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7 Girlfriends Decide To Spend The Rest Of Their Lives Together And Buy A House For $580k
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7 Girlfriends Decide To Spend The Rest Of Their Lives Together And Buy A House For $580k

Remember the four gal pals from the popular series ‘Golden Girls’, who lived together in their retirement? Well, 7 Chinese best friends are attempting to do the same in real life. These women just bought a beautiful house which they are planning on sharing once they retire. Amazing friendship goals, right?

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The group of 7 best friends decided to retire together and here’s how they made it happen

It all started as a joke among this group of friends, because who could have the guts and even resources to attempt retirement planning of this scale? But as it turns out, these women have exactly what it takes. After one of them found a 700 square meter house in the suburbs of Guangzhou, their plans of living together have been put into action.

They have known each other for more than two decades. These closer-than-siblings friends have been thinking about spending the last days of their lives together for over a decade. “We [said that we] would get together when we were 60 and find a place to retire,” one of them told Yitiao.

What could have forever stayed just a dream was turned into reality last year once the group put together 4 million yuan ($580,000) and bought the house.

The abandoned redbrick house was swiftly turned into a beautiful modern mansion by clever home renovation. The three and a half story estate surrounded by beautiful hills, forests, and a garden promised these young women a calm retirement with a companionship of life-long friends.

The retirement home features shared space on the ground floor and separate bedrooms for each of them on the upper floor. The furnishing reveals an excellent taste for interiors, with most of the furniture imported from India and Morocco.

All of the women share a love for tea, so it was a no-brainer for them that their house must include a lovely tea pavilion that is connected to the house via a wooden boardwalk.

While the house is rather secluded, located an hour away from the nearest town, women aren’t going to feel lonely and will make sure to keep themselves occupied. “We’ll probably cook together, barbecue in the fields, sing and collect food in the village,” the friends say 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 ten years later… Some can cook beautiful food, some know traditional Chinese medicine, some play instruments, and some grow vegetables.”

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Bonnie Clyde
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2 years ago

I'm not afraid to admit it - I'm totally jealous. Not of the house in particular, but that sounds like such a wonderful way to live - in an intentional community.

Susan Alderson
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2 years ago

Yes, I recently bought what will be my retirement home and it only has room for me and two cats! I hope I don't get too lonely!

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Wait, what happens if they get partners in the meantime. Will they move in too or will they leave the partner to move in with the friends?

Mandy
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2 years ago

That is exactly my question when I seen the headline.

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Kat Sotiriou
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2 years ago

I don't even have 7 friends let alot 7 besties lol

Dani
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2 years ago

Literally my thought while reading.

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All With Heart
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2 years ago

Lowkey, I've wanted to do this with my friends for a while. When you find people you feel that close to? Hell yeah. Oh, and there'd be little cats around the place too

Susan Alderson
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2 years ago

They must be some of China's elite to afford almost $100,000 each. Love the garden on the top tier. Beautiful setting.

Pocky Trader
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2 years ago

Nah. You're probably not up to date with Guangzhou real estate market in the past 10-15 years. Apartments in the city often cost more than this...sometimes even double!

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Libby Shaw
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2 years ago

I don't like people enough to live with them. But, this sounds lovely.

Gisele
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2 years ago

communes always fall apart once people want privacy

Momo Skarsgård
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2 years ago

They each have their own private space. I'm sure they will be alright

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Jenn Wong
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2 years ago

The house is beautifully remodeled and it is very hard to come by a relationships such as them. God bless. Even with own bloodline sisters and brothers are sometimes hard to reach an agreement to buy one house what's with living together. And the financial conflict may arise later on.

Simone-Catherine O’Riordan
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2 years ago

I love this idea it's like choosing a place where you and your loved ones and grow old together 

Tracy Moorhead
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2 years ago

What a lovely story, I admit I’m terribly jealous!!! 🌷

Luke Gann
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2 years ago

The Chinese people, being in the most populous country, are more socially and community oriented. While most of my friends in the US are still working hard, my high school friends back in China are most retired and are playing mahjong together, traveling together, dancing together regardless of their social levels. I think in general they look happier despite their living conditions and problems, etc.

Quentin Trihy
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2 years ago

If two women can’t get on in the same house, how will 7 manage 🤔

Lara Verne
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2 years ago

What a beautiful house.

Drive Bee
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2 years ago

It seems so unusual for a group of friends to be so close over so many years that they could do this together! I hope it works out well for them. They did a beautiful job remodeling the house, it's just amazing.

Mary Cool
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2 years ago

I just need to find the other 6 gfs to make it happen lol

Jace
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2 years ago

Only $580k??? How much more did it cost to renovate it??

Irene Walton
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2 years ago

great story

Eagle Girl
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2 years ago

"Mental note~ Make 6 friends so I can retire before I die" LOL!!

David Jeu
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2 years ago (edited)

This 'll make a nice movie when they start murdering each other.

Datsuyama
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2 years ago

Imagine the toilet paper budget....

