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  • #1046733
    globalloon
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      i’m thinking of moving out of the city… i live in a city where the rents / house prices are massively over-inflated compared to salaries and i’ve got 2 kids

      i’ve lived in cities all my life

      anyone else moved from city to village life? how’d it go? what did you miss most and what made it worth it?

      #1194327
      Tank Girl
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        I moved to a tiny rural village in the cotswolds when I was 21

        too young for me as the buses seemed not to work after 5pm and it was ยฃ40 + in taxis before you even considered other costs just for one night out in the main town (cheltenham) however there were some fantatsic partys and some quailty nights in some of the stroud pubs once we got in the ‘know’

        the views from my kitchen were fantastic to wash up to – rolling fields and cows and I miss this greatly,

        I miss the quiet and peace of the road (I have quite a lot of traffic here and busses)

        I loved to local pub(‘s), knowing I could pop in to one and always have some one to chat to over a pint and some cheese, and there were some great characters (a swinging couple in their 60’s who owned the ‘quaint village shop that sells shit to tourists= who’d go to S&M clubs and regale us with their adventures :laugh_at:) and loved the regular lock ins!!!

        I didnt like how everyone knew everything about everyone and the gossip – but you get that everwhere

        I didnt really notice a change in prices for things, but I lost my london waiting (extra money) but where I lived everything was pretty much at a premium – as all these ‘london folk’ had weekend houses there and were making it too expensive for local kids to buy – so there was a little time before we were accepted by some locals.

        I did take the countryside for granted and only really went out for walks when friends came to visit

        I would defo reconsider moving somewhere similar (would prefer to be by the sea though) if older and think it a great place for little kids –
        however I did feel sorry for the 14 – 17 yr olds as they couldnt get served fags and booze as everyone knew their parents / age etc that I didnt have when I was younger, and they didnt have much to do in the village

        #1194322
        Anonymous

          I can give you my opinions if you like?

          I’ve just moved to Doncaster in January after spending all my life in London – and I’m loving it up here. That said, my enthusiasm may just be a novelty – who knows. But I love to travel so moving up this end gives me the oppertunity to see more of England and learn of the history of the place – I now know why Yorkshire people aren’t friends with their Lancashire neighbours.

          The travel on the other hand is bloody expensive, Tank Girl mentioned this and all. Busses are 2 quid a journey if you don’t have your own transport / legs.

          The one big big downside to my experience is the nightlife here, or ergo lack of it. There’s lots of bars in towns, but I find them generally all a clone of each other – playing crappy garage and RnB music, no entry unless you’re wearing shoes (can someone please explain this to me), Walkabout pubs that aren’t actually walkabouts but a franchise, and where guys drinks loads and get into fights at closing time. Maybe I should have put that paragraph in the Rant Thread??

          Also this is probably important – which ever town you decide to move to it might be an idea to check out the job oppertunities in the area before you move.

          I would say give it a go Globalloon, if it’s not your cup of rosie you can always move on.

          #1194337
          O-D
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            Wish I could pay just ยฃ2 for a bus ride. lol

            #1194329
            MisterDuck
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              doncaster isnt a rural village though, its a large town… and i’d imagine the nightlife described as similar to york… shit, mainstream, full of wankers

              its simply not a big enough place

              bein in the village is ok up till about 12. teenage years on villages risk makin you a bit disilluisioned with the real world, not necesarily but it can

              #1194332
              p0ly
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                hahaha country life butteeeeeeeeeer!!!

                #1194330
                Digital-A
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                  Glo,

                  I moved from close to a city right into Newbury in Berks (about 200 miles). Now although i was quite young i could help give you the account of my parents who like you picked up and moved everything from concrete to fields with kids in tow.

                  We moved because of my dads job, everybody hated it because it was like being taken from what we knew but now our whole family thanks my dad still for taking us into the more countryside way of things. Smaller communitys ive realised are so much more open and supportive, great places for kids to grow up – so much countrysdie to go at! people arent meant for offices and i wont let anyone let me believe people in caves had macs. My dad found his stress levels dropped, the family settled quickly etc the good thing about smaller villages is the schools (much smaller), newbury really isnt that small – Vodafone have their head offices there but its such a good size because you can go from HMV to fields in 5 minutes. The city can provide a lot but i think if financially if the countryside is more suitable then go for it! your kids will thank you later …

                  I’ve moved to Notts and I miss the countryside every day, im lucky to live by one of the 3 patches of green here :crazy_diz

                  #1194325
                  process
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                    if you dont want to make the leap to full on out in the sticks country life why not think of moving to one of the smaller cities, which mean you still can get out into the country within 15mins, but still have all the benefits of city living.. Lot cheaper oop north too…

                    #1194333
                    pixiegirl
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                      I’ve starting to have dreams of buying brazilian hillside farmhouses advertised in the back of Resurgance magazine.

