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CheerfulYank Sat 24-Jan-15 06:55:18

and you're not sure why?

There's this house in my neighborhood that I firmly feel should be mine.

I was in it once when it was for sale, with friends who were looking to buy. They didn't want it, but I did. Instantly.

I'm not sure why...I've seen many nicer houses. But I did. It's got more space than ours and I'd just convinced DH that we should speak to the realtor if it hadn't sold by that spring...when someone bought it.

Now (especially as I'm pregnant with baby #3 and we need the space) I keep hoping I see a for sale sign in front of it.

Sigh. Anyone? Any dream houses? I don't mean the fabulous mansion you saw in a magazine, I mean like a real house. smile

Tangoandcreditcards Sat 24-Jan-15 07:03:20

I have a friend who is an estate agent and she reckons she's never "sold" a house. That houses and buyers just match. Like soul mates. Aw.

Are you having an emotional affair with this house?

HexBramble Sat 24-Jan-15 07:11:31

I have this feeling too.

There's a house in my local area that I fell in love with abut 15 years ago. I drive by it from time to time to gaze at it. I've even been known to park outside it for a minute to stare wistfully at it smile apologise if it's any of you lot's home. I drive a big black van and it's possibly scaring the owners a bit if they saw me

I check estate agents from time to time to see if there's a 'for sale' sign up. Always hoping.

NormHonal Sat 24-Jan-15 07:19:48

Yes, a house down the road from us. It would need a lottery win for us to ever be able to buy it. The location isn't ideal. But I'm drawn to it.

Our current house is lovely, so I will have to "make do".

icklekid Sat 24-Jan-15 07:20:47

I still am in love with a house round the corner. We put an offer in but they accepted a lower one the week before our house sold. I'm still heartbreaking - not sure buying round the corner was the best plan. We're extending so in theory the house we've bought should be better but think my heart will always love the other house!

CheerfulYank Sat 24-Jan-15 07:21:15

I think I may be Tango. I wonder if my current house suspects?

CheerfulYank Sat 24-Jan-15 07:24:39

Want to see it? This will tell you where I live, but if anyone is going to hop to the States to stalk me, I salute you.

Bear in mind that I know the kitchen is hideous and also that these pictures in no way do it justice and I'm in a strange hormonal place

my preciousssss

SignoraStronza Sat 24-Jan-15 07:28:19

Looks haunted to me.wink There's probably something supernatural drawing you in. Don't be surprised if it's up for sale again soon. <Have clearly watched too many horror films>

CheerfulYank Sat 24-Jan-15 07:31:40

I'm wondering if I can stage a fake haunting and get the neighbors to move out actually grin

It was owned by a large family long ago and the mother (devoutly Catholic) had to go into a care home some years back, leaving all sorts of Jesusy stuff around. I don't think any spirits could have survived. wink

Koalafications Sat 24-Jan-15 07:31:54

$97000 shock shock

I might move over to the states just for the property prices!

ClaudiaNaughton Sat 24-Jan-15 07:33:28

It's lovely but my hands are twitching to tear down the net curtains and slap on gallons of white paint.

froomeonthebroom Sat 24-Jan-15 07:33:43

Can't believe how cheap that is! Where I live it would be in the region of £300,000. envy

CheerfulYank Sat 24-Jan-15 07:39:06

I'm with you Claudia! I hope the new owners have gotten that hideous orange carpet up at least; there's 95 year old hardwood under there screaming for a day in the sun.

When it was for sale a few years back it was actually at $89k, which google tells me is just under £60k. <kicks self>

Ohanarama Sat 24-Jan-15 07:40:35

Yes there was a house in our area which I liked because it was a bit unusual looking. Many times I said to my DH that I'd like to buy it if it ever came up for sale. After we had our DC we were looking for a bigger house and the house I loved just happened to come up for sale at that time. We put our current house up for sale and it took months to sell, by which time my desired house had been taken off the market. We chose another house to buy which I never really liked but at least was a decent size. That purchase took weeks due to the vendor being difficult, and eventually fell through. We were really stressed by how problematic the moving process was and went on a last minute family holiday and said we would decided what to do about moving when we got home. The day we got home I checked Rightmove to see if any more properties had come up for sale in our area and my favourite house had come back on the market! We snapped it up and I'm sitting in it now! It's been a lovely family home over the years.