Lee McAllister
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2 years ago

Damn! That money might buy a 1 Bedroom condo in my town...

Jordan Chen
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2 years ago

Wait, 580k for that big of a house, and in China?

John Montgomery
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2 years ago

I'm assuming it because they had to fix it up, but I agree. My sister just bought a three bedroom where they live and they're paying 300k.

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Marie Hilton
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2 years ago

Very SWEET,& INTERESTING!!! I LOVE DOGS & CATS!

meAgan
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2 years ago

Real life 7 rings

Rachel
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2 years ago

LOOOOVE THIS!

Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago

This will be more common in the future as prices go up and incomes go down.

ThatOnePanda
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2 years ago

Goals

Palo Aalto
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2 years ago

this is great.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
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2 years ago

Would be nice to have that money at that age, where is it coming from?, daddy i guess.

Heat City Sinner
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2 years ago

You know they are running a massage parlor!

Aneese
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2 years ago

All well and good now that they are young and healthy ... what happens when they are old and 70 and can't climb stairs anymore?

Doug Thomas
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2 years ago

When he was a kitten, Dougy used to join me at the computer and do this... dougy-at-t...8cb4db.jpg dougy-at-three-months-5d284fd8cb4db.jpg

Elizabeth
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2 years ago

I hope it has LOTS of bathrooms. I wouldn't want to share a house with 6 other women unless we each had our own bathroom! Can you imagine how much use it gets during that time of the month, you know they are all going to sync up.

Chaz83
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2 years ago

They're not living there now, it's for their retirement. It would be safe to say they would have all gone through menopause by that time.

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Col BatGuano
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2 years ago

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Lesbians? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Quinn Alexander
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2 years ago

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Meanwhile, a Poly group somewhere: "Hold our beers. All 12 of them."

Vlatko Šagud
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2 years ago

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Am I the only one who was unsure about this story while reading through the article? I mean, if it really works out for them, then all the best, but I haven't really heard of a lifestyle like that anywhere. I've heard of lifelong friendships, for sure, but this is a completely different category. Can it truly work out? I wish I could have a referal point to point my scepticism, but I don't. What does everyone else think?

Kathleen
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2 years ago (edited)

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Groups of women together always involve spats or more. I hope not for these ladies but that was my main thought when I saw the article. They're all unicorns and flowers right now but in 10 minutes someone will be crying and another will take sides....

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Minnie-me
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2 years ago

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7 "girlfriends" ? Or lesbians?

Meeow
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2 years ago

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I can see that they're gonna fight about this house when they got older lol Anyway the house is nice, I really like the glass box in the tea room, the greenery look so peaceful.

Ahmad Pujianto
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2 years ago

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Friends could not provide all you need in life.. A marriage still make better sense.. A good family should consist of different generation, so can take care each other.

Teri Donovan
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2 years ago

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"While the house is rather secluded, located an hour away from the nearest town, women aren’t going to feel lonely and will make sure to keep themselves occupied" Newsflash: by the time they are ready to retire that house is NOT going to be in the middle of nowhere. Add to that, I predict the first disagreement will be who gets what bedroom. Sorry but, 7 women in one house is a recipe for disaster.

John Smith
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2 years ago

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I was hired to live in the man quarters and keep them happy. Tough job but someone has to do it.

Jennyne
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2 years ago

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I can't get the video to load. Where are all the husbands??

Andy ReRe
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2 years ago

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Probably been said already, but if they're looking for a live-in man-servant, I'm available! No need for my own bedroom, they can pass me around each night.

RAPE
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2 years ago

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Until one of them gets a boyfriend and leaves other pathethic losers behind.

Bonnie Clyde
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2 years ago

I'm not afraid to admit it - I'm totally jealous. Not of the house in particular, but that sounds like such a wonderful way to live - in an intentional community.

Susan Alderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, I recently bought what will be my retirement home and it only has room for me and two cats! I hope I don't get too lonely!

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Wait, what happens if they get partners in the meantime. Will they move in too or will they leave the partner to move in with the friends?

Mandy
Community Member
2 years ago

That is exactly my question when I seen the headline.

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Kat Sotiriou
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2 years ago

I don't even have 7 friends let alot 7 besties lol

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Literally my thought while reading.

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All With Heart
Community Member
2 years ago

Lowkey, I've wanted to do this with my friends for a while. When you find people you feel that close to? Hell yeah. Oh, and there'd be little cats around the place too

Susan Alderson
Community Member
2 years ago

They must be some of China's elite to afford almost $100,000 each. Love the garden on the top tier. Beautiful setting.

Pocky Trader
Community Member
2 years ago

Nah. You're probably not up to date with Guangzhou real estate market in the past 10-15 years. Apartments in the city often cost more than this...sometimes even double!

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Libby Shaw
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't like people enough to live with them. But, this sounds lovely.

