Northallerton Estate Agent Highlights Local Pond Life
“Things you may not need if you live at this house: Concrete. An allotment. Workout DVDs. Exercise bikes. Last minute trips to the petrol station for flowers. Packaging. A carbon footprint. A grocery bill.”
“Plus you will enjoy doing new things: Being scruffy. Taking in new smells; manure, compost … smoking out your neighbours, wielding garden tools. Bonding with a good shed. Being boiled in your greenhouse. Gazing at pond life.”
Mr Bebbington says the reference to the small and pond life is literal.
“I sent a letter to each individual house to explain the meaning of each statement. But some people haven’t changed their views. Some let me know by phone or email and a couple have come into the office.”
Quick! Open the windows:
“If you put a pond in the garden you could gaze at the pond life. When I do my gardening I don’t wear my good clothes, I wear my scruffy clothes.”
“I have nothing against these people. I have sold houses in the street before and will be quite happy to sell them again. I was gobsmacked when I found out about the uproar the description had caused. The ad was just a reference to one house and its garden. How on earth can you apply that to a whole street? I think it’s their interpretation, and they are entitled to their opinions, but I don’t see how it can be misconstrued.”
Can you smell something..?