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London flat €400k convenient to West End?
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NotJustACigar · 02/12/2021 22:14

Please can I have some advice on whether AIBU to look for a flat that's 30 minutes or less walking distance from the West End please? If so where should I look? A 1 bedroom would be OK but not in a high rise building or above a restaurant. Just me and DH, no children. I want a place where I can easily go to the theatre and walk home afterwards. Thank you.

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NotJustACigar · 03/12/2021 00:02

@Whilamina Churchill Gardens looks brilliant!

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HolidayTime2021 · 03/12/2021 00:04

[quote NotJustACigar]@Whilamina Churchill Gardens looks brilliant![/quote]
Less than 30 mins walk to trafalgar square

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NotJustACigar · 03/12/2021 00:05

We will be cash buyers when we sell our house which might help with the negotiations. 2 beds listed I'm Churchill Gardens for £450k!

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DaisyNGO · 03/12/2021 00:05

What's the deal with Churchill Gardens - short leases?

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HolidayTime2021 · 03/12/2021 00:07

@DaisyNGO

What's the deal with Churchill Gardens - short leases?

Ex LA and current LA- grade 2 listed as architecturally protected
Lots of Westminster ex la is similar prices.

Pimlico is cheaper. But a great area to live.
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DaisyNGO · 03/12/2021 00:09

That's interesting Holiday, thank you
I have a friend looking to buy in London and he'd be interested in those

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HolidayTime2021 · 03/12/2021 00:11

@NotJustACigar

We will be cash buyers when we sell our house which might help with the negotiations. 2 beds listed I'm Churchill Gardens for £450k!

OK. That will help massively

1 flat we looked at was on at £550, dropped to £500. Then dropped to £475 and sold the same day- apparently for £440 (waiting for it to come up on land registry) .

The agent told us that the investors have given him a cash price for many properties- which the owners initially refused but as soon as they drop they offer again (or leave the offer on the table) - lower than the drop and get them.
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InSuburbiton · 03/12/2021 00:13

There's these two in West Hampstead, which might be worth considering. I lived there for many years, and the tube to the West End was easy (and a very quick change to the Met line at Finchley Road or Baker Street) , and also night buses, both to West Hampstead and up Finchley Road, and the Thameslink was surprisingly useful too.

Added to which, it's a friendly and lively area of itself. Many lively bars and restaurants, and a wide variety of friendly people in the area generally.

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HolidayTime2021 · 03/12/2021 00:15

@DaisyNGO

What's the deal with Churchill Gardens - short leases?

Westminster are the leaseholders and so lease extension would be easy and not too expensive.
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InSuburbiton · 03/12/2021 00:18

Or this one which looks to have some outside space and is near the Czech club, which is a great place for a beer...

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Happyhappyday · 03/12/2021 00:23

OP if you don’t live in it full time, buy a broom closet in town. I lived most of my time in London inside the circle line through a variety of lucky circumstances and shitty but cheap flats and it was brilliant. Just being able to stroll home after a night out was fab. Once we bought a bigger flat with garden etc further out, the flat was fab and we got to have a cat but I go so tired of it taking an hour to get home from everywhere after being able to walk home in 30 mins or less.

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bumpertobumper · 03/12/2021 00:31

Have a look at shepherds bush- you can get a one bed for that, great transport links,
For example

Loftus Road, London, W12
www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/82740294

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HaveringWavering · 03/12/2021 01:47

Don’t forget that, as well as tube and night buses, it’s pretty easy to jump in an Uber or black cab to get home. We live in zone 3 and an Uber costs about £20 and takes 25 mins from the West End. You could easily budget a healthy amount for taxis and buy a place further out.

What’s your objection to high rise? There are lots of shiny new blocks going up around Kings X, Finsbury Park, Stratford, 9 Elms, with lovely big windows and balconies. They usually have great security and someone there at all times to take parcel deliveries, maybe a gym in the block etc.

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NotJustACigar · 03/12/2021 02:04

My main high rise objection is that DH suffers from claustrophobia and won't get in a lift, @HaveringWavering.

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Bunnycat101 · 03/12/2021 05:30

Elephant and castle has come up a lot but it’s really quite horrid so I wouldn’t recommend it. The area has been under ‘regeneration’ for years. The tube station and underpass system is unlikely to hit the mark if your DH has claustrophobia.

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CurtainTroubles · 03/12/2021 05:38

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MrsSchadenfreude · 03/12/2021 06:03

Avoid Walworth. Rough as arseholes. Some lovely roads and squares but a horrible area.

You also need to factor in the service charge for the flat. We pay around £200 per month, which is pretty cheap for Central London. If you’re looking at something with heating and hot water included, and a concierge, it will be a lot more.

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Loudestcat14 · 03/12/2021 06:15

We're in Zone 3 but if we were to sell up to buy centrally, I'd choose Pimlico in a heartbeat. Everywhere's walkable from there – Southbank, Hyde Park, Oxford Street, and you're also close to Victoria bus/Tube station too. I wouldn't choose the Kings X/Euston area because the traffic is awful and pollution recorded on the Euston Road is among the worst in the country.

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CurtainTroubles · 03/12/2021 06:36

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ManicPixie · 03/12/2021 07:03

Walking distance from the west end? You’ll be lucky to find a broom closet at that price.
Not at all true
Just bought 1 and viewed loads.


Where did you buy? Because everyone’s now suggesting flats that are well beyond a half hour walk of the west end.

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MargotEmin · 03/12/2021 07:10

Freehold apartment in Bloomsbury for 375 //www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/116333852#/?channel=RES_BUY

Crikey that's a good price, what's the catch?

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ManicPixie · 03/12/2021 07:16

@MargotEmin

*Freehold apartment in Bloomsbury for 375 //www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/116333852#/?channel=RES_BUY*

Crikey that's a good price, what's the catch?

That does seem good. Massive service charge?
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Mummadeze · 03/12/2021 07:20

You could try putting in Vauxhall as an area. It is v central with good rail connections. And easily walkable to the West End. Stockwell is a bit further to walk but still not that far. Kennington and Oval as well. I think you could get a small one bed for that price.

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CurtainTroubles · 03/12/2021 07:25

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