Advise me on nice cheap London areas!

(41 Posts)
MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 17:29:26

Have only ever rented in London, and haven't lived there for years. Trying to weigh up 'travelable to London' with 'edge of London'. Also would now want to buy (for about 50p).

Here are my criteria:
Nothing urban and edgy - Hackney definitely isn't for me.
Green bits
Somewhere with decentish transport links
Naice shops

Does this even exist?

QuintessentialyHollow Mon 30-Jan-12 17:34:19

Dont come the house prices are more absurd than the properties on offer.

However, if you go a little bit further east, to Wandsworth, where council tax is cheap, links to Waterloo (or district line) decent, I can offer you a reasonable little pocket (close to the green spaces of Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park), that is the Dover House conservation area

charitygirl Mon 30-Jan-12 17:34:26

Hmm, not much is affordable and naice! Saw a few decent shops last time I was driving through Hither Green (se13) and it's cheap round there. Very suburban and near blackheath and Greenwich but very much not posh! Wouldn't call it urban, but not affluent. Same goes for Ladywell nearby.

I know there are bits on the Essex edge of n London which might meet yr criteria, but that's not my manor.

QuintessentialyHollow Mon 30-Jan-12 17:36:54

From Dover House road area, you can go to nearby Barnes (by the river, with lovely pond and great quaint shops and boutiques, restaurants and cafes), East Sheen (slightly more urban, but with excellent shops, and Waitrose), and Putney, where you have a highstreet with everything you need, including Wagamamas and Halfords, Waitrose and Sainsburies, Benetton, poundshops, Jigsaw, TkMaxx, and the Putney Exchange shopping centre.

MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 18:01:29

Hhm. I know Hither Green and East Sheen. East Sheen would be WAY out of our price range. Maybe we need to go much much further out. Should I be thinking about places like Whetstone? Barnet? Harrow? No idea if any of those places are cheap!

Lived in zone 2 last time, so those places would have been like living on the moon!

This is how two friends of mine ended up in Exeter, they looked further and further west to keep it cheap...

QuintessentialyHollow Mon 30-Jan-12 18:02:27

No, you need to go to Dover House road. All I am saying is, if you live there, you have East Sheen, Barnes and Putney in easy reach, but house prices are much cheaper.

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 30-Jan-12 18:03:40

What is your budget and what are you looking for?

MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 18:04:13

Just looked at the rightmove link, and the cheapest house is three times what ours is worth!

goingtoofast Mon 30-Jan-12 18:06:37

How about moving to Herts, rail links to London are very good. Harpenden, St Albans, Welwyn Garden City are nice places.

MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 18:06:46

bibbity, I think we could be screwed. We may need to move to London(ish) for work, but don't know yet. Our current house is worth about 125K, although we could probably get a mortgage for a bit more than that.

We'd need somewhere with either 3 beds, or 2 bed, 2 reception.

Please don't laugh.

QuintessentialyHollow Mon 30-Jan-12 18:07:25

How many beds do you need? Must it be a house, or can it be a flat?

bibbitybobbityhat Mon 30-Jan-12 18:08:47

I promise I am not laughing but I think it will be impossible to find what you are looking for within London itself.

goingtoofast Mon 30-Jan-12 18:09:24

I think you will need at least 220K even in Herts.

QuintessentialyHollow Mon 30-Jan-12 18:12:32

Will you be interested in shared ownership? Will you or your dp be able to renovate and buy a doer upper?

notcitrus Mon 30-Jan-12 18:12:46

Can't see you getting anything over 1-bed for £150k anywhere in London, sadly.
On the other hand, if you will need to be in London, the larger salary should cover something bigger.

I'd look at Streatham, which is cheaper than Surrey, has green spaces, excellent transport links and while not many 'nice' shops has a few good places plus said transport gets you to Balham's Waitrose etc and Dulwich very easily (and Croydon in 10 min by train, for your large dept stores). A bit south is Norbury and Thornton Heath, which have green spaces and not bad transport but are generally run-down suburbs. But cheaper...

MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 18:15:28

Thank ladies, this is kind of what I thought. Just wanted to make sure I hadn't overlooked anywhere.


DrownedGirl Sat 04-Feb-12 09:46:41

Try Leyton/Leytonstone

issimma Sat 04-Feb-12 10:02:44

Does it have to be London? How about somewhere with good rail links in? Market harborough, for example, is an hour away and house prices much lower than London.

jasminerice Sat 04-Feb-12 10:06:26

We're in kingston. Your budget would buy you a studio flat. But all your other criteria are covered.

