LONDON – The first thing that comes to mind when I hear about the London house where I have lived for nearly five years is the smell of cooking oil.
The kitchen, where I spend the majority of my time, is a mixture of the old and the new.
The old kitchen has a smoky smell, and a very, very dark red, the result of an oil flame.
The new kitchen is a mess of pots and pans, with a few dishes on the floor, and no kitchenware on the counter.
In the first month of my stay, I didn’t even have a fridge, let alone a sink.
The kitchen smells of cooking, but there’s also something else.
There’s a sense of déjà vu, a nostalgia that is hard to explain.
“I think it’s a bit of a nostalgic thing,” said the owner, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of repercussions from the police.
“We’ve all gone through a phase where we’re in our twenties and we don’t really know where we are anymore.
I don’t think that’s going to last very long.”
One of the reasons why London houses have been so popular is because they offer the illusion of permanence, the idea that you will have a permanent home, and if you have the money, you can buy one of these houses and never leave.
I spoke to a number of people, some of whom have been there for two years, who told me the appeal of the London houses is not in the homes themselves, but the atmosphere.
“They’re very laid back,” said one of the owners, who prefers to remain unnamed out of fears of repercussions.
“You can come in and have a meal and not have to worry about how to get out of bed or what to do for the next day.
It’s quite relaxed.
There are a lot of people here, and you can just relax.”
There are also advantages to living in a London house.
I asked one of my London house chums what he thought about the idea of living in one of them, and he said, “I don’t know.
I haven’t decided yet.
It could be very relaxing, but it’s also very expensive.”
A number of houses in the capital offer a different experience to what one might imagine.
“If you have a flat, it’s just like living in your home,” said another London house owner, “but in a different place.”
The difference is that in a flat you are able to buy and sell a property, but you can’t move, and this is something you don’t get with a London home.
Instead, you are confined to a single house.
“There are a number London houses that offer something different,” said a third London house owners.
“I haven’t been able to find a home that is as good for people as a London property.
You can go to the beach, go to London bars, have a night out, and all of a sudden it’s your home again.
I’ve never found a home like that.
You’re in London, but not in London.”
I spoke to one London house that offers a more permanent home for those who wish to live permanently.
The owner told me that she had a friend who moved to the capital for a year, and the two of them moved into the same London house in a week.
The two people, who are both now over 60, shared a flat with other members of the same household.
“There was a bit more of an atmosphere in there,” said Emily, who lives in the house with her partner, a friend and two children.
“It’s not like living with someone you’re friends with.
We’re like a family.
We spend a lot more time together than most people do.
It has a more comfortable atmosphere, and I think it makes the relationship stronger.”
For some, the house offers a different perspective.
“It’s different because you have so much space, you have space for your kids,” said Julie, who also moved to London to live at the same house with three children.
Julie has lived in one London home for the past four years.
“In the first two years of my life, I had three kids,” she told me.
“At the moment, I’m on my fourth.
It was a lot different for me.
I was on the move, I was getting married, I started a family, and then I got a divorce.”
I had the opportunity to go to a London flat and spend two months with my kids in the first three months of my marriage.
It made me feel like I had the stability of a permanent residence.
“You can have the same kind of experience as living in London,” said Ashley, a London family.
“The house is a great place to get away from it all.
It feels like you’re back in your own home.
You have a home and you’re home