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Join me in my Belgravia fantasy! Restrained property porn

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FollyFaunts Thu 27-Aug-15 11:33:12

So I live in Herts in a family house which would sell for around £750K give or take. No mortgage. In my dreams the DCs have all left home and are self-sufficient hmm and DH has magically disappeared hmm hmm

I now have the chance to fulfil my dream of returning to single life in London, last experienced in Zone 2 in the 90's, pre-DCs.

This time however as a somewhat <ahem> more mature lady, obviously with delusions of grandeur and also leaning towards the eccentric, I have set my sights on Zone 1.

What do you make of this property? only 3 years left on the lease but don't they always get renegotiated?

[www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52235213.html]

What would you do and where would you go?

DoubleDeClutchMuch Thu 27-Aug-15 11:35:06

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52235213.html

LondonHuffyPuffy Thu 27-Aug-15 11:42:51

Blimey. The cost of renewing the lease on that place would be well in excess of £750k.

I would have to buy somewhere near the river. Or a boat on the river in Chelsea Harbour

FollyFaunts Thu 27-Aug-15 12:44:08

I didnt know lease renewal was that pricey!

This one has shared freehold:

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-49056956.html

I don't mind being near the river but not in it wink

JuanPotatoTwo Thu 27-Aug-15 16:24:14

I have a similar fantasy folly of living on my own somewhere, love dh and the dc though I do. But I can't decide if I want a nice pied-a-terre behind Harrods or a little cottage on a cliff with uninterrupted sea views.

blueteapot Thu 27-Aug-15 22:43:20

Sea views, definitely! Ignoring the fact that the first one is hideous, what bad value for money for both... :/

wickedwaterwitch Fri 28-Aug-15 01:03:36

Eww at the Belgravia one, so overdone Imo

This is a house!

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35254251.html

wickedwaterwitch Fri 28-Aug-15 01:08:22

Here's a nice sea view cottage

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-49467274.html?premiumA=true

FollyFaunts Fri 28-Aug-15 13:40:02

Re. the Belgravia one (first link) -goes without saying that present owners can take away all their furniture and the whole place would be redecorated. The kitchen and patio are very nice IMO - and I would be paying for the area through the nose I'm not interested in getting something huge in the suburbs IYSWIM.
It would be a dream come true to live in Central London-I don'tcare about lack of space.
Shepherd Market one is nice waterwitch and as for the St Ives cottage WOW that is fantastic. Love the doggie in the sitting room! I just think I would crave anonymous crowds after a month of rural Cornwall living....

JuanPotatoTwo Fri 28-Aug-15 18:48:05

I like the London flat wicked. The cottage isn't bad but it looks a bit, I don't know - cold?

Mydearchild Sat 29-Aug-15 14:51:49

Hate the ridiculous priced London shoeboxes flats but ADORE the cottage in St Ives. Can i keep the dog?!

wickedwaterwitch Sat 29-Aug-15 14:56:32

The St Ives one is gorgeous, swoon!

whattheseithakasmean Sat 29-Aug-15 15:06:40

I'd love the Belgravia one - I actually adore its overdone naffness.

St Ives cottage looks sooo chilly & remote. I live in the country, so a flat in a city centre is a lovely alternative fantasy life.

kickassangel Sat 29-Aug-15 15:49:50

The St Ives one has a mistake on the plans and doesn't show the entrance into bedroom 3. I have just spent ages working out how to get into it. That really bugged me for a while.

FollyFaunts Sun 30-Aug-15 11:24:17

imagine the lack of things to do around the St Ives cottage, compared with the wealth of social/cultural activities plus transport links to anywhere you like which are walking distance from the soon to be redecorated Belgravia shoebox? lovely dog notwithstanding?

wickedwaterwitch Sun 30-Aug-15 11:28:47

The St Ives one would just ge a holiday house for me. At other times I'd go back to my Kensington place, maybe this one

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-53601590.html

Do you think that's an actual maid or a cardboard cut out?

HermioneWeasley Sun 30-Aug-15 11:29:28

The St Ives one makes me shudder - waaaay too isolated. OP, I'm loving your fantasy

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 30-Aug-15 11:33:47

That second one, an 800k flat with cheap flat packed furniture.

FollyFaunts Sun 30-Aug-15 11:39:19

The point of my fantasy, is that it is almost, almost doable.

waterwitch thank you for that link. It makes my heart ache with longing. Cardboard cutout maid trumps cute St Ives doggie IMO.

However, I will never have £25 million to spend. (not wanting to be negative but I think I can be fairly certain about that, though of course you never know, hahaha)!

Plus, I can't have a holiday house AND a central London shoebox. It really is either/or........... and for £800K max (note the sneaky £50K extra in the budget that has magically appeared since my OP hmm)
So that's what makes it sort of tantalizing. I could just about scrape it together for a shoebox, going purely for the benefits brought by a central location.

I've done the big house in a backwater lifestyle - quite frankly I'm bored with that now....
Shoebox would mean no one could come and stay and annoy me ... and I could have a cardboard cutout for company and a stuffed scottie dog

sorry, rambling now...

FollyFaunts Sun 30-Aug-15 11:43:16

Armani no worries, I have my own furniture and wouldn't expect to be buying theirs wink

wickedwaterwitch Sun 30-Aug-15 11:44:46

Yy ikwym

So, studio in Mayfair

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-50386598.html

AND seaside house

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35074728.html?premiumA=true

Mintyy Sun 30-Aug-15 11:48:24

It is my ultimate fantasy to live alone in a central London flat. Have you looked at Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury or Pimlico? You could certainly do that with your budget op.

I'd hate to live in Belgravia - no community at all! All your neighbours would be excessively wealthy foreign investors, many of those flats will be second or third homes.

wickedwaterwitch Sun 30-Aug-15 11:51:21

Or Gloucester Terrace

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54352841.html

And seaside in Fowey

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-47864194.html?premiumA=true

wickedwaterwitch Sun 30-Aug-15 11:52:06

(I realise this is my fantasy now!)

Jackie0 Sun 30-Aug-15 12:02:54

The London kitchens are all awful.
Do people eat out all the time?

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