Please help me pick between these two flats...

(32 Posts)
HairyPorter Fri 13-Sep-13 16:19:01

Ooh I've just seen two lovely flats today! Flat 1 is very modern, and needs nothing doing to it, smaller flat (1300sq ft) and a small garden but 10 minute walk to school with nice-ish shops surrounding. It's a nicer part of town. Has 1 big room and 2 smaller rooms which works well when kids outgrow sharing but they will be cramped till then. It's share of freehold.

Flat 2 doesn't need loads of work doing, just a few bits, but was last refurbished about 15 years ago. It's still in decent condition. Has an amazingly mahoozive garden with an orchard and has lots more character than flat 1. But 25 minute walk to school (slightly less on public transport) and is in a very nice street in a not so nice part of town. Also the garden back onto train tracks, and you can hear the trains from the living room and kids room, but not master room. Has 2 big rooms and 1 small room so may be an issue when kids outgrow sharing... And it's leasehold (100y left)

I fell in love with flat 2 because of its character but wonder if the distance from school and train noise will be issues? And of course divvying up rooms will be tough as kids get older..

Retroformica Sun 15-Sep-13 17:58:07

Train wouldn't put me off. You stop hearing them after a while. Garden is a huge pull. Dips on bedroom is only a small issue really. Walk to school and area may be of concern.

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 15-Sep-13 08:51:08

You will get used to the trains, but when you sell you will have to accept that lots of buyers will be put off by them and it will either take you longer to sell of the value will be less as a result.

Where on earth are you that a tube line goes down the back of a garden big enough for an orchard??!!

littlecrystal Sun 15-Sep-13 08:38:48

It is so easy to fall in love with something impractical! I would choose No.1.

Mrsladybirdface Sat 14-Sep-13 21:04:15

The 100 year lease would really scare me (having had to extend a lease previously)..every year you are there the flat will lose value because of the decreasing lease.

Also look at Dangers of Leasehold

So check who the freeholder is.

WarmfeetThicksocks Sat 14-Sep-13 19:45:17

Train noise isn't bad because its steady. (Gets louder, is loud, gets quieter). It's not like car noise, where you might also have revving engines, gear changes, radios etc. I've backed on to many train tracks over the years.

Thats good! I wouldn't mind if the trains were barely audible here.

mummaemma Sat 14-Sep-13 19:14:17

so are you going to put an offer in. smile

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Sat 14-Sep-13 18:44:50

flat 2 without a doubt. You will get used to the trains (I used to live in a bungalow with the main line to London at the end of the garden).

HairyPorter Sat 14-Sep-13 18:43:32

This is the first property that we both loved and ticks most of the boxes by the way, and we've probably seen close to 50!

HairyPorter Sat 14-Sep-13 18:42:42

Dh loves flat 2 too!! Yippee!! The trains are barely audible from living room with the garden doors closed. It's a tube line unfortunately so very frequent, but the rest of the flat is just sooo lovely. smile

The trains are one thing. We used to sleep in the back room and getting woken up at 4.45am by the first train used to really upset me. We've moved bedrooms and the kids aren't bothered and don't wake up thankfully. Other things are specific to our flat - stair only access to the garden, making it a pain with two under 4 and not easy to just pop outside. Also parking but that's because of the area. DH loves the flat - he sees the trains etc as niggles.
It's leasehold but we get on with the other flat owners (just two flats) and no issues at all. Freeholder does very little!

Silverfoxballs Sat 14-Sep-13 13:27:43

What kind of regs are there on flats such as outside must be painted every 7 years and how stuff is worked out if for instance the roof leaks. Any management company?

mummaemma Sat 14-Sep-13 12:54:59

Can't see a problem with leasehold as its got 100 years on it. Never had leasehold so no experience there I'm afraid. Where are the flats located. Busy area lots of conmuters of small town. I would want to know exactly how many times a day the trains go past. Every 20mins or more frequent.And if during the night. How close if the line to the flat. I'm assuming its at the bottom of the garden. Seeing pictures will help immensely.

HairyPorter Sat 14-Sep-13 12:26:17

creature why not??? Was it the trains that put you off? Or something else?
Andnoisytoys what was wrong with the leasehold flat?
Will link later- on phone now! Viewing flat 2 again this afternoon with dh who is far more rational and likely to spot all the other negatives I missed!

mummaemma Sat 14-Sep-13 07:40:53

Are they on right move. Put the link on so we can nosey

noisytoys Sat 14-Sep-13 07:26:35

1 just because it is share of freehold. I live in a leasehold flat - never again!!

We back onto a train line. It only annoys me in the mornings but doesn't bother the children at all.

I wouldn't buy it second time around despite the huge garden (70ft), huge amount of space etc etc.

Bowlersarm Sat 14-Sep-13 07:00:36

Have you looked at them both at least twice? Have you checked his noisy and frequent the trains are?

icklekid Sat 14-Sep-13 06:57:13

2- you will want to move again out of 1 quicker because of the lack of garden and smaller rooms, don't stop looking though

georgedawes Fri 13-Sep-13 18:57:24

1

HairyPorter Fri 13-Sep-13 18:36:12

(Nursery and school are in same location), so will be a25 minute walk to get to both

HairyPorter Fri 13-Sep-13 18:35:05

It's not a bad area, just not as nice as flat 1... It's more the nursery run that's holding me back.. I think the noise will fade into the background with time and we're quite used to a fair amount of noise anyway as our rental current flat isn't fully double glazed and you can hear quite a lot of traffic.

bundaberg Fri 13-Sep-13 18:23:11

A month isn't that long to be looking.

If you def want to go with one of these 2 tho I'd go with 2

kitsmummy Fri 13-Sep-13 18:21:49

How bad is the flat 2 area? You sound like you've fallen in love with flat 2 so if the area is fine, just not quite as good as flat 1 then I would go with flat 2. If actually a bad area, then flat 1 or actually just keep looking.

TheLeftovermonster Fri 13-Sep-13 18:14:49

Flat 1 no doubt despite the lovely garden of the other one.
And I'd check the secondary schools out.

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