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    • homeless9
    • By homeless9 4th Oct 18, 4:14 PM
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    Help me find an affordable place to buy a house
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    • 4th Oct 18, 4:14 PM
    Help me find an affordable place to buy a house 4th Oct 18 at 4:14 PM
    Hi Everyone....

    Prices in the South East, specifically within a 20 mile radius of Guildford, are too damn expensive. I have almost given up buying here. I can afford to buy a property up to the value of 220,000. Around here that basically buys you a 1 bedroom flat and not much more, which might be alright for some, but these apartments just don't cut it for me. I am single and have no ex-wife or kids - I can move anywhere in the UK. I would love to own a house with a garden. I have browsed online and come across nice new 2 and 3 bedroom homes under my budget, these properties are amazingly cheap to me in comparison to what you can get for your money around where I live - the problem is - I have no idea what the locations are like.....

    If you guys and ladies have visited, lived in, or live in, a safe location that isn't in the middle of nowhere, in which 1 or 2 or even 3 bedroom homes can by purchased for under 220,000 - please let me know.....any locations within the UK are welcome....

    Criteria:

    - A safe location, somewhere without anti-social behaviour, somewhere where you can walk down the street and feel completely safe and at ease.

    - A location that has typical UK town amenities such as a Gym, a local Supermarket, Parks, shops, railway stations..... I don't mind living in a City, I don't mind living in a medium-large sized town, but living in a village with no shops, gyms, railways, is not for me. I am 30 years old.


    I am self employed and work from home. Location does not affect my work. The only thing I need is an internet connection and a nearby Post Office.
    Last edited by homeless9; 04-10-2018 at 8:34 PM.
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    • homeless9
    • By homeless9 4th Oct 18, 8:30 PM
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    Self employed what?
    Where can you realistically find work?

    If you've got a fairly good trade / profession, that can work anywhere, I would just start with cheap areas (e.g. Middlesbrough, Redcar etc).
    Originally posted by BlackBird75
    Self employed, working at home running an online retail business, as well as doing freelance graphic design work. So I can live anywhere as I work from home. As long as I have internet connection and a Post office nearby - I am good to go.
    • homeless9
    • By homeless9 4th Oct 18, 8:40 PM
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    OP you need to come back with more info. on your requirements, town, city, country, sea, hills, walking, cycling, what do you want from the area?
    Plus how many bedrooms, near Main road trains, etc.
    Lots of lovely 4 bed detached houses in quiet areas up here in Lincolnshire.
    Originally posted by knightstyle
    I am 30 and single..... I ideally need to be somewhere where I can meet other people in my age range, have beers.....

    Basically I ideally need to be near a number of small or medium towns or a city, and not in a small town/village.

    All these nearby would be ideal......Supermarkets, gyms, leisure centres, pubs/bars, cinemas, shopping centres......

    Where I live currently is one large town surrounded by many smaller towns, so there is everything you need all around you.....
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 4th Oct 18, 8:43 PM
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    When we reached 40, we had had enough of the over crowded over priced SE so wanted a complete change.

    We ended up in the Highlands just north of Inverness.

    Now for us we like the countryside and peace and quiet so I know that would not suit you.

    But how about living in the city of Inverness? That should offer all you ask for at an affordable price. And if you dare to venture out into the scary countryside, there's plenty of fantastic countryside around here.
    • Bluebell1000
    • By Bluebell1000 4th Oct 18, 8:50 PM
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    Lincoln? Maybe something like this (no connection to the sellers, I just cycle past it)?
    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-54856191.html#

    You would be closer to the leisure centre and Asda / Lidl in North Hykeham, but we can't get fibre broadband yet! (Possibly through Virgin though?) Also North Hykeham would mean you'd be about 30 mins cycling from the centre of Lincoln.

