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To wonder if we are priced out off all nice areas

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Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:03:45

Or are there any nice and affordable areas? I grew up in a leafy part of Hampshire but ended up in east anglia due to relationships and work. DH and I bought a house and had children. This was all good until the dcs started school. There are a lot of parents with low aspirations, they stand outside of school smoking, swearing and drinking energy drinks. I am worried that my DCs will have no prospects here. I would love to relocate to a better area but we could never afford to live where I grew up. Any recommendations for nice but affordable towns?

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 18:06:06

Yanbu to wonder.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Fri 30-Nov-12 18:19:52

Most towns have a 'nice area'... often near the 'good school'. If your town is universally rubbish then ask estate agents in nearby towns where they'd recommend. You might find you only have to move a few miles and downsize a little to get something better.

missymoomoomee Fri 30-Nov-12 18:20:25

Are energy drinks a sign of low aspirations? confused

Acekicker Fri 30-Nov-12 18:21:52

You need to be more specific - East Anglia covers a huge area and has some lovely areas and what do you mean by affordable?

usualsuspect3 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:22:02

No one smokes or swears in Hampshire.

CogitOCrapNotMoreSprouts Fri 30-Nov-12 18:22:56

If the people smoking and swearing outside the school are also necking Energy Drinks I imagine they are scarily twitchy.....

Northernlurker Fri 30-Nov-12 18:23:11

Sounds like it's a case of the school catchment not meeting your aspirations. Have you looked locally to see if you could find somewhere you would feel more comfortable? How are your dcs doing there?

Buggered if I can see the problem with high energy drinks though.

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 18:24:49

In Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen.

And red bull is never consumed.

amillionyears Fri 30-Nov-12 18:26:44

Not sure if you are genuine or not

Assuming you are, do you have to be in or near a particular area for work or family and friends, or can you move just about anywhere?

usualsuspect3 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:27:33

The Hampshire parents drink Costa Mochachinos at the school gates.

diabolo Fri 30-Nov-12 18:30:35

Well I live in East Anglia, from oooop North originally - there are plenty of naice towns around here with some very naice schools - Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Cambridge, Ely, Stowmarket, Woodbridge, Framlingham etc etc. Even the not so nice towns have good areas along with the bad.

Visit an estate agent !

WelshMaenad Fri 30-Nov-12 18:32:55

Prospects are what you make them. I live in a cheap, economically deprived area. I drink Berocca, swear like a navvy, but am considered posh because my parents are middle class and I talk proper, like.

My children's prospects are fantastic, because I believe in them and invest time and energy in their education and the expansion of their horizons. I can do this because I don't waste my life pining for an enclave of Stokke-pushing, organic deli- shopping scrummy mummies called Tabitha.

I can only suggest you do likewise, it's incredibly fucking liberating.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:34:00


I moved from London to east Anglia... south Norfolk. Some very nice areas here!!

Narked Fri 30-Nov-12 18:34:20

There are so many lovely places in Hampshire. Totton springs to mind grin

PickledInAPearTree Fri 30-Nov-12 18:43:31

I do beroccas every morning.

It's a right buzz.

iago Fri 30-Nov-12 18:45:14

Totton makes Shirley look classy!

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 30-Nov-12 18:45:42

If you are serious OP, what is your budget and what are you requirements for a home?

LineRunner Fri 30-Nov-12 18:47:02

Totton sounds like Trumpton.

Rollergirl1 Fri 30-Nov-12 18:47:54

Mmmmn, or Aldershot.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:48:39

Nice areas in south Norfolk that are not too expensive... diss, bungay, roydon, lopham, banham... we have a 3 bed semi detached house in one of those areas for £140k which after London prices is a bargain.

Meglet Fri 30-Nov-12 18:49:46

I had a daft idea I could maybe get a flat in Winchester (for the schools) and we would suck it up and use parks instead of having a garden.

Even the flats were out of my price range.

PoshPaula Fri 30-Nov-12 18:52:33

You want to try East Sussex. It's Camomile tea all the way. Mind you we pay a fortune to live here.

Blu Fri 30-Nov-12 18:52:43

So, have I got this right? Despite your superior aspirations, you cannot afford to live in an area more expensive than the one you live in now? Along with the people drinking Moutain Dew?

diabolo Fri 30-Nov-12 18:53:26

Fairylea I LOVE Banham Zoo - when DS was little I used to practically live there. grin

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