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isseywith4vampirecats Mon 02-Dec-19 19:30:13

i see so many times on here i saw or lost my dream house, when OH and i were looking our only criteria was price range, had to have a garage and in a decent part of the town we live in, we did see one that was better but seller messed us around, and quite happy with the little two bedroom semi with garage that we bought, (older couple no kids at home any more

so what is your dream home and how close did you get to buying the cream

checkedcloth Mon 02-Dec-19 19:37:07

I’ve just started a thread about loosing our dream house. It was our dream house because:

It was detached
Large garden
3 bedrooms which were all excellent sized
There was additional living space for DH to work from home from
A drive....this is my absolute dream.

We live in a crazy priced area. The house was absolute top of our budget and still needed a decent amount of work doing to it. I accept that this is what we’d get get if we want to stay living here

isseywith4vampirecats Mon 02-Dec-19 21:05:55

can see that being a dream house for a young couple with children and i cant understand some of the prices down south or in good catchment areas for schools how do people pay these extortianate prices, where we are our little house needs some work ie new kitchen decorating and carpets right through, price was £108500 and once done up ceiling price in our street as they are all same houses is £13000

Lotus90 Mon 02-Dec-19 21:12:43

In a bustling village with a few good pubs and a local shop
Within a great school catchment area
Great country dog walks on the doorstep
Detached
Character
Parking
Open plan kitchen/ diner
Large, low maintenance garden

BarrenFieldofFucks Mon 02-Dec-19 21:29:47

We live in our dream house. It is too small for us though, but fingers crossed we will extend next yr.

For us, it was a number of factors.

Location. We are in an odd spot at the edge of a small village, very rural. We have only one direct neighbour, and amazing views. But only round the corner from the little village school our kids go to. That is just like an extension of our family, it's lovely.

When the kids are older they are only 10 minute walk from a main bus route.

The house itself is 100 odd years old, with a big garden backing onto fields and loads of space. We don't have to consider what to put where, there's just loads of space out there. We do need an extra bedroom eventually, and our kitchen is too small. It is modern, but small.

I love how 'in the elements' we feel in a ridiculous way, we are quite exposed to the wind as we overlook a shallow valley, and we can see the weather coming over the hills and the forest. It's cosy.

It wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but we love it. I viewed it empty a few times before I could get DH to look at it, the perseverance was worth it

isseywith4vampirecats Mon 02-Dec-19 21:47:20

your village houses sound lovely im a townie would miss supermarkets round the corner and as i dont drive i would feel isolated relying on village public transport would have to buy a cattery if i went country that would be my idea of heaven

MarshaBradyo Mon 02-Dec-19 21:51:25

Georgian detached
West facing garden
Pebble drive
Central London
Or zone two London (south east)
Usual stuff people ask for in dream houses like library / study / music room

Or maybe a modern house from modern house site either or would be nice

missyB1 Mon 02-Dec-19 22:00:08

My idea of my dream house has changed, I’m supposedly in it now but it’s no longer my dream! Makes me sound spoilt I know.

Ideally I would like a 3 bedroom Edwardian or Victorian end terrace. 2 reception rooms and a utility room would be a must. Oh and south west facing garden.
In our town that would cost about 500k.

Blankscreen Mon 02-Dec-19 22:05:06

Edwardian/Victorian double fronted house.

Lovely large square rooms.
Big wide front door with stained glass
Large garden. Not huge about 1/2 acre would be perfect.
Garage/outbuildings for storing stuff
Carriage driveway.
A nice quiet spot near a town.

That's my dream. Round here I need about £2.5 million so it's never going to happen.

Ariela Mon 02-Dec-19 22:09:38

We bought our dream house about 25 years ago, country property half way between our parents, sadly the neighbourhood has changed with the excessive traffic and housebuilding, so it's not really our dream house now, and only one left parent nearby.
Just waiting for kids to leave education to downsize further away from London to the same sort of property again but back in the countryside and less traffic.

BackforGood Mon 02-Dec-19 22:14:29

To me, the term 'dream home' suggests some sort of 'fantasy'.
What I would buy (or build?) if I won the lottery.

I can suggest all sort of things as part of my day dream about spending that money, but when looking for an actual home, then you start with your budget, surely ?

As a single person, I was thrilled beyond any other thrill when I picked up the keys to my first home - it was perfect because it was mine. It wouldn't work for me now though. As you get older and work your way up through your career (and hopefully salary) , and you might have a growing family, then what was your perfect home for you, becomes unworkable.
Then you start "expecting" things that you managed without previously. (Bit like trading up cars).

To make it worth while me moving now, I'd want things I don't have in my current house - or why move ?

QuestionableMushroom Mon 02-Dec-19 22:17:20

3 bed, living room, kitchen diner and a conservatory so that I can childmind.

HelloDulling Mon 02-Dec-19 22:21:50

My DREAM dream house would be a mews cottage in Marylebone.

My dream house, the one I wanted but couldn’t quite have was an Edwardian detached with 5 beds, huge garden with an Anderson shelter in a nice part of Bristol. We couldn’t afford to do the work it needed, and the people who owned our current house bought it and did it up beautifully.

