There’s this one street in Kendal that’s really close to the town center, but very quiet. It’s on a small side road that doesn’t go anywhere so there’s no traffic and it faces the park and the river that runs through town. All the houses are elegant Georgian terraced houses, many of them designed by a famous Kendal architect, but most of them seem to have been turned into flats long ago.
Now two of the houses have come up for sale. It seems that they were owned by the council for public housing and – perhaps because of the government cuts – they’re being sold off. They need a lot of work inside, not only turning them back into regular homes, but also restoring them from what looks like years of neglect.
This one is my favorite.
Look at the garden!
And those beautiful tall windows and high ceilings:
So in addition to the £425,000 ($680,000) price tag, you’d probably also need to spend £200,000 on restoration, bringing the total to a cool one million dollars. But what fun it would be if you had the money to pay other people to do it for you. We could have the work done while we’re over here and then arrive back to a beautiful, albeit way too big! – home.
I’ve asked around and apparently I have no rich relatives likely to hand me money. It also seems unlikely at this late stage that I’m suddenly going to invent something wonderful that makes me lots and lots of money. So that leaves the lottery. The state lottery ads say “Hey, you never know,” but of course we do know. The chances of a lottery win are zip.
So finally I’ve decided to hope that a developer buys the house, turns it into two good sized flats and is ready to rent one of them out in 2013 when we get home. Hey, you never know!