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Sisterhood gets new definition: Seven girlfriends buy mansion to grow old together

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : KAVITA MALLYA
Published Jul 4, 2019, 3:06 pm IST
Updated Jul 4, 2019, 3:06 pm IST
Seven Chinese friends, who have been friends for more than 20 years, bought a house to retire and die together.
The friends purchased a dilapidated red-brick house and completely remodelled it to a light-filled and glass-coated beauty. (Photo: Screengrab)
 The friends purchased a dilapidated red-brick house and completely remodelled it to a light-filled and glass-coated beauty. (Photo: Screengrab)

Seven Chinese girlfriends from the city of Guangzhou knew each other since a young age. Their 20 year friendship took a unique twist when they decided to live together.

It started out as a joke in 2008. The girlfriends, who were previously colleagues, had decided that they would get together when they were 60 and live together. That dream slowly started taking shape and in 2018, they pooled together around USD 584,000 and purchased a 7,535 square-foot house in the outskirts of Guangzhou, a city near Hong Kong, reported NY Post.

 

The friends purchased a dilapidated red-brick house and completely remodelled it to a light-filled and glass-coated beauty. The three-and-a-half story house is surrounded by paddy fields. The first floor is a common living area for the friends, including a kitchen and living room. The other floors have individual bedrooms and bathrooms which each room having a glorious view of the sunrise over the paddy fields.

The house also features an outdoor pool and a glass washroom beside it. Keeping up with the Chinese tea drinking tradition, the ladies also built a tea pavilion in the middle of the paddy fields connected to the main house through a bamboo walkway.

“We’ve known each other for over 20 years,” said one of the friends, who also narrated the video. “We were colleagues, and sometimes we are even closer than siblings.”

“We’ll probably cook together, barbecue in the fields, sing and collect food in the village,” another friend said in the video. “We joke that each of us should practice one skill so that we won’t be lonely and fight with each other 10 years later … Some can cook beautiful food, some know traditional Chinese medicine, some play instruments and some grow vegetables.”

The friends added that their new communal home will keep their chosen family together forever. “10 or 15 years later our children might have grown up,” the friends added, “so we also hope that we can still be together in the next years.”

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