BBC Antiques Roadshow star's £230k 'fleapit' house was 'unfit for human habitation'

Expert Andy McConnell on Antiques Roadshow
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Antiques Roadshow's glass expert Andy McConnell has candidly shared his experience of splashing out £230,000 on a home that he deemed 'uninhabitable'. Andy, who joined the BBC programme in 2005 and is known for his extensive knowledge of glass, recently faced a daunting health diagnosis.

He has been quite open about the former state of his 'fleapit' abode, which he described as 'unmortgageable' and 'unfit for human habitation', located in the picturesque town of Rye, East Sussex.

Speaking previously to This Is Money, Andy revealed, "I own my home, mortgage-free. It's a two-bed house right on the beach outside Rye." He recounted his property journey, saying, "I bought it four years ago for £230,000 and it's definitely gone up in value. It was a total fleapit when I bought it and unmortgageable."

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He managed to negotiate a significant reduction, stating, "In fact, the particulars said it was unfit for human habitation so I thought it was just right for me and got £95,000 off the asking price.", reports Birmingham Live.

Discussing the renovations, he added: "All I've done so far is install a new bathroom and new boiler but I'm planning a complete renovation."

Andy also shared a savvy strategy for reducing his living costs, explaining that he spends half the year in South East Asia as "a money-saving exercise because I don't have to pay to heat my house in winter".

Before its closure during the Covid lockdown in December 2020, Andy was the proud owner of Glass Etc, the largest antique and vintage glass shop in Britain, situated in his hometown of Rye on the Sussex coast.

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