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16/03/2014 at 17:34
We are still struggling with our house move choice so taking inspiration from all sources!
house 1 is in the area we currently live. Small village with a few shops and pubs but we live up a steep hill out of it so walks down are not easy as it's a pull back up the hill. 2 minutes into rural countryside with lots of walks through fields or on quiet roads although again tjey are not easy walks as up hills or rough terrain. Definite commuter village and we do v little here really when I think about it but it's beautiful and v sought after. 20-30 mins from town/cinema and from Hs prospective school.
house 2 is a new area, more residential although still sought after for near town. 10mibs drive max from town and Hs school. 5 mins drive to a more rural area. Not many pubs near although little sainsburys not far. Flat walk to bus etc but not rural really as a residential area. Less nice areas closer but not close. Not beautiful for views but def more convenient.
which would appeal more to you? What elae night I need to consider.
i should add we are moving with my mum so 3 generations to consider.
number 2 house is my dream house but new build so smaller drive and houses closer (although large flat garden and a wood!).
House 1 is about 30 yrs old bit of an unconventional layout but nice drive and huge garden albeit with different areas and lots if flowers etc. Needs cosmetic updating but kitchen/ bathrooms fine (albeit one less than the other house)
im so confused, how can a nice decision be so hard!
16/03/2014 at 17:42
The phrase 'dream house' stands out. Feeling that way about a property always helps one to swallow some less good factors :)
Personally I'd like the one that would see my walking out of my front door and being most active in the local area. Being close to school/work/relatives is never a big draw for me, but enjoying the local community/area and feeling like there's options open to do things easily, I'd prefer that. Not sure that's exactly what you're asking though, sorry! :)
16/03/2014 at 18:10
I am moving to a house that is far more convenient for me work wise. It is more to do with work life balance and this way I will have a better work life balance as I am not spednign so much time travelling around with the kids to get to work on time.
16/03/2014 at 19:44
Two sounds a more balanced option to me, though I don't like new build houses much as I find their ceilings too low. (I put several nice houses out of the running in previous house searches due to this one flaw!) But as you describe it as your dream house I think that says it all.
16/03/2014 at 22:59
17/03/2014 at 09:12
For me, I do prize convenience highly. We live near the town centre - we could live further out where we'd get more for our money in terms of space, etc but we are within walking distance of schools and the station (which I need to get to work).
If you haven't already I would trial the route to the potential school at the school run time. Our roads are a nightmare at that time but 15 minutes later they are better. If you don't try it at the time when you'll need to be driving them then you won't know what they are really like.
18/03/2014 at 16:14
Though I love the idea of living somewhere rural, beautiful views and peace and quiet, in reality, I'm not sure how much it would suit me as, from what you describe in your current village (and what I have previously pondered for us), is that I'd end up driving everywhere which isn't that idyllic really! We live in a residential area, but there's countryside 5 minutes walk in one direction, and then a small town a 20ish minute walk in the other direction. I have often wished we were more rural, but since having S, I really appreciate being able to go out so easily, and have most things I need within walking distance or a short drive. We also live in a beautiful new house which I absolutely love, love, love, but are overlooked which bothers me a lot. An older house that wasn't as dreamy for me would probably have more privacy but I accept that usually, you can't have everything!
From what you've said with house 2, you have a woods at the back? If I've read that right. So as well as being your dream house, much more convenient, probably better for your Mum in the future as she might be a bit cut off with transport / hills when older in your current village, plus the school distance, I would be going for that. It might not have the views and be as idyllic, but a woods is a fair second :) Plus, as H grows up, there will probably be more for him locally as facilities / groups tend to be better in a more residential area.
It is a tough one, and there are definite pros and cons to both. As it's so close though, and one location doesn't have an advantage massively over the other, I think the dream house bit would sway me!
What do your Mum and your H think?
18/03/2014 at 19:49
Thank you for all your comments. As much as I hate to admit it I think I can see the advantages of living closer to things esp for H, little H and mum
Plus yes lamby it does randomly come with part if a wood! No idea what we will do with it!
Mum and H feel similarly to me I think. Torn between ease and rural area. But I am swayed by new houses we live in one now and I do like that it's only ever had our things in.
Just seeing if we can get either now - nothing is ever straightforward
19/03/2014 at 09:16
And some rural areas you are very tied to your car because sometimes it's not safe to walk along the road where there's no pavements. Or the local shops are quite a distance away. Also for your mum its about what social things would be nearby that she could join in with - or how easily she can get to the things she already does.
My friends live in rural Scotland. They have a shop within walking distance (probably about 20 minute walk though) but the nearest supermarket must be a good half an hour drive away and its not a big supermarket when you get there. The doctor must be a drive as well although there is a school nearby. But I guess they have to plan their time better - you can't just pop to the corner shop when you forget something at the last minute. But the peace and quiet and the lovely views are good. And I think they know more of their neighbours because you have to make the effort to do that otherwise you can be very isolated.
19/03/2014 at 21:11
Oh I love the wood one even more now! Can I move there?! Imagine how much fun little H will have over the years exploring!
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