Monday, November 07, 2011

HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL

While we love this show on HGTV as much as the next family, let me tell you, reality looks starkly different. Come to think of it, reality is much more exciting. On that 22 minute show all you get to see are 3 choices. Nobody in their sane mind goes abroad and chooses one of three. It's made for TV I gather.

So far, without a realtor, only with a dependable GPS and contacts made via email, we got to look at a handful of houses in this area already. Just to get a feel for it. 
What are we getting into, how are prices set, etc. In the end we will engage a property finder, or a realtor to avoid any real pit falls ahead. Until then however, we do feel  more akin to Real Estate Tourists than actual buyers. Once the right property falls into our way, I am sure that attitude will change, but until then we won't waste anyone's valuable time. With the exception of the home owners of course. Or in some cases, their friends who still live close to the properties, while the owner has spent the inheritance already and moved to Paris....

With the exception of one ready to move into house, we only looked at reno projects, as this is what Victoria has in mind. Prior to baking gluten free for a buck, she actually played in that market. So it only makes sense to create our own vision of a place, rather than buying someone else's dream, no?

But let me tell you, compared to that TV Show, we've seen some major interesting details so far. An original bread oven which would make for so much better dialogue than " Oh I love this lamp shade`......that bread oven actually comes with the house, the lamps don`t.....

Stay tunes, this topic will go on for a while, more pictures to show you, more stories to tell.






THIS SHOW MAKES IT LOOK SO EASY


WHILE REALITY IS DIFFERENT....VERY DIFFERENT


PLENTY OF SPACE TO RENOVATE


APPROX 240M2


PLENTY OF LAND WITH IT


A MAISON DE MAITRE 


FUNKY WALL PAPER

ORIGINAL BREAD OVEN


HALF BATH?


4 comments:

A Canadian Foodie said...

Photos look fantastic - except the last two - too much to renovate in those, for moi. However, renovation I do understand and if you love it and are good for it, what fun! The countryside is the place to be, isn't it? SO gorgeous!
:)
V

justasmidgen.com said...

Oh, to have that kind of land... here in Calgary:) Love your blog and look forward to reading more!

H.Peter said...

Thanks for commenting Smidge, though we have plenty of land in Alberta, builders seem to put profit over life style in Calgary...

H.Peter said...

Valerie,

will you visit us on your next Euro trip? I am certain Victoria will do something culinary related to her GF ideas....