Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Neil Foster of Foster Maddison Property Consultants Welcomes Journal Readers into His Home. Home Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Neil Foster of Foster Maddison Property Consultants Welcomes Journal Readers into His Home. Home Life

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When and where did you buy your first home?

Corbridge in 1993. I moved from Gosforth to the Tyne Valley in 1991 but with the interest rate then at 11% and property prices in free fall, I decided to rent for a year or so and waited for the right opportunity to come along.

How much did you pay?

pounds 59,999 which at that time was pounds 1 below the stamp duty threshold of pounds 60,000. It was a very attractive cottage next to the bridge over the River Tyne in Corbridge and I had to live in the first floor for the first few months while replastering and damp proofing the ground floor.

Where do you live now?

I live in Stocksfield on the south side of the Tyne Valley. We bought the house in 2002, principally for the garden and privacy. We extended the original Edwardian House which was built in 1903 and had only three other owners before us. It's ideal for commuting to school and work, but I don't know if we will be there 44 years like the last owner!

Who do you live with?

I live with my wife and daughter.

How would you describe your own home style?

Eclectic. We have a sitting room and dining room with traditional period paintwork and furnishings but a modern kitchen and master bedroom suite. When we extended the house it seemed sensible to contrast with the original rather than trying to copy the Edwardian craftsmanship. I think it works well as the kitchen doubles as a living room and draws you out into the garden environment which is the real feature of the property.

What would be your dream home if you won the lottery?

I certainly wouldn't move in a hurry but I would buy a retreat, probably near the beach. We are very fortunate to stay in a lovely cottage down at Runswick Bay near Whitby and I could gladly hide away down there most weekends. …

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