We are looking at a flat this week that looks great on paper. It is ground and lower ground (3 bedroom) and there is only one flat above which I think must be a one bedroom place. I've been musing about the possibility of buying that flat in the future and turning the whole thing back into a house. It would be at least 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms then and we do us until the boys are all teenagers and beyond!
Am I crazy to be thinking of this? And how likely is it to be able to do this in the future?
An ex boyfriend of mine got the opportunity to do this (and ballsed it up by mistreating the vendor ) - so the situation can come up.
I guess I'd try to separate out that opportunity in my head when trying to gauge whether I wanted the ground floor flat or not - and just count it as fate if it arises in the future (although I agree it doesn't hurt to ask when you have more cash available).
A colleague of my dh's did this. The lived in the lower half of a divided villa. I think the owner of the top half was moving abroad and offered them first refusal (so to speak). It is now a gorgeous house.