Olwen Evans describes viewing her east London house for the first time as a revelation. “Even though it was blandly decorated from top- to- toe, fully carpeted in cream wool and seemed to have plasma televisions above all the fireplaces, a bit like a modern hotel, the house itself was a gem.” It was Olwen’s elder daughter Amelia who found the sale particulars on a web site and alerted her mother immediately as Georgian houses in the area so rarely come onto the open market. “My younger daughter Alice was leaving home for University so it seemed an ideal time for a complete change of scene from my Victorian villa in Surrey. I knew this part of London a bit and was working near St Pauls at the time, aware of the battles to save the area from decades of developer’s plans. I have always loved Georgian houses for their scale and beauty so the idea of moving into one of these precious houses in the area appealed enormously,” says Olwen.