In which part of the Uk should someone live?Watch
Umm.... your post rate is near 90 PER DAY!!!
Yes, I believe that is the highest in the forum.
Do you have time for anything else?
How do you know? In fact there is a member under that name...
Yes, yes I do. I only spend about 2-3 hours per night on the forum anyway. I will have to cut that down though. On school days, the post count goes to about 20-25.
Our very own Maskall goes to a school down the road from me (well a few roads). I'm from West Park, Leeds
are you friends?
I've never met him in real life.
Due to "business", I think it is better to live somewhere in Surrey, although I agree that the houses sold in the southern parts of England are really expensive, and don't really seem worth the money...
For example I was looking at 1 million pounds and above houses (not that we plan living in them ) in london (and somewhere outside) using foxton.co.uk
For one million pounds, the houses seem fugly, and that is because you get the high techno houses, which seem bland. Those techno houses are too expensive (over 1.5 million) and just seem too futuristic.
Or, The other set of houses, which are the total opposite, and still are not worth the money are those moody properties which seem to belong to the 1800s, those "edwardian" houses... The reason I don't like those houses is because both outside and inside they seem moody, almost depressing. For the posh and snobby they may be perfect (these houses may have a royal atmosphere), but for me they are just plain depressing.
The last set of houses are the ones which blend those edwardian houses with those futuristic ones. The result are houses which seem more futuristic than edwardian, but still do not seem bland, and are lively, and not depressing. They seem a perfect choice for me, or is it?
No, they are not, because they really are expensive. The interior of those houses are of good quality and style, but the exterior... Not depressing, but not that stylish too. And another problem is that some of them are not detached, and most of them are inside london (and they are more expensive than the ones located say in east surrey, which is because these houses are situated in more 'regal' areas).
So if I had one million pounds to spend, what would my initial impressions be of where to live? I'd say East Surrey. But keep in mind that Im still depicting the picture, and that therefore Im still searching for towns and areas which offer me what I want (Ive seen nice houses in the north). However these are 1million pounds plus houses, and are really above the budget of 300k pounds. Everyone has his own taste, and I briefly showed mine. That may be because I have been influenced by the Italian styled houses, which for me seem good enough (and especially some areas are not posh, not snobby, but still so beautiful and oh so good...)
So the search is still on...
But if you've got family in surrey area it might be nicer to live there.. plus other things like jobs to consider..
Are you actually buying somewhere or are you just hypothetically asking?
Up north not sure... Cheshire? Shropshire is beautiful, and near to Liverpool/Birmingham.
Avoid following places in London; Elephant and Castle and around the Oval. Highest crime rate in city, or one of the highest at any rate.
As people have already said, there are highs and lows to every area. For example, a lot of Surrey is on the flight path to Heathrow... Kingston/Hampton and Richmond are anyway! And Kent is very overpopulated, especially around Chatham and Rochester.
But it's a good location - Croydon's good for shoppping, and only half an hour train ride from London. And Surrey as a whole is a good area - try somewhere like Banstead or Epsom. Purley (in Surrey) has the highest concentration of millionaires in the UK - very posh area, some beautiful houses (don't even consider buying one) - take a drive around the Webb Estate when you're next here!
But if you want somewhere where it's safe to walk the streets at night, avoid anywhere near london! Lol! Cheltenham's nice.
House prices in London are high, I hear the further North you go, the cheaper they get, but something to do with inflation is making prices rise more there (I think).
The flight path thing doesn't really make much difference - We're under the path for both Heathrow and Gatwick but it doesn't really affect us (well, maybe having lived here all my life I just don't notice it).
Another thing - light pollution. It shouldn't affect your choice of house but one thing I've noticed about living here - it is never truly dark. Even far from streetlights, there is a glow about everything. It's good cuz I hate the dark.
And general pollution and graffiti etc is bad in most cities.
If I was going to buy a house, it'd be in a green, leafy area somewhere between Surrey and Kent.
I wish all of the properties on sale has this sort of style