The terraced house is apparently back in vogue, not just in London, where I guess it’s never been out of fashion.
In itself, terraced houses are an interesting concept with the bulk of them being built before 1919 in industrial towns as “medium density housing”. They have had a recent resurgence on new developments, cutely named townhouses or less flatteringly perhaps “affordable homes”.
My first house purchase was a 2 up, 2 down, on a main road in the mill town of Shaw, near Oldham. My wife’s was too – in Leigh, Manchester. We both grew up on council estates (sorry social housing) with neighbours attached.
So I’m talking the talk, having walked the walk.
We both liked terraced homes: sturdy construction, a real sense of community with neighbours attached, and nowhere to park. Understandable though. How could the Victorians and Edwardians have planned the terraced house with cars in mind?
Same with the front gardens: often a tiny space separating you from roads that are now clogged – with those cars.
I remember nights out in Liverpool in the early 90s when rows of dilapidated terraced homes were a common sight around Toxteth and Wavertree. Not been back since. I presume those terraced homes have been gentrified now.
Same in Scunthorpe in the early 2000s when the answer to sink estates of post war terraced homes was brutal: send in the bulldozers and rebuild to clear tenants out.
The terraced house though is apparently enjoying a renaissance. It’s become highly desirable. I can see this locally, with terraced homes on the sprawling Magdalen estate in Gorleston.
Each road here is named after Oxbridge colleges, not in some faux aspirational way, but because Cambridge University, bizarrely, owned the land.
On the Magdalen estate, a recent typical ceiling price of £130,000 appears to be regularly broken with solid homes selling for £160,000. It’s a certain outstanding high school contributing to this price surge.
On the road we live on, Victorian 3 storey terraced houses command in excess of £250,000, whilst in the Golden Triangle of Norwich – see previous post – terraced homes can command much, much more.