BellaBraithwaite Mon 02-Dec-19 23:34:26

I finally have my dream house. 4 bedroom detached. Study and huge kitchen diner. Nice garden. Double garage detached from the house. Large driveway. Quiet area.

It's taken some years to be able to buy it though

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo Mon 02-Dec-19 23:55:15

I agree backforgood I think it’s far more interesting to discuss reality rather than fantasy lottery houses. I am in my ‘reality’ dream house but my dream has now shifted and I am thinking of downsizing within the next few years. I have just rented a holiday cottage that is my new dream house, detached, character conversion on a small easy to maintain plot, large open plan kitchen diner, 2 large en suite bedrooms on the edge of a vibrant village on a bus route to a major town ten minutes away, it’s much smaller than where I live currently but would make the perfect home for the next phase of my life. I would grieve for the house I am in though, it’s been a labour of love and I know when the time comes it will be a massive wrench to leave it.

BackforGood Mon 02-Dec-19 23:59:31

I agree Betty.

When we bought this house, the lovely large garden was a real plus point.
In my next house, I'll be looking for a much smaller garden now I don't have dc who want to play football / rugby / cricket / water slides etc in it, and I have to work to maintain it.
However, I want more parking as we have more cars ! smile

JoJoSM2 Tue 03-Dec-19 08:58:09

* i cant understand some of the prices down south or in good catchment areas for schools*

Not sure what’s hard to understand? Affuent bubbles with access to top careers, top schools and plenty of amenities. That’s what some people want for their families.

My dream house doesn’t exist as the wish list is conflicting so we live in a house that comes the closest: edge of London, large detached on a big plot, great amenities.

isseywith4vampirecats Tue 03-Dec-19 14:33:52

thank you ladies seems the high priority is detached houses with decent gardens and kitchens, the reason i asked about catchment is when i was at school and my children were at school they went to the nearest school to home and there were not bad, good and outstanding schools , i passed my eleven plus so automatically went to the local grammar school catchment areas did not exist so the competition for schools wasnt there

WellTidy Wed 04-Dec-19 14:16:43

Detached, double fronted, symmetrical to look at
Drive in, drive out drive with parking for four cars
Access from drive to back garden around both sides of the house
I am ambivalent about a garage, but will take one if we're talking dream house because why not
Flat back garden, established flowering blossom trees and shrubs
Enough space for trampoline, swing/slide combo, ball games, something architectural and a patio which has access from the kitchen with a table/chairs for 8 that is in as much shade as possible (but the rest of the garden is in the sun please)
Boot room
Laundry room
Masses of storage (the boot room, laundry room and masses of storage would be seriously high on the light of wants)
Sitting room
Playroom
Downstairs loo, not under the stairs
The rest of the downstairs to be open plan with kitchen, large dining area, small seating area and a sort of library area
Not at all steep stairs
Five bedrooms all on one floor
Two bathrooms on the same floor
Another floor with spare room and en suite shower room
The attic to be on the same floor as the top floor and the type that you walk into, not access by way of a ladder
Nice neighbours
Easy walk of a shop and a coffee shop (via pavement, not on the road)
Village community

I'm not asking for much, clearly

DrunkSanta Wed 04-Dec-19 14:29:47

we bought our dream house 3 months ago and it has honestly changed my life. I can't imagine living anywhere else and I plan to be buried in the garden.
Rural, converted Victorian school house with 1.5 acres. It's a really quirky house and wouldn't suit a lot of families but it suits us to a T. I think I love the house more than DH.

solera2015 Wed 04-Dec-19 17:00:13

My dream house requires a paradox machine to bring it into existence, or at least a multi millionaire budget.
So contemporary, architect designed, detached. Open plan, spacious but not too big with high end design. Drive and large gardens all around. Spectacular views and no neighbours to hear or see.
BUT, also in walking distance of various amenities, quality shops and restaurants and fantastic dog walks. Quiet, nearly empty roads but WITH street lighting.
I doubt we'll ever be totally happy with what we can get, which makes me a bit sad.

pallisers Wed 04-Dec-19 17:25:54

Welltidy, we have most of what you wanted! I love our house so much.

PandasandRabbit Wed 04-Dec-19 17:44:19

Since a child my dream house has always been a thatched cottage with a beautiful garden. My aunt had one and I thought it was the most perfect place as a child, used to love the house and the garden and inside her house was full of dried flowers and homemade cakes.

Moved out of London a year ago to a village and got exactly that and I love it so much. We have got a supermarket at the end of our lane and the school/doctors/bakers etc in the village so most things are walkable. We wanted a good catchment school too and ours is, outstanding rated and above average results etc. Not bothered about a large house or detached, did want everything walkable as I don't drive.

When I bought in London twice it was much more getting the best value for money as didn't have budget for everything, just wanted period and by tube. Not a lot of thatched cottages there. smile

Finfintytint Wed 04-Dec-19 17:53:42

I live in my dream cottage. Two bed detached but huge garden. We bought it as a doer upper as a long term plan for retirement. Lovely village but reasonable access to a couple of towns. Fantastic views and a quirky history.
Job relocation forces a move however. Gutted.

isseywith4vampirecats Wed 04-Dec-19 18:22:44

wow your cottages sound lovely

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