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Upforathird Tue 17-Jan-17 14:17:43

And what are the benefits of it and it's negative sides?

Would you buy that age of property again?

I live in an Edwardian semi

Pros - gorgeous high ceilings and lovely period features

Cons - no off road parking!! And a bit of damp

I would happily buy this age house again

user1471549018 Tue 17-Jan-17 14:41:01

35 years old

Pros- larger plot, good room sizes, easy to maintain, cul de sac location so no traffic to worry about/kids can play out, own driveway and garage, don't pay a premium for new build or character features

Cons- no character, i don't 'love' it

The house is in many ways perfect for us, and we have done it up to our taste. But in the future we plan to move to a house the same size/plot but with character c1930s or earlier. In this location we would be looking at more than double the price of this house for that though shock

Gardencentregroupie Tue 17-Jan-17 14:51:23

11 years old. Beautifully build, thick walls, solid floors, great heating and insulation, gorgeous finish with cornices and ceiling roses etc give it a bit of character. I am cautious of new builds but we bought in a development that's going up slowly and continuously with amazing build standards, so if I found the same again I wouldn't hesitate.

Cacofonix Tue 17-Jan-17 15:10:24

117 years old to be precise!

Pros: great curb appeal, beautiful character, large rooms, high ceilings, period features (like original servants bells), great lay out, off road parking and huge garden with ancient apple tree that pre-dates the house.

Cons: eternal damp around one box bay, upkeep of sash windows (with single glazing - although this house is never cold), upkeep, huge garden that needs weeding!!

But I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 17-Jan-17 15:14:31

115 years old.

Large rooms, high ceilings, original tiled flooring, covings, skirtings, picture rails, ceiling roses, cast iron fireplaces. Love it.

Not great trying to heat it, though.

Notyetthere Tue 17-Jan-17 15:14:38

1950s post war brick built ex-council semi.

Pros - large plot, good sized rooms, £100k cheaper than the always-private-ones less than 5 mins walk away, drive for 2 cars and still more space for a lovely front garden with lawn and border plants. The estate is tree lined with lots of oaks and cherry blossom trees that look amazing in spring. It seems to have been very well built and now that the last owners installed cavity wall insulation, it is lovely and warm too.

cons - low ceilings so I can't have dangly chandlier things. The whole estate lack character and consistency to it. The roof is starting to show its age especially now that all the council owned houses have shiny new roofs.

namechangedtoday15 Tue 17-Jan-17 15:39:44

1930s - kerb appeal, big garden for the area, lots of off street parking, lovely workable layout for a family (ours is slightly different than some 1930s semis as the 3rd bedroom is a small double), gave us the potential to extend, period features like the doors, beautiful stained glass windows, chimney breasts. Cons - expensive. This is our forever house though.

Previous house was Edwardian end of terrace - gorgeous period features like sash windows, coving, ceiling roses. Cons - bl00dy freezing, layout awkward for a family (a line of narrow rooms all behind one another), no off street parking. Money pit.

Previous house - 1960s semi. Just worked, big rooms, massive windows, good size plot, well insulated (never heard neighbours), not much upkeep other than flat roof on garage. But a real ugly box, on a street of other ugly boxes. Strangely, loved that house eyes shut until you were inside!

!st house - 1990s new build. Warm, cheap to buy / run, solidly built despite what everyone says about new builds, easy to alter / decorate. But small, small room sizes, everything a bit squeezed in, small plot / gardens and quite overlooked. Also loved that house as it was ours!

Purplebluebird Tue 17-Jan-17 15:48:55

about 55 years old, and it's only rented. I hate it - it's always cold, even with 28 degrees outside. It's not very light either. It's decent space wise, but I don't want to rent a property like this again. I love properties that are from 1990 onwards, or alternatively lovely very old properties with a lot of character. Given the choice of anything, I'd pick a brand new one though.

Purplebluebird Tue 17-Jan-17 15:49:12

Oh and here is a lot of damp and mould sad

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 17-Jan-17 15:56:51

170 years old. Converted farm buildings.

Pro: loads of space and character

Con: sometimes it feels like living in a converted farm building, and I crave a conventional house!

Overall, very very happy here.

Jasperthedog Tue 17-Jan-17 16:00:17

New build. Clean, well insulated, low maintenance. We love it having previously lived in a listed Georgian house which never got warm.

WizardOfToss Tue 17-Jan-17 16:03:11

At least 18th century, possibly earlier.

Pros - utterly unique, still has original fireplace, floorboards, beams, some slate. Bags of character, a one off.

Cons - damp, lots of maintenance, nconvenient bathroom access, headroom, light.

Old houses suit big budgets and commitment. Having lived in a boring box, I wouldn't swap, although when older I might!

CactusFred Tue 17-Jan-17 16:07:45

House built 1964.
A semi.
It doesn't look much but big rooms and huge windows so lots of light. I hate the tiny windows in new builds.

FrankAndBeans Tue 17-Jan-17 16:09:45

1905
Pros - high ceilings, features, pretty terrace, loads of light
Cons - no parking, unusable cellar, steep stairs from high ceilings

Bluntness100 Tue 17-Jan-17 16:10:23

16th century, listed.

