Nan puts her home of 102 years up for sale – and is set to make 1250% profit

A grandmother who has listed her home of 102 years up for sale, revealed that the property was bought for just £200.

Nancy “Joan” Gifford from Somerset listed the three-bed property where she has lived for more than a century for nearly £170K.

The 104-year-old’s family purchased the property in 1921 for just £200 – the equivalent of approximately £12,526 today.

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The terrace home has an asking price of £169,950 – a return of 1257% on its original price when adjusted for inflation – and is on the market due to Joan’s declining health.

The widow is leaving her childhood home and is moving into St Benedict’s Nursing Home in Glastonbury.

During her long life, Joan has witnessed some remarkable moments in history including living through the Second World War, the invention of television, and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt.

According to Somerset Live, she and her parents moved into the house when she was just two years old.

The kitchen, toilet and wash areas were exposed to the elements, while a tin bath hung on the wall outside.

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All of these have now been modernised as extensions and upgrades have been added to the home over the last century.

But the family say the home still holds plenty of its original charm.

Joan and her husband Bert met in the 1930s. He whistled to grab her attention and their attraction bloomed into marriage.

They had two children, son John and daughter Mary.

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Remembering his childhood at the house, John said: “When I was a youngster, there were so many lovely families that lived along the road, and we all knew each other.

“The times we had as children were fantastic, going across the fields, jumping over ditches, bird nesting, and swimming in the rivers, so many things children don’t do these days.

“Back in the day, most children our age knew everybody, and we all had an open house, and it was fine to leave your door on the latch. We were all poor, but everyone was happy.”


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