Moving advice needed...

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Moving advice needed...

Postby still_ill » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:55 pm

Myself and my better half are strongly thinking about moving in the summer. We like Chorlton, but we've lived here for several years and are a bit bored, and she's come into a not insignificant amount of money since a family member unfortunately passed away, so we'd like to do something productive with her nest egg and my own savings, rather than continuing to rent.

Sadly, we have vastly differing opinions on alternative areas. She has a better job than me and friends in places like Marple, Bramhall and Wilmslow, you know the types, so i think she has plans of being one of those horrid orange women who drives 4x4s and drinks wine at 11am. I don't think we could afford a mortgage on anything more than a very small propery in some of these areas, and my initial searches seem to support this.

My suggestion is somewhere as nice as or nicer than Chorlton, but with good transport links to Manchester city centre. I've suggested Altrincham, Boothstown, Ramsbottom, Glossop, or even Urmston, all of which have gone down like lead balloons, especially the latter. She seems to be under the impression, probably from colleagues, that most of these places are "a bit rough", completely unaware of the fact that we've lived within spitting distance of two of the roughest council estates in the region for several years. Online searches suggest that you get a bit more for your money in these places, and i've lived in Urmston and Ramsbottom before, and both are perfectly nice and friendly areas.

I don't really want to talk figures because stuff like that's a bit...y'know, and in any case we only have such a deposit because of a bit of misfortune, so i'm more interested in other parts of the region you'd recommend, or would consider moving to yourselves, or any general advice on the areas i've mentioned. What we're looking for is a safe area low on scrotes, with good local pubs, no more than a 30-minute drive or 45-minute commute from the city centre.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby Sarah_B » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:05 pm

still_ill wrote:
Sadly, we have vastly differing opinions on alternative areas. She has a better job than me and friends in places like Marple, Bramhall and Wilmslow, you know the types, so i think she has plans of being one of those horrid orange women who drives 4x4s and drinks wins at 11am.



Life is what you make of it ... if you are bored in Chorlton then quite frankly you will be even more bored with any of the other places you suggest. Chorlton has a fantastic community with lots going on and the city centre is not far away either.

Why do you think those women drink wine at 11am!

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby annie » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:14 pm

If you're bored of Chorlton, you're bored of life....

Is your missus Hyacinthe Bouquet?
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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby still_ill » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:41 pm

Sarah_B wrote:Life is what you make of it ... if you are bored in Chorlton then quite frankly you will be even more bored with any of the other places you suggest. Chorlton has a fantastic community with lots going on and the city centre is not far away either.


Surely you can appreciate that people just want change sometimes? I've lived in or around Chorlton most of my life. I'm on nodding terms with pretty much every shop worker in the area, could give you a detailed report on every pub and bar. Chorlton does have a sense of community, but little of it revolves around our interests - we don't have kids, aren't vegetarians, middle-class or don't have blogs, etc, etc, and in truth one of the reasons i'd like a fresh start is that the local community's a bit too communityish, most of our neighbours and friends seem to spend most of the time we're together talking about Chorlton, things that are happening in Chorlton what it's like to live in Chorlton. I've never noticed this strange phenomenon outside of small villages. It's endearing initially, but...

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby Sarah_B » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:26 pm

still_ill wrote:
..... we don't have kids, aren't vegetarians, middle-class or don't have blogs, etc, etc, ...



I think annie summed it up very well in one sentence, ‘Is your missus Hyacinthe Bouquet?’

The point of this forum, in my opinion, is to give honest advice and that is what I will give you although you may not like what you hear and I may have it all wrong so my apologies in advance as I don't mean any offence with what I am about to say.

You say you are not middle class, well your missus sure as heck sounds like she wants to be. You sound a lot more down to earth than her and I just think you will grow apart if you move to the likes of Bramhall, Marple etc. She will pretend to be something she’s not but wants to be and you will just want to be yourself and hate all her friends and the new ones you are introduced to.

I wonder how long you two have been a couple as you don’t sound well suited at all.

You don’t sound like you’re married but a move to one of those places your missus fancies could be the end of your relationship after 12 months living there.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby ash pole » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:42 pm

Maybe somewhere like Lymm, or Stockton Heath south of Warrington? Both decent areas and not too Cheshirey.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby lister » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 pm

Depends what you're after, the places you mentioned are vastly different.

