After a month or so of spending every weekend, and a good deal of weekday evenings, looking for a new flat, to buy, in the Crystal Palace area, today I think I finally found one that I actually would like to live in!
Of course, it's still early days, and all manner of things could go wrong between here and actually moving in, so I'm not getting my hopes up just yet. But the hassle of trudging around estate agents, endless phone calls, train journeys, staring at maps, making polite noises, and so on, has been a bit wearing. That said, it's still an exciting, if slightly terrifying process.
Another month, of course, and the Home Information Pack (HIPs) law kicks in. I'm not sure how that'd change things, or if there's about to be a sudden rush by homeowners to put their flats on the market and avoid the fee.
Incidentally, I've suddenly developed quite an interest in the Crystal Palace Park developments. As well as looking forward, my interest has piqued to do some research and reading around the history of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, which is quite fascinating. Arguably, it was the first 'theme park', and departed from the Crystal Palace at Hyde park in being less museum-y and more of an entertainment destination, liberally mixing the real and the artifice. I'm sure that I'll return to this subject in a future project at some point.