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Re: Rushden

Postby AleisterCrowley » January 10th, 2017, 2:40 pm

Stating the bloomin' obvious, but anywhere commutable by train to London is going to be much more expensive
With your criteria you are probably limited to somewhere in the 'wedge' north of London. Northampton area ? Northampton itself is unlovely, but not awful, and it's a reasonable commute to London (1hr), although the trains on that line are not very good ( Northampton is on a loop away from the mainline )
Milton Keynes area ? 40 mins to Euston on the faster trains

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Re: Rushden

Postby bungeejumper » January 10th, 2017, 2:47 pm

melonfool wrote:But it looks like an hour and twenty at the moment.

Right now, that's correct. It's been an hour and fifteen for 20 years. But planned electrification (plus the sorting out of west London signalling and the finishing of various other disruptive works around there) will bring it down by 15-20 mins. Well, that's what they're telling us, anyway.

Swindon (trainwise) looks more doable and some of the villages have reasonably priced properties.

Indeed. You need to pick your location carefully, because some of the north Swindon suburbs are a bit rough. While others are delightful but some are a bit too near the motorway for comfort. Local research definitely recommended.

Royal Wootton Basset has a few, though not sure I could cope with the media intrusion they get/invite (which may be why the prices are low!).

I think all that military funeral stuff is fading now, because the Iraq coffins aren't being flown into RAF Lyneham any more. One other reason why prices are low is that several military bases (including Lyneham) have been dismantled, so officers are moving away to other places and houses are being sold. A bit of a buyer's market, if you want to look at it like that I suppose?

I wish RightMove had a 'centre here, but five miles out, don't include the actual town' as when I put a place I could commute from 99% of the houses that come up in the price range are, obviously, in that town and I don't want to live IN the town, I want to live in a village 5-10 miles from it.

I can totally recommend that! But I think Rightmove gives you a 'stretchy' map where you can define your desired locations pretty precisely. (Top right at http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... rsham.html.) The same, I imagine, for anywhere else in the country?

Good luck, anyway. PM me if there's anything you're interested in finding out.

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Re: Rushden

Postby Hardgrafter » January 10th, 2017, 4:15 pm

Would Flitwick (or Ampthill) in Bedfordshire suit?

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

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... sortType=1

I used to live in Luton, and thought of moving there. Big enough to have facilities, and great access for Rail and M1.


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Re: Rushden

Postby AleisterCrowley » January 10th, 2017, 6:59 pm

Oddly enough a friend of mine used to live on Grey's Rd, Henley (last link). Not a great town for 'value for money' ...

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Re: Rushden

Postby melonfool » January 10th, 2017, 11:28 pm



Ha ha. I think I can do better than a boat (scared of water), or a park home (not a Jeremy Kyle candidate!) and a weeny apartment without a proper kitchen. Though I do like the area, having gone to college in Caversham.

Flitwick, as mentioned above, is on the possible list. I've seen one place there. I'll have another look with it as the central point.

Ta

Mel

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Re: Rushden

Postby UncleEbenezer » January 11th, 2017, 12:54 am

melonfool wrote:I wish RightMove had a 'centre here, but five miles out, don't include the actual town' as when I put a place I could commute from 99% of the houses that come up in the price range are, obviously, in that town and I don't want to live IN the town, I want to live in a village 5-10 miles from it.

Either rightmove or zoopla will let you draw your own search area on the map. Or you could select postcodes that exclude in-town.

And if there's something they don't do, try suggesting it. Competition is a fine thing, and you have two websites each keen to be the best for their users!

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Re: Rushden

Postby didds » January 11th, 2017, 10:20 am

Breelander wrote:
Clitheroekid wrote:Well here's one view of it - ... ;)


Have you tried looking up your own town on that site? I didn't recognise mine :lol:



Mine isn't on there but going by the towns around it this site is either a spoof site or simply one that attracts complaints and exaggerated criticisms.

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Re: Rushden

Postby genou » January 11th, 2017, 12:13 pm

melonfool wrote:
I wish RightMove had a 'centre here, but five miles out, don't include the actual town' as when I put a place I could commute from 99% of the houses that come up in the price range are, obviously, in that town and I don't want to live IN the town, I want to live in a village 5-10 miles from it.

