As estate agency publicity wheezes go, selling a model village via your estate agency is one of the better ideas, guaranteed to grab attention and raise eyebrows among amused potential customers.It’s something that Norfolk estate agency Arnold Keys has grabbed by the horns after being tasked with selling a complete model village owned by an elderly vendor who couldn’t it within his next home.The large structure has now been set up in the company’s Sheringham high street branch complete with a mini church, pub, farm and a working model train and, of course, a house with a mini Arnold Keys For Sale sign outside its front gate.Quirkiest propertyClive Hedges (below), who has worked in estate agency for 45 years, says the model village is not the quirkiest property he has sold during his long career.He also famously sold a dolls house as well as Norfolk’s smallest property and a police station.“We were asked to go and value a house by a gentleman who wanted to downsize to a flat and when he said he was going to dispose of the model village as he wouldn’t have space, I just couldn’t let that happen,” he told local media.The owner of the model village has agreed to donate its full sale price to local charity Nelson’s Journey, which support bereaved children and young people and is the official charity of the seven-branch estate agency. model vilage arnold keys July 19, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » In Pictures: Norfolk estate agency’s ‘model’ property listing previous nextAgencies & PeopleIn Pictures: Norfolk estate agency’s ‘model’ property listingUnusual request by vendors leads to Sheringham branch of Arnold Keys to set up model village in its branch with a view to a sale.Nigel Lewis19th July 20190743 Views
Manoj & Madhuri built their home with Ownit Homes, with the focus on creating enough space so their daughters could stay at home as long as possible.They are often labelled “kidults” or “boomerang kids” – adult children who still live at home.But not all parents are so keen for their grown-up offspring to fly the nest.Manoj and Madhuri Vemula are bucking that “grow up and leave” mentality, and have moved in to their new, purpose-built home at Highvale in the Samford Valley.Constructed by Brisbane-based Ownit Homes, the six-bedroom house was designed to allow their two daughters, Mousami, 27, and Mounavi, 22, to stay under their wing as long as possible.“We want our girls to stay as long as they need to,” Ms Vemula, who works in the industrial relations sector, said.“In our culture (Indian), it is common for several generations to live under one roof.”The family recently made the move in to their dream home, leaving behind a four-bedroom house on a small block at Taigum.Their new home has six bedrooms, each with an ensuite, a large entertaining area and media room, a granny flat and two acres of land.Its completion marked the culmination of years of hard work, after the family moved from India 15 years ago in pursuit of the great Australian dream.“We saw Australia as offering so many more opportunities. This is our dream come true,” Mrs Vemula said.“The girls were growing up (Mousami, who works in human resources, recently married, and Mounavi is a doctor) and with real estate the way it is, we wanted to give them the best opportunity to succeed when they do move out.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“I would have them at home forever if I could, and I would welcome any future grandchildren here.“It’s not unusual in our culture to have several generations under the same roof.“I lived with three generations. We look after each other.”But no one gets a “free ride” in the Vemula home. Rent and bills are paid, and chores are shared.Ownit Homes managing director Brad Ganim said his company was seeing an increase in people wanting an extra bedroom or space away from the main living areas.“Grandparents or extended family can live there or it can be used as a teen getaway,” he said.“People are recognising that the kids may be around longer and are building accordingly. We’ve seen it grow in popularity over the past few years.”In October last year, Bold Living director Brett Boulton said the modern family had come full circle, with many grandparents now sharing a home with their children and grandchildren.“This new-age family co-living is making housing more affordable for the younger generation and is attractive to grandparents who get to spend more time with their kids and grandkids and have room to park the caravan when they’re not travelling,” he said at the time.