Gisele
Community Member
2 years ago

communes always fall apart once people want privacy

Momo Skarsgård
Community Member
2 years ago

They each have their own private space. I'm sure they will be alright

Load More Replies...
Jenn Wong
Community Member
2 years ago

The house is beautifully remodeled and it is very hard to come by a relationships such as them. God bless. Even with own bloodline sisters and brothers are sometimes hard to reach an agreement to buy one house what's with living together. And the financial conflict may arise later on.

Simone-Catherine O’Riordan
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this idea it's like choosing a place where you and your loved ones and grow old together 

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
2 years ago

What a lovely story, I admit I’m terribly jealous!!! 🌷

Luke Gann
Community Member
2 years ago

The Chinese people, being in the most populous country, are more socially and community oriented. While most of my friends in the US are still working hard, my high school friends back in China are most retired and are playing mahjong together, traveling together, dancing together regardless of their social levels. I think in general they look happier despite their living conditions and problems, etc.

Quentin Trihy
Community Member
2 years ago

If two women can’t get on in the same house, how will 7 manage 🤔

Lara Verne
Community Member
2 years ago

What a beautiful house.

Drive Bee
Community Member
2 years ago

It seems so unusual for a group of friends to be so close over so many years that they could do this together! I hope it works out well for them. They did a beautiful job remodeling the house, it's just amazing.

Mary Cool
Community Member
2 years ago

I just need to find the other 6 gfs to make it happen lol

Jace
Community Member
2 years ago

Only $580k??? How much more did it cost to renovate it??

Irene Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

great story

Eagle Girl
Community Member
2 years ago

"Mental note~ Make 6 friends so I can retire before I die" LOL!!

David Jeu
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

This 'll make a nice movie when they start murdering each other.

Datsuyama
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine the toilet paper budget....

Lee McAllister
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn! That money might buy a 1 Bedroom condo in my town...

Jordan Chen
Community Member
2 years ago

Wait, 580k for that big of a house, and in China?

John Montgomery
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm assuming it because they had to fix it up, but I agree. My sister just bought a three bedroom where they live and they're paying 300k.

Load More Replies...
Marie Hilton
Community Member
2 years ago

Very SWEET,& INTERESTING!!! I LOVE DOGS & CATS!

meAgan
Community Member
2 years ago

Real life 7 rings

Rachel
Community Member
2 years ago

LOOOOVE THIS!

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

This will be more common in the future as prices go up and incomes go down.

ThatOnePanda
Community Member
2 years ago

Goals

Palo Aalto
Community Member
2 years ago

this is great.

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
2 years ago

Would be nice to have that money at that age, where is it coming from?, daddy i guess.

Heat City Sinner
Community Member
2 years ago

You know they are running a massage parlor!

Aneese
Community Member
2 years ago

All well and good now that they are young and healthy ... what happens when they are old and 70 and can't climb stairs anymore?

Doug Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

When he was a kitten, Dougy used to join me at the computer and do this... dougy-at-t...8cb4db.jpg dougy-at-three-months-5d284fd8cb4db.jpg

Elizabeth
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope it has LOTS of bathrooms. I wouldn't want to share a house with 6 other women unless we each had our own bathroom! Can you imagine how much use it gets during that time of the month, you know they are all going to sync up.

Chaz83
Community Member
2 years ago

They're not living there now, it's for their retirement. It would be safe to say they would have all gone through menopause by that time.

Load More Replies...
Col BatGuano
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Lesbians? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Quinn Alexander
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Meanwhile, a Poly group somewhere: "Hold our beers. All 12 of them."

Vlatko Šagud
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Am I the only one who was unsure about this story while reading through the article? I mean, if it really works out for them, then all the best, but I haven't really heard of a lifestyle like that anywhere. I've heard of lifelong friendships, for sure, but this is a completely different category. Can it truly work out? I wish I could have a referal point to point my scepticism, but I don't. What does everyone else think?

Kathleen
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Groups of women together always involve spats or more. I hope not for these ladies but that was my main thought when I saw the article. They're all unicorns and flowers right now but in 10 minutes someone will be crying and another will take sides....

Load More Replies...
Minnie-me
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

7 "girlfriends" ? Or lesbians?

Meeow
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I can see that they're gonna fight about this house when they got older lol Anyway the house is nice, I really like the glass box in the tea room, the greenery look so peaceful.

Ahmad Pujianto
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Friends could not provide all you need in life.. A marriage still make better sense.. A good family should consist of different generation, so can take care each other.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

"While the house is rather secluded, located an hour away from the nearest town, women aren’t going to feel lonely and will make sure to keep themselves occupied" Newsflash: by the time they are ready to retire that house is NOT going to be in the middle of nowhere. Add to that, I predict the first disagreement will be who gets what bedroom. Sorry but, 7 women in one house is a recipe for disaster.

John Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I was hired to live in the man quarters and keep them happy. Tough job but someone has to do it.

Jennyne
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I can't get the video to load. Where are all the husbands??

Andy ReRe
Community Member
2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Probably been said already, but if they're looking for a live-in man-servant, I'm available! No need for my own bedroom, they can pass me around each night.

RAPE
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2 years ago

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Until one of them gets a boyfriend and leaves other pathethic losers behind.

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