For the past week, whilst endlessly browsing the estate agents' websites each day for suitable "downsizable" homes, my eye has regularly been drawn to one particular property.
Originally discounted by us as too expensive and too small I just could not resist having a look every time I checked online.
It is a very pretty stone cottage, one half of a pair built in the 1860s in a quiet residential street just around the corner from the pedestrianised shopping area. It has a small garden and off street parking, which is a bonus, and has been very tastefully modernised by the current owners. It requires very little work to speak of, just the removal of a stud partition wall to open up the main bedroom.
Today, I finally managed to persuade P to book a viewing after we had seen a couple of similar priced properties which, although larger, would require more work on them than he is willing to undertake.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that he can see the plus points and not just the fact that it is very small. After all, we are supposed to be downsizing.
Sound exciting... I think! I must say I've lost the urge to up sticks myself. I seem to have become rather cussedly attached to this place. Hmm. Part of me does like the idea though. Round the corner from the shops? That sounds good. Two mile drive to the nearest one here.ReplyDelete
That is its big plus point. We are currently a three mile drive from the nearest shop. I am feeling a little excited about this one. Hope I won't be disappointed.Delete
Downsizing yes...but you are not being turned into pixies!ReplyDelete
I hope that the viewing goes well and that it lives upto your expectations JayCee. Is it in Douglas?
No, not Douglas.Delete
Fortunately neither of us are very big so we should be able to squeeze into the hobbit house.
I have just tracked down another nice property for you - The Arragon Mooar Estate, Santon, Isle of Man - a snip at only £30 million.Delete
Yes, I did consider that one but was not too keen on the curtains.Delete
There are over 250 acres of land so Perry would have had to spend most of his time riding on a lawnmower. There's got to be more to life than cutting grass.Delete
Good luck. I hope he sees the charm that you do. Stone cottage, tastefully modernised. Sounds greatReplyDelete
I am easily swayed by my heart not my head.Delete
It sounds good. Are there any allotments nearby if P gets bored?ReplyDelete
I shall have to check. If not, there is a bowling green across the road. Perhaps he could join their club!Delete
Don’t think they’d like it if he dug up the green for veggies!Delete
Be good for greens xDelete
It will be good to see it and either fall in love with it even more, or decide you don't like it after all and discount it from your search. I feel excited for you xxReplyDelete
Thanks Rachel. I have always loved this particular street, ever since we first visited. A quiet oasis in the centre of a historic town, with very pretty houses. I am really excited!Delete
Thank you Graham. We should know if we have been successful some time next week.Delete
Fingers crossed all goes well....and the strange chain effect that seems to haunt house sales in UK (but not usually here) doesn’t come into playReplyDelete
Yep. It's the need to sell one house before you can buy your next one. If someone's loan application falls through the whole chain of buyers and sellers can collapse!Delete
oooh. Can't wait to hear!ReplyDelete
Watch this space.....Delete
There's a lot to be said for smaller houses. Our house here is small, and the one we will probably return to next year (in central Brighton) is also small. The only thing I shall miss is the land, orchard, and veg' garden. Good luck with your viewing.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cro. I shall have to be much more ruthless with my decluttering.Delete
Sounds interesting especially if it doesn't need any major works. Finding builders and living in the middle of building work/repairs can be an utter nightmare. Pluses for a smaller property are the much lower heating costs, less housework and maintenance and lower council tax. Fingers crossed that it's the right property for you.ReplyDelete
I have a good feeling about this one.Delete
This could be the one JayCee ... it sounds lovely and who needs a large house and garden as we get older ? One usually knows it’s the one within seconds. XXXXReplyDelete
I should find out next week xxDelete
A long time ago I cautioned my wife never to fall in love with a house. But I know it’s difficult. Good luck .ReplyDelete
I am trying to be sensible, but it is not in my nature.Delete
Let's hope it doesn't disappoint in the feshReplyDelete
Like Robert Redford 😁Delete
When your heart is set on something, get it. Hope you buy that property.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Haddock. It is starting to look good....Delete
Good luck! We all wait with baited breath! xReplyDelete