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350-400k, 3 bed, decent schools, commute to City of London

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SparrowNest Sat 26-Sep-20 17:30:30

Can anyone recommend areas? Currently thinking Orpington or Whyteleafe might be good options. We have a toddler and are hoping to have a second child soonish.

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Turnedouttoes Sat 26-Sep-20 17:31:53

Watching with interest. We’re looking for exactly the same at the moment and considering Orpington and Sidcup but keen to hear about other areas as well

SparrowNest Sat 26-Sep-20 17:36:38

@Turnedouttoes let me know if you come up with any more ideas! I’ll try and do the same

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JoJoSM2 Sat 26-Sep-20 17:56:24

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-72130392.html

This one has amazing school catchments if you’re up for a bit of a project.

Otherwise, Sutton has great schools and commutes (direct to Victoria, London Bridge and St Pancras via City Thameslink). 400k is a bit tight so more likely to be either an ex council house or a lovely 3-bed maisonette in a desirable area. The latter often come with a private garden, garage and a share of freehold so could be a nice option.

JoJoSM2 Sat 26-Sep-20 17:57:53

Or actually there are some lovely 2-bed period houses with fab catchment in that budget in Sutton.

Handsoffisback Sat 26-Sep-20 17:59:45

Loads of potential in that one jojo. I’d put a bigger kitchen extension on the back, swap the bathroom and third bedroom and stick some big trees up as it’s very overlooked. What a great find for someone.

SparrowNest Sat 26-Sep-20 18:42:13

Thank you! Will have a look at Sutton

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treesandrocks Sat 26-Sep-20 20:17:41

This one is in Sanderstead near to two Ofsted outstanding primary schools - Atwood and Gresham. It's ex council but most of that area is privately owned now. There's a covenant not allowing pubs in Sanderstead village, so the area is great for young families but can get a bit boring for older teenagers.

www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-97677695.html

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 26-Sep-20 20:18:59

Bexleyheath or Orpington

linerforlife Sat 26-Sep-20 20:21:06

How long is the max you would commute for? Would parts of Kent be worth considering? Ashford is around 30 mins until London?

Strawberrypancakes Sat 26-Sep-20 20:22:14

Could you get a fixer upper in Epsom?

Lightsabre Sat 26-Sep-20 20:30:37

Sidcup or New Eltham - fastest trains from New Eltham are direct to LB during the week and take 14 minutes. A few mi utes linger from Sidcup. Very good primary schools too, green and safe as far as London goes. Excellent Grammars in Bexley and Bromley Boroughs too.

LBOCS2 Sat 26-Sep-20 20:40:22

You definitely wouldn't get Gresham and only maybe would get Atwood from that house @treesandrocks - but yes, Sanderstead is a good shout. It's close to Bromley and Croydon for teens, excellent schools (both primary and secondary) and less than 20 minutes to London Bridge and Victoria.

This one is further down into Selsdon (better high st IMO) and you'd probably get Greenvale on the waiting list, if not first time around - and if you didn't, Selsdon Primary has had a very positive OFSTED recently.

treesandrocks Sat 26-Sep-20 20:50:47

@LBOCS2 You're probably right, things have changed, you might not get Gresham these days. We chose Atwood then, and our neighbours with little ones also go to Atwood now, and we live further away from that house and the school.

The secondaries in that catchment are Riddlesdown, which is an excellent school and Warlingham, which definitely is not outstanding.

Strawberrypancakes Sat 26-Sep-20 21:01:40

LBOCS2

You definitely wouldn't get Gresham and only maybe would get Atwood from that house @treesandrocks - but yes, Sanderstead is a good shout. It's close to Bromley and Croydon for teens, excellent schools (both primary and secondary) and less than 20 minutes to London Bridge and Victoria.

This one is further down into Selsdon (better high st IMO) and you'd probably get Greenvale on the waiting list, if not first time around - and if you didn't, Selsdon Primary has had a very positive OFSTED recently.

Wow.. that might be the least attractive house I’ve ever seen. Where’s its roof? 😂

Chicchicchicchiclana Sat 26-Sep-20 21:07:27

Oh dear. I thought you could still get a 3 bed for £400k within SE London itself in some places? Am obviously behind the times.

LBOCS2 Sat 26-Sep-20 21:07:47

@treesandrocks I was mainly thinking about Riddlesdown at secondary level, yes!

Atwood had a bulge year a couple of years ago which did temporarily increase the catchment but as far as I know it's been between 400m-500m for a while smile

@Strawberrypancakes they're all 1920s Art Deco style around there - it's a funny mix where some have had a new pitched roof and the majority have had the original crittal windows replaced at some point. The ones which have been left alone are a nice example though!

Lightsabre Sun 27-Sep-20 08:55:48

Chicchicchicchiclana

Oh dear. I thought you could still get a 3 bed for £400k within SE London itself in some places? Am obviously behind the times.



Dozens of houses in the DA15 postcode area for between £350-£400K.

Lightsabre Sun 27-Sep-20 09:08:24

DA16 worth a look too.

Sssloou Sun 27-Sep-20 11:01:34

Do you have any other criteria such as visiting family / friends etc - as if you travel N or W regularly then it would make sense to focus N or W London rather than S or E as it can take hours to get around or across London before you have even started your trip.

I would also look v closely a train/tube costs and their specific timings as efficiency records. Some routes can be over £4000 / year which is a big chunk from a take home salary.

Sssloou Sun 27-Sep-20 11:05:01

Does it have to be a house? From other threads on here you might well be able to pick up a bargain apartment centrally. There are v good schools in central London, you could save time and money cycling to work - both of which are precious commodities when you have babies.

Lonelycrab Sun 27-Sep-20 11:21:02

Whyteleaf is a bit of a no mans land. I used to live in Kenley down the road from there, has a bit more character and good commute from Purley.

A bit outside London, but Farnborough is a quick commute and can be doable for your budget.

plumrade Sun 27-Sep-20 11:22:40

Come to Plumstead!

The train line goes to London bridge and cannon street. Woolwich is close by where you can get the dlr to bank. And the crossrail (when it finally opens).

There's loads of great primary schools and the grammar schools of bexley are nearby. There's loads of green space and a great community feel.

You can easily get a 3 bed house for under 400. Some parts of Plumstead will be more than that as prices vary within the area.

plumrade Sun 27-Sep-20 11:42:03

P.s. there's loads more green space than shows on Google maps. Both bostall woods and plumstead common show as grey on goggle maps for some reason.

BentBastard Sun 27-Sep-20 11:54:46

Someone up thread mentioned Croydon and Bromley good for teens. Bromley has had a lot of improvement recently, Croydon quite the opposite. Was all set to become much improved with Westfield but now that's not looking like happening it's all empty shops and deterioration.

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