Location, Location, Location viewers have slammed a couple with a £750,000 budget who demanded their London home needed a second bathroom despite there only being two of them – and said they’re being ‘mugged off’ because property is much cheaper in Wales.
In last night’s episode of the Channel 4 show, Kirstie Allsopp set out to help Elliot, who currently lives in west London, and James, who lives in Bicester, near Oxford, both in their late twenties, find their first place together.
While their preferred areas were Putney and Richmond, the couple’s money in the pricey area of south London didn’t go as far as they’d have liked – especially when it came to their long list of requirements.
But despite Elliot, who works in educational technology, saying to Kirstie he didn’t want to get ‘mugged off’ when it came to getting value for his money, viewers were then left baffled when he proceeded to consider a £26,000 kitchen valuation and insisted on needing more than one bathroom.
‘Why are they unable to cope with just one bathroom for f***s sake? And also if you have a £700k+ budget and still can’t find something you like then you need a bl***y good slap!’ wrote one, while a second penned: ‘Speaking about being quoted 26k for a kitchen like he’s asking for a coffee!!! AGAIN this is the guy who said he doesn’t want to be mugged off..’
Location, Location, Location viewers said that couple Elliot and James, who had a £725,000 budget, ‘need a good slap’ after they demanded an bathroom despite there only being two of them – before considering spending £26,000 on a new kitchen
‘If we were looking for a cottage this would be wonderful,’ said James, to which Elliot commented: ‘How much would it cost to put another bathroom in?’ Pictured, the one bathroom in the cottage
Despite Elliot opening up to Kirstie saying he didn’t want to get ‘mugged off,’ he later told how he was considering a £26,000 kitchen valuation in a Windsor property they had fallen in love with. Pictured, the kitchen
Taking to social media, one person penned: ‘Why are they unable to cope with just one bathroom for f***s sake? And also if you have a £700k+ budget and still can’t find something you like then you need a bl***y good slap!’
However, before even taking the couple to view any properties, presenter and property expert Kirstie Allsopp was sure to make clear to the couple what their budget would get them in the area.
‘We love having friends to stay so having the space to host guests and to entertain is really important,’ explained Elliot, to which Kirstie added: ‘The finances need to stack up and the big numbers involved here are giving them the wobbles.’
James’ partner continued: ‘I grew up in the South Wales valleys. The idea of spending £750,000 on a Victorian terrace house when I know they cost £150,000 to £200,000 back in Wales, there’s an element of me needing to feel like we haven’t been mugged off.’
Kirstie reassured that she was there to ‘make sure that doesn’t happen,’ before adding: ‘I don’t like having a reputation for being mean, particularly in this initial meeting, but to sit here and say, £750,000 is not enough, it’s just the reality of the situation.’
The couple described one of the bedrooms in the cottage as a ‘perfectly fine size’ with ‘average storage’ before saying another was ‘really really small.’ Pictured, the exterior
One person took to social media and wrote: ‘I’m drooling over this cottage but I know they’ll complain about the single bathroom’ (pictured)
She went on to note their criteria and continued: ‘You don’t want a flat, you want a house. You want two double bedrooms and the possibility of a working space.’
First up was a dainty cottage in Cottage, which came £25,000 under their budget, but it was clear from the outset that Kirstie had quite the task on her hands, with the couple declaring they’d have to spend additional money by adding a second bathroom.
‘If we were looking for a cottage this would be wonderful,’ said James, who runs his own successful tech company, to which Elliot commented: ‘How much would it cost to put another bathroom in?’
Baffled viewers were quick to take to social media, asking why it was so essential the couple were in such desperate need of two bathrooms.
The couple’s luck was in when it came to the next property in their wildcard area of Windsor, which was on the market for the top end of their budget at £750,000. Pictured, the exterior
The Windsor property boasted a nicely done ground floor with a through-lounge (pictured) leading into the all important open plan kitchen diner
The property also features a decent size garden, plus a home office (pictured) already in place – which delighted the couple
While there was only one bathroom rather than their ideal two, there was space to make amends in time. Pictured, the one bathroom
One sarcastically wrote: ‘How did we ever manage when families of four or five had one bathroom (no downstairs loo, no en suite)?’
A second questioned: ‘Add another bathroom!?’ while a third penned: ‘I’m drooling over this cottage but I know they’ll complain about the single bathroom.’
And it wasn’t just the singular bathroom that failed to impress the couple, who rated the appearance of the cottage a mere five out of ten.
Entering one of the bedrooms, Elliot described it as a ‘perfectly fine size,’ before branding the storage space ‘average’ and the second bedroom ‘really small.’
However, their luck was in when it came to the next property in their wildcard area of Windsor, which was on the market at the top end of their budget at £750,000.
With a nicely done ground floor with a through-lounge leading into the all important open plan kitchen diner, it also boasted a decent size garden, plus a home office already in place.
Elliot and James wanted two bedrooms but the property offered them four – three on the first floor and one in the attic. Pictured, one of the bedrooms
The additional bedroom in the attic (pictured) also gave the couple picturesque views of Windsor castle
Elliot and James wanted two bedrooms but the property offered them four – three on the first floor and one in the attic.
But while there was only one bathroom rather than their ideal two, there was space to make amends in time – and the pair were delighted with the property and keen to put in an offer straight away.
‘Oh my god, look at it! Now we’re talking. Oh my gosh it’s amazing. It’s gorgeous,’ gushed Elliot.
‘What do you make of the kitchen itself?’ asked Phil, to which James replied: ‘It’s a good size- the cupboards might need replacing.’
Kirstie added: ‘I’ve just painted a kitchen very similar to this white and it was transformation. I thought thank god I didn’t go to the cost of changing the whole kitchen.’
But before any deals were set in stone, Kirstie showed them another house just a few doors down – which she admitted wasn’t quite as good value – and they seemed to love the extra bathroom space.
‘I’m super glad we saw this, but that other house is beautiful. We would just need to spend some money on it making it perfect,’ said Elliot.
After Elliot revealed he has been quoted £26,000 for a new kitchen, Kirstie covered her face with her hands and said: ‘Oh my god, that’s obscene!'(pictured)
The couple (pictured) decided to make an offer on the first Winsor property they fell in love with, and their offer of £745,000 – £5,000 under the asking price was accepted
Taking to social media, one person penned: ‘£26k for a kitchen, is it gold plated??’ while a second commented: ’26k for a kitchen! They saw you coming!’
But while James nodded when Kirstie said that was something that didn’t need to be done immediately, Elliot continued: ‘I went to a kitchen showroom this morning and they quoted me £26,000 this morning…’
Gasping in shock, Kirstie covered her face with her hands and said: ‘Oh my god, that’s obscene!’
Elliot continued by saying it was ‘useful,’ but Kirstie quickly interrupted saying: ‘No, stop stop stop! You’ve winded my Elliot.’
James more reasonably suggested spending £1,000 on painting the cupboards instead.
‘£26k for a kitchen, is it gold plated??’ wrote one person who tuned in, while a second penned: ’26k for a kitchen! They saw you coming!’
A third added: ‘£26,000 on kitchen doors ?! WTF,’ while another suggested: ‘Just paint the kitchen now and you can have a new one a bit further down the line.’
The couple decided to make an offer on the first Windsor property they fell in love with, and their offer of £745,000 – £5,000 under the asking price was accepted.