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    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:14 AM
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    Making a fresh start, where would you live?
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    Making a fresh start, where would you live? 10th Nov 18 at 9:14 AM
    Hi All,

    Thanks for reading my thread

    I'm looking for some advice and I suppose its quite an open question at the moment (apologies for being vague at times)

    I'm 26, and run my own recruitment company (please don't judge me, I'm a nice recruiter, PROMISE!) Myself and staff all work remotely, therefore I am not tied to a particular office location. The business has been going well and continues to grow... I have moved around quite a bit over the last 8 years and really now looking for a real community that I can be part of. I'm originally from Scotland (which is where most of my family still reside, Ayrshire to be exact) and have lived in these three areas over the last 8 years (Stockton on Tees, Manchester & London)

    Having lived in London for the last two years, my time and energy has all been focused on building the business up. I do love London and always will, but the cost of living is just getting out of control and as a single person, it is hard to keep up. I'm at the stage now where I'm a little sick of renting out my spare room just to be able to afford to live in London. Therefore looking for a real sanctuary to call home. I've recently moved out of my place in London and temporarily staying with a friend in North Yorkshire, I have been travelling a fair bit over the last month and things are finally settled down. Therefore it is time to find a new place...

    I will be renting initially, budget to £900PCM, looking for ideally 2 Bed property, some outside space would be great (balcony/terrace or garden) and ideally a nice outlook (something to gaze out at whilst working from home!) My mind has been all over the UK when considering places to live ... I'm in a position where I really can live anywhere, my close friends live all over the country therefore I don't really have a 'support network' to live close too.

    Without sounding like a grade A you know what... I do love quite an artsy scene, an eclectic mix of people without everyone being stuck up their own backsides. Somewhere that offers a decent social scene where I can make new friends.

    Initially I have looked at Brighton/Hove, however I won't be able to find what I am looking for with my budget in the area... I then considered Hastings, however have been put off by a lot of negative research. Also Margate seemed a good shout at one point but for some reason I am not 100% in love with Margate after visiting...

    Other options I have considered are Glasgow (West End) and also Manchester (Media City/Salford Quays way)

    I've ruled out cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol (nothing wrong with these just not for me)

    It would be great to hear everyones opinions and if there are any hidden gem locations out there!

    Thanks in advance
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    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 10th Nov 18, 9:19 AM
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    The obvious suggestion is move back to Scotland.

    Our "fresh start" 15 years ago took us from Oxfordshire to just north of Inverness in the Highlands. Definitely pleased with the move and would not go back. We return to visit once in a while and after 2 days I can't wait to get away from the over crowded place and back to the Highlands.
    • ACG
    • By ACG 10th Nov 18, 9:22 AM
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    I've ruled out cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol (nothing wrong with these just not for me)
    Originally posted by LeapOfFaith
    Dodgy accents? :P

    I cant really help as I have only lived in Manchester which I love, but I am not sure I would live in Media City personally, nothing major against it as such. I just like having a garden for those 15 days a year when its warm and not raining.
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    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:26 AM
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    Thanks for your reply,

    Scotland is certainly on my list , mainly due to being closer to family. Although not quite sure I'm ready for the highlands just yet (albeit stunning!)

    If I were to move back to Scotland, the West End of Glasgow (Hillhead, Kelvinside, Broomhill) were on my list of possible moves.
    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:27 AM
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    Ha! I do love a good accent

    Manchester does have a special place in my heart, I have also considered Didsbury & Chorlton as I could just about afford a small house there with a little garden...

    Media City attracted me more due to the creative environment (and there's always an option of a balcony for those 15 days of sunshine!)
    • lookstraightahead
    • By lookstraightahead 10th Nov 18, 9:31 AM
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    I would move north. Anywhere north. Including Birmingham. I lived south for years and prices are ridiculous.
    • middleclassbutpoor
    • By middleclassbutpoor 10th Nov 18, 9:33 AM
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    You are living in North Yorkshire...

    - Leeds is a great city if you want city living and is very thriving at present. Its a small city as well so doesn't come with some of the problems larger cities have with getting about them as you can pretty much walk the full city centre within about 10-15 mins. If you don't want to be in the city centre but good transport links - Harrogate/Ripon/Ilkley/Skipton/York are all nice areas around N&W Yorkshire.

