Sorry to be so slow getting back to you, Sister. I've been up in London looking at a few of these properties and having a word with the local planning committee about what could be done to get them up to standard.
You didn't say how much you were looking to invest - I should probably have asked that first.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
So, I started at the top end of the market with Heath Hall
, on the market at 65 million of our pounds - that's around $105 million and change in real money. It seemed okay and it's worth looking at the full brochure, but the real estate agent's description says:
Heath Hall is a fine example of Edwardian architecture drawing on the Classical, Arts & Crafts and Scottish Bronial styles
Obviously any house with Scottish Brony connections is right out.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; And their houses shall be full of doleful creatures;
And owls shall dwell there,
And satyrs shall dance there.
I had to take a shower immediately I got back to my hotel, for fear of having caught something.
For less than a third of the price - around $30 million - you get this
I was very excited about it (I just love a bargain!
) but when I got there it wasn't the house pictured, it was this!
And I wasn't allowed in, because it's derelict. Turns out that the photo's just a computer-generated image of the house they have permission to build in its place. So you would have to pay for it to be built, and for the old place to be demolished. On the other hand, if you want something with a bit more va-va-voom, then for a small consideration the planning committee will pretty much let you build what you like.
is a little on the small side, and built too close to the house next door. The agents are affectionately known to Londoners as Fuxtons
, probably something to do with the first half of
Lying lips are abomination to the Lord:
But they that deal truly are his delight.
They said the seller is prepared to throw in the living-room furnishings. They might go well in your parents' new condo?
Right at the bottom of the market, at $7 million, we have this rather poky place
. You can tell the sort of person this is aimed at by the agent's comment that it is:
well located for all local amenities including East Finchley Station (Northern Line)
Yeah, right, like you are going to need to travel on the London Underground!
1 Samuel 2:7
The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich:
He bringeth low, and lifteth up.
Let me know if there's anything else I can do.