                      #1194324
                      noname
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                        I moved from Edinburgh to right out in the sticks back in 1997, and never really looked back…

                        There are one or two drawbacks – living this far out you really need a vehicle (never used one in Edinburgh – mostly walked everywhere), as the public transport is lamentable (we get 2 busses a day that stop about 1/2 a mile from our house). There’s not a great deal of excitement or night life… Jobs can be tough to find, as there are far fewer (I’ve been self employed all my life though – could never get on with having a boss, so that has been less of a problem for me – worth making sure there are jobs in your field avaliable though)…

                        Thing is, if you want stuff like night life etc, then travel to a city (we regularly travel the 90 odd miles to Glasvegas to go out and whatnot – stay at friends houses, and have them come to stay with us in return, so the night life isn’t really missed)…

                        Living out in the middle of nowhere is great though – our nearest neighbour is a couple hundred meters up the farm track, so we can basically make all the noise we want with no problems… Every morning I can step out my door and see a different sunrise, every evening a different sunset (we have a view down over the Solway coast that is just breathtaking any time of day, but sunrise/set is particularly special)… My son goes to a school that has about 30 kids in the entire school – his class is made up of P1-3 kids, and consists of about 10 kids all told (which means he gets a good portion of the teachers time to himself)… I’m not particulary community minded (I prefer to be relatively private), but having such a small community means that people know this and are happy to let me be private (I still say hello and have a quick chat when I see people, but they don’t search me out unless they need to for some reason) – very different to the city, where you still got the gossip but without people actually getting to know you that well… If you like animals the countryside is obviously great (we have 2 dogs, and our pick of spectacular places to take them walking)…

                        I’m probably biased though, as before Edinburgh when I was growing up, I lived in the countryside – Edinburgh was my first city (and tbh my last – the convenience was cool, but at the cost of quality of life IMO – the dirt, bad air, noise and general hecticness were serious drawbacks for me)…

                        #1194331
                        tarifa
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                          City to rural life can be great. Spent my 20’s in big fun city, moved to a small house on a mountain-side, stunning, totally different. Then to a small town.

                          Villages can be tricky, depends on the make-up of the local inhabitants u know?

                          Small rural towns, for my money, are the best of all worlds. Not far for local amenities, schools, banks, shopping etc but you can still be ‘in’ the countryside if you find the right spot.

                          difficulties? small-town/village mentality, gossip may be a problem. Difficulties in getting back after a night out. Not as much variety on ur door-step a sur used to

                          but i say go for it, the ‘quiet’ life, the change of pace, the greeness of it all, worth all the disadvantages.

                          just be sure and scout it all out before you go

                          good luck :love:

                          #1194319
                          globalloon
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                            started thinking about being isolated if we moved to the sticks so talked to some friends who have kids the same sort of age as ours and the idea of sharing a big house came up

                            it seems the rent goes up sharply from a city centre bedsit to a terraced house, but once you search for a 5 or 6 bedroom house out of town the rent seems to level out

                            2 families could easily share something like this for much less than we could rent two terraced town houses

                            5 bedroom house in Copplestone, CREDITON

                            right now i can’t imagine why i’m still living in the city….

                            “i’m just popping down to the lake for a swim”

                            “ok, i’m just going to the barn for a mix”

                            #1194334
                            pixx
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                              I’ve lived in villages all my life.

                              My parents moved us out to a village when I was in my early teens to escape the drugs / bad influences of towns. IMO its had the opposite effect. The village where i’m in, the only hobby is drugs. I’ve had to seclude myself from all my friends in an attempt to quit ketamine.

                              From my experience anyway, its not all its cracked up to be. Thers too much :group_hug (without the hug) & not enough :love: tbh.

                              Norfolk has a reputation – for good reason.

                              I’d do anything to move back to a town. Been trying to get a flat in lowestoft where I was born & bred.

                              If you have a car its ok I suppose. Still, wouldnt recommend it.

                              #1194335
                              pixx
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                                Small town might be a good compromise?

                                #1194336
                                pixx
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                                  @tarifa 311570 wrote:

                                  difficulties? small-town/village mentality, gossip may be a problem. Difficulties in getting back after a night out. Not as much variety on ur door-step a sur used to

                                  Exactly that.

                                  My vote would go to a small town. Thers a beautiful little town near us called Framlingham. Real mixture of people there & very good education.

