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To want to move up North in my situation?

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Barefootsummers Tue 22-Aug-17 14:14:32

We have 2 children and would love a bigger family. We currently live in the south east in our own home which is a small 2/3 bed flat with no garden. Up North we could afford a detached house with small amount of land (550k). Thinking West Yorkshire. I love the countryside and this lifestyle rather than fancy restaurants / boutiques etc. We could work in similar jobs up North. It's a no brainer for me but my DH is not convinced. His reasons against are that the housing market is always secure in the south east, schooling is better and it affords more opportunity. I guess I'm not looking for anyone to tell me what I should or shouldn't do but just need some perspective on this. Anyone? Thanks in advance!

BlondeB83 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:19:34

Come up North! Leeds is a fabulous city - loads of fancy bars/restaurants, great shopping and drive a little further north and you have the amazing countryside, it's the best of both worlds. You could get an amazing property in a lovely area for that price.

AfunaMbatata Tue 22-Aug-17 14:21:42

West Yorkshire is dreich.

HarrisHawk Tue 22-Aug-17 14:22:19

Oh definitely go north.

I'm not at all convinced schools are generally better in the south east, get him looking at ofsted reports and some schools online. Very often the schools up north have much more space for sport etc.

And there are loads of opportunities up north.

London really isn't the centre of the universe smile

Would it be an option to go to your preferred area for a couple of weeks and let him look around?

SelfObsessionHoney Tue 22-Aug-17 14:22:53

Parts of West Yorkshire are just stunningly beautiful. I miss living there.

QueenNefertitty Tue 22-Aug-17 14:22:54

I've just made the move to West Yorkshire (separated from DP and couldnt afford london as a single parent family). Still looking for work (creative industry) and not found anywhere to buy yet, but feels like the right move. Lots of new creative enterprises starting up, feels like things might be "looking up" for an often neglected region, and of course cost of living lower. Could you get DP to come up for a break and take a look around?

5rivers7hills Tue 22-Aug-17 14:25:07

I'm not aware that schooling is better in the SE?

If you can get jobs it's a no brainier to me.

BlondeB83 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:25:32

A few examples xx

JockTamsonsBairns Tue 22-Aug-17 14:28:10

How on earth is schooling better in the SE? confused We moved from the SE up North two years ago and have never looked back. We love it.

TeaCake5 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:28:33

Many parts of the north are rough.

Mittens1969 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:01

As I see it, it would be better to move up North for the simple reason that you can get so much more for your money in terms of property. And a house with a garden is perfect for children. I'm biased, as I live in Leeds now, having moved up North since getting married and I've never regretted it. smile

SelfObsessionHoney Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:03

As are many of the South TeaCake

anotherAnotherUsername Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:38

I've sometimes considered it but you have to consider why it's cheaper. If it was so great, wouldn't everyone move?

QueenNefertitty Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:38


So are many parts of London... ever had a walk round Kensal rise at night? Or some of the estates in hackney?

LegoCaltrops Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:48

Come up North! Leeds is pretty good & has a lot going on. York is beautiful, & you could get a very nice house round here for £550k. You can still get to London on the train from Leeds in a couple of hours. Last time I went it only cost me about £10-15 each way on advance tickets.

LilyWhites325 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:54

Just like many parts of the south TeaCake5 hmm

BridgetvonHammersmark Tue 22-Aug-17 14:29:56

I'm from the north, my hubby the south. Hubby would never of dreamed of living north of Northampton before he met me, nowadays he wouldn't dream of living south of Leeds. Our children have all done really well at schools in the north, all gone on to good unis. With a bit of area research there's just as much opportunity as in the south.

Bearfrills Tue 22-Aug-17 14:30:41

So are many parts of the South East, TeaCake

JacquesHammer Tue 22-Aug-17 14:30:52


And the south isn't? Don't talk rubbish.

TheSolitaryBoojum Tue 22-Aug-17 14:30:55

Just like down south, pick your area carefully. I've taught in schools up and down the country, and everywhere is variable.

LilyWhites325 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:31:06

I love Leeds! Just be careful where you buy really, Headingley, Roundhay, Alwoodley, Lawnswood, Adel are all nice and you could get such a nice house for that price!

JacquesHammer Tue 22-Aug-17 14:32:04

West Yorkshire is dreich

West Yorkshire is totally beautiful in parts

LilyWhites325 Tue 22-Aug-17 14:32:29

Sheffield also good! Ilkley/Otley are towns on the outskirts of Leeds, maybe worth a look !

rizlett Tue 22-Aug-17 14:33:24

I'm from the south east but moved with work to west yorkshire - it is lovely and much more friendly too.

Barefootsummers Tue 22-Aug-17 14:36:34

Thanks so much everyone, pleased with all the positive comments. For me it really would be such a good move. We are crammed into our tiny flat and it drives me mad. I have to get up, dressed, bag packed and often get in car to just get outdoors really although we do have a park I can walk to. I dream of a big garden and a paddock for chickens! It would cost over a million here though sadly. I visited Hebden bridge and loved the area and have friends who live in those areas. Loved the hippy, peaceful, creative vibe and easy to get to Manchester and great countryside. I don't think DH is comfortable with moving though and he now is saying, but I don't like the accent.... always something!

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