Plumstead (zone 4) is cheap and green but doesn't have marvellous transport links.

Rhubarbgarden Sat 04-Feb-12 13:27:27

Camberwell? No tube, which keeps prices low-ish, but bus and overground train links are excellent, and it is zone 2 which means cheaper transport costs. Lots of parks, and gardens are relatively large considering proximity to the centre. I would consider it 'mixed' rather than 'edgy' or 'nice', but it has some good restaurants and Dulwich is nearby for nice shopping. Nunhead and Peckham also worth considering, again quite mixed but there are some pleasant enough streets.

You probably would need to increase your budget though.

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:03:27

Cheers for the ideas.

I think a studio flat would result in carnage. grin

No, it doesn't have to be London, would be happy with a reasonable commute. I've been away from London for nearly a decade, and I have a very slow paced life now with village shops and a beach, not sure I could cope with Camberwell!

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:06:50

Have wondered about where is within commuting, suggestions so far are Hove, Hastings, Leigh on Sea, Whitstable, Lewes. Other ideas very welcome!

cece Sat 04-Feb-12 14:09:43
cece Sat 04-Feb-12 14:15:13
MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:20:56

Thanks cece, wonder if that man is included in the price for the Ashford house. grin

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 04-Feb-12 14:24:22

You need to specify exactly where you need to commute to, and then look out along those tube/train lines. Eg if you're working in EC3 then you should look in Essex, and there's no point looking out west.

Lareine Sat 04-Feb-12 14:24:51

train tickets from that far out are excruiating...

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:30:06

Don't know yet, both me and DP are freelancers who would get more work in London, so we're weighing up whether we should move. It's all a bit chicken and egg at the moment, trying to look at our options.

EDRefugee Sat 04-Feb-12 17:29:43

As Lareine said, watch out for the price of commuting. Can easily run £5k/year. Just be sure to budget trains into your plans, so you know what you're getting into. The fares increase every year.

Chunkychicken Sun 05-Feb-12 18:50:15

We're selling our house. Outside of London BUT walking distance to Ebsfleet International (15mins) which takes you into St Pancreas in, like, 20ish minutes. Not an affluent area as such, but Bluewater shopping centre is maybe 15mins drive and it has green areas etc etc. Just a thought...;jsessionid=4078EF9EDC7AB4DA70BA69D488868B82?page=19&cc=html5%2Fhomepage.html%3Fgoto%3DHOMEPAGE#details

If you want cheap then you need to look in South East London. Plumstead, Woolwhich, Eltham. It is v hard to find anything under 200k though.

MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:20:44

There are places in London where you can buy a 3 bed house for less than £250k, Edmonton, Walthamstow, Southall, Harrow Weald among others.

MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:22:41

Oh sorry I just saw the bit about nice shopping. blush

MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:31:55


SwedishK Thu 23-Feb-12 19:54:05

3-bedroom flat in hemel hempstead. 25 minutes by train to Euston or 1 hour by bus to Victoria.

zebrafinch Thu 23-Feb-12 23:42:10

Consider East Dulwich, plenty of green space, The Rye and Duwich park,no tube but overland rail links, very good community feel. not sure about affordability as prices have risen

merrymuzzie Tue 26-Mar-13 23:46:01

Difficulty is that cheap usually comes with edgy - unless you go far out.

If you want cheap with good transport links then how about finsbury park? Zone 2, excellent tube, rail and buses. Near to all that Islington has to offer, but a bit dodgy at night.

Don't go to Leyton unless you don't mind getting mugged on the way home regularly - I say this knowing people who live there.

southnorwoodmum Wed 27-Mar-13 00:05:19

South Norwood! Still cheap(ish) but prices have risen lately. Lots of quiet residential roads with compact period houses. Excellent commute (12mins fast train to London Bridge), overground line. Within easy reach to Crystal Palace and Beckenham for a night out.

I cannot believe someone one here is suggesting area like East Dulwich - it is nowhere cheap!!

CandlestickOlder Wed 27-Mar-13 00:40:45

Was just about to say the same! East Dulwich is £££££

Why not rent OP?

Goodwordguide Wed 27-Mar-13 00:42:21

Just leaving Dover House <sob> -I'm sure I must know you in RL Quint - now we're leaving, happy to out myself (live on corner of DH with Sw)

miss I would look east at Essex? Expensive commute but cheap housing.

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