DH and I are looking to move. We can be very flexible but generally we want:
- 4 double bedrooms - 3 reception rooms (to use one as a study / potential 5th bedroom) - 1600/1700 sq feet - good size garden (50ft square min) - close to a good primary school - nice road - quiet, preferably a village location - within 1 hour door-to-door from a London terminal (eg 20 min walk and 30 min train or 5 min walk and 50 min train)
I haven't found anything perfect yet, I keep finding ones that tick most of the boxes.
So, if this was your list - what would you sacrifice first?
What do all bedrooms need to be double? We have three doubles and a good size single which does us fine with three kids. Or do you have children sharing. Often four bed houses will have a slightly smaller fourth bedroom.
Also expanding your search about further from London (our commute is about 1hour 15min) will give you more options and reduce prices.
Sunset that is a price tag! I live in a lovely village to the west of Bedford. Good train links to London St Pancras. But can't really walk to Bedford station but 5 mins in car. Lots of lovely large plotted sixties housing. Good schools. Library, drs, shops, close to Bedford and 25 mins from MK My four bed house is no where near the price tag of Sunsets house! I have three kids, they all have their won room, we have pull out underbeds for guests! It works fine for us..
We sacrifice the quiet road. Though safety wise we are on a service road parallel to a busier one. Fantastic forever house, much better commute for DH and amazing garden.
Having lived in quiet place (village) which needed a drive to the station - although only 5 minutes was a tiny country road which was lethal to walk in the dark (utter PITA) or town with a walk to the station (albeit 15 mins) would do the walk to the station every single time.
If you give us your price range and if you have a north/south/east/west preference you may get some suggestions...
That house will be horrendously noisy, used to live in Guildford not that close to the a3 but we could still hear it. I think the road noise would put me off using the garden. Also A3 jams there quite a bit so pollution will be high. From your list I think you need to re-think the village location given the areas you are looking in for that budget. Crazy prices! Also you may have to compromise on 4 double beds. You can probably get something close to the size of house you want in Redhill, it's not my favourite place, but London Bridge/Victoria 35 mins. schools aren't brilliant and it's certainly not a village location.
Ok, so is location more of a priority for you over size of the property? Out of the areas that you have listed I only know Surrey and bits of Hampshire and Sussex. To be honest with your budget, I think you will need to look at smaller properties if a quiet location is what you are after.