Anyway. Hymn to St. Cecilia really is lovely, as are the Bruckner motets - yes, even the one with that horrifying top B... meh. It's going to be a case of 'Aim and Hope', I think.
The other day, on the way home, I spotted a house for sale on the Moseley road. Does anyone want to buy me a house? Or have a spare £353K lying around?
There's no way we could get a mortgage that size. Er, unless there are a couple of other people who want to share a house and earn about 20K each. ;)
Just look at the size of that main bedroom. It's twice the size of our lounge!
Anyway, after that we did a quick search for houses under 100K (given that it's probably the very maximum we'd be able to get) there are a few dotted around, but they're mostly in shit areas or are horrible houses.
Actually, this was quite interesting. It's one of those apparently 'up-market' apartments in the city centre in Broadway Plaza (where the AMC cinema is) and it's £67,500 for 50% ownership, which implies they sell for around £140K. And... well, it's a bit shit. The close-ups of the room photos show how poky they are. If I'm paying £140K for a living space, I want more room than that.
I guess it's just proof that the housing market, especially in Birmingham, is utterly ridiculous. The only way we'll be able to afford a halfway decent house is when the market crashes again - and honestly, it has to. It can't keep growing like it is or nobody will be able to live anywhere, and nobody will get on the property market unless they're inner-city yuppies with more money than sense. When my mum and I moved out of Bearwood we sold our house for £46,500, and bought the new one for £38,000. We should've waited a couple of years, as by 2000 the terraces in Bearwood were selling for a minimum of £100K.
It doesn't help that nobody seems to build HOUSES any more, only stupid 'luxury' apartments like those at Broadway Plaza, which are usually open-plan or just plan ugly and too expensive for sense. And most of the houses that are built are only to fulfill a demand or fill in a gap in the landscape. There are lots of beautiful buildings along, say, Hagley Road, which could be turned into flats, but most of them are lying dormat. (Mostly because the Council decided they were going to widen the road but didn't think to ask the homeowners if they could chop bits off the end of their driveways, so the idea was abandoned, and the majority of the buildings left derelict.)
If the Council is apparently so short on housing, why don't they do something with all of those buildings?
Or perhaps I'm just being too obvious...
Anyway. Houses are expensive, and we are poor. And that's that.