Oh where do I begin? My children are growing, as one is leaving education, two have left home, I have 3 at home, 15,11 and almost 3, Now for various reasons- Mostly financial, we will NEED to move ( We privately rent). Regardless of area, My partner needs to stay in London ( North), We don't know anyone ( nor would I ask) who would be a guarantor. Now, there are plenty of houses up North- where you don't need one, Normally you just need a bond/reference, in some cases just deposit/bond etc, I have lived in the West Midlands and to be honest , it wasn't for me. My family come from Scotland, and my DP's family come from County Durham, So would either of these areas be nice to live in? Would they resent Londoners living there, I don't want to upset the locals, nor do I want my children being bullied because of the same thing ( been there done that). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, Don't think I am trying to be insulting or rude, if I have come across that way, I am so so so sorry. This is not my intention. I just really really need some absolute down to earth advice on this. It is not the moving that bothers me, My partner will come home at weekends anyway, it is more I want to get it right the first time. Neither of us drive, but I am perfectly happy to walking/bus/train it. I just want to live somewhere quiet, peaceful, friendly, some green spaces etc. Thank you in advance. I really appreciate it any advice. I don't go to work, I am a full-time mum though. Thank you thank you thank you
Have a look at the towns and villages on the main line out of Kings Cross, around Biggleswade, Sandy, St Neots, Huntingdon up to Peterborough. Nice countryside, reasonable house prices and good fast train service so your DH would be able to commute if he wanted to. Also near the A1.
If you don't drive I really wouldn't bury yourselves deep in the countryside as rural bus services are generally utterly dire and you'll be relying on them or expensive taxis to get anywhere. So take a look at the train line(s) that will be most convenient for your DH to get to work and then cast your eye around those immediate areas. As your DH will be in London Mon-Fri I really wouldn't go too far north - yes housing is cheaper, but train tickets will be much more expensive too. My DB lives in Staffordshire and he commuted daily for years to London Euston. His local station was Tamworth. He cycled to the station, took train to Birmingham and then fast train to London. That's the kind of situation I'd encourage you to look at.