To wonder if we are priced out off all nice areas

(40 Posts)
Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:03:45

Or are there any nice and affordable areas? I grew up in a leafy part of Hampshire but ended up in east anglia due to relationships and work. DH and I bought a house and had children. This was all good until the dcs started school. There are a lot of parents with low aspirations, they stand outside of school smoking, swearing and drinking energy drinks. I am worried that my DCs will have no prospects here. I would love to relocate to a better area but we could never afford to live where I grew up. Any recommendations for nice but affordable towns?

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 18:06:06

Yanbu to wonder.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Fri 30-Nov-12 18:19:52

Most towns have a 'nice area'... often near the 'good school'. If your town is universally rubbish then ask estate agents in nearby towns where they'd recommend. You might find you only have to move a few miles and downsize a little to get something better.

missymoomoomee Fri 30-Nov-12 18:20:25

Are energy drinks a sign of low aspirations? confused

Acekicker Fri 30-Nov-12 18:21:52

You need to be more specific - East Anglia covers a huge area and has some lovely areas and what do you mean by affordable?

usualsuspect3 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:22:02

No one smokes or swears in Hampshire.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Fri 30-Nov-12 18:22:56

If the people smoking and swearing outside the school are also necking Energy Drinks I imagine they are scarily twitchy.....

Sounds like it's a case of the school catchment not meeting your aspirations. Have you looked locally to see if you could find somewhere you would feel more comfortable? How are your dcs doing there?

Buggered if I can see the problem with high energy drinks though.

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 18:24:49

In Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen.

And red bull is never consumed.

amillionyears Fri 30-Nov-12 18:26:44

Not sure if you are genuine or not

Assuming you are, do you have to be in or near a particular area for work or family and friends, or can you move just about anywhere?

usualsuspect3 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:27:33

The Hampshire parents drink Costa Mochachinos at the school gates.

diabolo Fri 30-Nov-12 18:30:35

Well I live in East Anglia, from oooop North originally - there are plenty of naice towns around here with some very naice schools - Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Cambridge, Ely, Stowmarket, Woodbridge, Framlingham etc etc. Even the not so nice towns have good areas along with the bad.

Visit an estate agent !

WelshMaenad Fri 30-Nov-12 18:32:55

Prospects are what you make them. I live in a cheap, economically deprived area. I drink Berocca, swear like a navvy, but am considered posh because my parents are middle class and I talk proper, like.

My children's prospects are fantastic, because I believe in them and invest time and energy in their education and the expansion of their horizons. I can do this because I don't waste my life pining for an enclave of Stokke-pushing, organic deli- shopping scrummy mummies called Tabitha.

I can only suggest you do likewise, it's incredibly fucking liberating.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:34:00


I moved from London to east Anglia... south Norfolk. Some very nice areas here!!

Narked Fri 30-Nov-12 18:34:20

There are so many lovely places in Hampshire. Totton springs to mind grin

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 18:43:31

I do beroccas every morning.

It's a right buzz.

iago Fri 30-Nov-12 18:45:14

Totton makes Shirley look classy!

If you are serious OP, what is your budget and what are you requirements for a home?

LineRunner Fri 30-Nov-12 18:47:02

Totton sounds like Trumpton.

Rollergirl1 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:47:54

Mmmmn, or Aldershot.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:48:39

Nice areas in south Norfolk that are not too expensive... diss, bungay, roydon, lopham, banham... we have a 3 bed semi detached house in one of those areas for £140k which after London prices is a bargain.

Meglet Fri 30-Nov-12 18:49:46

I had a daft idea I could maybe get a flat in Winchester (for the schools) and we would suck it up and use parks instead of having a garden.

Even the flats were out of my price range.

PoshPaula Fri 30-Nov-12 18:52:33

You want to try East Sussex. It's Camomile tea all the way. Mind you we pay a fortune to live here.

Blu Fri 30-Nov-12 18:52:43

So, have I got this right? Despite your superior aspirations, you cannot afford to live in an area more expensive than the one you live in now? Along with the people drinking Moutain Dew?

diabolo Fri 30-Nov-12 18:53:26

Fairylea I LOVE Banham Zoo - when DS was little I used to practically live there. grin

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:54:42

Diablo smile banham zoo is amazing isn't it!

Worth living there for that alone! smile

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 19:00:08

Basingstoke is in Hampshire, right? grin

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 19:12:22

i am from one of the towns mentioned on the first page..

i drink energy drinks.. some times on the school run... i find people are less judgy of that then when i take the vodka bottle.

ALL towns. have a "rough" area. and a nicey part.

lljkk Fri 30-Nov-12 19:13:07

Wisbech? Come on, give us a clue.

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 19:19:12

its raccey ;)

DuchessofMalfi Fri 30-Nov-12 19:22:28

Our part of North Dorset is lovely, with affordable properties, good schools (both primary and secondary). But everywhere has its poorer, run down areas - you can't avoid them and it would be wrong to think that you could move away to a better place because there probably isn't one.

LittlePicnic Fri 30-Nov-12 19:54:44

Minty- even Basingstoke has some nice areas!

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 20:05:59

Oh I know, I have a certain wonky old fondness for Basingstoke! Ddad (rip) lived near Basingstoke for many years, in a couple of beautiful villages.

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 20:07:16

So, come on op, what is your budget and where would you like to live? Mumsnet is great at finding places.

blanksquit Fri 30-Nov-12 20:14:41

What about Shrewsbury? Cheap rents, cheap to buy, reasonable schools, quite pleasant. Not much work though but really pretty.

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:38:53

Yes, I know that there are some lovely places in E Anglia but they are also the expensive places (Cambridge, Ely). We have no need to stay in E Anglia so I am open to any recommendations. Houses on our street are worth £130000, we couldn't get anywhere near this sized property in a decent town for that money. Not that I know of anyway.....

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:44:02

Thanks blanksquit. I am going to make a shortlist and plan some shortbreaks to thoseno aces on the list next year.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 20:45:26

Diss and banham are very nice areas as I said and houses are generally around the £130-140k mark. Plenty for children, zoos, parks, countryside etc. The most crime we ever get is a duck being run over.

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:56:05

Fairylea, agree they are nice, I have visited both but they are too small and don't really appeal. We are a mixed race family so don't want to be somewhere with very few Asian or black people or somewhere too far away from a big city.

maddening Fri 30-Nov-12 20:59:04

Hurricanes hardly ever happen smile

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