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Describe a house or apartment you want to live in

IELTS Cue Card Question 134 with Model Answer:

Describe a house or apartment you want to live in.

You should say:
  • what it would look like
  • where it would be located
  • what facilities this would have
and explain why you want to live there.  

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Humans have always been dreaming of living in a luxurious house and accordingly my dream is also similar to the other human beings. I want to live in a large and luxurious house as I do not want experience any challenge with my living at home.

The house should be a duplex building with spacious rooms and corridors. There should be ample space for movement after placing the furniture. Besides, the rooms need to be well ventilated and south facing is preferable. Generally, the south-faced houses have natural light and air supply. So, one does not need to spend more bucks after electricity or arrangement for artificial air coolers. Besides, the houses should also contain several bedrooms. The living room needs to be spacious as I have to place a wide range of furniture than the regular living rooms in the tiny apartments. Besides, the house should have sufficient numbers of bathrooms with modern fittings and facilities. I would like to have a balcony with my bedroom facing the south side from where I could smell the fragrance from the garden. At the night times, I will place a chair on the balcony to enjoy the night views, especially the moonlit nights. 

Though I love rural regions than the urban areas for a tranquil environment, I wish to have the house at the corner of an urban street. I chose to live in a corner of the city for several reasons. First, such corner areas are usually free of the bustle of the cities. Since there are few crowds the noise level remains at a minimum level that is pleasant. Secondly, the cities are blessed with modern facilities which are unavailable in the rural areas. The connections of the internet or large shopping malls or standard groceries are not available. But I need those to lead my life. Generally, the rural areas are quiet and I will create such an environment around my house. But if the house is in the centre or middle of any street, it is impossible to bring the rural flavour inside the house. If I surround the house with foliage and gardens, it will look like a large house in the rural areas. Moreover, I will have access to the necessary places and public transportation facilities which are also rare in the rural areas.

The house should have all the modern amenities and facilities. It should have a telephone connection to connect with the rest of the world in line with my cellular phone. Besides, internet connection with satellite television network is a must. I usually do not watch television but my parents do. For them, I need to satellite television network. The house should also have a fine garage to keep my Porsche 911 (though older, the car is of great use) with me. A small driveway is a plus with the garage. The doors should be made with the finest woods while the windows would be made of Thai glass window without any grills or restrictions. The roof of the house should also be large and I intend to plant some small plants on the rooftop garden. Besides, the entire building should have the opportunity to cover with small plants that go attached to the walls. The other issues like the fittings, tiles and necessary elements in the kitchen and bathrooms should be of the top class.

I generally prefer to live in a large house for its benefits. I have been born and brought up into a large house and being a nuclear family we did not have many family members except the three of us (my parents and me). So, I had ample spaces to move on inside the house and play around the day. So, the habit of living in a large house has been formed since my early childhood. I cannot live in small apartments and those appear like a cage to me. Breathing becomes difficult (literally). Besides, I also need a quiet place to live in. So, I need a large house with all the available facilities of the modern days and at the same time, it should be peaceful. Neither my parents nor I prefer noise and do not make so as well. A silent environment in a large house is the most desired thing for me and my family.



Model Answer 2:
I do not dream of living in houses which are large. Rather I need a place where I can live with peace of my mind. In fact, I need a small house to live in. Thank you for your nice question and I am happy to let you all know about it.

I do not have any problem with the house space but the interior needs to be beautiful. To be frank, I do not need a swimming pool inside my bedroom but I need enough space to place my bookshelf. I do not need a house that will look striking from a mile away, rather I need my place should be well decorated with necessary furniture and other stuff. Moreover, I need a personal space to read books or listening music or enjoying movies.

I do not love hustle bustle of city life but I have no alternatives left. I will try utmost to get the house at a corner of the city so that I am not disturbed. I do not need any scenic location for my house. Rather I need a calm and quiet place for living. On the other side, the location needs to be filled with foliage. I love trees and will create some space for them too. So, the location needs to be near nature. Finding such a place is really difficult in Thailand. Almost all the open lands have been filled and commercial structures have been constructed on the spaces. Hence, I am in search of such a place to build my house.

This is a modern age and certainly, I expect some modern facilities for the house. First of all, the house should be well ventilated. It should come with larger windows. The tiles and other necessary fittings should be of high standard. Moreover, the house should have access to continuous civic facilities like gas, water and electricity supply. I also need alternative backups for the facilities lest I do not need to suffer for any of those when there will be an unexpected interruption. I need another facility for my house- the communication system needs to be improved.

I want to live in such a house for many reasons. I work for a multinational corporation and need to remain busy round the day. Moreover, I need to plan and execute some strategic decisions. So, I need a comfortable place to think over the matters. It is my study which I think as the best place for such purposes. If I get the required environment, I would be able to make the plans and visualise their implementation process clearly. Moreover, such a house is necessary for a healthy living too. Therefore, I want to live there.


If you can comfortably talk about this topic, you should be able to talk about the following Cue card topics as well:
  • Describe beautiful house or home you have seen. 
  • Describe a house or apartment you have lived in. 
  • Describe your house or home. 
  • Describe a large house you have seen. 
  • Describe a well-furnished apartment you have seen. 
  • Describe a place you would like to live in. 
  • Describe a tall building you have seen. 
  • Describe a room you have lived in for a long.

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