Thursday, 3 November 2011

real estate lottery..

There is a £10m superdraw on the Lottery on Saturday. 

That's $15 954 000 in the US of A. 

Imagine all the bazillions of things you would do, or could do, with that money. Like, be generous, do some good, buy sparkly things, live forever, right? 

That's what I thought I would do too. But then a couple weeks ago, Jenny blogged this house, which is for sale at roughly what my intended lottery win is.

And ever since, I've been dreaming about that entrance hall, in all its tiled glory...

and that living room as an example of a successful clash of patterns, texture and colour...

Other parts of the house are amazing too. 

Note to self: I haven't arrived until I have a drinks kitchen in marble with silk curtains. 

And OMG - That view! 

This is a home that has it all - the location, architectural details, character, and an interior that is layered and appears to have been created over time, where pieces have stories to tell, and all sit happily together.

But common sense kicked in. 

There were bits that would need quite a lot of work. 

And I wouldn't have much change from my lottery win. 

And I love to *visit* NY, but don't really want to live there. So I thought I'd spend my imaginary real estate money elsewhere. (See, common sense. And imaginary money. Perfect combination.) 

I thought about England, where I live currently. But there are 36  homes for between £9m and £10m listed on Country Living's website, and none with guaranteed sunshine. 

£10m is R128 206 365 in South Africa. 

It took me a long time to find a house for that much money in Cape Town. 

There are game farms elsewhere for that much money, but to compare like with like, I can't be comparing a family home in New York with  business accommodation and a bunch of rhino. 

There's this house on the Atlantic Seaboard though, although only at £9, 200 000. 

Great view. 

Architecturally, yawn.

Or Penthouse 1 at the One & Only resort in Cape Town sold for R100m in 2008. There's a spare penthouse though, so perhaps I could have that. 

The pictures are obviously computer generated but those views are incredible, and real. 

But what a dull interior - computer generated or not. 

The only person this may excite is a four year old who recognises the potential for scooter races down the interminable passageway. For adults, its not unlike a hospital corridor. Great interior design is when it doesn't look like everything was bought on the same day, when the story of a property is one dimensional, at a point in time. Even if its just a show home. 

And what is it with Panton chairs? 

If I really did have $15m I'd buy all the Panton chairs in the world, and melt them down. Then I'd re-cast them to build a big box room to lock up all the people who kept on choosing them for anything other than Startrek props. 

Seems my future might be in saving the world from dull chairs, and not in real estate after all.

Wish me luck in the lottery, 


images: corcoran, one&only, savills


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