I’ve Bought a House!

Woohoo! Adulting at its finest!

And a happy birthday to meeeeee – well, that’s not till next week but the celebrations start today, seeing as I’VE BOUGHT MYSELF A HOUSE as a little present this year. Yeah, went all out.

It’s a little terraced beauty in Southsea, just a touch further away from the sea (as in a mile) that I am now, but it’s ALL MINE.

MY HOUSE

Back in July I suddenly decided that the time had come, and I wanted my own place to do my own thing. I kinda alluded to it in that 10 Things to Do When You’re Left Behind post, and so started the motions of looking at places.

I didn’t get very far as my new home was only the second place I looked around.

Lurrrrved it.

Wanted it.

Got dad down to check it out.

Put an offer in.

Got a ‘nahhh mate’.

Put another one in.

Had it accepted.

Waited FOREVVEERRRR for the solicitors.

Didn’t think I’d get a mortgage as a self employed freelance travel blogger.

But now I’m a homeowner.

And I’ve got those responsibilities you hear so much about.

And I lived happily ever after.

– THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE – 

I’m ever so slightly paranoid about security and as the listing is still up I don’t want to show off a real picture just yet. Safety first, security second. This is the level of decor we’re dealing with though.

I’ve got vision.

My home belonged to Phyllis, so I’ve learned from the never-ending documentation. She lived in it her WHOLE life. I like that. What that means though is that right now it looks like something from the 50s. Artex ceilings, carpet patterns to make your eyes bleed, wallpaper five rounds thick, much of it peeling off, dark squares where pictures were hung, polystyrene ceiling tiles, a serving hatch going from the kitchen to the lounge (height of 50s sophistication), and it’s never had the internet installed. I KNOW! First job.

‘In need of modernisation’
– my estate agent.

Plans for MY NEW HOME

So, it’s down to me to pimp that place up. Bring it right into the 2017s, or 18s. I’m gonna rip up all the carpets (spotted some sexy floorboards underneath last time I was there), flick off the perilous polystyrene ceiling in my room and set up VickyFlipFlopTravels HQ ASAP.

FG Properties

– UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE EITHER – 

Well excited to gut the place and start again, although, when I say that, the current budget for the entire redecoration stands at around £250. So, it’s going to be a slow but satisfying process. Second hand furniture shops are now my favourite hang outs.

I’ve got the home decor Pinterest boards on the go to sort my plans, ideas and inspiration. I’m thinking ‘Coastal Villa meets Scandinavian meets Industrial meets the Outdoors meets My Travels’ – all in two bedrooms, an office, a lounge, kitchen, dining room and conservatory.

Totes emoshe

It feels weird that it’s mine, that I’m now a home owner. A few years ago I was ready to buy a house, documentation all in, and then life happened and I ended up going travelling for three years instead. Much better decision. When I moved to Southsea in March 2017, buying a house here was in the plan, but I wanted to actually live here first, to see if I even liked it and to see which areas I could imagine myself in.

As you know, I blummin love Southsea.

Update in March

– RANDOM STREET IN SOUTHSEA, NOT MINE – 

NEVER, did I ever, ever, imagine that setting up my blog over 5 years ago would give me the means to buy a house, by myself. I’ve been hoarding the cash away for the last few years, until the time was right, and now I have my own little piece of England to decorate and live in exactly how I want. And have friends round. And have BBQs. And decorate for Christmas.

So that’s it – my life as a digital nomad is firmly behind me, and the joys of owning a home are mine to reap!

And I’m going to be sharing alllll the updates here.

I’m about to go all ‘budget home decor’ on this blog…

I get the keys on Friday – woohoo!

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28 Comments

  1. by Elle Croft on October 4, 2017  10:10 am Reply

    OH MY GOODNESS! This is so unbelievably exciting. You are SUCH an adult ;-)
    Can't wait to see your renovation adventures - the older I get, the more exciting I find the concept of ripping up carpets and hunting for vintage furniture. Enjoy every second of it xxx

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  4:01 pm Reply

      Yeah, this Saturday my plan is to rip up all the carpets in the house, pile them up in the lounge, flick off all the polystyrene ceiling tiles and clean the kitchen and bathroom – honestly so excited haha. Just want to get in there and make it my own :) you're invited to come and visit whenever you like! x

  2. by Elizabeth @ Rosalilium on October 4, 2017  10:20 am Reply

    That's amazing news! Congratulations Vicky, I'm so excited for you.

    So strange that I've never been to Southsea despite growing up near Southampton most of my life ... but I totally get the attraction to the south coast, it's a great place to live!

    x

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  4:00 pm Reply

      Oh I absolutely love it down here! I can't imagine not living by the sea now, even though I did for like 30 years. Think this was what was missing from my life haha. You should come back and visit. I think Southsea is really starting to make a mark. Sure in about 10 years my house will be worth a million – haha.

