Area north west of London

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Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 15:55:04

Hello, wondering if the good people of Mumsnet might be able to suggest an area to move to. My DH has recently lost his job due to covid and we are rapidly growing out of our one bed flat in Greenwich, having had a baby. We did want to move to Pinner or Northwood but on my salary only this isn’t possible.

Our max budget is £650. Would need a reasonable (1 hour?) commute to London and be max around 40 mins drive to family in Wembley.

I’ve looked at places like bushey but am not that much of a fan. Would prefer something more villagey. I love Berkhamsted but it’s very pricey.

We are looking for a minimum three bed with a garden. Thanks so much!

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NewHouseNewMe Wed 12-Aug-20 16:00:10

Harrow or Wealdstone? Decent houses for your budget there.

Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 16:02:13

Thanks for your suggestion. Harrow is super urban, I would rather somewhere a bit further out and more leafy for the budget.

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JoJoSM2 Wed 12-Aug-20 16:23:58

Hitchin is popular and not too far out.

Bells3032 Wed 12-Aug-20 16:25:08

Harrow, edgware or borehamwood would prob fit nicely

Jo4Laurie Wed 12-Aug-20 16:28:13

What about Croxley Green, I think a bit cheaper than Northwood?

Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 16:30:17

Thanks all. Hitchin looks really nice. Does anyone know if it’s fairly multi cultural? We’re a mixed race / mixed cultural family and though some might disagree it’s important to me that my kids don’t grow up in a very homogenous town.

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Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 16:30:48

Not heard of Croxley green! Will check that out. Do you know if it’s on hs2?

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JoJoSM2 Wed 12-Aug-20 16:39:05

Does anyone know if it’s fairly multi cultural?

I don’t know Hitchin we’ll but I’d be surprised if you find any cutesy commuter town that’s multicultural as I don’t think I’ve seen one yet.

twilightcafe Wed 12-Aug-20 17:37:58

High Wycombe is half an hour on the train to Marylebone.
Chesham is worth a look. It's at the end of the Metropolitan line.
Otherwise you could try Uxbridge?

Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 17:43:43

@jojo you’re probably right in that. I think I’m searching for a unicorn town. Thank you for the other suggestions I will definitely take a look

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Jo4Laurie Wed 12-Aug-20 17:48:40

@Newusernamegeneric it is on Met line and I liked the look when I viewed a place there. Seemed quite down to earth but I don’t know it well!

MikeUniformMike Wed 12-Aug-20 18:00:15

Hitchin isn't very multi-cultural.
High Wycombe is.

I live somewhere multi-cultural and tend to notice if somewhere is mainly white.

More west than north west, Iver is nice and on the mainline to Paddington, but check the timetable for weekend trains.

Gerrards X and Beaconsfield probably expensive.

Burnham, west again, is on the mailine to Paddington .


Burnham and Iver are likely to be more a mix of white and asian than mixed race.

Sssloou Wed 12-Aug-20 19:52:51

Which part of central London do you need your 1hr commute to get you to?

Sssloou Wed 12-Aug-20 19:56:52

Do you want a Northwood / Pinner type place - as I wouldn’t consider them village-y at all - or Bushey.

Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 20:43:25

Thank you all! I’m a consultant so I’m all over, but mainly London - so met line or Marylebone both fine. I think of Pinner and Northwood as ‘villagey’ in a Greenwich way but still in London. Unfortunately places like that are obviously v pricey.

Burnham and Iver are good as on cross rail too I think? But is burnham code for slough?

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Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 20:44:34

@Sssloou not that keen on bushey but I’ve only seen it once or twice. Well more not keen on Watford and it didn’t seem like a separate enough place to Watford

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snappycamper Wed 12-Aug-20 20:48:40

High Wycombe is great for commuting and more diverse than surrounding towns and villages. Beaconsfield and GX are closer to London but expensive

MikeUniformMike Wed 12-Aug-20 20:53:02

Not really @Newusernamegeneric. It is in Bucks. I think you need to make sure that you are in Bucks though.
It borders with Slough.

Parts of Burnham are quite desirable. The high street is sweet and you might bump into a well known politician. There are nice places in Slough (and some not so nice).
Langley too. Cippenham is not bad. A lot of it is fairly new housing.

Iver is more villagey.

West Drayton is a bit more urban

MikeUniformMike Wed 12-Aug-20 21:04:29

Back to Burnham - Taplow is probably more desirable,but you can get £1+ mil property in Burnham.

Slough is only about 2 miles from Windsor on foot and you walk through Eton on the way.

Longwhiskers14 Wed 12-Aug-20 21:05:17

High Wycombe (train to Marylebone) is a good bet, as is Amersham (Met Line tube station). HW more multicultural of the two.

Sssloou Wed 12-Aug-20 21:11:32

Rickmansworth has a nice vibe with independent shops and restaurants - near nice countryside and on tube

Newusernamegeneric Wed 12-Aug-20 21:16:33

Excellent. Thank you all, I will check those out

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JMG1234 Wed 12-Aug-20 21:39:14

I know the Northwood/Ricky area well. Parts of Croxley are cheaper, as are some parts of Mill End in Rickmansworth. You pay a premium for any of the local towns here that have a tube or train link, so if you're willing to drive to the station, Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles may be worth a look.

Also worth looking at places on the Chiltern Line which is much quicker into London (Marylebone) than the Met Line. Last station it stops at before Harrow is Ricky, and Amersham has some non stopping trains. It's 25 minutes into Marylebone from Chorleywood for example.

Downside of living here is the traffic congestion when there's problems on the M25. There are also certain bottlenecks in local roads at rush hour.

YippieKayakOtherBuckets Wed 12-Aug-20 21:40:12

There are some very naice, VERY expensive areas with the SL Slough postcode. Windsor Castle and Eton are both in SL4! There was campaign for a WM Windsor and Maidenhead postcode a few years ago but nothing came of it.

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