Would Jane Austen have been a property addict?

Would Jane Austen have been a property addict?

A week or so ago would have marked the birthday of the beloved novelist, Jane Austen. As we know, Bath held a special place in her heart, which is why our city still honours her today.

Her novels are filled with fascinating characters, beautifully described with all their quirks.  She seemed to notice every small detail, those that could be seen and, more importantly, felt.  Yet amidst her weaving plots, and twisting tales are some other very important stars, as alongside her characters are the properties in which they live, that they strive to obtain or admire from afar.
 
It is safe to say that if Jane were alive today she would be a property addict like many of us are.  Scouring the property websites such as Rightmove for those dream homes that only a lottery win would enable us to own, and having a nosy at the apartment down the street that has just come onto the market.  We like to think she would have continued to place glorious properties at the centre of all her stories.
 
As estate agents, we can learn a lot from her descriptions of fictional properties, let’s take Pemberley, for example, the home of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Pemberley, she leads us to believe, is incredibly grand, set within a stunning landscape, and makes a lasting impression on first sight.  She writes:
 
“It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; -- and in front, a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal, nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!”
 
We hope you’ve had that feeling when you’ve seen a building or a future home that has taken your breath away.  It may have been the home you’re in now, or a visit to an historic building, and from the minute you step inside your imagination runs wild.  Just like it did for Jane Austen, property plays a central part in all of our lives; each new home is kind of like a new chapter in our lives, and we’re proud that we can play our part in helping you along the way.
 
As the years roll by and generations of our families move, this time of year inspires us to reminisce about the holidays that have been before.  The times we spent as children, those fun family traditions that are unique and sometimes strange, the loved ones that are sadly no longer with us.  Our homes are central characters in our lives today as much as they are in each Jane Austen novel.
 
Whenever you’re ready to start the next chapter in your story, The Apartment Company is filled with property addicts looking forward to helping you move.  We’re not here just for today, but for all the years to come.  From all of us, we want to wish you a wonderful New Year.


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