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  • ram 11 Dec 2012 15:01:38 3,486 posts
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    I live in Streatham Hill, cheaper than Balham to buy, but close enough to walk to Balham shops and tube over Tooting Bec (10-15 mins).

    And the houses here are much cooler looking. This is my road

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgeezer/4386123560/

    Only downside is there aren't any decent local pubs at the moment. Some bars but no good boozers. And the closer you get to Streatham the more moon on the water they get.

    House prices around here are supposed to increase by 23% in next 5 years.
  • elstoof 11 Dec 2012 15:18:59 8,055 posts
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    I grew up in a few parts of west London, I couldnt live there again. moved back to Maida Vale a couple of years ago and couldn't stand it, there's nothing there.
  • Dougs 11 Dec 2012 16:36:14 69,004 posts
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    @ram - Has Taylors gone then?
  • urban 11 Dec 2012 18:54:09 11,029 posts
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    This is the worst flat hunting experience of my life. No joke.
  • Load_2.0 11 Dec 2012 21:01:04 19,506 posts
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    Yep viewing flats is SHIT especially in winter.

    Lunatics, druggies, tramps. You see it all, people use a lot of artistic license when describing their hovel.

    Edited by Load_2.0 at 21:01:31 11-12-2012
  • urban 2 Jan 2013 16:46:23 11,029 posts
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    Still haven't found anywhere and I'll have moved to London in 5 days! (stay at my sisters in the mean time)

    On top of that dilemma I cannot seem to stop procrastinating, I'm supposed to be packing up my flat!
  • Fixxxer 2 Jan 2013 18:24:34 1,305 posts
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    My plan, having spent the past three years of my post university life living at home and working for minimum wage in my market town, is to take a week off work mid-January and find a place in London to rent. I will then go back to work and see out my notice before moving in properly and trying to get a job in the local area.

    Key considerations:

    - I have lots of friends in London
    - Not having lived in London for a period of time while I'm still relatively young (I'm 28) is something I know I will regret
    - My current job is turd
    - I have enough money to rent for about a year without having a job, should it come to that
    - I've had quite a few interviews in London in the past and buggered them all
    - I'm single

    Am I mental for doing this?
  • urban 2 Jan 2013 18:44:48 11,029 posts
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    Take that money and travel the world, come back and job hunt for 6 months while still living in London would be a much better plan.
  • Fixxxer 2 Jan 2013 19:20:59 1,305 posts
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    If you knew me and finding jobs you'd say I need as big a money buffer as possible!

    But I did actually spend a year travelling the world so I'm done with that for a good while (I'm not loaded I just have very, very nice parents that let me live rent free).

    Although I could actually afford to buy a property around Woolwich which is something I'm currently looking at whimsically. Surely Crossrail will make properties there a decent investment?
  • Fixxxer 2 Jan 2013 19:27:11 1,305 posts
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    And a lovely area it looks too...
  • urban 2 Jan 2013 20:09:49 11,029 posts
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    In my opinion the London housing market is vastly over valued, but I'm a stinkin renter with no savings so of course I'm gonna say that.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2013 20:25:47
    It's something I've thought about for a while and nearly did once in my early twenties.

    It would have to take an offer I couldn't refuse.
  • elstoof 2 Jan 2013 20:31:43 8,055 posts
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    Don't buy in woolwich. Anyway, you'll need a job to secure a mortgage.
  • guts 2 Jan 2013 22:33:21 1,690 posts
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    Woolwich, charlton, plumstead are all mainly shot holes now. Woolwich is/has been 'redeveloped' but all they have really done is build nicer looking high rise flats. As soon as a pub/cinema/bingo hall shuts down it is turned into one of those happy clappy speaking in tongues church that people remix with dub step and put on youtube. Good places to go if you want your nails done, your hair cut or if you want to transfer money abroad. You're better off moving a few miles further out and suffering south eastern rail services. My mate moved from a two bed flat in charlton to a three bed semi in welling. He now has an extra (box) room, his own driveway, rear garden and loft that has been made fit for a games room and is saving a couple of hundred quid per month as the rent is cheaper. I live a few miles further out and drive to work in plumstead and it is only a 20 min journey, including dropping missus at the station and daughter near school. Missus works iat st Thomas hospital and endures south eastern railway, but still gets to work in a reasonable time. I have always been a burb and always enjoyed having enough nightlife around, being close enough to major nightlife for it not to be too much of a chore and not have all the hustle and bustle if city life.

