What a snob!!! you do know kingston used to be made up of largly just working class people back in 60's,70's and 80's and even the 90's, and who either owned thier own home or was council, its bloody people like you, and all the other stuck ups with loads of money who are pushing up the silly prices making people who are 2nd or 3rd generation locals move out because they cant afford to live near family and friends anymore and ripping communitys apart, sick of rich people pushing out working class, this happened to fulham in the early 80's and now happening again in the surburbs of london after being forced out of fulham by the yuppies and over flow of kensington, its like a vicious circle, Makes me sick, theres so many really nice people who live in council propeties, some of my own family live in them, how dare you judge! how dare you, my family are NOT low life scum to be tarred with a same brush speaches on the internet by keyboard snobby over paid warriors, bloody snobs the lot of you who talk such utter rubbish!
Erm, not quite sure how to answer that!
I fully appreciate that the vast majority of those who live on council estates are good people (I have a number of relatives who have/do live there as well), BUT the problem is that you can never tell who is going to be placed in them and it only takes a couple of bad people to make life a misery for those living in the vicinity.
I was just making the point that, if spending a set amount of money, Anukis might prefer to buy further away from one of the estates if possible.
I agree that Kingston was probably a lot more working class 20 years ago than it is now, that is evidenced by the type of housing in the centre. To be fair, though, you could say the same thing about Guildford, Tunbridge Wells etc. Kingston has always been a desirable area with a lot of solidly middle class neighbourhoods as well. As prices have rocketed, the people who would traditionally buy in those neighbourhoods have looked to the neighbouring areas rather than moving miles away.
The problem is the distribution of income has been skewed so much. The type of person in the income bracket who would have lived on Coombe Hill or the better parts of Esher in the 1970s is now priced out of that type of area, so will try to buy a detached Victorian villa in N. Kingston that might have been bought by a ‘middle manager’ 30 years ago. Those middle managers in turn have to look at semis and terraced houses that would have been bought by lower paid people 30 years ago. Anyone who is on any normal type of working salary is priced out altogether.
I don’t support this (I am not even in one of the higher income brackets mentioned!), but I think you will find it is happening everywhere in the SE, not just in Kingston.