what is your dream house(46 Posts)
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
I’ve just started a thread about loosing our dream house. It was our dream house because:
It was detached
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
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
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
Open plan kitchen/ diner
Large, low maintenance garden
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
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
West facing garden
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ?
3 bed, living room, kitchen diner and a conservatory so that I can childmind.
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.
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
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.
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 !
* 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.
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
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)
Masses of storage (the boot room, laundry room and masses of storage would be seriously high on the light of wants)
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
Easy walk of a shop and a coffee shop (via pavement, not on the road)
I'm not asking for much, clearly
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.
Welltidy, we have most of what you wanted! I love our house so much.
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.
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.
the contemporary all singing all dancing house i dont think i could keep it pristine and shiny all the time with four cats so would have to employ a cleaner
I always smile when I hear 'our forever house'. That six bedroomed, 3 acre pile might be a dream when you have a family still at home, but not as an elderly couple.
I live in my dream house. We moved here about ten years ago, children grown and gone.
I live in the middle of nowhere. My house is at the end of a half mile rough track. Its big, its rambling. I have land. I foster donkeys and keep goats and a couple of llamas.
I love my house, l love where I live, I love my life.
But, in the next five years, I will be moving to my next dream house. It will be in a village, close to shops, pubs, doctors and public transport.
It will have a small garden. Because I am getting old and dreams change.
We live in a lovely house, but our “dream house” would be the neighbours as it’s the same but with more bedrooms and we have lots of growing babies! Our houses are pretty, on a private estate, we have private field for the children to play out, tennis courts and a gym, lovely views over the countryside, best high school around, plenty of parking. I can’t see myself ever wanting to leave this estate x
Yes,agree. We had the six bed ( one acre though) dream house a while back when it suited us. Neighbours were a mile either side and a twenty minute walk to the seafront. Nobody in front of us for miles!
Rubbish now though when we’re retiring soon.
Back to convenient village with good access.
I "need" a large kitchen with range, I "need" large dining area (to seat 12+) living room, study, 3 double bedrooms, garage ideally double and must be detached, character cottage preferably but I'll accept newish or a plot of land and build my own. Luckily budget will be healthyish I'm a couple of years off needing to be disappointed
Though if I could move tomorrow I would live in a one bed flat, I'm stuck here until my divorce finalises
@faqs combination of circumstances reduncency and pension draw down we were able to go mortgage free my little house may not be my dream house but im happy and will be even happier when the work it needs doing is done, we are in a decent part of town in a decent street ten minutes from town in our sixties so getting close to not wanting a huge house that needs lots of maintanance
@issey that sounds perfect to me! My house sounds very similar.
We've just moved into our (on paper) dream house. Georgian double fronted, 5 beds, 1/2 acre, drive, barn which can be converted for two extra bedrooms. On the edge of our village, next to open fields but only five minutes walk to the centre.
However, half of it has no heating 🥶 or electrics. Also have rats and bats. It's going to be a money pit and will take years to finish. Still love it though.
@TankGirl97 sounds like you are in for a fun time, i would love a house with bats i think they are fascinating wild rats no so cute
What we have but detached, less scruffy, longer driveway, extra bedroom and dedicated utility or laundry room. Unfortunately, the closest thing to that available would have been more than double our budget. The utility was the only one of those compromises that I regret q little. Other houses in budget compromised on bigger things, though.
my house when the builders have finished next door...
when i win the lottery i will buy from the neighbours on both sides and use them for storage and work space :D
I always thought my dream house was the old quirky house, probably converted from a different use, school house, old church, former police station sort of thing. In a village with a shop and pub but easy access to walks.
The location still stands, but my current rental has completely surprised me. We went for it because it was love at first sight for DH. Townhouse, architecture designed and modern. Multi-height ceilings with fancy lighting and window set ups. It's made me really consider light in a property (and not necessarily that more = better). The rooms characters change during the day. For example, we have a shaft in the side of the dining room by the wall that goes full height of the house. Above the ceiling height, it is peppered with lots of glass bricks. As the room and shaft is painted white, when the sun is in the right space, you can see light falling down this shaft in a beautifully diffuse way. For those few hours it's my favourite place in the house. And I love that it is so temporary and not artificial in any way. It's just there to be beautiful and that's a great thing! But the house generally is very easy to live in.
I've learnt that character doesn't have to mean old and modern doesn't mean harsh stark white everywhere (although most our walls are white, it isn't harsh at all). My new dream house is a non-townhouse, slightly bigger version of this, in a village.
I would love a Huf Haus, built on a plot with views and no near neighbours.
good school catchment
walking distance to dogs walking area, pre-primary schools.
lots of lights and privacy (preferably none can look to our windows)
medium/low maintenance garden
big bathroom with bath and shower
lots of storage preferably garage conversion to separate utility room
space for play area and study room
we almost get there, just need 10 years to fix the house to the way we want probably lol.
only have 1st floor, no second floor, is a must.
We bought it
.. have a whole thread on it somewhere in the archives.
I literally decided I wanted one of a specific type or house - there is about twenty on two roads and I leafleted in sleet and bought it through a private sale.
It's four floors, Victorian townhouse within catchment of a great secondary school and 30 secs to one of the nicest parks in London and five mins to a zone 3 station. As those that followed my thread will remember it has a room which will specifically meet the needs of my husbands hobby. It's also a complete money pit. We bought it at start of sept and we haven't lived there yet ..
The house I live in now is basically my dream home. I moved here from a 2 bedroom penthouse flat with roof terrace. It was such a big change, but if we ever moved it would be hard to match what we have now which is:
End terrace new build in a cul de sac with only 6 other houses.
Large open plan living kitchen dining room
3 bedrooms, all en suite
Large garden (for the dog, that’s why we moved!!)
Garage and driveway.
Fields behind the house for walking the dog.
Walking distance to high street with bars and restaurants and walking distance to city centre.
Mine would be a 4 bed detached house (spare room for my elderly parents and Pil to stay when they visit), friendly neighbours in a cul de sac on an estate with a park and friends houses you can walk to. Me and my DH had similar childhood homes in different areas of the country and we were both so happy, I wish we could afford to give our own children the same experience.
Detached, where I cannot hear any neighbours. That is my dream.
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