Grand Designs ‘Wooden Box’ house for sale

July 23, 2010 at 10:54 AM 4 comments

News has reached us of yet another Grand Designs house for sale, which begs the following question:

If, like most participants, you’d put so much time, effort, cash and emotion into creating the home of your dreams, why would you want to sell up a couple of years later?

Yes, the recession may have been a factor for some but I wonder whether it’s ever a wise decision to throw every penny you have (or can borrow) into a property, as many of the programme’s homeowners continue to do under the watchful eye of Kevin McCloud.

Equally, perhaps it’s a bad idea to invite in a TV crew to witness your whole ‘Dream Home Journey’ warts and all if you’re then going to try and sell later on.

The latest Grand Designs home to hit the market is Longwood House in Cambridgeshire aka The ‘Wooden Box’.  It first appeared on series three of the show in 2003 and was then featured on a ‘Revisited’ episode five years later.

3-bed detached house for sale in Southwick, Cambridgeshire. Asking price £700,000. Chesterton Humberts: 0843 2829 927

As is customary in the series, many hoops were jumped before the project was completed; the house was later extended as the 2008 ‘Revisited’ programme revealed.

The property is now on the market for £700,000 through Chesterton Humberts in Stamford, but to give an idea of the number that don’t become life-long homes, there’s also…

The Curved House, Clapham

4-bed house to rent in Clapham. Rental price: £1,900 per week. Morgan Randall: 0843 2822 080

This re-design was originally about providing more living space but became a Grand Designs classic due to the planning permission problems concerning a giant tree which resulted in the curved wall.

Earlier this year, the owners decided to put the property on the rental market. Ironically, they’d decided that the house was too big for them.

Brighton Modern Mansion

6-bed house for sale in Brighton. Asking price £3.5 million. Hamptons International: 0843 2816 026

A very contemporary design with outstanding countryside views.  This property featured on the show just last year, leading people to question why it was up for sale so soon after.

No takers so far despite it having been on the market for several months.

The Loch House

5-bed house for sale near Killearn. Asking price £1.5 million. Savills: 0843 2821 599

This Scottish house sits right on the edge of Loch Lomond so you can imagine the wonderful views from the double height glass windows.

It’s another fairly recent one having featured on the programme in 2008, and again, it’s been lingering on the market for a while.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Hunt  |  July 24, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    I wonder if any of them used the expertise for the house redesign with the plan to sell/rent the house out at a later date – the skeptic inside me says.

    BUT…

    On the other hand it’s hard to tell how we’re exactly going to feel in the future. They just may not have loved the houses as much as the idea.

    ~Chris

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  • 2. Chris  |  August 2, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Have to say I love the Loch House, remember watching it when the show was first on, such an amazing location.

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  • 3. portugal property  |  August 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    What wonderful homes. Maybe they are selling in order that they may design and build a better one?. That would benefit us all!

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  • 4. JK  |  August 26, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Don’t underestimate the stress of building. The original owners separated. We are selling because we couldn’t get the land we were hoping for near the property. But we love the house and living in it.

    Reply

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