      Come and visit!

      x

  3. by Kate on October 4, 2017  10:52 am Reply

    Congratulations! What an excellent birthday present! Can't wait to follow the renos and redecoration adventures!

    Kate | http://www.petiteadventures.org/

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Kate! There's a lot of work to do but I'm excited to get stuck in :)

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:57 pm Reply

      Thanks Kara! I know, I've joined the dark side and am now excited about interest rates and buying things from Facebook Marketplace, haha. This is my life now :). x

  4. by Charlotte Swinnerton on October 4, 2017  2:36 pm Reply

    Do you know what, you're absolute goals! You're my real life Goddess, because you've done it your way and not they way we're 'supposed to' (SEE MUM YOU CAN TRAVEL AND STILL HAVE A LIFE! I DON'T NEED A HOUSE RN!)

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:44 pm Reply

      Wow, no one's ever told me I'm goals before, that's nice. I feel special. Thank you so much for your comment. Yeah I am feeling pretty proud of myself – getting on the old property ladder like I have, and doing it all by myself. Taken a lot of work to get here – but A LOT of fun too. Yeah, tell your mum you'll get it all in good time, patience!

  5. by Emily Ray on October 4, 2017  3:18 pm Reply

    OMG congratulations! How exciting, and I am so so happy for you! Happy to come help paint if you need me ;)

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:41 pm Reply

      Ah thanks Emily! Just trying to work out whether to paint over the wallpaper or take it down and risk what's underneath. These are the kind of life questions I ask now :).

  6. by Katrina on October 4, 2017  3:21 pm Reply

    How amazing! Congrats! I'm a recent follower, and I think this may actually be the first time I've emerged from the shadows to comment. :) Home ownership is grand, albeit a bit pricey at times. But it's SO nice to have a place to return after gallivanting around the world. Best of luck to you!

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:37 pm Reply

      Thanks Katrina, and thanks for commenting! Always lovely to have a new reader – let me know if you have any specific travel questions or quandaries – always happy to help. Yeah, the devil on my shoulder tells me I've just bought a ball and chain for the rest of my life, but I'm ignoring him. This is a celebratory time :). Yeah, going to be so nice to get the house exactly how I want it.

  7. by Carly on October 4, 2017  5:18 pm Reply

    Huge congrats that’s amazing news! Looking forward to seeing all the redecorating fun ?

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:34 pm Reply

      Thanks Carly. I can't wait to get stuck in. I've bought so many random things and they seem to be between my parents house, my current flat and on their way on delivery – need to actually see what I've got and decorate around it. Very exciting!

  8. by Emily on October 4, 2017  8:37 pm Reply

    Holy hotness, that's great news! I haven't read the blog in a while and decided to look through your newsletter today and this news popped out! Well done, you!

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:33 pm Reply

      Ah thank you Emily! Glad you decided to come back to me! If you have any suggestions for ways I can be more interesting (:)) or on how to improve, just let me know. Also, if I'm annoying, you can always let me know that too. I like to give my readers what they want! And thanks for the congratulations. All VERY exciting!

  9. by Catherine on October 4, 2017  9:58 pm Reply

    Amazing news Vicky!!! Massive congrats you adult you!

    C x

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:29 pm Reply

      Thank you! I know, I feel like such a grown up with all these jobs to do and things to sort out. Good job I'm loving it. Can't wait to decorate!

  10. by Nicole on October 5, 2017  12:35 pm Reply

    Ahhhhh SO EXCITING!! I bet it was cheaper than buying in London too. Congrats!

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  3:26 pm Reply

      Haha, yeah! Just a little. Don't think I'd ever be able to afford to live in London. And now I don't have to! Thank you. Very excited to move in and make it my own :).

  11. by Jen on October 5, 2017  12:37 pm Reply

    This is sooooo exciting! Congratulations!! Can't wait to come and visit! Talking of which Lucy and I are heading past Southsea in a couple of weeks... we might pop in for a cup of tea!

    • by Vicky on October 5, 2017  2:41 pm Reply

      Errr what the?! YES, you need to! When are you around? What are you doing down here? Isle of Wight? Please come and see me! :)

  12. by Sharon on October 7, 2017  7:17 am Reply

    Sounds amazing.

    Be careful with the polystyrene tiles. My mum had me help her ripping ours off when I was a child, its only recently I've discovered asbestos might have been involved. Same wiith artex installed before the early eighties.

    Adulting huh :)

    • by Vicky on October 9, 2017  10:06 am Reply

      So weird how people in the past did these weird things to their ceilings! Managed to get rid of 50% of them over the weekend. Off to do some more tonight! Just want them out of my house. I've had a really good weekend working on the house, but yeah, I can see how the novelty will wear off :).

  13. by Gilda Baxter on October 9, 2017  7:52 pm Reply

    Congratulations! I will be looking forward to your renovation posts?

    • by Vicky on October 10, 2017  4:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Gilda, I'm excited to have something to show you :) been busy this weekend though!

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