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    • Starlight123
    • By Starlight123 20th Apr 17, 10:00 AM
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    Where to move to diverse outskirts London?
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    • 20th Apr 17, 10:00 AM
    Where to move to diverse outskirts London? 20th Apr 17 at 10:00 AM
    Hiya, other half and I are looking to start a family, we are currently in SE London but looking to upsize and move out where we can get more for our money, still travel to city for our work, but also have diverse area to move into, being Asian/white couple we'd love to be in a nice mixed area where we can raise little uns. I'd love to be in forest hill but way too expensive. Any suggested areas would be great. Thanks
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 20th Apr 17, 4:26 PM
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    Sutton, Carshalton, Morden, all have affordable homes.But you have to check the areas out as there are some not-so-desirable parts.
    You could also try W Sutton and Sutton Common, which have a direct train to Wimbledon. Train from Sutton to Wimbledon takes 17 mins appx. There are two trains an hour off peak and a more frequent service during peak times. New Malden, Old Malden, very villagey.

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    • Soundgirlrocks
    • By Soundgirlrocks 20th Apr 17, 5:27 PM
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    Being in Croydon I tend to go Bromley fair bit, it is diverse but I'm not sure about it tbh. OH family are in Croydon so I guess support network but I'm finding Croydon can be somewhat a dive in parts and goodness knows when Westfield will happen(!) that was reason I bought my flat here.....along with good links. We did look for houses last year but perhaps I'm too fussy plus the schools don't seem that great. I just want our next move as joint purchase to be ideally last one for good 7-10yrs. I like Croydon at times but do feel when I go into town it's a deep dive!

    I'm not keen on bexleyheath/penge/abbey wood, feel quite rough to me. I did think Brighton or hove but that feels waaay too far. I quite like being a London chick and having it in my fingertips.
    Originally posted by Starlight123
    If you are in Croydon have you looked at Addiscombe? You already know the transport advantages and Addiscombe have a lovely village feel to it, or come a little fourth over towards Crystal Palace, I'm on Woodside and I love it. Or Shirley?

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    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 20th Apr 17, 5:32 PM
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    The BNP stood candidates in all the Eltham wards at the last council election in 2014.
    Originally posted by elverson
    And surely in other areas in local and general elections - some areas predominantly white, some very culturally diverse.
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    • LannieDuck
    • By LannieDuck 20th Apr 17, 6:51 PM
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    Don't know if the person who suggested Slough was joking or not, but I've just moved nearby and would quite seriously suggest the surrounding area as a good option. There are some very nice bits, and Slough itself doesn't deserve it's reputation.

    Plus Crossrail is coming out this way next year, and house prices are likely to be on their way up as a result...
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    • Starlight123
    • By Starlight123 20th Apr 17, 8:21 PM
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    Hi I know addiscombe well but do feel it's going bit downhill plus not many great schools nearby so would prefer area with better school performance. Shirley is lovely but very expensive! Funnily enough I did see a few houses over in northway rd last year but lost out but realised not what we wanted. I tend to look at cr0 and cr2 on Rightmove but not much catching me at mo plus OH isn't as keen to stay in area, I can understand at times as there are rough parts. Slough might be option so perhaps we will visit there. I know reading is on cross rail line and that's going up in price so possible.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 20th Apr 17, 8:38 PM
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    I presume you haven't been to many areas of London on your travels?
    All of London is now "diverse" - I can't think of any pockets of whatever the opposite is.

    Not that it's particularly relevant - you may find the most antagonistic neighbours are in areas that are particularly high in multiculturalism. The UKIP and BNP thrive in some very mixed areas.
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