Table of Contents
- You purchased your first home and you’re only 22!
- What sort of work?
- How did you make it personal?
- What’s the secret to achieving so much at such a young age?
- Would you recommend buying as young as possible?
- Any DIY disasters?
- Does it feel good to have somewhere secure?
- Best moment so far in the property?
- Best bit of advice for buyers?
- What plans do you have for your home next?
- You travel around a lot – do you have a dream place to live?
The young racing driver has climbed onto the property ladder (Picture: David Rose/REX)
Jamie Chadwick may only be 22 years old but she’s already got a string of achievements to her name.
Not only did she become the first female and youngest racing driver to win the British GT Championship back in 2015, but she’s gone and bought herself a London flat, too.
Over lockdown she got to work on her new one-bedroom London apartment, creating a space with everything she needed, from a mini gym to an e-sports simulator…
You purchased your first home and you’re only 22!
Yes, it’s a one-bed, ground-floor flat in south-west London. I got to the age where I was travelling a lot and wanted a base.
My family live in Bath but I wanted to get out and be more central and in London. It’s in a mews and it wasn’t marketed that well at all and wasn’t much to write home about.
It is small but I knew I could do a lot of work to it without spending too much.
What sort of work?
The structure was perfect and it just needed a bit of tidying up. It didn’t have any character, nothing exciting about it. Really quite bleak.
There were white walls and dirty carpets but there was a lot of natural light, which was good. I just wanted something I could make really homely. A lot went into making it as personal as possible.
How did you make it personal?
I used a lot of wood features. I wanted a wood cabin vibe, something that was cosy in the winter. I have an electric fire and wooden floor. Without wanting it to become too much about racing, I put my trophies and helmets in it.
A house for me needs to be a home. The one thing my parents told me is to not rush because things will come to you through life – get a feel for it first.
Jamie’s home is filled with racing trophies and helmets (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
What’s the secret to achieving so much at such a young age?
I think it’s all relative. In the world I’m in at the moment you definitely grow up faster. After I left school I was into a professional environment straight away and working with adults, so it doesn’t seem so relevant.
It felt like the right decision to purchase my first property. As a sports person, our careers don’t last forever, so it’s the equivalent now of me being in my mid-thirties or forties.
Would you recommend buying as young as possible?
For sure. If you are in a position to invest. Either I was going to rent or invest into something. It’s great to have an asset for the future and I don’t have to pay rent. For most young people I would recommend the same.
Any DIY disasters?
I didn’t do too much myself. I moved in to the property when I got back from New Zealand at the peak of lockdown. It was the worst time to have any issues. There were problems with the hot water and the internet and that took ages to get sorted. It wasn’t smooth sailing.
Does it feel good to have somewhere secure?
Yes, living alone I wanted to feel safe. With all the travelling I do, it’s good to have it protected. So I have partnered with Arlo and their smart security cameras to give me real peace of mind while I’m away.
Best moment so far in the property?
I only moved in March. During lockdown, I turned the place into everything I needed in a very small space. I had an e-sports simulator, a mini-gym, my bike on a trainer – I had everything I needed.
Best bit of advice for buyers?
Definitely get some security products. It gives you total peace of mind. In terms of searching, go with your gut. You don’t have that much time to um and ah. Even if it doesn’t look like much, go with your heart and hope it pays off.
What plans do you have for your home next?
If I could make structural changes I’d love to make it open-plan and more spacious.
You travel around a lot – do you have a dream place to live?
The UK is where my heart is. There is nothing like coming back home. For me there is nothing better than the UK, but I would say Tuscany if I could get a holiday home. I love my cycling so that would be perfect.
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