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messageMoving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by GrumpyOldGitLady 19 February, 2019 21:25

We've lived in East Dulwich for the past 24 years but need to move somewhere cheaper to release some money from our flat - we're thinking probably south of here, within commuting distance of London bridge (up to about an hour or a bit more) but it's very hard to find the right place which is also cheaper to buy. We're artists/ designers aged 55- 57 and would like to be somewhere in an arty / alternative town or large village. Several friends of ours have moved out and most have found it very hard to settle elsewhere after being in SE22.
We've seen lots of places which we know are NOT where we want to be eg Sevenoaks (great location but very stuffy and expensive) but would love to hear any suggestions of places which might be a better fit.
We would love to hear good and bad reports of places, thanks.

Update - still looking!! - What about Rye in Sussex- we like the feel of the town but what's it like to actually live there - does anyone know people who live there??



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messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by womanofdulwich 19 February, 2019 22:35

Try Cromer in Norfolk.Further away but quite buzzy.Property much cheaper.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Loutwo 19 February, 2019 22:53

Margate. Apparently all the arty types are moving there.

Louisa.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by fishbiscuits 20 February, 2019 11:09

Brighton is quite a bit cheaper than here - even near the center. Or one of the nearby towns - Lewes, Worthing, etc. I'd definitely be looking in that direction if moving out of London.

I quite like Canterbury (but trains are into St Pancras, not LB). You're close to Margate and Whitstable too.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Captain Marvel 20 February, 2019 11:26

Abbey Wood. Crossrail

Thank me later

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by rendelharris 20 February, 2019 11:40

A friend had an exhibition recently in a gallery in Lewes, struck me as a lovely arty-ish place (more arts-and-crafts than hipster, which is not a bad thing in my view) with, to judge from the estate agents' windows, period two bed houses with a bit of garden available significantly cheaper than a one bed no garden round here.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sue 20 February, 2019 12:20

Most of the places suggested above, plus Leigh-on-Sea?

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sephiroth 20 February, 2019 14:05

Having done the move from se22 to Lewes (5 years ago) its a thumbs up from me

The commute will depend on where in London you work (and your tolerance for the patchy train service)

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by sweetgirl 20 February, 2019 17:51

Following with interest 🤓😀

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by malumbu 20 February, 2019 18:30

Gillingham, Ramsgate, Isle of Sheppey, Canvey Island

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Ann 20 February, 2019 20:51

I would second Brighton and Hove, not cheap but very good transport links. Also lots of great Victorian housing stock and 'The Lanes' area has a similar feel to Brixton market. Great place!

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by malumbu 21 February, 2019 11:41

My word, hadn't realised that Brighton had been ethnically cleansed too. (traditional businesses moved out of Brixton due to gentrification). Apols for using this as a metaphor.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by TheArtfulDogger 21 February, 2019 11:56

Billaricay 😂

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Dom Johnston 21 February, 2019 12:34

My sister recently moved from ED to Faversham in Kent. Lovely town. Has everything you need. Close to the beaches and you can get into London in around an hour.

Alternatively, I moved from ED to Sydenham as you get more for your money and it takes an extra 3 minutes on the train to get to London Bridge than it did from ED, but you also have Lower Sydenham, Sydenham Hill, Forest Hill, Penge East and West as well as Crystal Palace all within walking distance so you won't be stuck when Southern Rail don't run like ED... and you can get a bus to ED in around 10 minutes...

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sue 21 February, 2019 13:31

Ann Wrote:
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> I would second Brighton and Hove, not cheap but
> very good transport links. Also lots of great
> Victorian housing stock and 'The Lanes' area has a
> similar feel to Brixton market. Great place!



I think Hove has quite a different feel to Brighton, or certainly used to. More staid.

