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Aspirational Places to Live Outside London?

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Catycity Thu 19-Nov-20 15:26:23

Just curious and wanted to canvas opinion. What do you consider to be aspirational places to live outside London?

London is up there, but there’s a lot of talk that covid has changed the dynamics a bit. Also, London is a big place and not all parts of London are aspirational places to live.

Outside of London, where else would you consider as an aspirational place to live? It could be towns, villages or cities...

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positivelynegative Thu 19-Nov-20 15:34:29

Well if you go by prices, St Albans seems to up there.

LittleOverwhelmed Thu 19-Nov-20 15:37:54

Bath. Bits of Bristol. Some of the Cotswolds? Various places by the coast?

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LaurieFairyCake Thu 19-Nov-20 15:43:49


Wearywithteens Thu 19-Nov-20 15:44:45

Look at the times best places to live list: York, Rutland, Chichester, places in Oxfordshire etc or look at where the Waitroses are!

Catycity Thu 19-Nov-20 15:51:58


Lol! Waitrose is the litmus test for an aspirational place to live! That’s probably very true as well!

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IncludeWomenInTheSequel Thu 19-Nov-20 15:53:04

Aspirational place to live <boak>

Catycity Thu 19-Nov-20 15:55:05

@Wearywithteens yes the Times list is good, but there are some hidden gems around the country that might not make their list. Places like Repton are not big enough for a Waitrose but aspirational nonetheless (thanks to the School etc).

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MrsSchadenfreude Thu 19-Nov-20 15:56:30


Pootles34 Thu 19-Nov-20 15:59:32

Love it when they list a nearby Waitrose in estate agents info!

I think York, Cotswolds, Cambridge, Oxford, I would imagine Edinburgh surely? Or are we just doing England?

Catycity Thu 19-Nov-20 16:03:44

Yes! Edinburgh! U.K. in general, not just England.

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LittleOverwhelmed Thu 19-Nov-20 16:08:35

Andover (Hampshire) has a Waitrose (and has done for over 40 years).... Not sure I would count it as “aspirational” though grin

(Sorry anyone who lives in Andover...)

Thickhead Thu 19-Nov-20 16:19:32

Aspirational? hmm

PopperUppleton Thu 19-Nov-20 16:23:10

There are bits of Cumbria that have beautiful (and extremely expensive) houses, but no Waitrose anywhere in the county. We have Booths, though grin

Catycity Thu 19-Nov-20 16:57:04


Aspirational? hmm

Yep. Aspirational, meaning sought after location.

Location, location, location and all that.

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ClaudiaWankleman Thu 19-Nov-20 17:01:11

I always think of Brighton as somewhere where people aspire to move to from London.

Also St Albans, nice commutable villages in Surrey, lots of Cotswolds villages.

Almost anywhere that features on Escape to the Country.

WombatChocolate Thu 19-Nov-20 17:14:14

Guildford, Reigate, Oxted, Seven Oaks, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Henley, many of the villages around these places. They are all affluent and expensive places to live which have speedy commutes into London so attract commuters and have a good stock of large houses and plenty of green space.

Oxford, Bath, York, Chester, Winchester.

Most of the big cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool have suburbs that are highly sought after.

Aspirational though sounds......a bit social climber tacky. Go somewhere because you like it bit because it’s a currently in place for those who wish to rise up the social scale and boast about where they live.

ComtesseDeSpair Thu 19-Nov-20 17:15:17

Parts of North Norfolk - Holkham and the Burnhams (Burnham Market known as Chelsea-on-Sea.) Bath and some surrounds.

And Woolwich is getting a Waitrose soon. The view of MNers is that it’s a stabby shithole, so the litmus test is clearly on the out.

formerbabe Thu 19-Nov-20 17:19:23

Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, Cambridge

movingonup20 Thu 19-Nov-20 17:19:36


We have a Waitrose and a Lidl and sea, is that enough? The houses on the cliffs are amazing, ours less so thus affordable for mere mortals

DorisDaisyMay Thu 19-Nov-20 17:20:38


Onedropbeat Thu 19-Nov-20 17:22:25

Burnham Market

snowspider Thu 19-Nov-20 17:28:30

I have read that if you are looking for the rich and famous Bruton in Somerset is having a moment

Standrewsschool Thu 19-Nov-20 17:37:52

Bourton on Water

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