We live in a lovely Victorian terrace, although parking is a nightmare. I have always loved older houses. Just dropped my DD to her friends house which is a new build. They have off road parking, a purpose built park and lots of green space around them, and my DD loves going there. I have come away thinking how lovely it would be to live there! It seems so clean and new and quiet, and makes our busy road look tired and dirty and too full of parked cars- something i never thought i would say! What has come over me? Can someone please talk some sense into me?
I think you've just about summed up a dilemma that lots of us face. I love the charm and attractiveness of older properties but the only ones within my budget are on busy roads with no off road parking, so I've gone for a newer estate, for all the advantages you describe. When I make my fortune, however ...........
I'm not a fan of period features at all and hate anything old fashioned. I like the idea of a new build as a blank canvas but there's not much potential to add value and the rooms are always really small.
I love looking at really well kept older houses. Ones with sweeping driveways and beautiful spacious grounds. If I could afford one (and I could afford the furniture to go, plus a designer because I don't have the taste to make one look its best. And a gardener. And a cleaner. and so on....
But practically, and financially that wouldn't work for us, so we're moving into a new build next month. Which has space for two cars and a private driveway. And won't look weird with our cheap furniture
The older the house the bigger the rooms as a general rule of thumb, but the older the house the more it costs to maintain! I've lived in a new build and currently in a house approx 100 years old, and I prefer where we currently live. Yes, there's always work to do to it, but I like the space and garden!
Ours is 400 years old and is lovely, but we have spent a fortune on it recently to make it that way. I do sometimes envy people with proper straight walls and easy furniture arrangements but deep down I love ours and will never move.