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Is there anywhere in Zone 1 you wouldn't live?

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LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 16:12:20

I'm eyeing up the regeneration zone round the Elephant and Castle which looks as if it's on the up. I'm guessing it's the least nice grin

What about other not-so-nice areas in Zone 1?

bigTillyMint Tue 18-Nov-14 16:16:57

Yes, it's not currently the nicest place, although there is some nice housing behind the main roads towards the Imperial War Museum. However, it is being regenerated and will probably be a totally different place in 10 years time. It is very handy for both the city and West End.

Are you thinking of moving into Zone 1?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 16:24:55

Yes in 18 months - counting the days grin

I'm hoping prices in that area don't rise out of reach in that time - it's possible it will. I'm also looking around Kings Cross up Caledonian Road - also not a naice area.

bigTillyMint Tue 18-Nov-14 16:42:27

Exciting! I have friends who live on Drury Lane - they bought about 15 years ago when the prices were MUCH lower! Do you already live in London?

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 16:45:46

No, in the Home Counties - never lived in London but dd moves out (to uni in London so Dh and I are moving it to party like its 1999) grin

How fab to live on Drury Lane.

bigTillyMint Tue 18-Nov-14 16:49:28

Well that'll be a sea-changegrin

They have enjoyed it, but I think there are downsides - no local community whatsoever for one. Even the bar staff in the local pubs change frequently. I think that might be less of a problem in a more residential area.

minipie Tue 18-Nov-14 17:14:48

In all honesty I wouldn't want to live in lots of places in Zone 1 - not because they are not naice, but because they are too urban and office/tourist dominated for me. (I like a nice leafy residential Zone 2 areagrin)

Exceptions which do have a strong residential community would be Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury, Marylebone, Bermondsey High St, Clerkenwell, Angel, Notting Hill/Bayswater, and Kensington/Chelsea. None of these are exactly cheap though!

I wouldn't choose Elephant and Castle personally... I'd rather take the same budget and live further out somewhere with a nice local scene and a tube connection to the centre. But up to you of course!

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 17:18:27

Definitely want to be in Zone 1 and the bloody tubes stop running too early - I know they're going all night next year on Fridays and Saturdays. I love walking back home after a night out.

My favourite is Bloomsbury (can't afford a garage grin) and I'm not too fussed about 'community' though I will join 'things'.

NickiFury Tue 18-Nov-14 17:19:17

I'd live in Chiswick near the river or Fulham, again near the river and the New Kings Road. I think it would be too much to live right in zone 1. It tends to be quieter and have more of a community feel along the riverside yet still very central for getting into town.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 17:23:27

So that's all of Zone 1 you wouldn't live in Nikki grin

Is there any bits in particular you'd avoid as per the question ? wink

NickiFury Tue 18-Nov-14 19:17:42

Elephant and Castle wink

angeltulips Tue 18-Nov-14 19:23:21

I personally find pimlico incredibly grotty and am mystified as to why it's so expensive

Parts of Chelsea - too close to football stadium and/or too much plane noise

Anywhere in the City - super dull at weekends

Anywhere with a big residential construction development nearby - noisy and disruptive for years on end

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 19:25:52

Minories, London, EC3N

This is my current favourite - in the city (happy for super dull ie. quiet at weekends)

Whenwillwe3meetagain Tue 18-Nov-14 19:27:22

Tube will be running 24 hrs soon cant remember which lines though.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 19:29:52

Jubilee, Piccadilly, Northern, Central, Victoria lines - Friday's and Saturdays

Whenwillwe3meetagain Tue 18-Nov-14 19:30:03

Sorry didn't see that you know re the tubes. I live in zone 2 and did a masters course in E&C so was there in the evenings for 2 years. I would rush back home I really didn't like it round there and didn't feel safe.
But my bro lived there for a year and was happy but he cycled everywhere.

bloodyteenagers Tue 18-Nov-14 19:30:51

The City is really nice at weekends. Still lots to do, and with the bonus of not having loads of people.

vulgarwretch Tue 18-Nov-14 19:38:01

I think the weekday after work drinking crowd would put me off the city.

I would consider Elephant & Castle though. The area around the roundabout and shopping centre is grim but there are some nice residential areas between there and Kennington/Blackfriars. I think I'd live there in preference to Kings Cross.

PossumPoo Tue 18-Nov-14 20:24:33

Do you live in a house now? Do you have outside space? We lived in a 2 bed flat in zone 2 and loved the hype and constant going on. But, OMG the lack of out door space in summer actually depressed me.

This is the first house DH and I have lived in, I've always preferred flats but always had a balcony. Saying there are lots of parks etc is not the same! If you come home from work and want to sit and enjoy a drink in the sun while dinner is cooking etc.

We are in zone 3 so a lot more suburban but the outside space is priceless in my opinion.

Good luck with the flat hunting, it's so exciting having a change can you tell I'm ready for a big bloody change too

Londonbased87 Tue 18-Nov-14 20:26:06

I live in Camberwell and it's fab around e&c but still a bit dodgy. For similar ish money try wrong side of kennington, around the oval, or vauxhall - we used to walk home to all these places but camberwell a bit far (and so is probably E&C!) Personally I also wouldn't live in whitechapel but horses...

LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 20:41:04

Yep, got 3 bed/3 reception/2 huge sheds and a garage plus massive garden and allotment - massive change coming up grin

I'm hoping it's not too far from the south bank to the E and C - I'm not a fast walker but I think it's less than 30 minutes confused

Apatite1 Tue 18-Nov-14 21:38:13

What's the budget?

Westminster is the place to be for close to south bank, plus dead on weekends.

I live in Fulham so way too far out of town for you grin

MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Tue 18-Nov-14 21:50:26

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LaurieFairyCake Tue 18-Nov-14 22:07:36

There's no lease info on Rightmove about that place on the Minories, usually it says.

Would love westminster but only got 350-400 ish and would like a 1 bed without it being a tower block or ex local authority

Blu Tue 18-Nov-14 22:14:49

If I could live in Zone 1 I would live in the Barbican, in one of the towers. Beautiful flats, balconies.

Or possibly in one of the old streets between Waterloo and the river - around Roupell St.

Or round the Bermondsey St area.

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