Winifred Flemming, aged 106, still lives in the house she bought in 1945 for less than £800 which has risen to a staggering £550,000 and she has no plans to move out
A 106-year-old woman who bought her house in 1945 for £800 has lived there ever since – and her house has now worth £550,000 .
Winifred Flemming bought her house in West Wickham in the South East London 77 years ago.
During that time, the property’s present value has increased by a staggering 68,650%, The sun reports .
Winifred, or “Win”, now lives alone after her husband Henry passed away in 1997.
She says she remains “combat fit” and has no plans to move out and into retirement homes.
But despite her old age, “Win” is closing calls to move into assisted living.
The pensioner claims she’s still “combat fit” and able to take care of herself – and says there’s no place she’d rather live.
Win bought the house for less than £800 – and the house is now valued at at least £550,000.
Win told The Sun: “I’ve worked extremely hard to be able to afford this house – which I originally bought for just £800.
“When I moved here it was a beautiful area and I always had a lot of friends and family here.
“I have felt so comfortable here over the years and many of my most treasured memories all took place within these walls.
“I never considered moving as my whole life has been built around my coffee shop business which I have owned for 28 years.
“During my time here I did a lot of work on the house and now it really is the perfect home. I intend to stay as long as possible.”
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Win has attendants to help her wash up, but doesn’t need any other help.
Win’s granddaughter Janine, 47, said: “Amazingly, grandma still occasionally brings cups of tea and cooks.
“She’s such a caring person and doesn’t let her age discourage her positive outlook on life.
“There may come a time when we need to start thinking about moving her, but right now she’s not going anywhere – she’s made that very clear.
“Win still reminds everyone when to take out the bins each week and what to do around the house.
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“She always says ‘I wish I could go out into that garden’ because she’s spent so much time there over the years.
“Even though caregivers come, she always does her best to help them dust and clean up.”
Janine added that accepting help from caregivers does not come naturally to Win.
She added: “When we first got her help she had a hard time letting go of control because she always wants to do everything for herself no matter what it is – that’s just the kind of person she is .
“One thing she says a lot is, ‘I’m going to miss the simple things in life, like never being able to climb a ladder again,’ and I think that came out of fear that they were losing their independence could.”
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