Something's got to give, but what

(43 Posts)
TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 14:50:33

DH and I are looking to move. We can be very flexible but generally we want:

- 4 double bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms (to use one as a study / potential 5th bedroom)
- 1600/1700 sq feet
- good size garden (50ft square min)
- close to a good primary school
- nice road - quiet, preferably a village location
- within 1 hour door-to-door from a London terminal (eg 20 min walk and 30 min train or 5 min walk and 50 min train)

I haven't found anything perfect yet, I keep finding ones that tick most of the boxes.

So, if this was your list - what would you sacrifice first?

Oodsigma Thu 28-Mar-13 14:55:27

Does everyone need a double bedroom?
Do you prefer large garden or quiet rd? We live on a busy(for our area) road but we got a garden this way.

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:32

What do all bedrooms need to be double? We have three doubles and a good size single which does us fine with three kids. Or do you have children sharing. Often four bed houses will have a slightly smaller fourth bedroom.

Also expanding your search about further from London (our commute is about 1hour 15min) will give you more options and reduce prices.

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:42

Why... doh

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 15:01:38

In the future we might have 1 or 2 more children (we have 2 already) and so I want enough room for that. We also have family to stay a lot so I would like enough space to sleep guests as well.

Where are you happy? I am not averse to a slightly longer commute

SunsetSongster Thu 28-Mar-13 15:01:56

What's your price range? How about this:

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37296181.html?premiumA=true

grin

Maybe 2 reception rooms and a kitchen/diner would be easier to find?

Happypiglet Thu 28-Mar-13 15:07:27

Sunset that is a price tag!
I live in a lovely village to the west of Bedford.
Good train links to London St Pancras. But can't really walk to Bedford station but 5 mins in car.
Lots of lovely large plotted sixties housing.
Good schools.
Library, drs, shops, close to Bedford and 25 mins from MK
My four bed house is no where near the price tag of Sunsets house!
I have three kids, they all have their won room, we have pull out underbeds for guests! It works fine for us..

SunsetSongster Thu 28-Mar-13 15:10:00

My suggestion isn't even perfect though as it's not a village location - Cambridge is pretty quiet though...

spotty26 Thu 28-Mar-13 19:00:17

You should buy my house...not a village Furzedown in Tooting! Ticks all boxes and is 1991 sq feet!

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:58:22

Um sunset that is a leetle bit out of our budget. We can spend £500k but I want to max at £480k.

There are lots of houses out there that fit some of the bill but none so far that fits it all.

We sacrifice the quiet road. Though safety wise we are on a service road parallel to a busier one. Fantastic forever house, much better commute for DH and amazing garden.

Having lived in quiet place (village) which needed a drive to the station - although only 5 minutes was a tiny country road which was lethal to walk in the dark (utter PITA) or town with a walk to the station (albeit 15 mins) would do the walk to the station every single time.

If you give us your price range and if you have a north/south/east/west preference you may get some suggestions...

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:24:02

If you show me a house I haven't seen I will be impressed, not done much work recently grin

I am looking at Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Bucks, Oxfordshire. Told you we were flexible!

This is the house we're going to see on Saturday, looks lovely and impressive floor space for Guildford but look at where the A3 is on the map!

cross-post!

we chose a town instead of a village. that was our compromise. we met our criteria - same as yours.

(half the price and in the Midlands, so no actual use to you!)

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 21:57:45

Buy my parents house! One of the rooms is techincally a single but you could squeeze a double in. Needs to be redecorated though.

I can link if you like ;)

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 21:59:59

[[ http://m.rightmove.co.uk/quickPage.html?page=8&cc=html5%2Fhomepage.html%3Flocation%3DSanderstead%26goto%3DRESALE_SEARCH_DISAMBIGUATION]]

3 fab primaries nearby and 30 mins to London.

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:01:08
AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:02:14

Argh 5 bed semi in sanderstead 499950

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 22:07:34

That house will be horrendously noisy, used to live in Guildford not that close to the a3 but we could still hear it. I think the road noise would put me off using the garden. Also A3 jams there quite a bit so pollution will be high. From your list I think you need to re-think the village location given the areas you are looking in for that budget. Crazy prices! Also you may have to compromise on 4 double beds. You can probably get something close to the size of house you want in Redhill, it's not my favourite place, but London Bridge/Victoria 35 mins. schools aren't brilliant and it's certainly not a village location.