    Or, if you prefer smaller with character, something like this... https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56856777.html (I know someone who lives on this road, and says it's a great area). Close to Yarborough Leisure Centre, Tesco, pubs etc.
    • thecoffeehouse204
    • By thecoffeehouse204 4th Oct 18, 9:10 PM
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    Ramsbottom in Lancashire, even got an article in the guardian about what a lovely place it is to live. 10 minutes from bury which has supermarkets, gyms, cinema, shopping but with lots of lovely countryside walks nearby too. Spoiled for choice for places to eat / drink too.

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jul/20/lets-move-to-ramsbottom-greater-manchester
    • BlackBird75
    • By BlackBird75 4th Oct 18, 9:11 PM
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    Self employed, working at home running an online retail business, as well as doing freelance graphic design work. So I can live anywhere as I work from home. As long as I have internet connection and a Post office nearby - I am good to go.
    Originally posted by homeless9
    Then go for somewhere cheap like Middlesbrough.
    • datlex
    • By datlex 4th Oct 18, 9:27 PM
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    Self employed what?
    Where can you realistically find work?

    If you've got a fairly good trade / profession, that can work anywhere, I would just start with cheap areas (e.g. Middlesbrough, Redcar etc).
    Originally posted by BlackBird75
    Self employed, working at home running an online retail business, as well as doing freelance graphic design work. So I can live anywhere as I work from home. As long as I have internet connection and a Post office nearby - I am good to go.
    Originally posted by homeless9
    What do you mean by near by post office? Middlesbrough has some nice areas. These are a 5 minute walk from a post office (is that close enough for you?)
    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-55667361.html
    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-56791563.html
    • Gwendo40
    • By Gwendo40 5th Oct 18, 5:48 AM
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    Ramsbottom in Lancashire, even got an article in the guardian about what a lovely place it is to live. 10 minutes from bury which has supermarkets, gyms, cinema, shopping but with lots of lovely countryside walks nearby too. Spoiled for choice for places to eat / drink too.

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/jul/20/lets-move-to-ramsbottom-greater-manchester
    Originally posted by thecoffeehouse204
    Ah yes, another one of the series of articles in the Guardian aimed at ramping up prices in more affordable areas.
    • RedFraggle
    • By RedFraggle 5th Oct 18, 6:35 AM
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    York or Leeds.
    Officially in a clique of idiots
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 5th Oct 18, 7:48 AM
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    North, clearly.
    Within easy commute of Manchester as from there you can get most everywhere else. (Says she who used the train to get to Thirsk - OK I had to overnight at Inverness but that wasn't that big a deal)
    Bury & Ramsbottom have been mentioned, and the further north you go short of the Lakes, the prices aren't obscene.

    In your self-employed state, come on a working tour of possible areas?
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 5th Oct 18, 7:54 AM
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    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/find.html?locationIdentifier=REGION%5E19746&maxPri ce=220000&minPrice=100000&propertyTypes=detached%2 Csemi-detached&includeSSTC=false

    Very popular estate in South Staffordshire, near Wolverhampton, 20 miles from Birmingham and close to pretty countryside. It has a village centre with the usual fqacilities and a pub, further pubs in Codsall and Wolverhampton.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perton

    Or Codsall itself, it is bigger than Perton, has plenty of shops and pubs and a railway station, with trains to Wolverhampton,Birmingham, Telford and Shrewsbury.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/find.html?locationIdentifier=REGION%5E6751&maxPric e=220000&minPrice=100000&propertyTypes=detached%2C semi-detached&includeSSTC=false

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codsall
    Last edited by seven-day-weekend; 05-10-2018 at 8:03 AM.
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    • -taff
    • By -taff 5th Oct 18, 7:57 AM
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    Decide if you want to be by the sea, in the country, do you want a garden to grow veg, do you want warmer weather all year round or colder weather, are you happy to learn a new language, can you speak any other languages, do you want neighbours or none, do you want a bungalow or a house, pets etc etc.
    All those qustions [ and there will be more] will inform whereabouts you want to live. It's not as simple as, this is a nice town, go and live there. You can find out the crime statistics from the police website for any UK area.
    • Oxid8uk
    • By Oxid8uk 5th Oct 18, 8:29 AM
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    Loughborough?


