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Moving out of London

 
#1 Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:18

John

I want to move out of London. My budget is £250-300K. I still need easy commuting access to London. I would prefer to be towards the Hemel Hempstead area. I require a 3 bed family home in a pleasant area. Recommendations/advice please? Thank you.

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#2 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:26

go on.... to John (#1)

I have a 4 bed overlooking the grand union canal... yours for 435k

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#3 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:42

John to go on.... (#2)

As much as I'd love to, it's outside of my budget. I can only afford up to £300K, maybe £325K at a push.

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#4 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:44

northerner to John (#3)

St Albans is nice

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#5 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:52

John to northerner (#4)

Any part of St. Albans in particular? Are the train links into London good? Are houses relatively good value? Many thanks

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#6 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 12:58

ex Hertfordhire man to John (#5)

St Albans is nice but you will only get a small flat for that budget in a reasonable area. Hemel is improving. You should look at Apsley Lock. This is just outside of Kings Langly (ie the postcode still keeps the price within range) but is far enough outside of the rougher parts of hemel to still be a nice part. Very up and coming now. short walk to station. 30 mins to Euston. There will be places going there if you ask around. For that budget you should be ableto get a 3 bed penthouse or a small house

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#7 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 13:07

davo to ex Hertfordhire man (#6)

You'll get a nice place in Swindon for that which is an hour to Paddington. Well worth a look if you don't mind the travel, a lot cheaper than Reading, not as congested and much safer.

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#8 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 13:21

Swindon....Good plan to davo (#7)

Good plan, if you want to live in a plastic town surrounded by shell suits

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#9 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 13:31

Not so.. to Swindon....Good plan (#8)

It's Britains best kept secret, no shell suits there, compare it to any of the big surrounding towns and it wins hands down. The property prices there will shoot up within the next 5 years, you heard it here first.

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#10 RE: Moving out of London
12/06/2007 20:07

DCF to Not so.. (#9)

Why spend all your money on a season ticket? May not be an issue if always travelling but it's a fair slog in from Swindon. I guess you're on the right side for Heathrow. But it's unlovely.

There are nice places within the M25 that fulfil your criteria, especially E & SE.

I've just bought a 2/3 bed place for £320k in a smart area in Zone 5. 20-25 mins to the City or W End.

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#11 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 14:42

Swindon to DCF (#10)

If you like Swindon, you could also try Slough or Milton Keynes. It has to be Apsley Lock. Herts base means you can travel into London, round the M25 if you need to (just a few mins from junction20 of M25) and right near M1. You can head north or south very easily. Nice walkways by a canal. easy access to supermarket. good train links. very pleasant surroundings without paying quite the overblown prices you will see in some of the villages.

Don't listen to plastic town Swindon man. Buy a Nissan Micra, move to Swindon and make sure you get all your clothes from Oxfam.... you see the pattern. Swapping London for Swindon is like swapping a Porsche for a Nissan. Yes, there may come a time when you want to buy something more practical as your circumstances change but if you have been used to a Porsche, you would probably at least go for a BMW/Merc/or some sort of stylish family car so that you had some pride left.

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#12 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 15:55

Juicy Fruit to Swindon (#11)

Interesting. I guess if it's pride your looking to retain you should focus on Luton - that's a nice Herts town.

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#13 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 15:59

Mr Big to Juicy Fruit (#12)

Luton is in Bedfordshire.

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#14 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 16:05

Juicy Fruit to Mr Big (#13)

You're quite right.

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#15 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 17:10

Mr Big to Juicy Fruit (#14)

D@mn right I am! I'm a pop a cap in yo a55 if you disrespectin ma hood.

Westside.

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#16 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 17:22

Mr T to Mr Big (#15)

I pity the foo who pops a cap in ma a55, I pity the foo!

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#17 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 17:27

Amy-G to Mr T (#16)

Luton's OK but I'd like something a little closer to the M4 - any ideas?

"Dis beat is technotronic."

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#18 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 19:25

Ow to Amy-G (#17)

"Well there's the dancefloor, get on it"

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#19 RE: Moving out of London
13/06/2007 20:11

Taxman to Ow (#18)

Strange, I go through these places a lot and its mostly tired houses with net curtains and scabby shops. I guess it has potential, if your one R.Gervais

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