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  1. No problem Einstein71, happy to add a voice to the debate....... although Im a little uneasy to appear like Im sticking up for some of the people you describe. Twats do, and always will, abound. Having travelled for a couple of years and seen no noticeable rise in numbers Im comfortable that the situation you describe is not going to trouble me any time soon, but example noted. I know since you travelled the rolling stock has increased, and the fact that a number of the Gatwick express trains carry on to Brighton, or begin in Brighton in peak has really helped any over crowding there once was. Not embarking at either Brighton or Victoria can also add to a commuters woes I guess. What you describe as your buying experience is a systematic problem of estate agents as a whole I think, and can be recounted in many locations. An interesting (ironic?) parallel is actually the London market itself as I experienced it. I lived in East London for many years, and watched it turn slowly from a no-go, cheap but interesting/edgy place into what it has become now. As it became fashionable and cooler, new developments sprang up and it was mainly marketed to a group of outsiders who had lots of money and could commute - yes, city workers. Prices went utterly insane.....the words used to describe an area with a high crack problem and lots of gun crime had a similar comical feel! I have the usual friend story of someone who luckily brought before this (I didn't I might add), a grotty one bed in a Victorian house. He did it up a bit, and suddenly a few years later sold it for close to 500k. The problem being the housing estate opposite hadn't really felt the same gentrification. The new owners with thier Black Range Rover went down well with them obviously.
  2. If I see a pregnant woman sitting down, I make HER get up so I can sit down. I've had a busy day and my ipod needs its own table yeah?
  3. I think Im making you all grumpy ....but surely the fun/point of The Great Escape is new bands you've never heard of? Granted, 9 times out of 10 you'd rather stick sharpended pencils in your ears, but still....
  4. Um, no....The Great Escape......
  5. You see, now your commute sounds *horrible*....... A commute is always far more than "an hours train away" - anyone who moves anywhere on that basis is always going to end up in hell quite soon. And I guess that's what happens to a lot of people. For instance, just getting a tube at the other end would send me into a panic - I effing hate getting on that thing with 1000s of others... let alone having to do it every day I probably would of not moved on that basis alone. Again, I'm really not saying its a GOOD thing, and I skip and hop down the platform every morning with daisies in my hair glad to have 2 less hours with my family. If I had a choice anyone in their right mind would choose no commute over a commute......but I do it, its doesn't bother me, and I enjoy the things I do during that time - many things I previously planned to do but never got round to. Anyway, I walked into this with my eyes wide open, and I think that helps. I planned it, thought about it, tried it - long before I ever moved here - and that would be my advice to anyone thinking of doing the same. it's clearly not for everyone but hey-ho. ....and yes, I am beginning to think I doth protest too much
  6. Again, I do *sort* of agree with where you're coming from.....well, I dont disagree. I have been doing the commute for a few years now - no real problems? the main thing that pizzes me off is Brightonians asking me hows the commute is in worried tones every time I meet them! , but it is what you make it. Biking either end certainly helps alot. Doing more than reading the Metro and staring out of the window for an hour is a bonus. I think you may of read too much into my word "nice"? I was attracted to Brighton for the same reasons as you it seems, even if they have been watered down over the years - it is one of the few places that can offer a lot more interesting aspects as a place to live. There's quite a good music festival going on as we speak . Just to correct one point - I read the homes section in the ES every week (I enjoy pain) and there are never really any Brighton EAs advertising in there? Full of London, Kent, etc etc. I've noted a new development in Rottingdean (or somewhere) but no more than that. It might be a bit of a myth that there is this massive hard sell going on in London all the time.
  7. Let me expand slightly: The commute is certainly not ideal, in an ideal world (i.e. perfect good life) I would live 5mins from work and pop home for lunch, smashing! ......even the other side of Brighton would be brilliant. In the real world I made a career choice many moons ago that has limited my places of work and I dont wish to change this. Live in London? As we all know unless you have rich parents/big inheritance/mega pay packet/bought years ago this becomes some what limited. Move a bit further out? Well very easily in London you can be looking at 45min commute each way over not much distance. Commuting on a train for an hour is certainly my limit, but add a bike and you can avoid it being much more than this... As for 3 hours wasted every day? That depends how you look at it - on the Brighton line you always get a seat, often on a comfy Gatwick Express, and the time can be used to read books, listen to music/podcasts, catch up on those boxsets the wife hates, writing, working and....er....sleeping if you are zonked from the night before. If I said I spent 90mins a day reading a good book, listening to a cool album or working in peace and quiet you wouldn't consider it time wasted - that I happen to be on a train doesn't really matter? Also worth noting is I spend time staying in other potential commuter towns with 1hour trains to test the commute - dear good we *are* lucky in Brighton (relatively speaking) - lots of short, packed trains, many standing room only in peak times. Some full when they get to the station in the morning as they've already called at three other places.....Brighton was positively serene in comparison. Anyway, nice to see your still of this list from back in the day - I read a lot of your posts even if we didn't converse.
