AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011 - (Page 48)
What was your first step on the property ladder?
‘I got my first house in 1983 when I was just 20 – it was a wedding present from my parents. It cost £80K and was in Mill Hill. As soon as we moved in, I got to work on doing it up. It was a three-bedroom detached house, but by the time we left it was a four-bedroom detached house. Even back in those days, I kept it simple: all white, no fuss and two bathrooms. ‘We sold it one year later for £110K – a lot of money in those days. It was a sad time for me, though, as in that year both my parents died. However, I then inherited money from them and moved on to my next property.’
Nicki Waterman has combined her career as a journalist, TV presenter and personal trainer to the stars with property development…
NIckI’s FIrst propErty
Is there a house you lived in which you haven’t liked?
What was the buy that gave you a leap up the ladder?
‘After leaving Totteridge I had £210K. I decided to rent and concentrated on my personal-training business and journalism. I thought that I might not buy another house, but it wasn’t long before I got the bug again. As I was on a reasonably good income,
I was able to go for a maximum with my mortgage – so in 2001 I borrowed £330,000 and got myself a house for £540,000 in Radlett. ‘I bought the worst house in the best street in a great location. It was much more my type of house – old, crumbling down, with lots of character. My two children, Alex and Harry, were both at private school, so I was stretching myself to the limit and never stopped! I was on GMTV, writing and personal training, but at weekends I’d hit the flea markets >
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‘The next house we moved to! It was in Totteridge and cost £310K new. It was a Berkeley Homes property – beautiful, but not for me. I was never happy there. I was upset about my parents and eventually my marriage failed. So after 13 years, I left my husband and I left him the house, too. I started all over again.’
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011
HELLO FROM SARAH
MAKE IT A DATE
PASTE IT UP
TO LET OR NOT TO LET?
KEYS TO THE DOOR
QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
BEST OF THE BRIGHTS
STORE IN STYLE
SHAKE IT UP!
NIGHT ON THE TILES
THE TEMPERATURE’S RISING
BURN BABY BURN
KEEP IT IN
DON’T BLAME THE TOOLS
AT Home with Sarah Beeny - December 2011