Where should we (young family) move to in London?
May 16, 2014 11:07 AM Subscribe
Us: nice young couple with an infant. Seeking to try out a London neighborhood for a year, and then maybe buy (if the potential bubble doesn't scare us off). Budget for a flat/house would be about 650,000 to 700,000 pounds (maybe a little wiggle room).
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Hi! We are moving to London, which we sort of know, but not very well. We're coming with our young child (less than a year old), and hope to rent first to try out a neighborhood before we buy. I don't have a job yet, but my partner is working very centrally near the Strand. Visa stuff all taken care of.
Here's what we hopefully are looking for: good commute to center of the city (overground or buses are probably okay -- doesn't necessarily have to be Tube), some young families, maybe a park close by. We generally haven't lived in typical "middle class" neighborhoods, so it would be great to be in a diverse area with a lot going on, even if it's a bit rough in parts. Not afraid of council estates. Nothing too suburban or far out.
We'd love to buy a 2 or 3 bedroom place in a year or so on a budget of 700,000 pounds or so, which sounds like a lot of money, but seems not in London. This budget seems especially tricky seeing as we are committed to state schools down the line, and want to buy near a good primary school at least.
So ideally, a neighborhood that is up and coming, perhaps, and not so overpriced yet (and thus not so vulnerable to a bubble)? And with decent schools (or schools becoming better) that we might be able to buy in the catchment area of in our budget?
Would love any and all thoughts on what neighborhood we should test out!