- Software Product Managers Jess and Zach, London Budget £700,000. Was
- There was money in the bank for saving and selling Zach’s former assets.
- The couple looked at 60 potential homes in south east London over two years
- Finally chose a house in Crofton Park, a residential suburb in south east London
Location, Location, Location Viewers were stunned at London property prices when a couple paid £25,000 over their budget for a three-bed house in Lewisham.
Software product managers Jess and Zach were renting a house from Jess’s parents, and with the sale of Zach’s home in Sheffield they managed to make a hefty deposit, which together with their mortgage on a budget of £700,000. Took it to
They had spent two years looking at more than 60 properties, but their search was hindered by their checklist – including a garden that gets the sun, a house near a park, a property they can enhance, and a private workspace.
Ultimately, the couple decided to pay £725,000 for a renovated Victorian terrace house in Crofton Park, a residential suburb of south east London, with viewers criticizing the show for featuring ‘unrealistic’ first-time buyers.
Software product managers Jess and Zach leave location, location, location after paying £25,000 over their budget for a three-bed house in Lewisham
He had spent two years looking at more than 60 properties, but his search was hindered by his checklist—which included a bedroom for Zach to use as a personal workspace. picture, master bedroom of the house
The couple loved the kitchen (pictured) in the renovated Victorian terrace house in Crofton Park and were thrilled it needed no renovation
‘The London property market is comical’, wrote one.
Another said: ‘Budget 700k and you’re struggling to find 3 beds in South London #LocationLocationLocation. May we get more realistic buyers for the first time in the show.’
‘Your typical pair of first time buyers, with a budget of £700,000 and – cheapskates – £550,000. We are really crazy.
‘I wish #Locationlocationlocation shows up in London for the first time more realistic buyers. £700,000?!’
The second bedroom is located in a residential suburb in south east London facing the street. But Jess and Zach aren’t afraid of the noise
Jess longed for a garden that caught the sun. Speaking before going inside, Jess said: ‘I want to see the garden, maybe put some decking in the back so you can get the sun for an extra ten minutes’
Pictured, the third bedroom that Zach says is ‘quieter’ than the other bedrooms in the house and plans to convert to his workspace
Princes of property in London are almost twice the national average, while prices have risen seven percent in the past year.
The first property the couple visited was a ground floor flat in Honor Oak, a predominantly suburban area of the London Borough of Lewisham, with part of the London Borough of Southwark.
A two-minute walk from the park and with a north-facing garden, the three-bedroom home that ‘needed some TLC’ was priced at £585,000, leaving Jess ‘impressed’.
He said, ‘This garden is very nice, it seems that the sun has come in it everywhere. ‘It looks like a good first property, but I’m not sold on Honor Oak Park, it’s a little off’.
His second property was in East Dulwich, near Peckham Rye Park, which was believed to have come on the market for £695,000.
Viewers slam the show for showing ‘unreal’ first-time buyers and say London property prices are ‘humorous’
The two-bed house was the first floor of a Victorian conversion, it was originally built with three bedrooms, so there was room for office space. It contained a private garden, although the current owners, together with their neighbors, created a larger space.
Despite £5,000 under his budget, Jess was not keen on ‘narrow space’ and shared gardens.
Eventually, the couple decided on a third property, and even considered going above the asking price before offering £725,000.
Speaking before going in, Jess said: ‘I’d like to see the garden, maybe put some decking in the back so you can get the sun for an extra ten minutes.’
Zach continued: ‘I find the small quiet room at the back of the house, but chances are Jess can get the big bedroom as an office.’