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Souredstones Sat 13-Jul-13 16:25:11

Aibu to be ragey at the middle aged couples with no children buying up family homes in rural locations?

For some unknown reason this makes me really cross with this programme!

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 19:41:13

Define middle age.

MiaowTheCat Mon 15-Jul-13 19:29:31

When we were moving here, we viewed a house that had been on ETTC. It was utterly stunning, just an awful position, with some questions over a parcel of land adjacent. I would have jumped if not for that!

Round here we just get "As featured on BBC TV's Homes under the Hammer"... somehow it lacks a similar ring to it.

LadyBryan Mon 15-Jul-13 18:38:37

When we were moving here, we viewed a house that had been on ETTC. It was utterly stunning, just an awful position, with some questions over a parcel of land adjacent. I would have jumped if not for that!

I could quite happily move into any of the larger homes featured on it grin

Having said that we have one child, five bedrooms which sadly due to my incompetant uterus we are unable to fill. Maybe we should be forced to move.

GinOnTwoWheels Mon 15-Jul-13 18:18:40

Ha Ha I know someone whose house was featured on ETTC a couple of years ago. It still hasn't sold about 4 years later because their asking price is probably about £200k too much and they won't can't budge on price.

Its a lovely house but I think the buyers on the programme didn't buy any of the houses, for one of the spurious reasons already mentioned.

TBH I wouldn't want a house that big. DP and I live in a small 2 bed semi, admittedly with a much larger than average living room and a good sized outhouse. The only thing I'd change is that the kitchen is stupidly tiny, as in there is no way more than one person can occupy it at anyone one time probably a throwback to the 1950s when only the woman of the house ever entered the kitchen. <Shudders at the thought of having several toilets that needed cleaning>.

KittensoftPuppydog Mon 15-Jul-13 17:11:38

I personally feel like I've done the world a favour by not breeding. And because of this can afford my lovely family sized house. Anyway, the dog appreciates the huge garden.
Luckily we are still free to Make these choices.

BadgersRetreat Mon 15-Jul-13 16:58:40

i must remember to call the estate agent to tell him that we can't buy the house we've agreed on because we don't have kids, so we don't 'deserve' a nice house and a garden. We must live in a 1 bed flat, apparently.


babybythesea Mon 15-Jul-13 16:45:57

This programme drives me mad too!

But mainly because the people seem to be living in some kind of weird dreamland.

A typical programme seems to involve the couple saying 'we would like:

-A smaller house than my current 3-bed (looking to downsize) with at least five bedrooms because all my family will want to stay (and they will all need an en-suite because I would love nothing better than to spend my life cleaning five toilets).

-Somewhere I can do work to and put my own mark on but which already has the interior décor I really really like (I have heard several people on the show saying things like "oohhh, I couldn't live here - I don't like that wallpaper." WTF???)

- I would like to be in the middle of a village with a lovely community but not able to see any other houses in a ten mile radius.

- I need to commute into the middle of the city for work, and would like a journey of no more than 10 minutes, but don't want to live anywhere where I can hear any sort of road.

- I want to live in the middle of Devon/Cornwall/the Lake District but have no idea where because I've never visited the area - I did see it on a postcard once though and it looked lovely.

- I would like a back garden the size of a football pitch but I don't own a lawnmower so if the grass could never grow that would be great.

- I would like an outbuilding we could convert into an office to my own specifications but at no cost and involving no time or work generally on my part.

- I have £3.50 that I found down the back of the sofa with which to buy the above property.'

BadLad Mon 15-Jul-13 16:36:19

Hi Shelly,

If you want "another dose", have a read of this thread.


MillionPramMiles Mon 15-Jul-13 16:29:41

The only reasonable answer is a hefty tax on second (non resident) homes, rent caps and greater taxes on rental income. It is unreasonable for houses to be prioritised as investments when there is an shortage of affordable, suitable homes.
But fat chance of any of that under a Tory government hell bent on punishing the poor and staying friendly with the wealthy.

Ooops sorry, thought I was posting on the Guardian website smile

LadyBryan Mon 15-Jul-13 15:55:06

We're going to move to a larger house in the country that will be our forever home.

I mean, how very dare we have such aspirations. I must remember that once our daughter moves out we must instantly move out so someone else can have it.

nemno Mon 15-Jul-13 14:37:47

I wish downsizing didn't mean the rooms get smaller. I will want fewer rooms but want them to be spacious. A 2 bed house with large kitchen through to dining room and a sitting room at least 15'x15' is a rare find. Downsizers moving from commutable areas obviously have money so the compromise they make is more bedrooms than they ideally want.

Gruntfuttock Mon 15-Jul-13 14:21:26

Yes, the couples who say they want to downsize nearly always reject the properties they're shown because they're "too small", even when they're quite spacious but just smaller than their current place. They don't seem willing to accept the reality of downsizing at all.

Fillyjonk75 Mon 15-Jul-13 14:15:45

I've seen quite a range of ages of people from what I've seen on ETTC and some have young families and a lot don't have families yet and are planning for when they do. Sure, it tends to the wealthier end of the market, but that's the idea isn't it? Moving out of a city and getting more space.

What does annoy me is when people seem overly fussy, contradict themselves as to their requirements or obviously have no serious intention of buying anything.

MiaowTheCat Mon 15-Jul-13 13:28:38

Anyway - don't we have regular threads on here of "if you don't like the noise my kids make at 5am when I turf them out into the back garden then fuck off and go move to a detached house in the country"

They're just following MN advice.

Crumbledwalnuts Mon 15-Jul-13 12:05:42

Plus when they buy them it's a cool 20K or more to the Treasury, so moaners should quit it.

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Mon 15-Jul-13 11:43:48

Yeah, how dare the childfree buy nice properties. Selfish people, so they are. grin

BringMeTea Sun 14-Jul-13 18:18:23

Team Appleton. All the way. Only gay man i fancy. Saw him in Uniqlo recently. He is utterly gorgeous.

LadyBryan Sun 14-Jul-13 18:14:07

I want to Escape to the Country with Jules Hudson.

BringMeTea Sun 14-Jul-13 17:27:58

Shellyboobs, you have the measure of the madness. YY to gormless and speechless sometimes...

alemci Sun 14-Jul-13 15:13:39

they would be moaning that it was too large and then expect someone else to maintain it and subsidise it

exoticfruits Sun 14-Jul-13 15:12:55

Just a little bizarre? Sometimes I think that I live in a parallel universe. grin

digerd Sun 14-Jul-13 14:09:50

We get 25% off our <extortionate> rates for being a single householder.

ShellyBoobs Sun 14-Jul-13 13:33:45

exoticfruits - I know, I think it's the same for me; I can't stop myself coming back for another dose.

I must often look ridiculous sat here with an incredulous/baffled/gormless look on my face as I read some of the more 'extreme' views held by various posters.

It's good to see it's not only me who finds it a little bizarre here at times.

RustyBear Sun 14-Jul-13 13:16:53

Most of the people on Escape to the Country are middle-aged, not old - they will probably have at least 20 years health in front of them before they have to start thinking about downsizing to a more convenient location closer to amenities.

My dad died last November aged 102, still living independently in a rural village on a hill in Devon - he coped very well with a meals service and a carer coming in by the day: it was only right at the end that we were beginning to think about having someone living in with him. Which of course would mean that he needed the extra bedroom. Old doesn't necessarily mean helpless.

exoticfruits Sun 14-Jul-13 13:00:20

I think that is why I find it so addictive ShellyBoobs- you meet such loony views!
People who want the childless people out of their large home couldn't afford to buy it anyway- if they could they would be living in one already!

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