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If you could live anywhere, where would you buy right now?

I work from home -- I only need access to high speed internet, easy access to local shops for the basics, and a better selection of shops within a sensible driving distance.

I'm currently paying 500pm rental for a 2 bed waiting for the crash to come, but its getting rather like waiting for Godot. I'm trapped in this country for the next 4 years because of my wife's visa situation otherwise we'd be leaving.

Might there be *somewhere* in this country that fulfils the basics above and doesn't cost too much to buy a decent place. Maybe that hasn't had its price hyped up too much so it won't collapse too much if Godot does turn up?

Any suggestions?

ian

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New Zealand.

I worked there for a few years around 1998-2000 (WIsh I had never come back, but I did unfortunately).

House prices have gone up a lot but For £100,000 (NZ$300,000) you would get yourself a pretty decent house there.

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Totally agree with Adrian. Get yourself out of the UK and go to NZ for: great people, scenery, British feel, loads of land, good food, pubs, National Health and good schools.

Just for the feel-good factor alone you should go there. Houses are not cheap if you have to live off NZD$ so take wedge with you to maximise your spending power. You must like the outdoors because it's a big part of the culture. Job situation is good at the moment but the economy is going to plummet soon - be warned. It really is home for home though and like the UK probably was in the 1950s and 60s i.e. people still talked to their neighbours.

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Ah, if I could live anywhere...

...well, within the UK then:

For city life, in order of preference, London (west or maybe north), Brighton (it really is cool) or Edinburgh (a beautiful city).

If it's the rural life you want then I would draw a line from Bristol straight across to East Anglia and rule out anything south of the line - too crowded.

Up the east side from East Anglia, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire - dead flat, dead dull. Once you hit Yorkshire it starts to get nice again.

Up the other side, the rural parts of Herefordshire/Shropshire are a well kept secret. Don't know much about Wales so can't comment.

The north west is too crowded until you get to the northern parts of Lancashire and up into Cumbria - a beautiful part of the world.

If I could I would move to the rural parts of Shropshire, Cumbria or East Yorkshire. I would also look at Scotland. As a born and bred southerner, It pains me to admit it, but for a better standard of living you are better off heading north.

I'd better get my tin hat on! :ph34r:

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If you could live anywhere, where would you buy right now?

I work from home -- I only need access to high speed internet, easy access to local shops for the basics, and a better selection of shops within a sensible driving distance.

I'm currently paying 500pm rental for a 2 bed waiting for the crash to come, but its getting rather like waiting for Godot. I'm trapped in this country for the next 4 years because of my wife's visa situation otherwise we'd be leaving.

Might there be *somewhere* in this country that fulfils the basics above and doesn't cost too much to buy a decent place. Maybe that hasn't had its price hyped up too much so it won't collapse too much if Godot does turn up?

Any suggestions?

ian

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Access to high speed internet: make sure it's cabled before you buy. If it isn't and/or it can't be, check that the current owner has ADSL and/or can get it, because if you buy the house and you can't get it (because the phone line is aliminium, fibre, too long, or too poor quality), you'll be stuffed and will have to move home again. I know this because it happened to us.

Beyond that it's only personal preference... if you want city life how about somewhere like or near Lancaster? I've only been once but thought it was very nice, and the Lake District is nearby also.

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If I could live anywhere...

I would stay right here in England, 'with all thy faults, I love thee still'.

Or, if for one reason or another I had to move, Canada would be the place to go. Such a beautiful country and very friendly people.

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If I could live anywhere I wanted... ie, I was totally loaded, I'd have a house in Cornwall overlooking the sea and an apartment in London, either in Holland Park or maybe Butler's Wharf next to Tower Bridge. I also fancy buying a small island somewhere like Richard Branson has. Okay, that's all a bit much, but heck, why dream at all if you're only gonna dream small?

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Kensington, just off the high st, phillimore gardens, edwardes square, or somewhere similar. v civilised.

or Bali.

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If staying in London, I would opt for the Barbican. Quiet, safe, secure, can walk to work, within walking distance of the South Bank (via St Paul's and millennium bridge), and a short bus or bike ride to central London and West End. It's also like having your own private cinema, art gallery, theatre and music venue. Because of these factors, it's recently got very expensive (prices up 40% since 2003). Probably HPC proof IMHO.

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Viareggio, on the Italian riviera in Tuscany, for the mountains, the sea and the pine forests, wonderful climate, clean air, a strong organic movement, healthy local economy run by socialist local government, and plenty of culture. It's on a plain so is perfect for cycling ...and has good rail links, handy for Pisa airport, so would have no need to own a car.

If it had to be the UK, then I'd stay in the South West...would maybe move to a more picturesque location on North Devon coast or in Somerset within easy reach of Bristol and Bath.

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If I had to go abroad, unlikely while I am married to the current Mrs 2112 (unless we could persuade her mother to come as well - but then what would be the point of emmigrating :D ) then I guess I would choose Canada. The only bad things I have ever heard are that is boring and dull. I loved the bit in Bowling for Columbine, where Michael Moore went across to Canada and found all the houses were unlocked and despite having more guns per capita than the States the crime/murder rate was negligable.

