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How the other half live

February 14th, 2015 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

A was a little gobsmacked the other day, while reading this bit of property porn on the local paper’s website. It is about a house for sale for £900,000. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cellar,  a stable block converted to a games room, and 1.25 acres of land. If that wasn’t enough, it has planning permission for an extension to make the kitchen bigger and add a fifth bedroom.

To paraphrase Loyd Grossman, who would live in a house like this? Well it turns out that…

Julian believes Winnsfold would be ideal for a small family, a couple who are downsizing or anyone looking for the grandeur of an Edwardian home in a countryside setting that is only 45 minutes from London by train.

At a time when social housing tenants are being victimised for daring to have a spare box room, it turns out that the middle-class norm is to have four bedrooms for a couple. I do wonder what Julian thinks a large family would need to accommodate them?

I guess it didn’t help that I was also reading a book that described living conditions in the cities before the post-war building boom, with a dozen people sharing a single room and sharing their outside toilet with several similar households.


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