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    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 5th Jan 18, 7:03 PM
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    We need your help on areas to start our search - it's been a long time
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    • 5th Jan 18, 7:03 PM
    We need your help on areas to start our search - it's been a long time 5th Jan 18 at 7:03 PM
    Mrs Grinch and I have just accepted an offer on our home of many years. The buyers have indicated completion before the end of April so they can port their existing mortgage.

    We need your help with our own property search for areas we can consider and if our budget is realistic based on the following.


    o At least 4 good sized bedrooms

    o Detached

    o North of the Thames

    o Within a mile of a London tube or an Overground station.

    o Garden at least 100 foot

    o Within a 20-minute walk of a high street

    o We have a separate budget for updating to our tastes.


    Ideas for areas we can look at will be very helpful

    We have budgeted £990,000 for the actual purchase plus extra for SDLT, survey, legals, valuation, removals etc.
    Last edited by theGrinch; 05-01-2018 at 7:25 PM.
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    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 5th Jan 18, 7:17 PM
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    I used to live in Bucks and for that budget I would look at Amersham and Chesham if you!!!8217;re prepared for a bit of a commute. Chesham is cheaper than Amersham and I really like it as a small town. It!!!8217;s at the end of the Met Line and is very rural. Amersham has a more regular and faster service into London than Chesham, using the Chiltern Line into Marylebone or the Met Line all the way to Aldgate if needs be.

    If by !!!8220;London tube station!!!8221; you literally mean in London itself, I!!!8217;m not able to offer much in the way of advice but good luck with your search.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 5th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-62380726.html
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 5th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 7:39 PM
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-70813145.html
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 5th Jan 18, 9:12 PM
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    I used to live in Bucks and for that budget I would look at Amersham and Chesham if you’re prepared for a bit of a commute. Chesham is cheaper than Amersham and I really like it as a small town. It’s at the end of the Met Line and is very rural. Amersham has a more regular and faster service into London than Chesham, using the Chiltern Line into Marylebone or the Met Line all the way to Aldgate if needs be.

    If by “London tube station” you literally mean in London itself, I’m not able to offer much in the way of advice but good luck with your search.
    Originally posted by Aylesbury Duck

    Thank you. have amended to include overground. I guess we would also consider the Lizzie line also.
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    • Mutton Geoff
    • By Mutton Geoff 6th Jan 18, 2:44 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 2:44 AM
    Similar recent thread here - Experience of Living in Rickmansworth or End of the Central Line?.
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    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 6th Jan 18, 9:28 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 9:28 AM
    Originally posted by Mutton Geoff
    Yes Mutton Geoff. We want to open up new ideas as that was specific and felt a new thread more appropriate. In fact, it has given us new areas and that's what we really want - to hear from experiences of people in areas and not just links.

    If you have experience of living in any of these areas please share.
    Last edited by theGrinch; 06-01-2018 at 9:33 AM.
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    • Lucky Duck
    • By Lucky Duck 6th Jan 18, 10:14 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:14 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:14 AM
    A friend rented a house in Theydon Bios, always liked there but was a bit beyond my budget which is somewhat less than the OP's
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 6th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 10:18 AM
    It would be easier if you specified what sort of area you were looking for. Easy access to local supermarkets, specialist shops, cinema, coffee shops, restaurants? Or happy to be in the midst of miles of suburban housing? What sort of destination for transport facilities? Schools?
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 6th Jan 18, 10:27 AM
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    o Within a mile of a London tube or an Overground station.

    o Within a 20-minute walk of a high street
    Originally posted by theGrinch
    An interesting mix of units - how far can you walk in 20 minutes?

    And what do you expect to find in the high street when you get there?
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 6th Jan 18, 5:51 PM
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    An interesting mix of units - how far can you walk in 20 minutes?

    And what do you expect to find in the high street when you get there?
    Originally posted by davidmcn
    1-1.1 miles in 20 minutes.

    Butcher, baker, coffee shop, newsagent, restaurant, food outlet.
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    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 6th Jan 18, 5:54 PM
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    It would be easier if you specified what sort of area you were looking for. Easy access to local supermarkets, specialist shops, cinema, coffee shops, restaurants? Or happy to be in the midst of miles of suburban housing? What sort of destination for transport facilities? Schools?
    Originally posted by bouicca21
    Easy access to local supermarkets, coffee shops, baker, butcher and newsagents.

    We have looked and visited a number of places in the last month and do have only 2 preferences but we want to add to them. We haven't put those two areas here as we really need fresh ideas.

    Geographically, we are good North of the Thames.

