Help us find a place to live! SE London and beyond

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whatsagoodusername Mon 11-Nov-13 12:52:04

We are looking for a house to buy with the massive budget of £250k. We are currently in Mottingham, SE9, and DH commutes into Angel on the northern line from London Bridge. We have been looking at Eltham and Kidbrooke, but I think we will be unhappy with the size of house we will be able to afford.

So we have decided to look a bit further, but I have no idea where to look! I don't drive at all and while DH has a license, we don't have a car and would rather not. So near a station with reasonably frequent, fast service into London (London Bridge or St Pancras ideally, but any station will do).

We need a 3 bedroom house with a garden, no structural work needed but happy with cosmetic improvements. Close to good primary schools as DS1 starts reception in 2015 and DS2 the year after. Based on what I have seen so far and where we have been living, I think we probably want upwards of 1000 sq feet floor space (the DC have a lot of toys!).

Any ideas? I know it's not a lot of money, but I'm hoping somebody can come up with a nice, not too pricey area for us!

ilovemybabies123 Mon 11-Nov-13 14:36:21

Kent smile direct train lines to st Pancras and London bridge. Rochester or Strood are nice

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 14:46:02

i live in crawley and I think that it would suit your requirements... i believe three bridges station goes direct into london bridge

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 14:47:27
Putthatbookdown Mon 11-Nov-13 15:16:38

Tonbridge/Tunbridge wells
Sevenoaks nice and nearer to London

DancingLady Mon 11-Nov-13 15:24:40

Plumstead or Woolwich? Think Plumstead's nicer.

whatsagoodusername Mon 11-Nov-13 16:14:11

Thanks everybody! I'll look into these.

Bundaberg, is there much noise from Gatwick in Crawley/Three Bridges? I quite liked the look of that house, and the DC would love the airplanes, but not sure how noisy it would be? People always complain about being near airports!

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 17:32:28

no, not noisy at all. i don't think we're actually under any particular flightpaths or anyhting

CreamyCooler Mon 11-Nov-13 20:23:11

I'd second Crawley (really fast train service) or the outskirts duch as Copthorne or Crawley Down if you are after a bit of a villagey feel. or another option is Bexleyheath/barnehurst/welling in Kent.

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 20:27:53

Hither green!!!!!

DancingLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:30:12

Gilly you won't get a 3-bed house in Hither Green for 250k! Catford, maybe, only just - it's going up (a bit).

littlecrystal Mon 11-Nov-13 20:39:57

I don't know Sydenham are that well but this is within your budget and seems a good value for money.

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 20:43:37

just to add, the house I linked to is in Three Bridges so only a few mins walk from the train station, but there are other areas where you'll potentially find more houses and are just as nice maybe 10-15 minutes walk/cycle away.
There are quite a few footpaths criss crossing the town, so some areas that look out of the way may not be!

in fact... i may quite soon be selling a 3 bed end of terrace if you're interested grin

SanityClause Mon 11-Nov-13 20:54:57

Surely you could find what you wanted in Mottingham?

Something like this?

barebranches Mon 11-Nov-13 21:00:52

you can def fine a 3 bed in mottenham fir below 250 surely... mine cost 220.
kidbrooke is trying to be blackheath and is massively overpriced!

LondonJax Mon 11-Nov-13 21:04:14

You could look at Ashford, Kent. We live about ten miles away and hubby uses the high speed from Ashford International to St Pancreas frequently. It takes about 35 minutes. Plus, of course, you have the Ashford to Paris etc going form there. It took us two hours literally door to do when we went to a friend's wedding in Paris recently. John Lewis home store opened in the town this week and there is a designer outlet place plus the usual suspects for shops. As far as supermarkets, depending on the part of town, you have Waitrose, Sainsbury, Asda and Tesco. There is also an out of town cinema and restaurant complex. I don't know much about schools, DS goes local in our own town. But a quick look at Rightmove shows semis and detached houses in your budget so may be worth asking around. Like most places it has its good and bad areas. We moved down here from the Bexleyheath area sfter thirty years in the area and wouldn't go back. But, as I said, we are ten miles away from Ashford proper so I am basing my view on Saturday shopping and cinema trips.

LondonJax Mon 11-Nov-13 21:05:48

Hope you can decipher the above! I hate these bloody tablet things!

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 21:06:06

Oh I totally didn't read the op properly! I thought it said £350k!
I'm in HG at the mo in a 2(and a half) bedroom house.
There's a really nice house on my road for £325k at the mo so was going to say the op could move in and be my neighbour grin

DancingLady Mon 11-Nov-13 21:08:36

grin I'm in HG too, it's very nice but prices have gone crazy in the last couple of years! And we're on the 'wrong' side of the tracks... smile

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 21:15:35

Ooooh dancinglady... Wonder if we have seen each other!

Which side is the wrong side?! shock

AllabouttheE Mon 11-Nov-13 21:15:58

Around Sidcup you could try Albany Park. It's within budget but houses shift very fast. There are none for sale at the moment it would seem.

And Bexleyheath, Barnehurst, parts of Crayford and Dartford.

But everything is sold on rightmove at the moment so not so helpful

DancingLady Mon 11-Nov-13 21:37:50

Gilly the side nearest to Lewisham Hospital is considered the 'wrong' side. The side near to Manor House Gardens is posher smile But the 'wrong' side has Cafe of Good Hope and Cissy Wears so is pretty great.

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 21:53:45

Oh im not on any of those sides! I'm near leahurst road/ennersdale road ... Kind of!

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 21:54:14

Actually that probably means I'm on the wrong side then grin

GillyBillyWilly Mon 11-Nov-13 21:56:17

I'm on the "good" side of the railway line but only JUST! I wouldn't say my road is good or bad... Pretty average!

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