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Downsizing, where would you live

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Brycie Thu 04-Oct-12 09:13:45

We coudl have about 350K to spend on a maybe three bedroom house anywhere. The trouble is, where. We love London and don't want to live anywhere else so of course everywhere else looks equally undesirable! What do you think, what would you do. This is not for now, this is for maybe five years time. I am planning ahead.

likeatonneofbricks Fri 05-Oct-12 11:50:00

hi OP, this was me last year, I could move anywhere out of London, though budget was lower than yours. After being spoilt by living in nice london locations, I was very weary as to what could compare, but on the other hand it was fun travelling and looking at completely differnt places! ?Funnily enough I looked at most cities mentioned here - Harrogate, Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, also Oxford, York and Winchester!
It really depends what do you like London for? is it cultural stuff, the buzz and hte crowds, good transport, the parks??
Also important: would you need to visit London often once you move? As if not the case you are more spoilt for choice. I was shocked at train ticket prices, even IF trains are nice, but many trains are uncomfortable (why aer thrains to Sheffield and the North are SO overheated that you end up dehydrated?)
Winchester is really not great for a non-family setup! it's very small, snobby and only worth living there if you want schools and a good commute to london. There really is not much to do there at all, even though it's pretty and looks nice for a visit.
Bath I would recommend! My budget didn't quite stretch to a good size period two-bed walking distance to station. Very good theatre, shops, big park plus countryside nearby, Bristol not far for more shopping etc, and it's not oo small, plus 1h30min to london paddington on a nice train (not thatcheap of course).
I went for Bristol as it has the BEST choice of nice flats andthe prices are lower than Bath. For 350K I wouldn't go to Southville unless you want a big house. I'm very Clifton/edge of Redland biased, it's also near Univresity that gives it a lively edge (but not overcrowded). You aer near the Downs and Suspension Bridge that leads into a forest and a huge green estate as well, you get villagey feel in Clifton viillage which is vey charming and beats Winchester imo! Tp me brighton is jus ttoo crowded especially with hen/stags in the centre, you don't get that around here. There aer a couple of good theatres in Bristol (Old Vic), and shopping is good.
You can get a very nice 3bed period flat for 350K in Clifton. The only downside is that these nice areas are not by hte main station, yo need a connecting little train (about 20 min, twice an hour) to get to Temple Meads, so overall it's 2h20min to london with connections (the main train is 1h45min. of course you could take taxis or buses to main station (about 25min, but hugely frequent). Btw Clifton is much better for public trabsport (look at whiteladies road) with lots of buses into the centre and out of town, unlike South Bristol (Southville) so be aware of that
Bishopston is quite nice but it's a families place and a bit crowded, depends what you like!
Bath just has the edge on Bristol with shorter journey to london, more cultural stuff possibly, and being more compact, but then the prices ARE high, 300-320 for a 2bed.
Harrogate has very beautiful properties and countryside but it's a bugger to get to from london with connecting train fron York being old and slow, but if yo uwant to stay put and mainly just go to York and Leeds then it's an option. It's too small for me though after London.

Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 12:43:01

Thanks for the very long post! What I'm going to do, is look on rightmove and see if I can find some nice drooly properties to link to. Mmmmmmmm.

likeatonneofbricks Fri 05-Oct-12 14:17:36

exciting! with this budget, the most drooly period flats you can find are in Bath, Bristol and Harrogate (maybe York)!
still would help to know what's important to you in terms of fthings to do in new place,

Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:54:02

this is harrogate.. I want a house because of freehold, I don't want any lease issues

Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:55:44

interesting but why does every refurbisher put in department store style bathrooms with that whole orange / beige thing going on

Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:57:37

like this one - good tip on the area!

frenchfancy Fri 05-Oct-12 21:01:51

Depends on where your children are I suppose, but if you like the feel of Harogate I would take a look at Statford upon Avon. My frfiends mum downsized there and I used to visit her and be very envy £350K can get you a nice 3 bed place.

Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 21:01:59


Brycie Fri 05-Oct-12 21:05:02

Golly stratford is pricey!!! just had a gawp

ilovemydogandMrObama Fri 05-Oct-12 21:06:59

Hebden Bridge?
North Devon?

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mumzy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:31:58

Norfolk is cheap with good rail links to London. I think kings Lynn to Kings X is 1 1/2 hrs

PigletJohn Fri 05-Oct-12 22:57:51

East Anglia has very cold winds in winter.

reddaisy Fri 05-Oct-12 23:07:29

King's Lynn is horrible. Cambridge is nice though grin

Brycie Sat 06-Oct-12 07:32:36

Thanks everyone, will have more fun tomorrow night. On a quick note, Cambridge is lovely, but very pricey no? Plus from riends we've heard there just isn't the housing stock there. It's either a million pounds or you're living nowhere with transport. But I'll have another look see.

reddaisy Sat 06-Oct-12 09:15:56

It is very expensive but you would get something for £350k.

Brycie Sat 06-Oct-12 09:35:16

I will have a lok, and thanks smile

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