Leaving London – an update, almost
I wanted to give an update on our moving situation and potential plans to leave London, which I wrote about a while ago. So far we have progressed slightly, but not very far down the track. I wouldn’t say the plan has hit the buffers, but we’ve certainly stalled.
We’re beginning to narrow our search area down, thanks to the awesome Buying Agent for a really helpful chat, and my lovely friend Claire who emailed me outlining an awful lot of potential places. And in the rare moments Eliza’s asleep and we’re both awake, we’ve been trying to do some extensive and detailed research (aka look on RightMove and Google journey times).
But then apart from the fact that these moments are so rare, the problem is the areas we’re looking at aren’t that much more reasonable than London, price-wise. And then we’d be adding an expensive commute and a car on top of that. Or dealing with a route that’s been dubbed ‘Britain’s worst train service’ (really).
Moving even further out is the obvious, and slightly scary, compromise. But I love that Alex is home for Eliza’s bath time, and I don’t want him to spend hours stuck on a train and never seeing us in the morning or evening. And I remember that we have everything on our doorstep here: an area we love, a nursery Eliza is now incredibly happy and settled in within walking distance, parks and playgroups, central London within 20 minutes, and all our friends really close. And I think, why are we even considering moving? Then I have another look at house prices here and we’re right back where we started.
Although it is exciting, planning our new future, I do wish we would know where we’re going to end up already. Or maybe we should just close our eyes and put a pin in a map? Thanks for all the suggestions on the last post, any ideas are all gratefully received. But in the meantime…keep watching this space. With the next update, we might be full steam ahead.
(And here’s 36 reasons to love London).