    Leicester, Derby and Nottingham all close by, Birmingham a little further. On the mainline to London. Vibrant town due to a large student population but has all the amenities you need - bars, cinemas, supermarkets, leisure centre. Nice countryside walks nearby if you want to get out of the town.


    You can get a 3-bed semi in a nice area and not far from a PO within your budget.
    Last edited by Oxid8uk; 05-10-2018 at 8:30 AM. Reason: More info
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 5th Oct 18, 8:35 AM
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    I am 30 and single..... I ideally need to be somewhere where I can meet other people in my age range, have beers.....

    Basically I ideally need to be near a number of small or medium towns or a city, and not in a small town/village.

    All these nearby would be ideal......Supermarkets, gyms, leisure centres, pubs/bars, cinemas, shopping centres......

    Where I live currently is one large town surrounded by many smaller towns, so there is everything you need all around you.....
    Originally posted by homeless9
    most of the country will have something up to 220k

    The bigger you want to go the more restricted your choices will get.

    just become a little more proficient with rightmove searches and the draw map feature.

    eg I tried Birmingham 40miles 5 bed+ max 220k

    102 for sale and 102 SSTC.

    OK some shared ownership and some are projects but there are some that could work

    For a work from home retail business there will be room for stock and office separate from living

    For a solo some of the HMO might be a side business as a resident landlord offering room to the sort of people you are looking to meet.

    another search more focused looking for birmingham 40m, detached 5bed+ not new/shared/retirement.

    8 for sale 18 SSTC.



    I found Glasgow to be a great social place and easy to get around with cheap public transport and safe.

    easy access to the rest of the UK by train and air

    Has everything from upmarket trendy places(expensive) to some of the cheapest Wetherspoons in the country, fantastic comedy scene, theatre, art, great curry places...


    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75725132.html

    This is right in a decent area close to loads of the sort of things you are looking for(with somewhere to park the car which you don't need unless heading out of town)

    (nearly sold it to myself again, but don't like damp winters)
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 5th Oct 18, 8:40 AM
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    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75725132.html

    This is right in a decent area close to loads of the sort of things you are looking for(with somewhere to park the car which you don't need unless heading out of town)
    Originally posted by getmore4less
    Given the OP said they'd love to own a house with a garden, I don't get the impression they're looking for a flat located slap bang in the middle of the city centre (surrounded by students and other drunkards).
    • RubyHouse
    • By RubyHouse 5th Oct 18, 8:51 AM
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    Self employed, working at home running an online retail business, as well as doing freelance graphic design work. So I can live anywhere as I work from home. As long as I have internet connection and a Post office nearby - I am good to go.
    Originally posted by homeless9

    Middlesbrough has a thriving technology & design industry in the centre of town. Areas of Nunthorpe / Acklam are very nice and you get a lot for your money compared to other areas of the country. The Town is small but has plenty of facilities, you are never more than 5 minutes drive from a gym / bars / cinema etc.
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 5th Oct 18, 8:57 AM
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    • The location you want
    • The features you want
    • The price you want

    pick 2....

    Seeing you mention Guildford, have you considered Reading?
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 5th Oct 18, 9:13 AM
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    I would consider looking around Sheffield, which has connections to other midland and northern cities, lots of different sports events (even if you're not into sport it means there are lots of fans in town and the bars are busy), and two universities meaning you're likely to get decent bands touring, and the Peak District nearby for peaceful days out.
    They are an EYESORES!!!!
    • LuSiVe
    • By LuSiVe 5th Oct 18, 9:30 AM
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    I was just about to say the South Yorkshire / Derbyshire border areas could get you what you want at much less than your budget.
    • circuit
    • By circuit 5th Oct 18, 10:14 AM
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    North Leeds is attractive and quiet, but within easy reach of a city centre for nights out. Look for areas near a train station and you will easily find something within budget.
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