Your post is a bit depressing. :(

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby ash pole » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:55 pm

lister wrote:Your post is a bit depressing. :(


It's all these other posts that are a bit depressing. The guy doesn't want to live in Chorlton anymore. You're not going to persuade him otherwise. Get over it.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby lister » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:07 pm

ash pole wrote:
lister wrote:Your post is a bit depressing. :(


It's all these other posts that are a bit depressing. The guy doesn't want to live in Chorlton anymore. You're not going to persuade him otherwise. Get over it.


Wouldn't attempt to, just pointing out the places are quite a bit different, and it'd be better to figure out what both sides of the couple want from an area rather than picking places within a certain radius of the city center.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby still_ill » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:15 pm

I'm already regretting this thread.

Basically, i want to move somewhere which is on a par with Chorlton, or nicer, but cheaper and with less of a 'teachers on bikes' feel. My other half, who i've done no favours in painting out to be a bit of a snob for comedic effect (she's lovely), wants to sort of bypass the *slight improvement* in area and just go for where her friends and family think are the very nicest areas. Some of the places i've suggested apparently have mixed reputations. Urmston, for instance, seems to get lumped in with Stretford, where i've lived before, which has some nice properties but is terribly, terribly dull. Glossop and Ramsbottom, i'm told, are both quite "lively" at night, especially on weekends.

Ultimately, we have quite a traditional relationship, so it'll largely be my choice, but i'd like her to think it's her choice. Once i put the figures on paper she'll appreciate that moving to certain areas would mean we'd have next to no monthly income remaining. I'd like to think that some of the areas i've suggested tick the boxes much more than hers do, but the main idea for this thread was that others would suggest areas neither of us have thought of.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby lister » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:41 pm

I'd tick boothstown off the list, unless you're really into stories about that time down that there mine.

Altrincham is ok, I'd try for somewhere closer to hale if possible.

Urmstons alright, but you won't get any posh points off friends.

No idea about ramsbottom or glossup.

Levenshulme has some nice houses and a good community feel, can be edgy/knifey though.

Parts of stockport are meant to be nice, not an area I know a lot about though.

Didsbury?

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby blenkinsop » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:16 am

Didsbury, Cheadle, Gatley, the Heatons - loads of pubs and eateries, nice houses and the Parrswood Cinema, Casino, Bowling, and excellent Health Club complex. The world class David Lloyd Raquets Centre (with indoor and outdoor swimming pools), and shopping at Cheadle Royal and Handforth Dean. But stay away from Burnage, just down the A34 towards Manchester.

Mancunians have escaped to Wilmslow and Alderley Edge for years, plenty of orange skinned wannabe WAGs, but also excellent pubs, shops, coffee and restaurants, and close access to Cheshire countryside.

Much the same applies to Hale, Hale Barns and Bowdon, with desirable housing etc. All of these areas have their council estates too, with the most notorious being Colshaw Farm near Wilmslow (residents are mainly Mancs, moved there from Moss Side and other parts of Manchester, years ago).

Stockton Heath, is Warrington really, and ok if you can handle the (almost) scouse accent.

Boothstown is rough.

Ramsbottom and Glossop are really out in the sticks, and it's always pissing down (more so than Manchester).

Cannot understand any attraction for Urmston, and don't even think about Levenshulme.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby still_ill » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:37 am

blenkinsop wrote:Boothstown is rough.


Really? It's one of the most expensive local areas and is relatively well-to-do. Pubs there are notoriously good. Perhaps it doesn't benefit from being on the outskirts of Salford, but it's a very friendly place. There's a huge new-build estate there which seems pretty lovely. Also, you can jump straight on the M602 and be in town in fifteen minutes or so.

blenkinsop wrote:Cannot understand any attraction for Urmston...


Quite friendly and has a non-forced community feel. Houses are very cheap and relatively big. Quite good for places to eat, and now has a couple of the best pubs in Manchester (The Steamhouse especially). Direct rail links to Manchester city centre in > 10 minutes. Very good for sporting facilities - local cricket club, tennis courts, stables, golf courses, non-league football clubs. Loads of charity shops, good schools but that's not really of much interest to us, but y'never know.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby munchkin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:25 am

It always seems to be unfortunate that a big decision such as buying a house has to be determined before you have lived in the area. Why not sell your house in Chorlton and put your stuff into storage for a bit. That way you could rent for 6 months in the area of your (her) intended choice without committing yourself to it. I only bought my house here after renting for a couple of years.

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Re: Moving advice needed...

Postby t0ria » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:16 am

I absolutley love Disley although it might be a bit too quiet for you- great pubs, beautiful countryside, nice selection of houses and a station with a direct line into Manchester.


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