    Likewise, you can get nice areas near to Leeds like Roundhay - the park there is brilliant and they have nice pubs/walks around it.

    If you want to look over the border into the North West then then Manchester is a reasonable city but I wouldn't live in Media City/Salford Quays personally. I would be looking at the outer suburbs like Didsbury and Sale/Altrincham type areas.

    Other places where I have thought, I could live there include..

    - Newcastle/Hexam
    - Nottingham

    It really depends but if you want a place where people aren't up their own backside.. I would come back to Leeds as a city every time.. Always feels like a friendly place..
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 10th Nov 18, 9:38 AM
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    I wouldn’t live in the media city area if you paid me to, but there are some lovely areas in Manchester, as well as the fairly obvious Chorlton and Didsbury there’s Prestwich, Monton, Worsley and Altrincham.

    You could also look at some of the more rural areas around Manchester and the Pennines to get the best of both worlds. Saddleworth has trains straight in to Manchester, and Hebden Bridge has a nice buzz and lovely views.
    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:40 AM
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    You are living in North Yorkshire...

    - Leeds is a great city if you want city living and is very thriving at present. Its a small city as well so doesn't come with some of the problems larger cities have with getting about them as you can pretty much walk the full city centre within about 10-15 mins. If you don't want to be in the city centre but good transport links - Harrogate/Ripon/Ilkley/Skipton/York are all nice areas around N&W Yorkshire.

    Likewise, you can get nice areas near to Leeds like Roundhay - the park there is brilliant and they have nice pubs/walks around it.

    If you want to look over the border into the North West then then Manchester is a reasonable city but I wouldn't live in Media City/Salford Quays personally. I would be looking at the outer suburbs like Didsbury and Sale/Altrincham type areas.

    Other places where I have thought, I could live there include..

    - Newcastle/Hexam
    - Nottingham

    It really depends but if you want a place where people aren't up their own backside.. I would come back to Leeds as a city every time.. Always feels like a friendly place..
    Originally posted by middleclassbutpoor
    Thank you very much for your detailed reply and your advice is much appreciated!

    Leeds was actually at the top of my list around 4 weeks ago and then someone put me off it completely saying they hated the place (sometimes I can be so easily swayed!)

    I have enjoyed Leeds the two times I have visited and budget wise it would fit, I'm around an hours drive from there at the moment, so I should perhaps get some viewings booked in and see if I can get a feeling for the place.
    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:41 AM
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    I wouldn’t live in the media city area if you paid me to, but there are some lovely areas in Manchester, as well as the fairly obvious Chorlton and Didsbury there’s Prestwich, Monton, Worsley and Altrincham.

    You could also look at some of the more rural areas around Manchester and the Pennines to get the best of both worlds. Saddleworth has trains straight in to Manchester, and Hebden Bridge has a nice buzz and lovely views.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Well I think its safe to say that Media City is off the list, everyone seems to think it would be a bad choice!

    I do like Worsley, not so much Altrincham.. I will check out Saddleworth too and Hebden bridge is somewhere I absolutely love so will check that out too.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 10th Nov 18, 9:49 AM
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    Well I think its safe to say that Media City is off the list, everyone seems to think it would be a bad choice!

    I do like Worsley, not so much Altrincham.. I will check out Saddleworth too and Hebden bridge is somewhere I absolutely love so will check that out too.
    Originally posted by LeapOfFaith
    If Hebden Bridge is too pricey check out todmorden and littleborough, both closer to Manchester and starting to get a bit trendy, bars and cafes and whatnot. They do flood though so buy with care!

    Saddleworth doesn’t tend to flood but you might get snowed in.
    • middleclassbutpoor
    • By middleclassbutpoor 10th Nov 18, 9:49 AM
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    Thank you very much for your detailed reply and your advice is much appreciated!

    Leeds was actually at the top of my list around 4 weeks ago and then someone put me off it completely saying they hated the place (sometimes I can be so easily swayed!)

