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UzziInSunshine Report 14 Jul 2013 19:15

I always wanted something that was unique, preferably self designed. In acres of grounds with the sea lapping at the edges. Far enough for neighbours not to intrude on me nor me on them. As life took it tolls on me I opted for 1 floor mind I wouldn´t have said no to 2 or 3 if there was room for a lift.
What I have as my last home is a semi on a community close to neighbours and amenities with the docs and vets around the corner and I have realised that although we bought it with Mum in mind it is also perfect for us.
We also have the added flat upstairs for income in our twilight years.

What would be your perfect house ? and has it changed as you got older


KittytheLearnerCook Report 14 Jul 2013 19:22

The house we live in as we have been here for 38 years and it is full of memories for us......................but transported magically 2 miles away to the place I was born.

We would be surrounded by fields and woods with an enormous garden full of visiting wildlife.

That would be pure bliss :-D :-D

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 14 Jul 2013 19:32

It has changed very much Uzzi !!

I always imagined myself living in a lovely country house with large garden, perhaps an orchard, lots of trees and greenery around me, with no road/traffic noise and the nearest neighbour a mile or so away.

As I've got older I realise that idea is probably impractical. Realistically I should be close to a town or actually in a village, and in a bungalow, ie no stairs. The nearest shop/s and at least one pub/restaurant shouldn't be too far away, nor should the doctor/pharmacy be far .
If I am unable to drive in my mature years, then I need to be within walking distance of all those things, and it would be handy to have at least one neighbour fairly close...just in case of energencies .

All in all, quite the opposite from my ideal last home way out in the countryside. :-0


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 14 Jul 2013 20:06

My ideal home was the one l was initially brought up in, detached, loads of garden, orchard, kennels for my mum to breed her dogs, goats, chickens, detached massive garage, drive way to the garage and space for 2 - 3 cars....beautiful:)
Had always so wanted to be able to buy it....been there a few times too and went back in time:)....sadly that has all been ruined by our families history so it does'nt mean the same anymore:(

When we decided to move from Sussex, l had never dreamed of getting a house like the one we are in now, gorgeous and the area etc etc....but now we're moving again and l can't wait...its got wild life on 2 sides and a river, detached, no stairs, perfect for our twilight years too, downsized but we'll get used to that....met the neighbours and they are great:)

So yep my idea's have changed, but as you get older you realise what is sensible rather than what you want, unless you can afford whatever you want!!

Rest of your lives of happy days to look forward to Uzzi, take care:)
Edit....2 - 3 cars, not 2 0 3 cars
jude x


UzziInSunshine Report 14 Jul 2013 20:23

Karen yours and mine were so alike as they are now. Jude I am not sure you are in your last home but you are going to a happy home. lol don´t collect too much stuff !!!


Dermot Report 14 Jul 2013 20:55

My favourite home is the one without a mortgage. I don’t mind having a cat around so long as he/she does not act as if it is the owner.

Self-cleaning implements would be grand & I would allow the maid one day off each week. It would be smashing if my doorbell stopped working now & then especially when cold-callers come for a visit. Likewise the phone.

It would be lovely too if Royal Mail delivering parcels could hang around till I return from the shops. I’m not really interested in their pre-printed card informing me of the bleeding obvious - try delivery when I’m in residence. The maid is a tad slow in answering the door & is no match using her walking-frame for the swiftness of Usain, the speedy postman.

Otherwise, I’m as happy as a dog living in a lamp-post factory.


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 14 Jul 2013 21:04 has to be our last home, the next would/could be a nursing

desperately trying to get rid of stuff having to do it:(


UzziInSunshine Report 14 Jul 2013 21:54

Jude you don´t have to get rid just box up and label, that way it is there for you and easy for others to decide. Do though get rid of the nic naks that never really mattered


MarieCeleste Report 14 Jul 2013 23:25

I often look through the houses for sale supplements in the local paper picking out this one or that one that I'd have if money was no object.

