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  1. I was born in the QE2 hospital in WGC and raised in Hatfield until I was 11. Used to live on Ellenbrook Lane, and had a lovely childhood in that area. Left in 1992/3 when the BAe factory shut and my Dad's job was relocated to Woodford in Cheshire. Returned for a visit a couple of years back having not been there since the 90s. Galleria was still a complete waste of time. Surprised to see the 'modernist' swimming pool still standing. Town centre had not had any investment since the 90's, and three bed semis in the Ellenbrook area were circa £350k. I'd imagine given the above worth a lot more
  2. For me its about the declining level of 'wow factor' in games. When I was growing up in the 90s it felt like every second week there was a genuinely innovative game coming out with something totally new to offer. Games that totally blew my mind like Doom, Half Life, Unreal Tournament, UFO: Enemy Unknown, Tie Fighter etc (Ok so 3 of those are FPSs - so shoot me, oops I've just punned). Was a golden era of innovation and development (through my nostalgia tinted glasses anyway). These days all games seem to be rehashes of something old, although I recognise there is still some innovation out the
  3. Primary school catchment area is Gatley Primary which is an Outstanding school and I believe very much as good as Hursthead in Cheadle Hulme. It is one of the reasons we were attracted to the area. High School is Kingsway as another poster suggests which is a 'Good' school I believe in current Ofsted rating. Cheadle Hulme High is 'Outstanding' I believe by comparison. Hence probably the main reason Cheadle Hulme seems to be about £100k more expensive or so for an equivalent house (although there are other reasons as well I'm sure). Our little boy is 14 months so we have a good ten years befo
  4. Thanks Venger. We shall do our best to continue to meet targets although a growing family might kybosh that! Best of luck with your plans for the future too. On the London point I genuinely believe that the quality of life in London is now significantly lower than elsewhere in the country. Sure you earn more, but ultimately you are still much worse off. It makes me quite angry and sickened to see the young people down there at the company I work for who have done everything right, are working their a***s off, but have zero to show for it, despite being in very good jobs. They still don't beli
  5. Well an update on our situation. Earlier this year we decided to respond to the 'rapidly rising' market by putting our house up for sale. The thinking was the downside risks looked pretty massive, but we had pretty much paid off our mortgage on our existing place, and the flip side of the coin was if things carry on the way they are we might have never been able to afford the big family home we wanted. So basically we were driven by classic fear mentality! Sold it pretty quick but then got messed around by a number of vendors so fell through. Sold it again (again pretty quick) although it w
  6. Well that's progress isn't it! Shame its in the wrong direction.....
  7. Hello again. Actually £165k dead on.... every little helps. I'm looking at 4 bed detached Cheadle +1 mile (just to track) as that's what we'll hopefully be looking to buy in two years when paid off this place. About the cheapest you seem to be able to get a decent 4 bed detached for (without venturing into Wythenshaw) is about a quarter of a million. Pretty depressing that we'll pay off this place, and then just take out another (likely even bigger mortgage) for the privilege of an extra bedroom and not having to share a wall with anyone.... Mr Osbourne's 'Help to Buy' is certainly a curs
  8. Hasn't most of the developed world got insanely low interest rates and stupid debt levels? But they're still having/have had crashes? One Housepricecrash argument I've never quite bought in all my years of lurking here. Is it not more that we're adopting similar fiscal policies to other nations, but due to chronic shortages of housing (compared to US, Spain etc), we're seeing different effects from all that cheap money? (i.e. a distinctly more 'propped up' housing market). i.e. the shortage of housing is more important to high house prices than the loose fiscal policy. Could be wrong and ha
  9. No need for an apology. I'm in full agreement with you that most housing is ludicrously priced compared to actual incomes. That one to me just seemed slightly more reasonable than most in that area. The adjoining house (I think) seems to have gone on at Offers Over £190k today: Link Hill Top Avenue is really nice, but I don't think I'll be shelling out £750k for a house there any time soon.... The parents of one of my childhood friend's live there. Enormous semi. Massive garden. Cellar. Lovely people. They're a good demonstration of the generational differences though as they had fairly ordi
  10. Just noticed your Heathbank road was a 4 bed....
  11. Thought you might appreciate this one - prime Cheadle Hulme off Ack Lane and near your £315k three bed semi from the Wilmslow thread (For a cool £140k less). Of course its already under offer as on at a reasonable price: Romsey Drive, Cheadle Hulme Not a big fan of Dormer windows, but I'd take it at the price for that area of Cheadle Hulme....
  12. I think you're right that a similar approach wouldn't work now - Looking at that entire list of houses I put in front of you I wouldn't really of considered any of them, except the 3 bed detached maybe. On the other hand though bear in mind we spent more than your suggested price range even back in the dip. I've looked at Streetview and you're right. Bear in mind that pebbledash can be painted white/cream (very cost effectively!), and would then look a lot better like the two houses just up the road on Streetview (although I still prefer just brick). Fair play to you, and I think steerin
  13. I have indeed read you are fond of Cheadle Hulme And it sounds like for many of the same reasons we are. Interesting question as to whether you could find a similar house now - a quick Rightmove 'draw a search' highlights these houses in similar price territory in the same area although to be fair none really represent equivalent value (although I would think that wouldn't I!): Bruntwood Lane (if you can stand pebble dash!). Been on for ages so a cheeky 135k might just get it Again Bruntwood Lane. Terraced and actual looks like three bedrooms with an illicit loft conversion adding the thir
  14. Well you've finally convinced me to stop lurking and post. Been lurking since the start of the mini upturn in 2009. The reason is this was exactly me and the (now) wife's strategy. We had both been saving for several years (about 5) and so put down a 25% deposit on a 3 bed semi at the cheaper end of Cheadle Hulme (down Turves Road way). The house in total was in the 120-140k bracket. The house ticked the following boxes: It was an absolute dump so we could do it up. In doing so we hopefully offset future falling house prices which at the time we believed were likely. It didn't put us mo
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