    Whassamattayou, whyoulookasosad, itsanicaplace, itsanotsobad, heyshaddupayourface.

  • Deleted user 16 January 2013 14:23:27
    Fixxxer wrote:
    My plan, having spent the past three years of my post university life living at home and working for minimum wage in my market town, is to take a week off work mid-January and find a place in London to rent. I will then go back to work and see out my notice before moving in properly and trying to get a job in the local area.

    Key considerations:

    - I have lots of friends in London
    - Not having lived in London for a period of time while I'm still relatively young (I'm 28) is something I know I will regret
    - My current job is turd
    - I have enough money to rent for about a year without having a job, should it come to that
    - I've had quite a few interviews in London in the past and buggered them all
    - I'm single

    Am I mental for doing this?
    I'm in excatly the same position as you. Except the load of money bit. But i think i posted a few pages back on, but i'm still looking to do the same. 3 and a half years since uni, working minimun wage in a tourist village etc etc. I'm 27, but starting to feel quite anxious about how i'm going to get out of my situation. I proably be quite happy where i am, if it wasn't for that i hardly go out and socialise or do the stuff that i want to do ( whats the fucking point of hiking etc on your own!). My uni friends still keep in contact with me, so it be nice just do it for a while. I currently rent a place so i have hardly no money, but i am job hunting for the london area.

    Let us know how you get on.
  • LeoliansBro 16 Jan 2013 14:54:25 44,720 posts
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    Plumstead isn't shit, just very, very boring.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deleted user 16 January 2013 22:18:11
    Paupers.

    London is a joke of a place to live.
  • PazJohnMitch 16 Jan 2013 22:41:46 8,596 posts
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    I bought a place in West Ealing early last year. There are 3 places on my road up for sale now with prices 20% higher than I paid.
  • Load_2.0 16 Jan 2013 22:46:53 19,506 posts
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    Down to the Forester for some Thai then?
  • Jazzy_Geoff 16 Jan 2013 22:58:39 7,781 posts
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    I'm buying a four bed house in fucking acton. 750k and that's cheap. Acton ffs!
  • FWB 16 Jan 2013 23:05:39 45,107 posts
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    Some parts of Acton are alright. The name just has a bad rep. Get South South Acton and you are in the Chiswick area.
  • Jazzy_Geoff 16 Jan 2013 23:48:50 7,781 posts
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    I'm in what's referred to by estate agent as poets corner.
  • urban 16 Feb 2013 14:51:18 11,029 posts
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    A month and a half later and I'm in somewhere!
  • jablonski 17 Feb 2013 19:31:42 4,488 posts
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    What area?
  • faux-C 17 Feb 2013 19:42:23 9,516 posts
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    God I can't wait to do the reverse of this thread.

    Fucking shithole London.
  • urban 24 Feb 2013 10:22:32 11,029 posts
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    Mile End.

    Why is London a fucking shithole?
  • lucky_jim 24 Feb 2013 10:49:58 5,329 posts
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    I moved from London to Prague in 2011, went back last week for the first time since Christmas of that year. I'm more certain than ever that I made the right decision!
  • mal 24 Feb 2013 11:26:52 22,787 posts
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    I'm pretty sure Mile End's always been a shithole. Seems to be London as a whole is as much a shithole as any other British city but with a vaguely 24-hour transport network and fried chicken shops. A 24-hour shithole, if you like.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

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