What I want:
A new, contemporary house with clean lines, not a splodge of crépi in sight, and a coherent floor plan. I don't want a project, I don't want to do DIY, and I don't want to live in a building site full of dust and stress while work is being carried out. I want one of these, actually:
|maison style Languedocienne|
|living area on first floor|
The kitchen was not the usual disaster of heavy oak, but an equally disastrous cheap white, scuffed, muck. The windows had never been changed since the house was built in 1975, neither had the electrics, so the original sockets were still there, not earthed! The downstairs loo had an original wallpaper in violent turquoise with densely packed small pink flowers, including on the door.
There were good things however: 1) the view, 2) the pool. But the house needed renovating from top to bottom. 'Oh, it could be done for 100€K' said the agent gaily. I looked at her in astonishment because I know it would cost double that if you wanted to put in quality stuff and do a good job. As the house is already on the market at 519€K - a special 'low price' in view of all the work that needs doing, but not low enough by a long stretch in my opinion, you'd take it beyond its true market price if you spent what needs spending.
So I left, as usual, dispirited. Land is a ridiculous price here, so my contemporary Bodard house is almost certainly nothing more than a pipe dream. Of course, I could move to the sticks and drive 45mins to get to work, but that is not a quality of life that suits me, so it's back to the drawing board, and more visits of crap.
Good thing I'm not in a hurry!