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He had to look to other areas of London to buy his first home (Picture: Getty/ Metro.co.uk)
Comedian Mo Gilligan, 33, is best known for his stand-up, presenting The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan on Channel 4 and as a panellist on The Masked Singer.
He recently bought his first home.
We chatted to him about London’s skyrocketing house prices, why he lived at home until he was 30, and his love of Homes under the Hammer.
What was the first property you bought?
It was my house, which I bought in September. I’ve just got on the ladder. I planned to buy during lockdown but I waited a little bit. I looked all over London to decide what was right for me.
I looked at Surrey, a lot of people in TV move out there, but I work a lot in London so I bought in North London. I bought a five- bedroom semi-detached house.
I’m the first person in my family to buy a property so it’s a big deal. A lot of my family and friends will be coming over.
How many places did you see?
I started looking in January 2020 and there were places I knew I couldn’t afford such as Hackney. Then I looked in Forest Hill, but when I was looking I kept getting recognised, which is nice but not when you’re looking for a house and want a level of privacy.
Then I looked in Twickenham and Richmond Park but I didn’t see myself living there. I visited loads of different areas and saw around 20 properties. I saw some of them virtually because of lockdown.
Pricey Hackney was off Mo’s search list (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
What were you looking for?
I’m fortunate to do TV and comedy but I wanted a bit of privacy as well so I didn’t want to live somewhere where kids would be knocking on my door saying, ‘Tell us who’s on The Masked Singer.’
I wanted somewhere near a park and I wanted to stay living in London. I work from home a lot so I wanted space to do that as well but didn’t have a specific number of bedrooms in mind.
Do you plan to renovate?
There is room to extend with this house, which is what I wanted — I watch Homes Under The Hammer. It’s in great condition so we don’t have to do much to begin with.
I want to decorate it and put carpets in first of all and then maybe put an extension on in a year. Hopefully one day my kids will grow up in this house. Me and my girlfriend won’t be moving for a little while.
Are you putting in a new kitchen?
No, we’ll be getting it wrapped — where you put a new cover on the cupboards. It’s already got a new double oven and a coffee maker. It’s exciting times. We will be putting in a walk-in wardrobe as me and my girlfriend have a lot of clothes.
We’ll do that before we have to turn it into a playroom one day. I’m looking forward to having my family over for Christmas and we’ve got five bedrooms so they can stay. We’re already making it a family home.
Where did you live before this?
I was renting an apartment on the Thames near Canary Wharf. It was on the top floor so I called it a penthouse even though it wasn’t. On New Year we could see the fireworks on the Thames.
And before that I was at my mum’s — I didn’t move out until I was 30. It was great — free hot water and gas. Moving out from there was a big deal and having to buy things like washing up liquid — they’re always there when you live with mum and dad.
Did that mean you were able to save up a deposit?
A little bit but then I got more successful. The day I moved out I packed it all in a van — everything was put in the flat and good to go straight away. Now I’ve had to install internet and do all the utilities.
My mum lived in Peckham, I grew up there, and I couldn’t afford to live there now. It’s like loads of places in London. Peckham’s only ten minutes on the train from London Bridge and you just need one person to understand that and then they tell all their middle-class friends.
It’s really changed. The property prices are flying up. Then shops can’t afford to stay there anymore and the people who would have usually done their shopping in the area have to go further out.
Despite growing up there, Mo’s been priced out of Peckham (Picture: Getty Images)
What’s your taste in interiors?
I don’t know — a lot of it will be my girlfriend’s choice. She’s been on Pinterest for years. I once bought a rug, she saw it, said it was horrible, and it’s been rolled up ever since.
I got it from Ikea. It was like an old Persian rug but had ‘Keep Off’ written on the pattern. I thought it was cool, but she hated it.
How ‘smart’ will your home be?
I want every remote control possible. I want remote-controlled blinds and I want to turn the lights off by clapping. I want solar panels for the roof as well.
I’ve been talking about getting a compost heap — I never thought I’d get to that stage. Even walking into the house and knowing I own it will take some getting used to.
Mo Gilligan stars in the new Purplebricks ad campaign Let’s Get You Sold.
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