Last week we were in Toxteth, Liverpool, with Jess and Al, who are paying £ 525 a month for their one bedroom apartment.
This time we are back in the south, in Highams Park, Chingford, London.
Jazmine rocks, 28, is a social media manager and content creator who has lived in the capital her entire life – always in the south, until she moved east with her six-year-old partner, Rob.
“South London will always have a special place in my heart, but it made sense for Rob and I to move east as it’s closer to his job and I have the flexibility to work from home” , says Jazz.
We spoke with her about her experience and Rob’s experience renting the two bedroom house they moved into just five months ago.
Hi Jazz! How much are you and Rob paying to live here?
Our rent is £ 1,650 per month.
Bills (council tax, gas, electricity, water and broadband) cost between £ 200 and £ 250 per month.
And what do you get for what you pay for?
A house with six rooms in total; three bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs.
Downstairs we have a living room, a middle living room and a large open plan kitchen and dining room extension which leads to a good sized garden.
Upstairs we have a bathroom (with a separate tub and shower), a master bedroom and a smaller guest bedroom.
Do you feel like you’re getting a good deal?
I do! During our research, we saw houses of a similar price, but nowhere near the same quality.
This house has been recently renovated with a very modern and spacious kitchen-diner, in addition it was almost fully furnished; the three sofas on the ground floor, the dining table and chairs, the bed, most of the storage and all the garden furniture were included!
Rob and I saved hundreds of pounds by not having to buy such bulky furniture, which we didn’t already have, with me coming from a one bedroom apartment and Rob leaving his family home.
What do you think of the area, Highams Park?
Due to the lockdown I haven’t explored much of the area but what I have seen has been lovely so far.
The local parks are beautiful and I’m so excited to live within walking distance of the William Morris Gallery – as you can see from back home I’m a huge fan of Morris & Co models!
I love the proximity to the train station; since I cannot drive, this is the key for me. We’re only a short walk from the train station so it’s very convenient for friends and family coming too.
How did you find the house?
Rightmove! I hiked almost everyday for over a month, looking for the perfect spot.
I had a lot of checkboxes – we wanted a separate tub and shower in the bathroom, a large modern kitchen, hardwood or laminate floors, a garden, and for it to be within walking distance of a station.
I managed to book a tour right away but since we were closed in November I didn’t really visit the property as I had no way of getting there easily as I was living in Bromley in the ‘time.
Rob could easily go to the viewing as he lived in Essex and worked in East London so he checked it out and then we put in an offer.
Do you feel like you have enough space?
Certainly, more than enough! I have lived in small houses all my life, so having so much room is such a novelty for me. Although it is amazing how quickly you adjust to have more space.
We look forward to entertaining our very large family and having friends as soon as possible.
How did you make the house feel right at home?
I have the impression that mine and Rob’s personalities shine through in our decor; from all the personal keepsakes, photographs and knickknacks we’ve collected over the years, to all the prints, patterns and colors dotted around the house.
The fresh plants and flowers always make it look so simple too, we created a bit of an indoor garden in the kitchen, and I recently took a few flower design classes so there are always arrangements. flowers in every room!
To be fair, this place felt like home almost instantly. I feel like we’ve been here for well over five months.
Did you have trouble decorating during the rental? Is your landlord happy for you to make songs?
It was not difficult at all! I’ve lived in rented places all my life so I’m very used to making a rental feel like home even without a lick of paint.
It’s easy for me to add color, prints, and patterns (I’m a huge fan of William Morris) with textiles throughout the house, and using the nails already in the walls to hang the frames.
The owner has a similar style to me, so the design and all the furniture they left in the house is in keeping with my personal interior style – so much so that our friends and family have said this house was made for. me.
Are there any issues with the house that you have to deal with?
Not really! Just the usual wear and tear that comes with any home and the fact that it took a little while for broadband to be up and running …
Do you plan to move again soon?
We signed up for a year, maybe we are looking to extend it because it really feels like home.
Do you want to own accommodation someday or are you happy to rent it out?
We of course want to buy our own house in the next year.
I feel like I am in the right position financially, but I am aware that we probably could not afford to buy a house like this in London, so we are certainly enjoying this lovely rental while we have it.
Fair. Can we take a look around?
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