Can't imagine The Lanes being anything like Brixton market, but hey I haven't been to either of them for a while.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by fishbiscuits 21 February, 2019 15:55

Hove is OK... much of Hove is walkable to central Brighton, so it doesn't really matter if Hove itself doesn't have much going on.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sue 21 February, 2019 16:13

fishbiscuits Wrote:
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> Hove is OK... much of Hove is walkable to central
> Brighton, so it doesn't really matter if Hove
> itself doesn't have much going on.


That's true smiling smiley

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Pugwash 22 February, 2019 12:58

When daughter was looking for affordable property in Brighton within 3 months of looking prices went up by around 10 - 15 thousands, Hove was not cheaper, eventually landed up with a 3 bed terrace house with massive garden in Durrington (just outside Worthing). Station 10 mins walk away, Direct to East Croydon and Victoria. House was less than one bed flat in Brighton.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by NewWave 22 February, 2019 23:17

Hove and Brighton very expensive
Hastings is brilliant, I have friends there who've moved from London.( they are all creatives,Artists, writers and designers)
lots of galleries 90mins to London Bridge or Victoria, my friends also go from Hastings to Ahford and get the fast train to St Pancras
Lewes is gorgeous but also very expensive for anything decent.
depends what you're selling in ED tbh....if its a small flat or a house if its a house you can afford Brighton and Hove and Lewes a flat probably not



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messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by O.A.Partygirl February 26, 10:16AM

I'm also following this post with interest. We're looking for something similar, ideally on the edge of or near a town with more space and at a lower cost than London. It's very hard to find anything we like- we're spoilt living in SE22 with everything on the doorstep.
I'd love to hear stories of people who have made the move.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by JohnL February 26, 10:35AM

Ann Wrote:
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> I would second Brighton and Hove, not cheap but
> very good transport links. Also lots of great
> Victorian housing stock and 'The Lanes' area has a
> similar feel to Brixton market. Great place!

Love visiting Brighton smiling smiley

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Lynne February 26, 10:47AM

Hastings, very arty, Folkestone, mixed, Rochester, perhaps too quiet

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Help-Ma-Boab February 26, 11:02AM

I moved with my family to The Cotswolds 6 months ago. To a small village of 1000 people. One pub and a post office/shop. The village primary school has 96 pupils. Cirencester is 4 miles away and a lovely Roman Town with all we need.

Love it.

O.A.Partygirl Wrote:
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> I'm also following this post with interest. We're
> looking for something similar, ideally on the edge
> of or near a town with more space and at a lower
> cost than London. It's very hard to find anything
> we like- we're spoilt living in SE22 with
> everything on the doorstep.
> I'd love to hear stories of people who have made
> the move.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by DovertheRoad February 26, 05:14PM

Lisbon

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by malumbu February 26, 07:30PM

Tamworth

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Pugwash February 26, 07:36PM

Orpington - good train and bus links. House prices generally cheaper than ED however very mixed housing area with large expensive properties and cheaper bungalows and flats

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sue February 26, 10:13PM

Lynne Wrote:
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> Hastings, very arty, Folkestone, mixed, Rochester,
> perhaps too quiet


Rochester has a very strange vibe, imo.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Loutwo February 27, 09:53AM

Milton Keynes.

Louisa.

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by fishbiscuits February 27, 09:57AM

I can just about get on board with Lewes and Hastings even, but Rochester? ROCHESTER!!!

messageRe: Moving out of East Dulwich to release capital - but where to??
Posted by Sephiroth February 27, 10:30AM

Yeah, Rochester is an odd one

6 years ago we left East Dulwich for Lewes. And still very much happy with the decision (reflecting on comments fishbiscuits has made in the past, I know people do tend to say that anyway. But it's very much true)

We spent several months travelling to towns within commuting distance of London, often staying overnight to get more of a feel. I'll be honest - not many towns felt great. This was pre-referendum days but that vibe was very much present

The Lewes/Brighton/south downs combo has been a real winner for us. But in many ways we were already "ready" for a move. We didn't want to recreate the life we had in East Dulwich in a different part of London - we wanted to change things up a bit. But not everyone feels the same way - it very much depends which bits of life you get out of London living now and how much you want to retain

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