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Advise me on nice cheap London areas!

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MissHonkover Mon 30-Jan-12 17:29:26

Have only ever rented in London, and haven't lived there for years. Trying to weigh up 'travelable to London' with 'edge of London'. Also would now want to buy (for about 50p).

Here are my criteria:
Nothing urban and edgy - Hackney definitely isn't for me.
Green bits
Somewhere with decentish transport links
Naice shops

Does this even exist?

Goodwordguide Wed 27-Mar-13 00:42:21

Just leaving Dover House <sob> -I'm sure I must know you in RL Quint - now we're leaving, happy to out myself (live on corner of DH with Sw)

miss I would look east at Essex? Expensive commute but cheap housing.

CandlestickOlder Wed 27-Mar-13 00:40:45

Was just about to say the same! East Dulwich is £££££

Why not rent OP?

southnorwoodmum Wed 27-Mar-13 00:05:19

South Norwood! Still cheap(ish) but prices have risen lately. Lots of quiet residential roads with compact period houses. Excellent commute (12mins fast train to London Bridge), overground line. Within easy reach to Crystal Palace and Beckenham for a night out.

I cannot believe someone one here is suggesting area like East Dulwich - it is nowhere cheap!!

merrymuzzie Tue 26-Mar-13 23:46:01

Difficulty is that cheap usually comes with edgy - unless you go far out.

If you want cheap with good transport links then how about finsbury park? Zone 2, excellent tube, rail and buses. Near to all that Islington has to offer, but a bit dodgy at night.

Don't go to Leyton unless you don't mind getting mugged on the way home regularly - I say this knowing people who live there.

zebrafinch Thu 23-Feb-12 23:42:10

Consider East Dulwich, plenty of green space, The Rye and Duwich park,no tube but overland rail links, very good community feel. not sure about affordability as prices have risen

SwedishK Thu 23-Feb-12 19:54:05

3-bedroom flat in hemel hempstead. 25 minutes by train to Euston or 1 hour by bus to Victoria.

MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:31:55


MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:22:41

Oh sorry I just saw the bit about nice shopping. blush

MrsJAlfredPrufrock Mon 06-Feb-12 09:20:44

There are places in London where you can buy a 3 bed house for less than £250k, Edmonton, Walthamstow, Southall, Harrow Weald among others.

NotAnotherNewNappy Sun 05-Feb-12 19:19:44

If you want cheap then you need to look in South East London. Plumstead, Woolwhich, Eltham. It is v hard to find anything under 200k though.

Chunkychicken Sun 05-Feb-12 18:50:15

We're selling our house. Outside of London BUT walking distance to Ebsfleet International (15mins) which takes you into St Pancreas in, like, 20ish minutes. Not an affluent area as such, but Bluewater shopping centre is maybe 15mins drive and it has green areas etc etc. Just a thought...;jsessionid=4078EF9EDC7AB4DA70BA69D488868B82?page=19&cc=html5%2Fhomepage.html%3Fgoto%3DHOMEPAGE#details

EDRefugee Sat 04-Feb-12 17:29:43

As Lareine said, watch out for the price of commuting. Can easily run £5k/year. Just be sure to budget trains into your plans, so you know what you're getting into. The fares increase every year.

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:30:06

Don't know yet, both me and DP are freelancers who would get more work in London, so we're weighing up whether we should move. It's all a bit chicken and egg at the moment, trying to look at our options.

Lareine Sat 04-Feb-12 14:24:51

train tickets from that far out are excruiating...

BoringSchoolChoiceNickname Sat 04-Feb-12 14:24:22

You need to specify exactly where you need to commute to, and then look out along those tube/train lines. Eg if you're working in EC3 then you should look in Essex, and there's no point looking out west.

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:20:56

Thanks cece, wonder if that man is included in the price for the Ashford house. grin

cece Sat 04-Feb-12 14:15:13

a whole house but needs doing up in Ashford

cece Sat 04-Feb-12 14:09:43

misshonke 3beds in West Byfleet for £190,00

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:06:50

Have wondered about where is within commuting, suggestions so far are Hove, Hastings, Leigh on Sea, Whitstable, Lewes. Other ideas very welcome!

MissHonkover Sat 04-Feb-12 14:03:27

Cheers for the ideas.

I think a studio flat would result in carnage. grin

No, it doesn't have to be London, would be happy with a reasonable commute. I've been away from London for nearly a decade, and I have a very slow paced life now with village shops and a beach, not sure I could cope with Camberwell!

Rhubarbgarden Sat 04-Feb-12 13:27:27

Camberwell? No tube, which keeps prices low-ish, but bus and overground train links are excellent, and it is zone 2 which means cheaper transport costs. Lots of parks, and gardens are relatively large considering proximity to the centre. I would consider it 'mixed' rather than 'edgy' or 'nice', but it has some good restaurants and Dulwich is nearby for nice shopping. Nunhead and Peckham also worth considering, again quite mixed but there are some pleasant enough streets.

You probably would need to increase your budget though.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sat 04-Feb-12 10:12:27

Plumstead (zone 4) is cheap and green but doesn't have marvellous transport links.

jasminerice Sat 04-Feb-12 10:06:26

We're in kingston. Your budget would buy you a studio flat. But all your other criteria are covered.

issimma Sat 04-Feb-12 10:02:44

Does it have to be London? How about somewhere with good rail links in? Market harborough, for example, is an hour away and house prices much lower than London.

DrownedGirl Sat 04-Feb-12 09:46:41

Try Leyton/Leytonstone

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