Couple turn £2,500 London double-decker bus into luxury home

Instead of renovating an old property when they decided to move in together, Charlie MacVicar, 26, and her boyfriend Luke Walker, 27, bought a bus.

The couple refurbished the 544-square foot London double-decker bus, turning it into a luxury home.

They knew they wanted to live together without paying huge amounts for a mortgage or for rent.

As Charlie’s dad owns a bit of land in Essex, she and Luke decided to pay a small fee to him, to rent out the bus in the area.

Now, their new home contains a fireplace, bathtub, a wood-fired stove and a walk-in closet.

Upstairs, there is the sleeping space, including a bed, two nightstands and a TV, the downstairs has the kitchen and living room.

The kitchen stocks an oven, stove, microwave, farmhouse sink, fridge, and washing machine.

The dining room also seats three people while the living room has two benches and a small desk space.


Charlie and Luke bought the property in 2017, spending £15,000 on renovation after purchasing the bus for £2,500.

The couple has lived on the bus – which was still in use a few months before they bought it – since 2018.

It took the couple a year to convert to convert the vehicle, which they even used to commute to work. Since the pandemic, the two are now WFB (working from bus).


During lockdown, the couple has been managing fine, as the bus is connected to electricity, WiFi, and water, and gas gets delivered.

They also have enough space upstairs and downstairs to facilitate both of their work needs, with Charlie working as a logistics coordinator while Luke works for an insurance company.

Outside of the bus, they have a patio with outdoor seating and two goats as pets to watch over. They even have a pond nearby giving them some pretty neat views.


Bus life suits the couple just fine. Charlie told Insider: ‘You just forget that you’re on a double-decker bus, and then you just have to sort of think, “Wait a minute, I’m having a bath on a double-decker bus,” It’s a weird thought.’

Though there are plenty of plus sides, the only downside is the temperature. Despite having installed heaters, a wood-fired stove, and an A/C unit, the bus isn’t insulated, making it cold during winters and sweltering in summer.

But still, there are worse places to live.

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