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Which plot is better? A or B?
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Officebox · 06/09/2020 22:09

Just curious to canvas opinions after conversation with friend about dilemmas choosing plots that were available on my new estate.

If a house is the exact same style, which is more desirable, A or B? We were thinking long-term in event of selling the houses in future, if both were on sale at same time then which one would be more attractive to buyers?

Same house style, so main plot differences:

A

  • South facing garden
  • much bigger garden than B
  • Very overlooked though (3 houses; one of them directly overlooking)
  • garden slopes downwards; house at bottom of the slope

    (Being overlooked is the main disadvantage with A. Is being overlooked a real turn-off? Otherwise great plot)

    B

  • West facing garden
  • not directly overlooked (views of working farm)
  • much smaller garden than A, but still nice size
  • not too impacted by the slope
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00100001 · 06/09/2020 22:10

Oh... I was expecting a comparison of ideas for a novel 🤣

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NowTheDucksAreBarking · 06/09/2020 22:11

100% B

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Whatthebloodyell · 06/09/2020 22:12

I’d prefer B, depending on how small/big the garden was. I don’t like being overlooked. But if A has a really decent sized garden it shouldn’t be too difficult to create some privacy through clever planting?

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OutOfDateAppleCrumble · 06/09/2020 22:12

I’ve always wanted a west facing garden for the sunsets.

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BuyingSharedOwnership · 06/09/2020 22:14

How much bigger is garden A? Would it still be bigger if you put screening in to make it private? Like tall bamboo/hedges etc?

Is the land around B likely to be developed and your views gone?

How close and active is the working farm? Is A much further away?

If A is a lot bigger than B, I would go A.

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Iminaglasscaseofemotion · 06/09/2020 22:14

B definitely. I would hate to be over looked. Would much prefer less space and privacy.

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scaryfrogfish · 06/09/2020 22:15

I would urge caution over buying on the basis of views over farmland unless it's protected somehow.

Where we live, once one farmer sold their land to developers, others swiftly followed, and what had been amazing views of a farmhouse turned out to be a block of flats.

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Pluckedpencil · 06/09/2020 22:16

I'd go b. What is the point in a big garden with no privacy?

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Spickle · 06/09/2020 22:17

I would choose B.

West facing still gets a lot of sun, including watching the sun set in the evening. Sometimes, a south facing garden is too sunny - you can't escape it and the other side of the house faces north so you will have one sunny side and one darker side.

I would also go for a view rather than being surrounded by other houses overlooking. Most people prefer some privacy in their garden, not having lots of neighbouring windows overlooking them.

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FunorFitness · 06/09/2020 22:19

I prefer B but how big is the garden in both?

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LadyLovelyLockz · 06/09/2020 22:19

B. Privacy is everything, and I love our west facing garden. My mum has a south facing garden and it is unrelenting in the sun during the summer, I hate it!

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Officebox · 06/09/2020 22:24

Wow! wasn't expecting so many responses so quickly!

@BuyingSharedOwnership

A and B around the corner from each other.

A is about 20 square metres bigger in my estimations.

Views of B not likely to be developed because it's a working farm with grade A soil (protected for agricultural reasons).

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Officebox · 06/09/2020 22:29

Garden sizes.

A about 140 sq metres (maybe more?)

B 120 square metres.

Shapes are different though. A is a (T) shape, B is more if an (I) shape. It's the extra bits on the end of the (T) shape that give A he extra garden space.

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EnjoyingTheSilence · 06/09/2020 22:31

B, for privacy. Also would love a west facing garden

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brakethree · 06/09/2020 22:31

B seems a better choice but would agree with PP re development. Do you know what the development boundary is? just because it's a working farm doens't mean the farmer won't sell if they can/need to. The thing about A is this - you know what you are getting and can minimise impact, with B you don't know what you will get in the future.

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NachoNachoMan · 06/09/2020 22:32

B hands down. The garden is a decent size - how much of the extra space in A would be usable anyway with the slope and being overlooked? Also think about what would resell better. Is there a difference in price?

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aruba786 · 06/09/2020 22:32

B. . .for privacy and views

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Swiftnicola · 06/09/2020 22:35

B

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Cantbutwill · 06/09/2020 22:35

Definitely B.

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jackstini · 06/09/2020 22:36

Can't believe you have posted without a diagram OP!

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luckymagnoliatree · 06/09/2020 22:36

Definitely B.

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notangelinajolie · 06/09/2020 22:39

Probably B because privacy wins over the south v west garden.
Yes, west is great for sunsets but it can also be annoying (as we have learnt) on summer evenings when you get blinded by the sun. Bear that in mind when positioning your sofa/TV.

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BlackCatsRule88 · 06/09/2020 22:41

I’d go for B too. Privacy beats the extra 20 sq.m

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FlamingoAndJohn · 06/09/2020 22:44

B for the privacy but also because a slope coming towards the house would worry me for drainage.

Like a PP has said though, don’t bank on that view. I was once told never buy a house for the view unless you own everything between you and the horizon.

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FinnyStory · 06/09/2020 22:44

B, provided the garden is still big "enough" but you should buy the one you most want to live in, especially if you plan to be there long term. A house is much more than an asset.

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