd bed. Kitchen old and tired. The owner was lovely, and he has done wonders with the house from what it originally was, but it wasn't what I had expected. Kids 'play footie all night' just outside front area - wouldn't work for me.

The 'forest one' is just one of about 3 on there atm. There is another semi too for the same price, all clean and ready to go.

I might post some pics of mine under a name change as I'm going to put it up for sale and could do with feedback - and I'll get you to guess the (low) value too ;)

Octopusinabunchofdaffodils Sun 30-Mar-14 19:15:26

The one in Embleton, I love the village and it's a lovely house.

wigglylines Sun 30-Mar-14 19:32:11

Sorry I meant firstchoice please post done pics. Not sure why I got you mixed up with wetaugust! blush

firstchoice Sun 30-Mar-14 21:01:03

there are 1 more 'forest houses' that are semi's!


gonna have to put a thread up: Hexham or Alnwick and get some local info.

Other village I fancy is Belford, mind. Not indecisive, me, no.....
Seems nice village but mostly for the school.

mrsbucketxx Mon 31-Mar-14 14:58:38

That seems really nice. So green and lush.

mistlethrush Mon 31-Mar-14 15:31:58

There is much to be said for considering education first and working from that...

mrsbucketxx Mon 31-Mar-14 15:34:28

That seems really nice. So green and lush.

WetAugust Mon 31-Mar-14 15:37:38

That (no3) is the nicest so far.

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