  8. TBH I do tend to agree with you, and from my experience care for elderly relatives can wipe out a "normal" sized inheritence quite quickly. Although million+ ones can be quite difference I expect. Yeah, I dont want to know your circumstances - just read a few pages of this thread after popping back in after a few years and thought it needed a bit of a poke.
  9. I feel like a bit of a troll today, but Im not, honest....... Really? Is this *really* what you believe? People buy houses thinking "not to worry, this will soon be sorted when Mum and Dad die. I can do whatever I like." I dont know your circumstances, but are you currently waiting for your parents to cark it? I cant believe many people think like that, especially with your example of your friends (nice friends BTW) who are happy to wait 30 years, like, nothing can possibly happen in the next 30years to change that outcome can it? I dunno, I just dont buy into this.
  10. ....The Marina is just an out of town retail park that happens to be in the sea. I wouldn't use this as an example of Brighton - its populated by the same chavs you get in every other retail/lesuire park in the land surely? I use it for a nice cheap Asda shop and that's all. It *could* be nice, but they would need to knock it down and start again.
  11. Just checking in to add a little balance here...... .....there always seems to be this negative talk of of the big orgre that is "people from London". I've certainly moved down from London, although like most I wasn't actually from London. I dont have pockets stuffed with money, and I didn't go crazy on buying at top wack either. And guess what? I commute back up every day for work and, you might want to whisper this, the commute is ok. I'd go as far as to say its quite pleasant and doesn't bother me. Brighton is a NICE place to live. I enjoy it. It was a good move.
  12. Sensible post. I concur. It is precisely these "work in London" types who help keep Brighton ticking over. When they roll their bags of cash off the train every day, ok, most of them just bathe in it, whilst cackling hysterically - but whats left they will use to go to that restaurant, spend in the nice pub, visit a theatre, or buy a painting. I also heard a rumour tourists do a similar thing, but I can't confirm it. Captain John Luke Picard III might look back all misty eyed (as we are all prone to do, it is in our nature) but a lot of Brighton is STILL a thriving, creative, interesting community.
  13. Well, my first response to your posts Capt'n was what a load of bigoted small minded clap trap that gets repeated adnusium in any location where people feel threatened but what they perceive to be outsiders. YAWN. Especially outsiders they can conveniently shove under one umbrella of hatred. But I resisted that sort of post, so that's good. London is only an hour away but you talk of it like some mythical place where everyone swans around in high paid jobs with cockney accents slowly devouring the world and looking for the next place to eat from the inside and laugh in the face of locals. What exactly do you class a "Londoner"? I'm really interested. I've worked in London for about 10 years, but the people I work with are from every country under the sun, those that are native are from every corner of the UK. I actually live in the East End so my life should be awash with Cockney cor blimey Guvn'r types - and there are certainly a good percentage, but I'm also just as likely to hear African, Caribbean, Polish or Irish accents when I walk down the street, and the area is a darn sight more interesting because of that. I have a number of friends in Brighton - originally ranging from Scotland, Norwich, Sheffield.....even Kent. What affect do they have on your quality of life? They certainly came in with their "money" and got nice houses - thus keeping the prices high. They certainly have kids, thus filling the schools. Now, I don't know how to break this to you, but I'm actually moving to Brighton too. I'm one of them! Agggh! Lock the door! Nasty London type! Pushing up prices! flooding the schools! Being Cockney! The problem with Brighton is its actually quite nice. Anywhere that is actually quite nice becomes a desirable place to live and will attract people and their investment. You may wonder why these idiots are doing it, and why they just cant stay in London or where ever, but there must be actually something quite nice in their new lives and how they are enjoying their new location, otherwise word would soon get out that in reality Brighton is actually not that nice after all and everyone would feck off back where they came from. The only problem with that outcome is that Brighton would have to be a bit rubbish, and then you wouldn't like it either - but hey, maybe you could move away or something if that was the case? Meh- this is a bit rambling...... anyway, I'm sure you'll come back with some "you just don't get it, idiot" response which will probably include "how dare you, I'm very open minded - some of my best friends are black/gay/from Kent".
  14. I agree with your assesment, but not how the figures will appear. These figures will be for agreed sales from around 3 months earlier (so January-ish?). There was a very obvious bounce in April/May of properties shifting, so this will effect the numbers for June/July and possibly August no? I would even predict a shown increase in prices when these are published, before dipping back into negative for the end of the year. IMHO the bounce is now receeding (and will continue to do so), but there are still a higher number of houses going under offer than at the beginning of the year.
  15. News from the front line: It personally feels like the mini bubble has popped in the 250k price point. After a few months of houses with multiple offers and best and final deadlines in the past couple of weeks offers seem to of been the only ones on the table. Suddenly Im getting phone calls and emails from estate agents again as well - bit panicy eh? Although it might take sellers who saw the house 4 doors away sell in 2 days for asking price a few weeks to realize they've missed the very small boat. ....lordy, I've even had an offer accepted. This doesn't take away from the mild stupidity of me buying right now but, as I've said before, I'm trading like for like price wise which evens it out a bit.
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