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which of these two houses would you choose?

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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?

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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