Pros... Large rooms, high ceilings, period features with wow factor,, big garden, very pretty kerb appeal , people stop when dog walking on public right of way and stare,,,

Cons, cold and drafty,,costs a fortune to heat, total money pit, can't even paint my front door without permission, people stop when dog walking on public right of way and stare...

Would I buy again, yes, it's very unique and I love living here and still,often can't believe I do.

SecretWitch Tue 17-Jan-17 16:16:36

117 years old.
Pros- lovely floors, high ceilings, beautiful bow window in living room.
Cons- temperature always feels off, always needing repair somewhere.

MollyHuaCha Tue 17-Jan-17 16:18:57

79 years old. I love this style of house. Really well built! But might need a new roof before it reaches 100.

AngelsWithSilverWings Tue 17-Jan-17 16:19:13

1930's semi

Pros - two huge living rooms , large entrance hall with original parquet floor , lots of stained glass feature windows everywhere including on the internal doors. Lots of other period features. Four double bedrooms. On a lovely estate of similar sized properties.

Cons - the sheer number of windows will eventually bankrupt me due to the maintenance require and also the cost of curtains and shutters! The traditional white render is expensive to maintain. Every room we refurbish throws up a load of problems. We can't keep wardrobes against any of the external walls without mould growing in our clothes. I think this is because of the lack of insulation. One tiny bathroom in an otherwise large 4 bed house ( we could easily put an en suite in if we had the money)

Even after living here for 10 years I still really miss my old 1980's built 4 bed detached! It was so easy and cheap to maintain.

Kenworthington Tue 17-Jan-17 16:21:41

About 300 years old.

Pros
It's beautiful, lots of character and has a nice feel
Cosy

Cons
Damp, I hate it in the winter
We've massively outgrown it. Moved in with one dc and now have 3 huge teenage dc.
We are building our own spacious modern house this year. Am mostly looking forward to no bloody damp!

likewhatevs Tue 17-Jan-17 16:24:35

Our house is a child of the eighties.
Pros:
- its a decent size in general - the garden is big and we have a driveway to fit both cars.
Its detatched.
It has a downstairs loo
I guess its low maintenance but I have nothing to compare it to!
Cons:
- it has two box rooms upstairs - I'd rather have had three decent sized rooms but the layout doesn't allow
It has a teeny main bathroom.
Its bland. really bland. No character. And the ceilings have this hideous pattern that looks quite skilled but really naff. All the houses on the estate have them. To have it all skimmed over would be a waste so we ignore it.

JT05 Tue 17-Jan-17 16:24:59

We've lived in houses spanning 1860s to 1968 and can only agree with all the comments above. We have recently downsized to Edwardian and it feels like coming home!
Houses are a bit like cars, you buy one that suits your needs! Our last house was 1968 detached, large rooms, large windows, generous plot, two large garages. Great for family life, but quite without 'features'. We likened it to the Estate Car of a house. Very useful, but not exciting!

DaftJelly Tue 17-Jan-17 16:29:47

Two and a half years old.

Pros: perfect layout, good sized rooms, no work to do, 10yr guarantee. Heating bills are crazy cheap due to fab insulation and solar panels. Snagging was done quickly and effectively. Loads of storage with built in cupboards. Everything's clean and shiny.

Cons: built in washing machine and fridge meant I had to leave my fab ones behind in the old house, same with the oven, it's fine but basic. There was no choice of appliances. The amount of light bulbs (light fixtures came with the house and they're all about a million bulbs each.

AgathaF Tue 17-Jan-17 16:34:33

Majority of it is around 175 years old but about a third of it is quite a bit older.

Unusual and interesting. Lots of original features still in it which we love. The oldest part was a cottage originally, then the later part was added in victorian gothic style. It all makes for an interesting place.

Negatives are that it costs a lot to heat and repairs can be expensive. New roof last year was eye wateringly expensive as we had to have it replaced 'like for like' as in a conservation area. Although we would have done that anyway. Likewise window replacement.

Filibustering Tue 17-Jan-17 16:47:55

This one is from the late 1970s, which I would never normally choose (we rented it for a few years and ended up slightly reluctantly buying it when the owners decided to sell, because we needed to stay in the area, and not a lot of houses come on the market), but it's been a pleasant surprise after the more obviously appealing Victorian/early 20th c houses I'm used to.

It's big and solidly built, has large, plain well-proportioned rooms, big windows and an intelligent layout, well-insulated and takes minimal maintenance, but the nicest things about it aren't related to its age - lovely setting down a lane on the edge of a village, overlooking fields, private, big garden, surrounded by trees. No cons really, apart from it being architecturally rather bland on the inside -- it's nice-looking from the outside -- but that in fact suits our style, which is plain white walls, plain wood floors, and the interest from furniture and art on the walls.

Ruhrpott Tue 17-Jan-17 19:32:55

We too have a house of the 80s.

Cons a bit bland on outside and lots of maintenance. Also had swirly ceilings but those are gone now.

Pros
Lots of those, it's a large 4 double bedroom house and has an acre of land including our own waterfall. It has great views across the valley. It has very large bedrooms and an ensuite. It suits us well for now. It was a self build by the previous owners. He was a surveyor.

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