Moving to the Home Counties - suggestions?

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  1. juniper

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    I have been informed that I need to move house by my company, and need to be within 'striking' distance of London. I'm not worried which train station it has access to, and nor am I worried which county it is in. I'd prefer somewhere semi-rural. Just don't know where to start as far as area is concerned. Anyone any good suggestions please/estate agents I might start with? - I realise it is a very broad search criteria, but then that is my whole problem - not knowing where to start, being the Northerner that I am:) .
     
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    Budget, would be a good place to start :)
     
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    would that 'striking distance' be:-
    1) Norf of Lahnden ?
    2) Saarff of Lahnden ?

    we tend to ignore the east side and the west side is too posh to consider....

    (I am an northerner located in the HC - as you will be soon...).
    as already posted budget/price of house is key.
     
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    Loads of places you could move to but the nearer to London the higher the house prices - in some cases :eek: :eek: . My Godaughter recently bought a 3 bedroom 1930s semi for 299k in Tadworth which is near Box Hill and Dorking ,Surrey. Nice area. Bit too snobby for my tastes though:DBear in mind that people down here are lot more reserved than you lot oop there.None of this chatting in bus queues :nono: :D Best thing is to come down and get a feel for the different areas, do you prefer to live by the seaside ? Then why try Brighton- not that far from London, maybe an hour by train.
     
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    Jeez, Hove must be rougher than I thought! :eek:
     
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    Try Essex - around Chelmsford and the surrounding villages are nice. And reasonable too.
     
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    As has been said budget should be the main issue.
    Were moving to Surrey at the end of the month for similar reasons.
    We wanted to be no more than an hour from central London so we looked at the main lines to give us a rough idea, then we decided we would rather be south then north to be closer to the beach so we looked at one or two areas most of Surrey was out because of cost so we concentrated on West Sussex though eventually we got a place in a semi rural village called Dormansland which is on the Surrey Sussex border and very close to Kent with a mainline station that takes you to London bridge in 45 minutes.
    We move on the 1st June and I am literally counting down the days I am so excited.

    Best place to look for property rightmove and findaproperty

    If you have silly questions about an area then the tourist information centres can be very helpful if you drop them an email.

    If you don’t know an area might be worth renting for a few months whilst you get to know the area that’s what we are doing.
     
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    We're currently in the process of moving out of London to the Home Counties (HP4) - we're going north about 30 miles from where we are now. Property is a little cheaper (still 370k for a 2/3 bed victorian house tho :eek: ), 30-35 mins into Euston and decent mountain biking within 10 minutes of leaving the house :thumbsup:
     
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    Have a look at Northampton too, just within striking distance of London and right on the M1 so you can escape quickly too!
     
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    Sorry to go off topic but just curious where this is?

    Thanks :)
     
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    Come live in St.Albans, a nice tiny 3 bed house 10mins from the station will only cost you £600,000 - bargain!:thumbsup:
     
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    My sister has been living there for a couple of years now and is moving away due to it being so expensive.
     
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    Home Counties ? Beds Herts Bucks and Northants ?
    Boot up GoogleEarth or open Maps.google.co.uk and follow the train lines north find somewhere you like the sound of , open up Rightmove.co.uk and try a search using your budget . As DJT75 says £500k+ in St Albans , couple of stops up the line its possible to get a 3 bed detatched in Luton for £250k

    Good luck , if thay say you have to move , I hope they are going to contribute . Unless ofcourse your contract says you have to live so close ;)
     
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    I'd caution that an annual season ticket from there would be £4300+ (as that is what it costs from Milton Keynes which is on the same line but closer) +parking. M1 would be j15 to london- 60 miles plus. Not impossible (I do it daily from j14) but it would be hugely time consuming.

    That said, for the rural bit, look into the areas around Leighton Buzzard (which has a west coast mainline station) and Aylesbury could be worth a punt as well.
     
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    Berkhamsted - there's a big national trust area (400 odd hectares I think) with lots of tracks in. It's a bit flat in places but there's miles of single track to blast along. Popped up there on Sunday for a quick 10 miler.
     
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    I agree. Lovely place. I'm in a little village called Park Street, just outside St Albans. It is expensive around here, but it's worth it for the area and proximity to London.
     
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    Thanks everyone for their replies so far. Budget I suppose is around £550k, and I'll be as happy south of London as I am north too. My ignorance - I didn't realise the Home Counties were just those north of london - see I told you I didn't know where to start:blush: Keep suggestions coming - I suppose I can't afford a 5 bedroom house down there then can I:eek: .
     
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    The definition actually originally had a legal background:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Counties

    As Michael Caine would say "Not a lot of people know that".
     

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