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DelphiniumBlue Tue 11-Aug-20 18:54:17

I was looking at another thread about adult children living at home, and some people were saying how theirs had saved up for a few years for a deposit and were thus able to move out and buy their own place in their 20's.
I am a Londoner, as are my sons. One of them lives in a University town that costs 800 pm for a room in a shared house, in the SE, the others live at home.
They all want to get their own places but with rent at that level, it's really hard to save. But now that working from home is becoming such a thing, it strikes me that they could live almost anywhere, if the wfh continues.
So where is pleasant to live and affordable, either for a starter home or rent? Near public transport and and not too rural - they are used to be able to easily get to cinema/pub/cafe etc.
Because here it's just not an option - DS1 ( living at home) has saved several thousands this year , with no fares etc, but it will be a decade at least before he has enough for a deposit for anything. I'd like them all to have a an acheiveable 5 year plan, especially for DS1 who is already late 20's.
Any suggestions?

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GreyGardens88 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:01:58

As in, in anywhere in the country ?

Bananaman123 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:03:37

Scotland or north England

DelphiniumBlue Tue 11-Aug-20 19:20:26

I suppose somewhere within a few hours drive of London, ideally- DH works in West London and he can't retire for another 5+ years. We'd like to be able to see them reasonably regularly.
We'd consider moving ourselves eventually but that won't be for a while.

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Yellredder Tue 11-Aug-20 19:21:25


GreyGardens88 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:23:21

Depends on their salary - a flat or small terrace in York, only 1hr50 mins on the train from Kings Cross. Not cheap by northern standards but if they're on a London salary I'm sure they could get a foot on the ladder there

Waxonwaxoff0 Tue 11-Aug-20 19:31:33

I live in the east Midlands near Nottingham. My 2 bed house cost £100k and the 2 bed flat I rented before buying was £425pm. Public transport is great (I don't drive so I need it to be) with good city links.

rosiethehen Tue 11-Aug-20 19:49:13

We live in the NE. Our house cost £135K and is a three bedroomed semi detached with a garden, garage and is in a pleasant, safe area. The NE is a great place to live and has good transport links.

WarmSausageTea Tue 11-Aug-20 20:31:53

Lincoln. Affordable housing, and direct trains to London, around two hours each way. It’s a nice city, some regeneration in the centre, and reasonable facilities - two cinemas, and for some reason, it gets some big comedy names, such as Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and Michael McIntyre.

midsomermurderess Tue 11-Aug-20 20:35:32

Not all of Scotland is cheap, not be a very long way.

InDeoEstMeaFiducia Tue 11-Aug-20 20:42:14

Yeah, you're looking for something that doesn't exist. Places that are 'cheap' are so for a reason, usually very big ones like lack of transport and services, low employment/education opportunities, low salaries.

Whatsnewpussyhat Tue 11-Aug-20 20:42:51

Liverpool area or parts of Wirral. Great for nightlife and leisure. 2 hours 30 mins direct train London to Liverpool.

Crossfitwidow Tue 11-Aug-20 20:43:41

South Wales. 2 hours on train to Central London from Cardiff. Motorway pretty much direct. I live 20 minutes outside of Cardiff and my mortgage is £300 a month.

notheragain4 Tue 11-Aug-20 20:45:42

East Mids and southern/eastern parts of Lincs (if wanting to be within a few hours of London)

I live in this region, buying a 4 bed house with 2 reception rooms and double garage for £370,000 and only an hour train ride from London. Excellent schools too. Not MN trendy though wink

notheragain4 Tue 11-Aug-20 20:48:49

Oh and DH and I are public sector, our wages are the same anywhere in the country for what we do, we wouldn't even get London weighting, so it would be ridiculous to live in an expensive area. Public sector workers living in cheap areas tend to do well.

Polnm Tue 11-Aug-20 20:58:05

Corby /Kettering an hour on the train to London.

JoJoSM2 Tue 11-Aug-20 21:38:47

They can get a shared ownership flat in London. Or buy a property together and agree to sell in, say, 5 years when they’ve paid it down a bit + saved enough to buy own places.

Parts of outer London are pretty affordable too so doable for young people even without shared ownership.

Waxonwaxoff0 Tue 11-Aug-20 21:41:50

@InDeoEstMeaFiducia I'm a single parent on a low salary and I bought my house on my own. I couldn't do that living down south even if my salary was higher. You see it on here all the time, middle class MNers earning £50k+ living in the south east saying they are struggling to make ends meet. I live comfortably on £24k a year because my mortgage is only £300pm.

tigerbear Tue 11-Aug-20 21:45:58

Newcastle. I’m from there, and wish I could move back.
Incredible beaches, ditto countryside and cultural scene, outstanding restaurants.
Excellent public transport system.
Under 3 hours on the train to London.

BringBackTeletext Tue 11-Aug-20 21:46:33


latticechaos Tue 11-Aug-20 21:48:24

This is quite a grim idea, as if this catches on prices will be pushed up meaning local workers can't afford properties.

Our housing market is stupid.

We need affordable homes for rent.

I'm not blaming you op, it's not your kids' fault - but it is a sign of the dysfunction in the system.

VinylDetective Tue 11-Aug-20 21:49:28

Grantham. 65 minutes from King’s Cross, close to the A1. You can buy a 3 bed terrace for c£100k.

Katinthedoghouse Tue 11-Aug-20 21:49:54

The north isn’t cheap though...take newcastle for example, plenty of multi million pound properties in the desirable areas like Gosforth.

Of course there are places in the NE that are dirt cheap. Like everywhere...

tigerbear Tue 11-Aug-20 21:51:17

I was looking on Rightmove last week - I’d buy either of these two in a shot, and still have money left over after selling my tiny £675k house in London.

Earlsmeadow, Earsdon View

Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE26

optimisticpessimist01 Tue 11-Aug-20 21:52:10

Doncaster - Bawtry. Train to London takes 2 hours.
York- similar time train

Look at the main train route from York down to London and stick around there if you're serious about finding somewhere really cheap compared to London.

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