    I have enjoyed Leeds the two times I have visited and budget wise it would fit, I'm around an hours drive from there at the moment, so I should perhaps get some viewings booked in and see if I can get a feeling for the place.
    Originally posted by LeapOfFaith
    Yeah, do some viewings. It is becoming a city that has lots of digital/media/financial services presence. Recently Channel 4 have chosen to to have their head office there, SkyBet are also a massive employer there with their digital teams working in Leeds. First Direct and a number of high profile Investment/Financial Service firms are all located there too.

    The university area is Headingly which has a nice feel to it with lots of independent shops as well as your some of you better known shops - its a 10min journey into the centre.

    You have the First Direct Arena there for concerts as well as many music venues - great bars, great places to eat food. You also have excellent shopping with trinity and the arcades surrounding is where the likes of Harvey Nicks are an then you have the markets... It is a really diverse but down to earth city..

    If sport is your thing - Football/Rugby/Cricket are all taken care of.

    You can be in Edinburgh and London from Leeds also in a little over 2hrs....

    Genuinely never feel like I do in any other city when I visit (I too are about an hour away)...
    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:56 AM
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    Yeah, do some viewings. It is becoming a city that has lots of digital/media/financial services presence. Recently Channel 4 have chosen to to have their head office there, SkyBet are also a massive employer there with their digital teams working in Leeds. First Direct and a number of high profile Investment/Financial Service firms are all located there too.

    The university area is Headingly which has a nice feel to it with lots of independent shops as well as your some of you better known shops - its a 10min journey into the centre.

    You have the First Direct Arena there for concerts as well as many music venues - great bars, great places to eat food. You also have excellent shopping with trinity and the arcades surrounding is where the likes of Harvey Nicks are an then you have the markets... It is a really diverse but down to earth city..

    If sport is your thing - Football/Rugby/Cricket are all taken care of.

    You can be in Edinburgh and London from Leeds also in a little over 2hrs....

    Genuinely never feel like I do in any other city when I visit (I too are about an hour away)...
    Originally posted by middleclassbutpoor
    Thanks! You certainly make a very strong case for Leeds with everything it has to offer. I'll certainly have a good look around and get a feel for it. I have heard of Chapel Allerton sure that's the one? , do you know that area well ?
    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 9:57 AM
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    If Hebden Bridge is too pricey check out todmorden and littleborough, both closer to Manchester and starting to get a bit trendy, bars and cafes and whatnot. They do flood though so buy with care!

    Saddleworth doesn’t tend to flood but you might get snowed in.
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Thanks, Looking now and have found a nice property in Cragg Road, HX7, says the closest station is Mytholmroyd and it looks pretty close to Hebden Bridge, do you know it at all ?
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    • By hjghg5 10th Nov 18, 10:09 AM
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    I live in Leeds (roundhay) and from what you've said I'd look at chapel allerton. Roundhay is nice but a bit quieter than chapel allerton and there seems to be more going on down there but you're still closeish to both roundhay park and the city centre. Or heading but that's more students.
    • middleclassbutpoor
    • By middleclassbutpoor 10th Nov 18, 10:20 AM
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    Dodgy accents? :P

    I cant really help as I have only lived in Manchester which I love, but I am not sure I would live in Media City personally, nothing major against it as such. I just like having a garden for those 15 days a year when its warm and not raining.
    Originally posted by ACG
    You get 15 days of no rain in Manchester... I don't believe you...
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 10th Nov 18, 10:27 AM
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    You get 15 days of no rain in Manchester... I don't believe you...
    Originally posted by middleclassbutpoor
    Careful now, let’s not set the wars of the roses off again by mistake.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 10th Nov 18, 10:28 AM
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    Thanks, Looking now and have found a nice property in Cragg Road, HX7, says the closest station is Mytholmroyd and it looks pretty close to Hebden Bridge, do you know it at all ?
    Originally posted by LeapOfFaith
    Pop the link up!
    • ACG
    • By ACG 10th Nov 18, 10:34 AM
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    You get 15 days of no rain in Manchester... I don't believe you...
    Originally posted by middleclassbutpoor
    We did this year, thats why there was nearly a hosepipe ban.
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    • LeapOfFaith
    • By LeapOfFaith 10th Nov 18, 10:39 AM
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    Pop the link up!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Darn! Cant post links as Im a new user....

    I found it on the OpenRent site and its the only house that comes up when you search hebden bridge if that helps £625 a month
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