Mel


If you select Edit Search area you can draw a doughnut to achieve this.

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Re: Rushden

Postby mischka » January 12th, 2017, 9:47 am

Right move has a draw a search facility. It's a bit fiddly to use but once you have succeeded, you can save that search to use again or ask for email alerts when houses are added.
Sorry, can't help with advice about villages, as I live in one 15 miles outside Glasgow, could you relocate that drastically, needless to say, it is much cheaper up here. You would need to buy more clothes, as we are currently blanketed in snow!
Good luck,
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Re: Rushden

Postby melonfool » January 12th, 2017, 9:59 am

Thank you - I had found the drawing tool - not sure I can make it do a doughnut to be honest.

It's a bit fiddly as you say. I have some saved searches like that.

Glasgow would be OK :) I have plenty of clothes. Currently thinking that with all these tiny houses I am looking at I will need to get rid of half of them though.

This weekend I am looking at houses in Rushden (probably to rule it out), Clapham (Beds), Souldrop (Beds) and Eynesbury (near St Neots, Cambs).

Mel

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Re: Rushden

Postby AleisterCrowley » January 12th, 2017, 11:43 am

Never heard of any of those, and I spend hours looking at maps as part of 'work'!
Out of sheer nosiness I had a look at Souldrop on Google Streetview - looks quite pleasant - and it has a pub :) Don't think I could live anywhere without a walkable boozer - not (just) because of the beer

Clapham (Beds) is the last known location of Glenn Miller, apparently.

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Re: Rushden

Postby melonfool » January 12th, 2017, 12:12 pm

AleisterCrowley wrote:Never heard of any of those, and I spend hours looking at maps as part of 'work'!
Out of sheer nosiness I had a look at Souldrop on Google Streetview - looks quite pleasant - and it has a pub :) Don't think I could live anywhere without a walkable boozer - not (just) because of the beer

Clapham (Beds) is the last known location of Glenn Miller, apparently.


I took a drive out to Souldrop last weekend and it is lovely, not much there, just farms and, as you say, the pub which looks nice.

I have a gap after seeing that house so might have lunch there. A friend has asked if I am free to meet over the weekend so might see if he wants to meet me there.

It's near Sharnbrook which is also very nice, and has more facilities. I have looked (from the outside) at some houses there but they are, so far, a bit estate-y for me. I suspect the prices for the non-estate houses is much higher.

I am aware this is not the best time of year to be looking as sellers don't tend to put houses on til the weather cheers up. But that does possibly also mean that prices might be somewhat depressed, so it's a double-edged sword.

Mel

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Re: Rushden

Postby pochisoldi » January 12th, 2017, 1:57 pm

melonfool wrote:I am aware this is not the best time of year to be looking as sellers don't tend to put houses on til the weather cheers up. But that does possibly also mean that prices might be somewhat depressed, so it's a double-edged sword.


I've found in the past that to get an early viewing of "desirable" properties as they hit the market, you have to go through the palaver of viewing unshiftable properties which have been sat on the estate agent's books for a while.

If you start to look now, you might find a property you want at a good price. If you don't see anything you like, you've just pushed yourself towards the top of the list of people the agent will call in that period between the property being offered for sale and the picture going up in the EA's window.

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Re: Rushden

Postby didds » January 12th, 2017, 3:10 pm

melonfool wrote:Royal Wootton Basset has a few, though not sure I could cope with the media intrusion they get/invite (which may be why the prices are low!).



RWB is "quieter" since Lyneham closed and the body bags now fly into Brize Norton - if that is what you were meaning Mel.

Decent Rugby club too if that helps :)

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Re: Rushden

Postby orchard101 » January 12th, 2017, 3:32 pm

Just a thought Melonfool, have you considered property auctions?

I may be influenced by watching Homes under the Hammer!. But there are bargains to be had and not all of them are wrecks.

Whatever you decide, the very best of luck, house hunting is not for the faint-hearted.


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