SquinkieBunnies Thu 28-Mar-13 22:28:56
Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 22:30:26
AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 22:39:22

Thats the one. Its my childhood home and have been living there for the last 5 years with my own family. We are about to buy our first house and my parents are selling up.

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:08:07

Thanks for the suggestion guys, we are currently living in Epsom. I don't really want to move to Croydon or Redhill, I don't know so much about them but I think I would prefer somewhere a bit quieter.

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:08:41

Although Angry the house does look lovely!

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 23:14:32

Ok, so is location more of a priority for you over size of the property? Out of the areas that you have listed I only know Surrey and bits of Hampshire and Sussex. To be honest with your budget, I think you will need to look at smaller properties if a quiet location is what you are after.

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Mar-13 23:17:45

Jeepers, OP, that Guildford house is sandwiched between the A3 and the A31. Hope it has decent double-glazing.....

But seriously, you usually have to sacrifice something from tour ideal house list (unless you just won the lottery), and you just need to work out what that is. Friends of mine live in a massive house on a busy road, but space was their absolute priority so it worked for them.

We needed a big house, so live in an ugly one! Nice area, though.

CointreauVersial Thu 28-Mar-13 23:18:52

In fact, we are just up the road from you....!

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:20:32

Prawn what I want is something big, beautiful and perfect and I also want to win the lottery, I'm not asking much am I?? wink

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:21:39

cross-post Cointreau
do you know the lotto numbers? grin

AngryFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 23:22:12

Reigate? Expensive though. Warlingham up the road from Sanderstead is also nice. I barely consider where we live to be Croydon as it is right on the outskirts.

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 23:30:36

terry not unreasonable at all! You just have the misfortune to be living in one of the most expensive areas outside London! You won't get anything for that budget in Reigate, more like a three bed semi/terrace, Victorian, so will have character but not the space. A four bed double, with 3 receptions will be close to 600k +. You may not need the garden size though, we do have a lovely park in walking distance of most central Reigate properties.

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 23:34:29

what about this, very close to Dorking, nice market town.

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-37984684.html

TerrysNo2 Thu 28-Mar-13 23:40:30

I think Reigate is out of reach, I don't fancy it either but that's a personal grudge (my best friends abusive ex is from there)

I have looked at that house online before Prawn, can't remember right now why I discounted it.

ATM we have only just put our house on the market (5 viewings due on Saturday) and so we are being very picky at the moment, reality might set in at some point and we will have to lower our standards but for now we will try and aim high smile

TuftyFinch Thu 28-Mar-13 23:44:01

I can't link on tablet but have you looked at Robertsbridge, East Sussex. Nice village, direct train to London, good schools and affordable.

Prawntoast Thu 28-Mar-13 23:48:05

Good luck with your viewings! There does appear to be more coming on the market at the moment so at least you will have more choice over the next few weeks I think.

willowstar Thu 28-Mar-13 23:51:41

We live in downham market, 1 hr 20 mins to kings cross, house prices very reasonable, coast only half an hr away, Cambridge not too far and pretty good for shopping...

Maryz Thu 28-Mar-13 23:54:05

We sacrificed the quiet road, so live on a main road - but that's good now they are teenagers.

We also have one teeny bedroom - dd got the short straw.

I would look for somewhere with a convertible attic, or enough room to convert a garage or build an extension if and when you have more children.

Beamae Fri 29-Mar-13 06:39:12

We just bought last year in north Bucks, just north of Milton Keynes. Quiet village. 10 minute drive to a station with a 50 minute train to Euston. 2500 square feet, 5 double bed, lounge, dining room, study, breakfast room, big enough garden. Our compromise was proximity to the station as we initially thought we wanted a walkable distance. Travel is obviously expensive now... We had to buy an extra car and the parking is fairly expensive. The house needs modernising but was a lot less than your budget. Keep looking!

Jaynebxl Fri 29-Mar-13 06:41:15

Prawn, that Dorking house looks to me like the toilet is outside of the en suite, in the main bedroom! That would put me off grin

TerrysNo2 Fri 29-Mar-13 07:57:03

beamay where did you buy?

Prawntoast Fri 29-Mar-13 09:04:23

Haha jayne, I think you may be right! Lets hope it's just a drafting error or would explain why terry rejected it when she first saw it on right move!

Beamae Fri 29-Mar-13 14:18:37

Terrys, sent you a PM.

RachelHRD Fri 29-Mar-13 18:04:30

What about here not a bad area, central and close to the station

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