Reality is I will stay here in Leeds. I came to Leeds 11 years ago and really like the town. It has it's downsides like many big cities but it has given me a lovely wife and steady (relatively) secure employment in that time. As a result and am solvent and happy. It is less than an hour (on my Harley B) ) north to the Dales, the NY Moors including Whitby and Scarborough or south to the Peak District.

I was born and raised in the West Country, too expensive and full of ignorant London/South Easterners. I go back regularly to visit family but just couldn't see myself living there again. I lived in London as well back in the 80's, full of foreigners then and more so now, dirty and smelly - it is one of the few places in the world I really hate*.

Bits of Belgium are nice, Leuven is lovely, university town full of bright, clean and well behaved students even on a Friday night (the area immediately around the Stella Artois factory is a bit smelly!)

*it's not just the ugliness of the place but the fact it controls the economy, politics and the media so all the major mechanisms of the country are viewed from a London perspective. Watch the news - full of Londoners points of view, watch an advert - same along with a condesending view of the West and North of Britain. Legislation - all about what happens in London. Economics - bunch of kn*bs gambling on peoples jobs, homes and families on the stock market (p.s. if you work there I don't mean you :D ) - sorry rant over, I have...'issues' with the place.

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If I had to go abroad, unlikely while I am married to the current Mrs 2112 (unless we could persuade her mother to come as well - but then what would be the point of emmigrating :D ) then I guess I would choose Canada. The only bad things I have ever heard are that is boring and dull. I loved the bit in Bowling for Columbine, where Michael Moore went across to Canada and found all the houses were unlocked and despite having more guns per capita than the States the crime/murder rate was negligable.

Reality is I will stay here in Leeds. I came to Leeds 11 years ago and really like the town. It has it's downsides like many big cities but it has given me a lovely wife and steady (relatively) secure employment in that time. As a result and am solvent and happy. It is less than an hour (on my Harley B) ) north to the Dales, the NY Moors including Whitby and Scarborough or south to the Peak District.

I was born and raised in the West Country, too expensive and full of ignorant London/South Easterners. I go back regularly to visit family but just couldn't see myself living there again. I lived in London as well back in the 80's, full of foreigners then and more so now, dirty and smelly - it is one of the few places in the world I really hate*.

Bits of Belgium are nice, Leuven is lovely, university town full of bright, clean and well behaved students even on a Friday night (the area immediately around the Stella Artois factory is a bit smelly!)

*it's not just the ugliness of the place but the fact it controls the economy, politics and the media so all the major mechanisms of the country are viewed from a London perspective. Watch the news - full of Londoners points of view, watch an advert - same along with a condesending view of the West and North of Britain. Legislation - all about what happens in London. Economics - bunch of kn*bs gambling on peoples jobs, homes and families on the stock market (p.s. if you work there I don't mean you :D ) - sorry rant over, I have...'issues' with the place.

You sound boring. No wonder you like Belgium. Are they all like you in Leeds?

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I was born and raised in the West Country, too expensive and full of ignorant London/South Easterners. I go back regularly to visit family but just couldn't see myself living there again. I lived in London as well back in the 80's, full of foreigners then and more so now , dirty and smelly - it is one of the few places in the world I really hate*.

Bits of Belgium are nice , Leuven is lovely, university town full of bright, clean and well behaved students even on a Friday night (the area immediately around the Stella Artois factory is a bit smelly!)

Need I point out the glaring (apparent) contradiction? Another idiot! :o

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Born and bred on outskirts of south lake district.......tasted and experienced a few cultures in several continents.......but would go for Cardigan Bay/Mumbles ......Welsh speaking nationals that are proud but accepting of others, could end my days in either place. :rolleyes:

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New Zealand.

I worked there for a few years around 1998-2000 (WIsh I had never come back, but I did unfortunately).

House prices have gone up a lot but For £100,000 (NZ$300,000) you would get yourself a pretty decent house there.

I am with you on the NZ front- have spent a lot of time there and worked there- the only thing that is stopping me is the fact that its so far away from friends and family!

Nice little place in the Nelson area would suit me down to the ground- vineyards, abel tasman national park, mountains etc etc - just perfect!

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Totally agree with Adrian. Get yourself out of the UK and go to NZ for: great people, scenery, British feel, loads of land, good food, pubs, National Health and good schools.

Just for the feel-good factor alone you should go there. Houses are not cheap if you have to live off NZD$ so take wedge with you to maximise your spending power. You must like the outdoors because it's a big part of the culture. Job situation is good at the moment but the economy is going to plummet soon - be warned. It really is home for home though and like the UK probably was in the 1950s and 60s i.e. people still talked to their neighbours.

I think most people would go mad living in "proper" (ie non-Auckland) NZ... which is where the relative property bargains are to be found. I've spent quite a lot of time there and agree with the positives outlined above, but bugger me the place has significant limitations.

There's an intereting travel book on this topic. I think it's called a Country of Two Halves or something. Gives a real feel of what rural (again, everywhere ex-Auckland) NZ is like.

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Need I point out the glaring (apparent) contradiction? Another idiot! :o

Don't forget: "I guess I would choose Canada. The only bad things I have ever heard are that is boring and dull." And full of foreigners?

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