Thursday, May 3, 2012

unreal estate

I was going to say that I want to buy Dulcie a doll's house, but I think it would be more accurate to say that I want Dulcie to grow up in a home that has a doll's house.  It might even be more accurate to say that I want to buy myself a doll's house that I will encourage Dulcie to play with.  I want a doer-upper.  I have quite a few books about making furnishings for doll's houses and I want to fulfil all the interior-design dreams that I'm not allowed to do for real in our own full-size real-life home.  I don't have the know-how/slap dash panache to do any major refurbishment in my own home, but I'm sure I could do it on this small scale.
Could this be the one?  I'm loathe to buy the first house I see, but I really like it.  It looks even nicer with its (slightly damaged) front wall on.  I spotted this property in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago and was pretty excited, but was a bit put off by the price and the shop was closing for the day so I left without making a decision.  The house has popped into my mind a few times since then, but I assumed someone else would have bought it by now, so I was very surprised to see it in the window when I walked past the shop yesterday morning.
See what I mean about the price?  Well, as it says, it IS the West End!  Ha!  Hmm, it needs quite a lot of work, but is habitable as it is, so we could move in immediately and do the work as and when finances became available.  It's a long-term project, a family home to settle down in, but would we really be happy here for ever?
Here's the address.  I guess we should look into the local school situation and find out what similar properties in the area have sold for.  I've watched a lot of Location, Location, Location in my time, but I still can't decide what to do.  If I want it, I should probably act fast before someone else puts in a good offer and gets it taken off the market.  Stress!  Any property magnates care to give me their tuppence worth?

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  1. Hmmm. Tough one. It doesn't have a lot of outside space but look at the attic and garage - ripe for conversion! And a rocking horse and a swingset...I'd go in with a cheeky lower offer :-)

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    1. Where's Phil Spencer when you need him?! :)

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  2. The roof looks in good nick and the chimney sturdy. That front garden is bijoux but cute and there is potential to turn the garage into a craft room/playroom :) <------I'm channelling the guy off Homes Under The Hammer rather than Phil though!

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    1. Oh yes, I'm definitely getting the Homes Under The Hammer vibe from your comment! You know that now I'm going to decide I really want the thing and when I go back to get it it will be gone and I'll be heartbroken. But 50 bucks?! Hmmm...

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  3. if you haven't gone back and bought this by now, you're a damn fool :)

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    1. Don't say that! I think I have decided I can't buy it because my house is so disorganised and I currently have nowhere to put it. I could find a home for it eventually after much tidying/organising, but that might be some time away and I couldn't handle the stress of having it gathering dust in the meantime. But (but!) I do really want it and feel stressed and sad at the thought of leaving it there and missing out. If only that baby would give me enough time to tidy up!

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