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The Printworks

On 28 Dec 2011 at 5:38pm hart wrote:
As a potential buyer and DFL, I've read through some of the posts about 'The Printworks' from 2009.
The authors do not seem to approve of the build, or the planning relating to this development.
Has anything changed for the better since then; the render for instance, the drainage, or even the the noisy square down pipes ?
What's it like to live there ?
All advice appreciated. Thank you.
On 28 Dec 2011 at 6:18pm Lewes Martyr wrote:
With all those probems probably best to stay in London!
On 28 Dec 2011 at 7:08pm Surveyor wrote:
I would suggest you take a slow walk round the outside with your eyes open, where you will notice cracks, peeling paint, render that looks like Steevie Wonder applied it, really poor application of mastic around the windows and in the construction joints and all the time remembering the company who built it went bust shortly afterwards.
There's a reason those of us in the building industry nicknamed it the "Pantworks"
On 28 Dec 2011 at 8:12pm Eh? wrote:
What does DFL stand for?
On 28 Dec 2011 at 8:35pm Hart wrote:
re. EH?
Gleaned from previous posts I take it to be a narrow minded and slightly derogatory term for London buyers of property in Lewes...see 'Lewes Martyrs' post above.
Here's an example of how it might be used.
When talking to an estate agent; 'I'm DFL(Down From London) looking to buy a flat in the Pantworks'
Thank you 'Surveyor'. Much appreciated.
On 28 Dec 2011 at 8:49pm Eh? wrote:
Aaaah, thanks!
On 28 Dec 2011 at 9:27pm Hart wrote:
re. EH?
You're very welcome.
I bet you thought it was an abbreviation used by ScotRail for Dunfermline railway station.
Are you DFL too ?
On 28 Dec 2011 at 9:40pm JOINER MAN wrote:
The company i work for have already replaced some of the doors and windows for owners. Just goes to show what crap work went into these buildings in the first place.
On 28 Dec 2011 at 11:52pm IMEYOU wrote:
DFL = Donut From London
On 29 Dec 2011 at 12:37am Hart wrote:
I can appreciate that 'donut' might be a way of describing anybody who buys a flat in this development given the information supplied above by surveyor and joiner man.
The properties on the market in The Printwoks seem well overpriced at 250,000 and that's after price reductions....
On 29 Dec 2011 at 1:07am KENDO CASTER wrote:
There are loads of places in Lewes for around the £250.000 mark, so why buy there, you can have my house for that.
On 29 Dec 2011 at 6:01am Yawn.... wrote:
But you live in a shed!
On 29 Dec 2011 at 8:22am DFL wrote:
Eh? - I stand for freedom of speech !!
And for the record, I used to live in London (well suburbs at least), but I'm not from London, I'm from LEWES !! 1
Perhaps I should call myself Burb (as in The Burbs) - what do you think ? And what should be the criteria to be recognised as a DFL anyway ?
On 29 Dec 2011 at 10:23am BRUSSEL SPROUT wrote:
I've been wondering that?........ I just bought in Lewes after selling in London - but I previously lived in Brussels.......... but I grew up in Lewes, first 18 years....... So I'm a DFL? or an OFB? and I half understand the complaint about DFL's, I'm aware that no way could I have afforded to buy a house in Lewes had I not benefited from the vastly over-inflated rise of property prices in London. On the other hand....... it's not a one way thing, local people are happy to sell to Londoners for good prices (hell, anyone really...)
Now the Printworks...... personally I would not bother looking there, so expensive, for what? a crappy new build, don't get the attraction really.
Another point regarding the DFL thing, who else is going to buy a property on a flood plain? when I was house hunting and all the Estate Agents thought I was just another DFL they all made out that the flood thing was no biggy....... Having seen the floods and having had many friends flooded out of their houses I knew otherwise.
On 29 Dec 2011 at 10:31am bastian wrote:
it has only been up a year and the roof has just been replaced..avoid it, the building will not last the 25 year mortgage.
On 29 Dec 2011 at 11:28am Eh? wrote:
No im from Lewes
On 29 Dec 2011 at 12:31pm DFL wrote:
Brussel Sprout - Lived and worked in Holland a while, so looks as if we have similar backgrounds, and also know what you mean about Lewes estate agents, but fore-warned at the time, hence why I'm well away from t'Ouse.
On 29 Dec 2011 at 2:50pm UFB wrote:
Yes it's all a little annoying. I'm from Brighton but left there to live in London, new York and France. Now i have returned to Sussex and settled in lewes as it suits me now. I'd had several family members living here since the 70s. In fact 4 generations of my family have lived here at one point or other. To some of the in bred locals I'm a dfl I'm sure and always will be.
What happens when their families have to move to Denton or wherever? Do the locals hate them for taking the housing that their children can't afford?
I always thought that prejudice was a bad thing...
On 29 Dec 2011 at 3:07pm BRUSSEL SPROUT wrote:
My family has been in Lewes or the surrounding area for at least 550 years - and that's only as far as we know about... so probably longer. I'm loving being a DFL!
On 30 Dec 2011 at 7:22am me wrote:
DFL - it's an attitude, not where your from.

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