Mark and Sabine live in Haarlem with their son Flip. Mark was born and raised here, but Sabine grew up in Twente, on a farm. Now that she has a family, she increasingly longs for that peace and space.
Since both Mark and Sabine work from home a lot, they notice that their house in Haarlem is becoming too small. They would therefore like to live larger so that they both have their own workplace.
Natasha and real estate agents Debbie and Vinod went in search of their dream home for the couple. Mark and Sabine visited four houses, one of which is out-of-the-box. In other words: a home that at first sight does not meet all wishes, but which may still pleasantly surprise them.
The wishes and requirements
Mark and Sabine have some tough demands. For example, they really want a detached house with a large garden that is not overlooked. So that they can relax and that Flip can play outside. They would also like their own driveway to avoid having to park the car two blocks away on a busy day.
In addition, they would like to have three bedrooms and two offices. Preferably in a house in the vicinity of Overijssel and built in an old style. Mark and Sabine both love characteristic houses and would like to live near Sabine’s parents. They hope to realize all this for a budget of 650,000 euros, in which they also have some leeway.
Let the search begin!
House 1: Nijverdal
The first house is immediately a big eye-catcher. The farm house from 1916 in Nijverdal is located in the middle of a neighborhood that was built in a completely different style. This house certainly has space to offer and Mark and Sabine see that too. The bathroom is completely new and with the bathroom and master bedroom on the ground floor, the house is also very life-friendly.
The house has a living area of 219 m² and stands on a plot of 755 m². The house is for sale for 650,000 euros. If you cut and paste this house in Haarlem, it would cost more than 1.2 million euros (at the time of the TV recordings).
House 2: Winterswijk
The second house that Mark and Sabine were allowed to visit is very popular. It is a national monument and was built in 1906. They are amazed when they look at the inside. There is plenty of space and the style is completely to their liking.
The living area of the house is 215 m² on a plot of 350 m². And all that for a price of 699,500 euros. In Haarlem, this house (at the time of the TV recordings) would cost just over 1,000,000 euros.
House 3: Dalfsen
The house in Dalfsen is the out-of-the-box house. The environment is perfect for Mark and Sabine. So what’s out-of-the-box about it? It is a fairly modern house from 1970. Yet, for example, the kitchen is very popular. And the house certainly offers space.
The house has a living area of 203m² on a huge plot of land of about 612m². The house is for sale for 650,000 euros. If you were to build this house in Haarlem, it would cost almost 1.1 million euros.
House 4: Heerde
The last house that the couple was allowed to view is in the village of Heerde. The house is called De Blikvanger and it is. The first impression is positive. Fortunately, the inside of the house is also well liked. Sabine is especially happy with all the stucco. In addition, the house is also nice and ready to move in.
The surface of the house is 192 m² and is for sale for 575,000 euros. This means that there is still a lot of room for Mark and Sabine to make any necessary adjustments to the house.
After Mark and Sabine have looked at all the houses, they choose house number two to live in on a trial basis. In other words: the house in Winterswijk. In the week that they are allowed to live there, they will find out how they like the house and the environment.
They will also test how commuting goes from Winterswijk to Haarlem. On the basis of the trial week, they can determine whether they might make an offer on the house, or perhaps look further.
The trial living has made a lot clear to Mark and Sabine. They think it is a lovely house and also a beautiful environment. And son Flip is having a great time there.
Sabine’s parents also stopped by to see the house. They still had a number of comments about it, but the biggest concern – which Mark and Sabine also have – is the travel distance from Winterswijk to grandparents.
Will this be him then?
The answer to this question is unfortunately no. Mark and Sabine think it’s a beautiful house and a wonderful environment, but they really think the distance to Sabine’s parents is too great. 40 minutes drive is unfortunately too long.
However, the couple has decided that they absolutely love the environment of Twente. They have really found their place here and are looking for a house that is a little closer to grandparents.
“It’s well worth it!”
We spoke to Mark and Sabine to find out how they are doing now – well after the recordings – and asked them why they decided to participate in the program. And… would they finally have found their dream spot?
The couple says that they actually once told friends that they would like more living space. When the program came up, Mark and Sabine were encouraged to sign up. The next day Mark did that unannounced and a few weeks later Natasha showed up on the doorstep.
Participating was a new, but very pleasant experience for the couple. “It was a lot of fun and educational to participate!”, says Sabine. By participating in the program, the couple got a very clear picture of what they were looking for in a house. “Despite the fact that we could and were allowed to do our own thing,” says Sabine, “you also have to deal with program planning and that takes energy, but it is well worth it!”
In the episode, Mark and Sabine say several times that they hesitated between two houses. One of those two was of course Winterswijk, but what was the second house? “The house in Heerde was surprisingly large and had a characteristic exterior,” says Mark, “However, the location was not ideal.” That is why they eventually chose to go on trial living in the house in Winterswijk.
Through the educational process of the program, Mark and Sabine learned that the location of the house was more important than the house itself. After their participation, they have therefore reduced their search area to the municipality of Hof van Twente en Lochem. This has resulted in a very good result. In March 2022 a very nice house from 1910 came on the market.
The detached house has been completely modernized, but has retained all the characteristic elements. The location is perfect: close to Sabine’s parents and a stone’s throw from the center. The couple made an offer and as of December 2022 they will live in Goor in Overijssel!
The timing couldn’t be better, because in the meantime Mark and Sabine have a son. They are overjoyed with their new home and their beautiful family. We wish them a lot of fun and even more happiness in the future.