Thanks to the magic of science, a whole generation has grown up with devices in their pockets that can send messages around the globe, summon taxis within minutes, and make their faces puke rainbows. But there is one thing the millennials can’t do: own property.
By utilising the 3D mapping technology used by estate agents to make virtual tours of homes (as featured on websites like Rightmove and Zoopla), millennials can now ‘live’ in any house they want, for a fraction of the price.
Seasoned virtual pioneer Jennifer Graham was one of the first of the millennials to put on a headset and enter her new home:
“I did [a virtual reality experience] recently where you try and survive in an apocalyptic wasteland. But I kept on thinking: this could actually happen in the next 5-10 years. I want to escape reality. ”
“Right now, I’m standing in my very own garden cooking up a halloumi steak on the barbeque for my dog Frida. It’s a real buzz. I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined ever being able to afford my own house, or garden, or dog, or halloumi in real life.”
Skynet, the curators of the the virtual reality experience located on Bristol’s Harbourside, say the ‘immersive homeowner experience’ has proven a huge hit with millennials:
“Many of these unfortunate young people, through no fault of their own, find themselves without rich parents, so they are unable to reach even the lowest rung of the housing ladder.”
“Using this latest technology, we are giving these kids a chance to rent the feeling of owning a home, which is basically like owning a home, but with none of the risks or benefits.”
The cost of one half-hour homeowner experience is only £25: considerably cheaper than buying a house. However, to live uninterrupted in your virtual home for 25 years you would need to spend £10,950,000 (slightly more than the average Bristol property at the time of writing).
The potentially high prices don’t seem to have deterred the young thrill seekers, however. One happy customer we spoke to, who wished to remain anonymous, said he planned to visit as often as he could:
“In real life, I live in a flat-share, so it’s nice to get some time to myself. For just £25 I can lay stretched out on the sofa and I get to watch whatever I want on the TV. I’m totally addicted to Murder She Wrote right now.”
Following their success, Skynet have revealed they are already working on an ‘even more addictive experience’ that could ‘possibly lead to the downfall of civilisation’.
‘Avocado on Toast Simulator’ opens to the public this summer.