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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Fame at last!

...well, for my house at least!

A couple of weeks ago, The Guardian newspaper in the UK asked UK expats to send in the view from their window and I did. Well, to be honest it was not quite my view but more a view of me! It's a picture of our house.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/gallery/2012/dec/11/uk-expats-view-windows#/?picture=400800009&index=12

Apparently, was one of the photos that made the Guardian want to reach for its passport.

Funny, they should say that because it had the exact effect on us. This was an estate agent's bid to sell our house and, apparently, it worked. We bought the house in a very 21st Century way- having seen it on the web but not in person. We're not that crazy- we had excellent advisers on the ground advising us . Plus Google Streetview and a working knowledge of the area helped us.

We were a teeny bit nervous when we landed and went to visit a home we had chosen but never been in before. Luckily, it was love at first (actual) sight and  the view from the garden towards the mountains is even better in real life with the warmth of the sun beating down on you and the occasional waft from the sea 17km away.

It's an exceptionally beautiful place in which to live- we feel very lucky to live here.

4 comments:

  1. Congrats! And love the house! What a view xx

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  2. Hello there!

    I could not believe my luck when I came across your blog, we have just started the process of packing up and relocating to CPT. Even though I am South African, from Jo'burg originally, I am having sleepless nights with all the information or lack thereof, swirling about in my head. I wont bore you with all the details of why, but we are not running away from an unhappy life. Actually the very opposite, we just feel this this is the change we need for our family, and it feels right. So with 3 sons, aged 10, 8 and 2 as well as our 1 year old golden retriever, we are in the first phase of the decision.

    I have spent the last few months reading, gathering info online, goingt through forums, property websites, blogs everything left me more stressed, nervous and doubtful until I came across your blog, was like a breath of fresh air, the home I knew and loved. (the worst forums, blogs and comments I came across were actually those of ex south africans encouraging the rest to flee :0)

    With this being said, it seems that you are very happy with the decision you have made and you have a beautiful home, would you have some spare time to provide any extra, detailed info or just your opinion?

    The one thing I am losing most sleep over is rounding it down to location. I have never lived in CPT so being there previously on holiday doesnt help me much. We are going to have to deal with buying property much in the same way you have, trusting the internet. if you have any recommendations on agents, areas to consider. I guess once I have rounded it down to a few, the other things such as good school, proximity to amenities etc will actually be the deciding factor. We dont need to be close to the city center but safe yet reasonably priced neighbourhoods with houses spacious enough to house my big brood :D

    I hope you dont think this terriblz rude or forward of me for asking.

    I look forward to hearing from you and reading more of you blogs :}

    Many thanks

    Delia
    cervinkovi5@gmail.com

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  3. Hello there!

    I could not believe my luck when I came across your blog, we have just started the process of packing up and relocating to CPT. Even though I am South African, from Jo'burg originally, I am having sleepless nights with all the information or lack thereof, swirling about in my head. I wont bore you with all the details of why, but we are not running away from an unhappy life. Actually the very opposite, we just feel this this is the change we need for our family, and it feels right. So with 3 sons, aged 10, 8 and 2 as well as our 1 year old golden retriever, we are in the first phase of the decision.

    I have spent the last few months reading, gathering info online, goingt through forums, property websites, blogs everything left me more stressed, nervous and doubtful until I came across your blog, was like a breath of fresh air, the home I knew and loved. (the worst forums, blogs and comments I came across were actually those of ex south africans encouraging the rest to flee :0)

    With this being said, it seems that you are very happy with the decision you have made and you have a beautiful home, would you have some spare time to provide any extra, detailed info or just your opinion?

    The one thing I am losing most sleep over is rounding it down to location. I have never lived in CPT so being there previously on holiday doesnt help me much. We are going to have to deal with buying property much in the same way you have, trusting the internet. if you have any recommendations on agents, areas to consider. I guess once I have rounded it down to a few, the other things such as good school, proximity to amenities etc will actually be the deciding factor. We dont need to be close to the city center but safe yet reasonably priced neighbourhoods with houses spacious enough to house my big brood :D

    I hope you dont think this terriblz rude or forward of me for asking.

    I look forward to hearing from you and reading more of you blogs :}

    Many thanks

    Delia
    cervinkovi5@gmail.com

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  4. Hi Delia!

    Thanks for your very kind comments. I guess everyone wants to justify their decision to do something and what better vindication than getting people to flee or move!

    Everyone has their own experience and their own agenda. Living here works so well for us as individuals and as a family. It's not the perfect place, but it is perfect for us now (or as perfect as anything can be!).

    I wish you well in your move! I'll do my best to send you an email this week but, the first thing that you must do when deciding where to live is decide on schools. Schools are a nightmare here (or can be). Waiting lists etc. So, decide what schools you're interested in, contact them and then work out where you want to live from there (and work, too!).

    I'll be in touch- but, if it feels right to you and you've done the research, then do it. If it doesn't work, well, at least you tried.

    Take care x

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