Where do I move to from london - commuter belt or complete lifestyle change to Cornwall?

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Whydoikeepdoingthis Fri 19-Aug-16 04:53:02

Usual problem. Earn £100k as a family and have terraced house in west london but very little space and tiny garden. Want more space but can't afford it round here.

I'm Scottish and have family and friends in Oxfordshire but also have always wanted to live by the sea. Have 2 DC pre schoolers.

I'm a lawyer in london and the breadwinner and my husband can work anywhere so the obvious choice would be to commute from somewhere like Sussex or Surrey or Hampshire. But I'm sociable and cultured and a lot of the places I'm seeing leave me a bit cold.

Other alternative is a complete lifestyle change and cashing in on our ridiculous house price in london and buying a massive house in Cornwall and developing and running holiday lets there. I imagine kids on the beach and me being happy for once doing what I truly love which is house pottering and interior design. I'd love to stop being a lawyer really.

Am I being naive?

lastnightiwenttomanderley Fri 19-Aug-16 05:22:11

Personally, I wouldn't go the whole hog just yet. It may be fantastic but it could equally be a big shock to the system if you like the convenience of London, particularly with respect to socialising, museums etc.

I lived in London for 5 years, then moved to Berkshire and now Oxford for DHs job. I still work in London though and commute daily. Oxford is a longer commute than berks but the commute is generally more civilised and I actually get work done on the train.

Maybe try moving out around London - there's a reason Brighton is popular! Look at places with a good mix - proximity to university towns is a thing I now look for as I know that gives me the 'London light' feel with various events, places to eat (I miss the restaurants on Kingsland Road!).

The SE still has strong property values so you could probably get more space than you have at present and still have the opportunity to make a big move at some point down the line.

scoobyloobyloo Fri 19-Aug-16 06:07:00

I live in North Devon which is pretty similar to Cornwall.

Cornwall doesn't really do 'cultured' and at times socialising can be hard too...

I doubt much of a living can be made out of interior design. People just don't have the cash for that kind of thing plus they're not really that bothered.

Living in Cornwall is not the kind of dream sold by Seasalt, it is barren, remote, windswept, beautiful. Winters are mild, rainy and empty, summers are mild, rainy and horrendously busy.

It takes ages to get anywhere else unless you fly. The nearest big city worth its salt is Bristol. Most people do not have much money. It is all a bit behind the times.

Having said that, those are some of the reasons I love living down here. We also have incredible beaches, lovely down to earth people who generally have their priorities right in terms of lifestyle, money and work and we are miles away from any hustle and bustle.

Good Luck making a choice.

ShotsFired Fri 19-Aug-16 06:18:31

Random suggestion, but what about one of the Northern coasts, which could be nearer a large city. Close enough to commute, near enough the sea to live?

Northerners always seem to be banging on about how bloody amazing it is up there grin

happyend Fri 19-Aug-16 06:19:24

Brighton is a good choice if you want lots of things to do, there are also so many restaurants and art galleries. You also have the beach. People are more cultured and diversity is celebrated, more so than in the home Counties (in my opinion).

BugPlaster Fri 19-Aug-16 06:26:41

Hastings? I live in the south east and the houses you can get there, plus the amazing history, fishing fleet and its picturesque setting in old town, and countryside parks at either end, make it a good option. Train to London Bridge not horrendous when network working reasonably. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/13/creativity-in-hastings-designers-do-like-be-beside-the-seaside

sentia Fri 19-Aug-16 06:33:39

I would put together a very solid business plan before changing careers like that. It's not far from what we're thinking about, and there are so many risks to work through.

Whydoikeepdoingthis Fri 19-Aug-16 10:37:16

Thank you all and very sensible responses. Current thinking is looking at bath/Bristol (my husband) and Berkshire/Oxfordshire (me)! Cornwall may still be on option but really need to do a recce and lots of negative factors there sadly x

TheRealAdaLovelace Fri 19-Aug-16 10:40:31

I would say Berks/Oxon and do not bother with Cornwall - it is probably the kind of place where people will just gossip about you, and if they do not know anything, they will just make it up.

PaperdollCartoon Fri 19-Aug-16 10:43:37

I live in Guildford, moved earlier this year from south west London (Twickenham, Kingston area) I love it. Guildford has everything you need by way of shops, there's some nicer restaurants around the area. Very easy to get into London, schools are generally very good. We don't have kids yet but it was a deliberate plan to be here long term. We're in the town centre and a short walk from the station, but minutes from lovely countryside as well.

I work part of the week in London (I'm a headhunter) and the commute is fine, 40 mins to Waterloo, usually get a seat. The trains back in the evening get quicker the later you go so can be as short as half an hour. Several of my colleagues live here as well, it's definitely an area that attracts professionals who don't want to be in London.

PaperdollCartoon Fri 19-Aug-16 10:45:25

Sorry missed your bit about not wanting to be a lawyer anymore! That would be a big change, definitely what a PP said about making sure you've got a solid business plan

AnnieOnnieMouse Fri 19-Aug-16 10:55:56

Don't do a total change in one go. You have no idea what it will be like. Try commuter belt, or Reading, or Bristol - it's great there.

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