So we are house hunting. We currently live a ten minute drive from both of our works and have been planning on buying in current area or surrounding give or take. However I have just stumbled across the most amazing property in our price range- so much bigger than the ones we have looked at and I've fallen in love with it over a few photos 🤣 Anyway DH thinks 40 minutes is too far to drive for work, that's 40 minutes each way. I don't think it's reasonable at all given the amazing house, space, area (all be it a bit far and a remote village- hence the price) Wwyd?
is it reliably 40 minutes in the rush hour or creeping up to 50 and if there's an accident somewhere over an hour? over the years it will probably get longer too as congestion isn't easing. I can see your husbands POV.
Remote? Does that mean no shops, no pub, no neighbours? No school. No community. Nothing? I wouldn’t like a 40 minute commute. I think larger villages are great because they have a community feel but the further you get from civilisation, you have to really want that seclusion. 1 hr 20 mins a day is 6hours 40 mins a week. That’s quite a lot of extra time spent doing nothing (other then driving) each week. You might come to resent that and think you have something better to do with the time.
How long do you think you'll both be in the jobs you currently have?
Do you have children? Will that change work for either of you?
If one of you loses your job, will you stay in the area or have to look farther afield due to the type of work you do?
No harm in looking at it, but you have to look at everything. and 40 minute commute could easily be an hour on traffic issue days... what if you had to rush back to an unwell child at school? At least think about it.