    Prefer to have more or a village feel but if on the edge of suburbia then it won't be a deal breaker given our preferences.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 6th Jan 18, 8:24 PM
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    I suspect the most difficult part of that spec is finding a place with an independent butcher.
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 6th Jan 18, 8:31 PM
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    Is this to be a forever move ? or will retirement bring another move?

    Is taking early retirement an option then moving well outside London you may find you could buy a similar property for £3-400,000 and you would have over half a million to live on until SP
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    • Mutton Geoff
    • By Mutton Geoff 6th Jan 18, 10:02 PM
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    I like Chesham. The high street and nearby area is full of old fashioned independent retailers of stationery, hardware, butchers, picture framers, cameras, shoes, carpets, cafes, greengrocers. I like it the high street is not dominated by national chains but real locals who work hard for their business. There is a Waitrose and Sainsbury, the theatre is great (Elgiva), the local pubs are (mostly) nice and there are plenty of choices for eating or taking away. All within a few mins walk of a tube (albeit the end of the met line).


    I think the Chesham Masterplan will help improve the pockets of Chesham where it does appear more run down compared to it's posh neighbour Amersham. Might be a good time to get in? Even the old Bucks Free Press offices have now been turned into two residential houses albeit at a hefty price tag.


    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51337044.html
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    • Lokolo
    • By Lokolo 6th Jan 18, 10:17 PM
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    I used to live in Bucks and for that budget I would look at Amersham and Chesham if you’re prepared for a bit of a commute. Chesham is cheaper than Amersham and I really like it as a small town. It’s at the end of the Met Line and is very rural. Amersham has a more regular and faster service into London than Chesham, using the Chiltern Line into Marylebone or the Met Line all the way to Aldgate if needs be.

    If by “London tube station” you literally mean in London itself, I’m not able to offer much in the way of advice but good luck with your search.
    Originally posted by Aylesbury Duck
    I second this, but there are some areas of Chesham you would want to avoid.

    There's also Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross (I suspect GX you would struggle with though with that budget). Overground to Marylebone (20-25minutes to Marylebone for Beaconsfield, 15min from GX)
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 7th Jan 18, 1:00 AM
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    If you'd go Essex/Herts, I'd suggest these.

    This is near the airport for nice holidays too (Okay, budget a tad over, but there's always a deal to be done, esp when it's been on since at least 8 Nov... oh, and garden not massive but it's on a big central plot)

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51527085.html

    Theydon Bois was mentioned earlier - I used to be out there most nights of the week lol. Knew it very well years ago. There's not much there, but it's always been highly regarded.

    Looked at Epping and didn't see anywhere I'd choose for you, but it's a lovely town. I'd love to live there (although without the tube - I only survive on overground these days!

    Would also consider Hertford (which I love), maybe Ware and Sawbridgeworth (bit of plane noise at the latter).

    I'm in Leigh-on-Sea which at the moment I cannot fault. I LOVE my journey to/from work even though it's longer than my old commute from North Chingford. Fenchurch St is a joy compared to Liv St. Beautiful, happy place - by the sea (well, more estuary, but it does say 'on-Sea')! Couldn't see anything I'd suggest buying, but I would recommend anyone live here! We have everything on the doorstep!

    Jx
    Last edited by hazyjo; 07-01-2018 at 1:02 AM. Reason: added garden comment in para 2
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    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 7th Jan 18, 7:05 AM
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    Pick your train lines and keep going out and check what is around each station.

    Further out you go the more you get for your money

    Berkhamsted is popular, the high street has plenty of amenities.
    Tring the station may be too far from town unless you live that side
    Linslade/Leighton Buzzard, I know someone that commutes from there and they got great value.

    Might be too close to the station 15-20mins walk to highstreet.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-60398368.html

    A little further
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-69435065.html
    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 7th Jan 18, 9:56 AM
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    Is this to be a forever move ? or will retirement bring another move?

    Is taking early retirement an option then moving well outside London you may find you could buy a similar property for £3-400,000 and you would have over half a million to live on until SP
    Originally posted by Robin9
    Forever is a long time, but on average we have spent 15 years at a property so I guess it would be for a similar period. I am moving to semi retirement and while I will no longer commuting into zone 1 5 days a week after April, I do need access 1 -2 times a week to central London.
    Last edited by theGrinch; 07-01-2018 at 10:06 AM.
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    • theGrinch
    • By theGrinch 7th Jan 18, 10:01 AM
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    I second this, but there are some areas of Chesham you would want to avoid.

    There's also Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross (I suspect GX you would struggle with though with that budget). Overground to Marylebone (20-25minutes to Marylebone for Beaconsfield, 15min from GX)
    Originally posted by Lokolo
    Do you have any experience of Great Missenden and the surrounding areas? Its NR but was suggested to us last year.
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