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Room with no view

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On Thu 12 Oct at 8:39pm Swift wrote:
I moved to a new house in Lewes a few months ago. My lounge window looks out directly on to the houses opposite. That's it. All I can see from my window is houses. There's no other view. When I sit on my sofa or at the table in my lounge my window is filled with the view of houses on the other side of the road, from the bottom to the top of my lounge window. I hate it so much. It's really depressing the hell out of me, to the point where I want to move house.
Call me stupid but I viewed the house in the dark and the lounge curtains were closed. The street looked fine from outside. But I never realised that when the curtains were open the entire window would be filled with a view of houses. No sky, no trees, no green, just houses with their windows staring in to my window! Agghh! Does anyone else have this problem or is it just my house?!?!?
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On Thu 12 Oct at 8:46pm Billy wrote:
Yep, you're stupid.
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On Thu 12 Oct at 9:07pm Old Malling wrote:
Lots of people have the same. Do you have a garden to look out on?
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On Thu 12 Oct at 9:18pm Staying in wrote:
It must have been a very late viewings as a few months ago, say June, you would have had light evenings. I once lived in a similar place and the neighbours always got an eyeful! They loved it.
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On Thu 12 Oct at 9:31pm Feline wrote:
Can you plant small trees or large shrubs to shield you from the view?
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On Thu 12 Oct at 9:44pm Swift wrote:
Well when I say a few months ago I was being vague, it was spring and yes I did have an evening viewing after work.
I just loathe staring at other houses from my sofa. Plus as soon as it's dark and the lights go on my wife leaps about closing the blinds so that the neighbours opposite can't look in to our lounge, which I hate also.
They'd have to be some pretty tall trees which would block out light.
Does anyone else have similar view and similar hatred of said view? The place we moved from had a massively wide tree lined road so the houses opposite looked far away and didn't take up the whole view from the window. This road is narrow with no trees so the houses opposite fill up our window. It's making me feel depressed and agitated. I really hate it.
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On Thu 12 Oct at 9:45pm Staying in wrote:
I did have a small bush back then, worth a try.
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On Thu 12 Oct at 10:32pm Confused wrote:
Are you being serious Swift??
Are you renting or did you buy??
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On Thu 12 Oct at 10:39pm Swift wrote:
I'm being serious.
Why wouldn't I be.
I bought the house.
Mistake.
Are you saying you can't believe I bought a house without checking out the view from the lounge? It didn't occur to me.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 1:05am Lg wrote:
How big is the window?
If you own the house why don't you block it up and make a hole somewhere else. If that does not work then put a TV in its place and play some nice views on it. The same could be done with a projector. What about changing to stain glass.
Alternatively you could get out more and it would probably be less of an issue.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 2:33am Lives opposite wrote:
I was fine with the view of other houses across the road from mine, until a couple of months ago when some new people moved in opposite. The bloke just sits there on his sofa or at his table every evening, staring across at our house, with a face like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. Every time i glance out the window, there he is, staring back, as miserable as sin. Thank God his wife gets up and closes the blinds when it starts to get dark, so my wife and I don't have to spend the whole evening under his depressing sulky glare. The last thing we see before the blinds come down is him looking up at his wife as she fusses round the windows and giving her daggers. It's almost as if the only thing this peculiar fellow hates more than the sight of our house is being deprived of the sight of our house. All i can think is that he must have some sort of low level mental illness. I suggested we put a large notice in our front window saying, 'Cheer up neighbour! It's only a house (there are loads of them everywhere you go)'
But my wife thinks that will only make him more grumpy, and she's worried he might begin a campaign of terror against us and become a 'neighbour from hell' like you read about in the Daily Mail. I hope he gets better soon
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On Fri 13 Oct at 7:55am Smug wrote:
I live in old malling. Fab views out the back across fields. Good sized front garden with hedge & wide roads.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 8:59am Lateral Thinker wrote:
@Swift - Seriously? You bought a house on the strength of only viewing it in the dark.... surely not.
This has got to be a wind up...?
Or are people really that thick!
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On Fri 13 Oct at 9:01am Smugger wrote:
I live in Hailsham (North end) in a 60's bungalow . I Get an interrupted view up the road - most cars parked on their drives. 75 yards of garden and road between me and nearest bungalow opposite. South facing picture window, we have to close the blinds to keep the sun out at times. And it probably cost the same as a poxy Victorian terrace in Lewes. NO beggars in the town !!! LOL. Yes II know Lewes - spent 6 years there in the 60's - It was nice then.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 10:58am @Swift wrote:
Dear Swift.
Whilst I am guessing LateralThinker is correct, and you are a troll-in-training (i.e. not very funny or provocative) if you aren't, then I'm afraid you are simply an utter dimwit! Seriously, as thick as the proverbial......Possibly even a contender for the Darwin awards...
Some advice - if you are shelling out a huge amount (lets face it, this is Lewes) of money take a bit of responsibility for it. Look at the house inside & out. Open all the curtains. Look at the view. Walk up & down the street a few times. Go back on different days, and In different weathers and see if it still feels like a good choice. Wander down the street after dark & see if its quiet or is there a lot of noise from a pub/railway whatever.
If you have shelled out for a house you didn't even open the curtains in, then I am assuming money has little meaning to you? Maybe mama & papa bought it for you?
Un-be-F***-ing-lieve-able!!
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On Fri 13 Oct at 2:05pm Deja Vu wrote:
Ignore the hater, it's easily done (and worse), a friend bought a house without noticing a telegraph pole stuck in the middle of the garden.
You thought about getting some window film, you can get slightly opaque, patterns, one way reflective, etc?
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On Fri 13 Oct at 4:36pm Swift wrote:
Yes, I bought a house without looking at the view. I'd already stood in the street outside and saw what the view was: houses. But what I didn't realise was that when inside the lounge, all I would see would be the houses opposite and nothing else. I assumed I'd see some sky! Must be to do with the elevation of the house or something, I don't know, all I'm saying is I feel depressed staring at houses that take up the whole space of my window. I just wanted to see if anyone else had similar view and whether it bothered them or not.
Yes I only viewed it once in the dark. First house purchase. You live and learn I guess. No not funded by parents, if only, stuck with paying a mortgage on it till I'm 65.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 8:02pm Horseman7 wrote:
The view from my lounge in New Malling is road (plus SusPol HQ parkers), grass, trees, sky - no houses. And from my kitchen, my little garden, then a big gap, then houses. All rather pleasant. I may be leaving Lewes next year if you would like to buy it OP.
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On Fri 13 Oct at 8:16pm Fortunate wrote:
You're extremely fortunate to be able to buy first off. I feel your pain though, things you wouldn't have considered start to irritate then obsess in a house. We live o. The high street with buildings opposite, the difference being they are unoccupied offices in a historical building, so we can have our curtains open no probs in the daytime, even night, but no one does that anyway right.. Nowhere you live is perfect.. there's always something. Like I say be very glad you're not stuck renting like so many, best of luck.
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On Sun 15 Oct at 9:05am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Surely a troll. Even if someone was dumb enough to buy a house without seeing it in daylight, the fact that opposite was nothing but houses would surely give them a clue that the view from the front would be of ... houses.
Anyway, if it bothers you that much OP, I have a house on the Nevill with a glorious view of the town, the castle and the downs right across to Windover Hill. From upstairs, you can see as far as Crowborough Beacon and Windmill Hill as well.
Yours for let's see ... 550k?


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