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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?

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 18:54:42

Diablo smile banham zoo is amazing isn't it!

Worth living there for that alone! smile

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 19:00:08

Basingstoke is in Hampshire, right? grin

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 19:12:22

i am from one of the towns mentioned on the first page..

i drink energy drinks.. some times on the school run... i find people are less judgy of that then when i take the vodka bottle.

ALL towns. have a "rough" area. and a nicey part.

lljkk Fri 30-Nov-12 19:13:07

Wisbech? Come on, give us a clue.

wonderingsoul Fri 30-Nov-12 19:19:12

its raccey ;)

DuchessofMalfi Fri 30-Nov-12 19:22:28

Our part of North Dorset is lovely, with affordable properties, good schools (both primary and secondary). But everywhere has its poorer, run down areas - you can't avoid them and it would be wrong to think that you could move away to a better place because there probably isn't one.

LittlePicnic Fri 30-Nov-12 19:54:44

Minty- even Basingstoke has some nice areas!

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 20:05:59

Oh I know, I have a certain wonky old fondness for Basingstoke! Ddad (rip) lived near Basingstoke for many years, in a couple of beautiful villages.

Mintyy Fri 30-Nov-12 20:07:16

So, come on op, what is your budget and where would you like to live? Mumsnet is great at finding places.

blanksquit Fri 30-Nov-12 20:14:41

What about Shrewsbury? Cheap rents, cheap to buy, reasonable schools, quite pleasant. Not much work though but really pretty.

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:38:53

Yes, I know that there are some lovely places in E Anglia but they are also the expensive places (Cambridge, Ely). We have no need to stay in E Anglia so I am open to any recommendations. Houses on our street are worth £130000, we couldn't get anywhere near this sized property in a decent town for that money. Not that I know of anyway.....

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:44:02

Thanks blanksquit. I am going to make a shortlist and plan some shortbreaks to thoseno aces on the list next year.

Fairylea Fri 30-Nov-12 20:45:26

Diss and banham are very nice areas as I said and houses are generally around the £130-140k mark. Plenty for children, zoos, parks, countryside etc. The most crime we ever get is a duck being run over.

Part1 Fri 30-Nov-12 20:56:05

Fairylea, agree they are nice, I have visited both but they are too small and don't really appeal. We are a mixed race family so don't want to be somewhere with very few Asian or black people or somewhere too far away from a big city.

maddening Fri 30-Nov-12 20:59:04

Hurricanes hardly ever happen smile

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