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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.....


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

QuintessentialOHara Thu 09-May-13 12:29:40

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

SconeInSixtySeconds Thu 09-May-13 12:34:39


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!

Francagoestohollywood Thu 09-May-13 12:53:14

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

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