Stillyummy Sat 24-Jan-15 07:41:15

I knew we were buying our house as soon as I drove past the for sail sign. I didn't usually drive home that way but for some reason I did on that Friday. By the time my poor boyfriend (now husband) got home I informed him on Saturday we were looking at it in the morning, then putting in an offer, then seeing a mortgage broker.
The house has been our home 8 years, it needed new electrics, had no heating, every room had to go back to brick and be replastered. We are very happy hear. I am lucky I have a man who is happy to be swept up in my flights of fancy!you should Defo buy the house.

sandgrown Sat 24-Jan-15 07:47:12

I used to do this . I passed a house most days that I loved and just kept wishing I had the money to buy it. Then my mum died suddenly and I got a small amount of money
If I pushed myself I could possibly have got the dream house but I no.longer wanted it because I felt ( unreasonably) that my wishing had caused mum's illness sad

SocksRock Sat 24-Jan-15 07:54:18

Happened to me - we now live in it! I knew it would be mine when I saw it the first time, 6 years later we moved in through a very bizarre set of coincidences including 2 others houses falling through for totally unforeseen reasons and our forever house coming on the market at exactly the right time. They then accepted a far lower offer than we thought possible (£40k below asking) and just as we ran out of money to renovate, I received an inheritance out of the blue - literally £35k landing on the doormat as a cheque (relative had died 11 years previously, but I hadn't known I was due money and it wasn't realised until all his assets had been sold).

SocksRock Sat 24-Jan-15 07:56:29

stillyummy ours was in the same state - we lived with inlaws for 16 weeks (4 weeks before and 12 weeks after my son was born). I am moving out of here feet first in a box, DH has ambitions to be more rural once the kids are gone but I haven't got the heart to break it to him that it isn't happening.

PoppySausage Sat 24-Jan-15 07:58:17

Yes, a huge house in my village which I will never ever be able to afford. I feel drawn to it and strangely like I will end up there one day...

AgathaF Sat 24-Jan-15 08:22:31

It looks like a house that you could do a lot with. I like those sort of houses. Interesting purple lights in the living room grin.

Purpleflamingos Sat 24-Jan-15 08:36:09

There's a two bed cottage near my mums. It backs onto scrubland, it's heaven as you can hear the birds all day long in the trees on the scrubland (used to be a freight train rail track but the track was pulled up before I was born). It's a block of 4terraced houses and it's the third one. It has a porch and a tiny kitchen. Every time I walk past I know I'm supposed to be living there as a single mum of one.
Except I have two dc so we couldn't fit in there anyway now.

HexBramble Sat 24-Jan-15 09:20:06

it's lovely <impressed>
Really - what a good price!!!

notonyourninny Sat 24-Jan-15 09:35:28

It looks like a set for a horror movie.shock

HexBramble Sat 24-Jan-15 09:58:28

Ah ninny, harsh!
Think of cool engineered oak floors, neutral carpets, light furnishings, splashes of bright colour.
All that space! That price! What fab potential!
<considering moving>

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Sat 24-Jan-15 12:23:46

Yes....a few years (and houses) back we fell in love with a certain road in my home town and in particular one of only three houses of individual design. These were 1880s large, detached Victorian properties and there was nothing else like them in the whole area. Our particular favourite had a dark stone facade you lot would most likely consider it spooky and it looked untouched which is how we like our houses, lol!

Months went by of me dreaming of this house, when out of the blue it came up for sale. We were the first people to view it and we were correct in our assumption that as well as being 3500 sq ft with sux bedrooms, it still contained many of its original features - four huge marble fireplaces and a massive dresser in the flagstoned kitchen.......sigh, we were in love.....

We immediately put our (very nice detached four bed Victorian) house on the market and arranged a second viewing on the dream house. Unfortunately by then they'd received an offer - from a friend, as it turned out, who intended to convert it to a nursery school. We were horrified and doubled our efforts to get ours sold, but we were out of luck - by the time we had received an offer it was too late. I was so disappointed!

Fast forward a few weeks and I was telling an acquaintance about this and she amazingly announced that her FIL owned the house next door - one of the three - he was looking to sell as it was an investment property, he and his wife now living in the US. We arranged for them to call me when they were next in the UK - they did and we viewed the house (which had been converted to four flats in the 1960s) with them immediately agreeing to sell privately to us!

It was in a slightly worse state than house number one - and the once grand impressive hallway had been divided up when converted - but the bones (and two marble FPs and a built in dresser) were there. Buying it was a long and arduous process as he first had to serve notice on the tenants - two of whom refused to leave and had to be evicted.

In the interim our sale went through, our stuff went into storage and we moved in with the 'rents' for six weeks. The day we completed I couldn't actually believe the house was ours!

We restored it to its former glory and lived there very happily for ten years but sold up when we realised it was too big for us.

We recently bought another house that I'd spotted on RM, fell in love with (even though it was SSTC) and couldn't believe my luck when the sale fell through. We put ours on the market, accepted an offer within the first five weeks and the new 'dream house' was still waiting.....moved into our amazing Arts & Crafts home in December......

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