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(Daily Mail)   For the same price of a measly one-bedroom London flat you can have this historic 21-bedroom mansion in the countryside   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2013-04-02 10:42:07 PM  
3 votes:
It was an old folks home for 60 years, those smells are never coming out.
2013-04-03 06:06:37 AM  
2 votes:

wildcardjack: If the envelope has been maintained it's easily doable.

There has to be some reason why it's so cheap. Converted to be an old folk's home in 1952? Almost certainly stuffed to the gills with blue asbestos insulation. There's your first million right there, removing that lot. Your second will go on the complete new roof required. After that all you have to do is replumb, rewire, install heating and redecorate.
2013-04-03 12:59:02 AM  
2 votes:
Repair job: The historic property has been used as a home for the elderly since the 1950s but could be converted back into a private dwelling

it's butt ugly, the fire escapes really don't help with the curb appeal and i suspect there was a lot of making big rooms into little ones to house the old folks. and it's in Wales. oh and the google earth shot makes it look like the neighbors are really rich and biatchy.

the biatchy is a guess.
2013-04-03 06:52:25 AM  
1 vote:

HotWingAgenda: ImpendingCynic: HotWingAgenda: I once made the mistake of ordering a plate of fajitas in Edinburgh.

I once ate at an italian restaurant in Glasgow (yes, I know, that was my mistake) that somehow managed to run out of cheese. I didn't think such a thing was possible.

Related CSB: there is (or was) a greasy diner in Maryland whose menu had asterisks next to the fries, which said "when available." I wasn't aware that fries were so rare a commodity that a restaurant couldn't supply them daily.

I guess the potato famine is not such a distant memory for some immigrant families.  I know mine still has an ancestral rage against the English army for raping and pillaging along the Scottish border.

Would that be before an army of Highlanders, French and Irish raped and pillaged on the way down to England or after?

Most things blamed on the English was actually Scots on Scots. For example more Scots fought against the Jacobites than for them. The history of the British Isles is a bloody and complex affair that doesn't fit in with the folk narrative that lots of people cling to to make themselves feel better.

/don't get me started on Cromwell
2013-04-03 06:29:01 AM  
1 vote:

TuteTibiImperes: sweet-daddy-2:
Who does the undocumented labor in the UK?  If my semester in London was any indication, they don't have many Mexicans there (at least not enough to support anything approaching a decent Mexican restaurant).

Plenty of undocumented Africans, Asians and people from the Middle East. A lot of the cheap workers also come from Eastern Europe ( Polish and Romanian is you read the daily mail outrage generator) who are there legally, but work for cash while claiming benefits as well
2013-04-03 12:51:47 AM  
1 vote:
Look at the grounds. Do you know how many Mexicans you would need just to mow the grass?
Think about it.
2013-04-03 12:03:16 AM  
1 vote:
Does it come with its own dowager countess?
2013-04-02 11:52:08 PM  
1 vote:
I don't know about a "measly" flat in Marylebone. It's like saying the a one-bedroom apt. on Columbus Circle in Manhattan costs as much as an old plantation house in Bayou Mosquito, Louisiana. Not really that shocking.
2013-04-02 11:50:47 PM  
1 vote:
GBP 650K for a 1-bedroom flat in London -- that's what, about USD 1 million? -- is equally ridiculous.
2013-04-02 10:04:37 PM  
1 vote:
Plus it's in Wales.

You know those movies where a stranger walks into a pub and all the locals stop talking and stare at them? That end with the locals setting fire to the strangers house?


It's in south Wales which isn't as bad as the north but still. If your name isn't Gwynndar Jones-Pryce or similar then you're screwed.
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