But, I think our house now is as close to perfect as we could get. It's 150 years old and has loads of character but got all the mod cons we need. Go out the front door and turn right - 250 yards to the beach. Turn left and all the shops, bars and restaurants you could want. Nice front and side gardens but the selling point to me was - 2 separate back yards - I'm easy pleased.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 15 Jul 2013 03:17

I always wanted to live by the sea and still do, was in Sheringham today and went to look at several properties on the outside to confirm the areas they are in are where I want to be, now I am all ready for that lottery win this week lol

Sheringham is a nice place in sunshine and cold weather and enough to do, with most things pretty compact within a smallish area. Train bus or car to Norwich or other towns, and a lovely coastline all around, what more could I want?

So glad you are feeling settled in your new home Uzzi, fate works things out for us whatever we dream of.

Good luck with your move Jude. I wouldn't worry too much about getting rid of things, except the really easy items to deal with - as Uzzi said just box the rest up and sort out at your leisure once you are settled in,



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 15 Jul 2013 10:10

It certainly has changed as we’ve got older. I’ve always said that when you need the room for growing children you can’t afford it, but when you can afford it, you don’t need it!

I’d have liked our house and garden to be a little larger with the back garden facing south instead of north. Realistically, if/when we move it will be to something smaller and on one level ( or with stairs which would take a stair lift) and close to amenities but without the traffic noise we have now. There wasn't the passing vehicles that we have, now that the main road which we back onto has been 'improved'.


Leslie Report 15 Jul 2013 11:33

We live in a reconstituted farmhouse...The Oxford Council bought a farm in North Oxford to build a council estate on..Wife's father sub contracted to builders and they used farmhouse as site offices...When finished it was to be knocked down but dad had it off them,,took it down stone by stone ,,rafter by rafter and rebuilt it here in 1932/34...The wife moved in 1935 just one year old and is still here..Have traced the history back but can't get a complete date of original build...It wasn't on site in 1725 but shows in 1765...Have photo of original..It's beautiful.....LES...


KittytheLearnerCook Report 15 Jul 2013 11:55

How wonderful Les.XX


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 15 Jul 2013 12:06

MC....your home sounds wonderful:)

Leslie....yours too, and history with it too.

Liz...are you thinking of moving or dreaming?? do hope you can and do:)) and thank you for good wishes:)

Uzzi and Liz....the thing is l have vic on my back alot of the time telling me to get rid of!!!! crafts things are important to me and will keep loads, but l'm sorting everything. Just filled a bag of fabric and loads of bits, but the charity shop can rag whats of no use. About to fill have so much stuff. Loads of rubber stamps etc etc etc...

jude xx


MarieCeleste Report 15 Jul 2013 19:00

Do you know where your perfect house really is? It's the one that's full of love and where you're happy.

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 15 Jul 2013 19:46

That's a lovely thought MarieCeleste.

Les, might come for that visit now just to see your lovely home!

Jude, I am dreaming but might make things happen sometime, if I could clear my house and sell it. There are always people putting notes in the door asking if it's for sale as they are looking for property in that area so shouldn't be a problem selling. Trouble is I would be removing myself 25 miles from my son, just at a time when he (well his gf) might have started producing grandchildren and I would want to be close by to see it/them often. I see how difficult it is for o.h. to get close to his grandchildren as they are 40 miles away. We did spend time with them on Friday afternoon at a local park where o.h. used to go when young and used to take his kids to as well. I know it too, there is a river where the children can paddle and fish for tiddlers, it's lovely. He spent a lot of time with his very demanding granddaughter and I spent a lot of time cuddling and playing with grandson who is nearly 4 months old and gorgeous! O.h.'s father and stepmum came too so was nice to see the family together.



DIZZI Report 15 Jul 2013 20:36



StrayKitten Report 15 Jul 2013 20:52

6 bedroom villa in florida, kissimee, would be my perfect home with a lifetime pass to disney and universal :-D :-D :-D


KittytheLearnerCook Report 15 Jul 2013 20:56

I wonder what the window cleaner would charge though Dizzi :-0


DIZZI Report 15 Jul 2013 21:01