Do I call it a 'wish list?' Or is it more a list of criteria? How do you tell the difference? (Does Gallic shrug and makes that 'pfft' noise.)
Well, the sun shone on us today which has made for an excellent set of house photos taken by our very conscientious estate agent. We are waiting for the draft details to come across the interwebbly for our approval then it's just a case of pressing a button and waiting for the eager buyers to come flooding in.
Of course, we are buyers ourselves; we have, admittedly, flirted briefly with using one proportion of our sale equity to buy a massive motorhome and the other proportion travelling around the world until it runs out, but given I don't like travelling and can't be doing with foreign food or dubious toilet facilities, the flirt remained brief and thusly we have been talking today about our own 'Buying Wish List.'
Okay, I shall call it 'criteria' because my wish list requires probably a million pounds to fulfil which is plain silly and one must remain realistic about one's ways and means. So, with that thought in mind, here is what we have come up with:
1) detached (it'll have to be one heck of a magnificent semi to make me share a party wall with someone else ever again)
2) big garden (a third to half an acre would be good. More chickens are required. And a big sod-off greenhouse)
3) views over hills/fields/orchards/country lanes (basically NOTHING resembling a housing estate even when I stand on the roof and examine the environs with very powerful binoculars)
And that's about it.
We are simple people with simple needs!!
Our consequent searches this last week have given us a 'Potential Forever Home' list of about 25 houses so far, most of which match our criteria. A couple of them are bungalows. How do we feel about bungalows? Are they 'old folk' houses? Of course not! To me, a bungalow means a downstairs bathroom which means no leaking possibilities through ceilings. It will also scupper Flora trying to murder me on the stairs by flinging herself under my feet as I travel up and down.
Some are 'fixer-uppers.' We could buy them outright and then, well, fix 'em up, unencumbered by a mortgage! Some are 'move in, nothing to do.' Most have something 'quirky' about them. Several have an outbuilding. Actually, an outbuilding could be a criteria. We want a studio space to share, somewhere outside the house itself, a place where we could be 'artists.' (That's our pretentious criteria!)
And before you ask, no, we are not going to Scotland. And I'll tell you why: dark, cold, wet, midges, deep fried Mars bars.
We are also not going abroad. But we are going. We really are.