Post # 17
@bowsergirl: It’s not south, but I would suggest Chester and surrounding areas – you are literally a stone-throw away from Liverpool and Manchester (International Airport will be a big bonus I’d imagine), so you get your city-fix, but you are also so close to some of the most beautiful rural villages and towns in the UK. This area of England, as well as crosss the border into Wales are stunning.
Post # 18
im originally from southampton. Whilst i love shopping in southampton ou wouldnt want to live near the centre. The outskirts however like Rownhams and Romsey, North Bassesley etc are lovely.
I now live in Bicester in oxfordshire. House prices haven risen or fallen over the past 10 years. Head out to Brackley and Northampton you get much more for your money.
Surrey is nice but expensive, as is bath and cambridge like the PP said.
Post # 19
There are lots of great suggestions that have been added and I agree with them all. What you get in the south is more London orentated but more expensive. I’m sure you find this in the States as well that most areas have a “nicer” area and a not so nice area, which is something you should consider. Some of the nicest places in London and the surrounding areas boarder with somewhere not so nice, so it’s worth doing your homework. House prices/rents are reflected in how attractive the neighbourhood is and if you drive past alot of fast food places that’s telling too.
I say move to Kent, (where I am from). it’s called “The Garden of England” for a reason, lush and green and the houses are usually bigger than what you get closer to London, even though Central London by train can be only 25 minutes away…. With plenty of outside area’s to explore what’s not to love!
Post # 20
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Personally, I hate big cities, so London and Manchester would be right out for me. York however, is beautiful. I’ve personally found that people up North tend to be a bit friendlier and jollier than those down south, but I think that’s because a lot of people tend to liv outside of London and commute in, and London just seems to make people grumpy. Great to visit, but I could never live there.
I’m Midlands born and bred, but I’ve spent plenty of time bouncing between family and friends both North and South. Parts of Cornwall are beautiful – I remember Truro being very nice, although my preferences tended towards the smaller towns like Tintage and Mawgan Porth.
It very much depends what you’re after though. There is a real split between metropolitan and rural in the UK, and even then there’s scales on each one – Manchester I found big and oppressive, and very expensive for what it was!, whilst I find Liverpool very friendly and pleasant (in areas, but I know where to avoid!), and York is stunning, and very clean and beautiful – they pride themselves on their history. Same for Cambridge and Oxford, which have a very rich history but are also very wealthy university towns so will be expensive. The Lake District is gorgeous, but comparitively cut off, and when it gets cold and wet, it gets very cold and wet – but I don’t mind that (as long as I’m not camping).
I’m living in Leicester at the moment, and whilst I’m quite fond of it, I’d recommend the villages and little towns around it before I recommended the city. There’s a lot going on, and it’s comparitively pretty, but it’s not too big. But there’s a lot of litter, and spitting which really winds me up. But it’s easy commuting to places like Birmingham, London, and even up north – right on the M1, connected to the M6 by another motorway, and is about 40 minutes from B’ham on the train which will link you to anywhere.
Post # 21
Wow, thanks for all the help!
I knew it was pricier in the south, though not how much pricier. The cost of living is already a big hit to me coming from the western US (housing is especially cheap here). Plus, it’s already a shock that I could be living in semi-detached or terrace housing – that is just so foreign to me!
I suppose my comments about weather are mute since I already stated I want to stay at least somewhat south! That already has me avoiding the wettest areas it seems.
Anyway, I really appreciate all the info! My SO really hasn’t been many places himself, so he is not the most knowledgable on the subject. His family all lives in either London or Essex, and he went to uni in Southampton, so that is really all he knows.
Post # 22
I live in Brighton, on the south coast, and it’s AMAZING. Seriously amazing. But it’s apartment living, because it’s expensive. I’m originally from the north west, and you can get a 5 bed 2000sqft Victorian detached house for the same price as our 2 bed flat.
Stay away from Essex. Yorkshire is beautiful- i’d probably look there for cheap but nice living.
ETA: weather wise, I’m in the 2nd sunniest part of the country, after Eastbourne, and it’s not THAT much different than anywhere else.
Post # 23
Amen! I lived in Crieff for a year and it was incredible. I would move back in a heart beat. I really loved the location and while yes it was small it was fairly close to larger cities within a relatively short drive.
Post # 24
- Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor
My husband is from the super rainy North West, so I’m of no help. 🙁 Maybe check out brighton?
Post # 25
Hi there, I grew up in an old victorian town called Farnham in Surrey (about an hour from London). Within Surrey, Godalming is also gorgeous, but i agree these places are expensive. You do not get as much for your money as you would do elsewhere.
I have also lived in London which i loved – Clapham and Wandsworth. Also i lived in Bournemouth, Dorset by the sea (about 45 mins from Soton i think?).
Loved it but would not recommend the actual town centre! Alumn Chine, Westbourne, southbourne – these are all nice and the beach on your door step which i miss!
Good luck with the move x