                                  #1194317
                                  General Lighting
                                  Moderator

                                    yep I’ve heard that most of the villages are awash with K and am hardly surprised TBH as there isn’t much to do there –

                                    but also the reason I’ve gathered that Suffolk is so on top is because people caned it so hard there in the 1990s and early 2000s that a massive backlash came from the feds, the NHS, peoples families, the religious groups…

                                    then again the K problem is as bad if not worse in town and cities, I moved away from Reading (west of London) to get away from it and to get a “proper” career (which thankfully I’ve not done too badly in…)

                                    pixx;313922 wrote:
                                    My vote would go to a small town. Thers a beautiful little town near us called Framlingham. Real mixture of people there & very good education.

                                    :laugh_at::laugh_at: I heard some interesting stories a few weeks ago about Fram (like there was some random dude what used to walk the streets in a gimp suit) – a friend of mine is from there but said there wasn’t much to do…

                                    for all the bad press Ipswich has got over the years (even before hookers started randomly turning up in ditches) its not a bad place as you’ve got the urban amenities but also are near enough rural areas when you want to chill out…

                                    #1194328
                                    Tank Girl
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                                      globalloon;313861 wrote:
                                      the idea of sharing a big house came up

                                      this is a fantastic idea,

                                      I know some people who have / still do live like this and its a brilliant option, esp for the children and adults alike

                                      good luck with your search Glo

                                      #1194323
                                      Tek Offensive
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                                        theres nothing people havent already said really, ive always lived in my vilage, and the only shit thing when i was younger was having no way of getting about.

                                        but if the village has a school, then there will be enough kids about for your children to make freinds with and thats what i loved about village life,

                                        my best memories are of my village, just chilling with freinds, we always found something to do,

                                        #1194326
                                        Raj
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                                          globalloon;313861 wrote:
                                          started thinking about being isolated if we moved to the sticks so talked to some friends who have kids the same sort of age as ours and the idea of sharing a big house came up

                                          it seems the rent goes up sharply from a city centre bedsit to a terraced house, but once you search for a 5 or 6 bedroom house out of town the rent seems to level out

                                          2 families could easily share something like this for much less than we could rent two terraced town houses

                                          5 bedroom house in Copplestone, CREDITON

                                          right now i can’t imagine why i’m still living in the city….

                                          “i’m just popping down to the lake for a swim”

                                          “ok, i’m just going to the barn for a mix”

                                          That looks lovely Glo ๐Ÿ™‚

                                          I have lived in communal homes previously [we dont now for a variety of reasons but both really miss it] and they can be great – it does have its drawbacks though if you fall out with the people you are living with ๐Ÿ˜†

                                          Its a great way to get a nice home you can afford when you pool your resources raaa and have like minded people to do it with.

                                          I was brought up in a huge city and now live in the sticks – I dont miss the things we dont have apart from the lack of public transport links [driving takes it out of me in a big way]
                                          You can have your privacy in the country – simply dont allow yourself to be drawn into the local feuds :laugh_at: [here feuding is mainly a winter sport :eyebrows: ] and keep your distance at what you find comfortable. I do this and still am involved in the local community.
                                          TBH, apart from the occasionally endless mud, whats not to like? :weee:

                                          #1194320
                                          globalloon
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                                            @Raj 314058 wrote:

                                            That looks lovely Glo ๐Ÿ™‚

                                            it does, doesn’t it

                                            i appreciate some people suggesting a small town but where i live now (Exeter) is only 120,000 people with a small centre and easy access to national parks and the coast so i think moving to a smaller town wouldn’t really change anything… we’d still be in a terraced house but with less stuff to do in town

                                            i think i’ve made my mind up, now i need to convince mrs globalloon, who is still on the fence

                                            IT’S GOT A LAKE, MEADOW AND BARNS AND IT’S CHEAPER THAN THIS VERY AVERAGE, TERRACED TOWN HOUSE ON A BUSY ROAD :crazy:

                                            #1194318
                                            General Lighting
                                            Moderator

                                              If globalloon can get the big house in that area it seems ideal, its not even that far away from civilisation.

                                              Unfortunately here in Suffolk houses that size are getting expensive as a lot of middle aged middle class Londoners are migrating here..

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                                              I was brought up in a huge city and now live in the sticks – I dont miss the things we dont have apart from the lack of public transport links [driving takes it out of me in a big way]
                                              You can have your privacy in the country – simply dont allow yourself to be drawn into the local feuds :laugh_at: [here feuding is mainly a winter sport :eyebrows: ] and keep your distance at what you find comfortable. I do this and still am involved in the local community.

                                              I live in a town but very near country and TBH most of my closer friends are now in the more rural areas in Mid Suffolk (Angel knows who they are :wink:). I can easily cycle 20-30 miles though so even without a car I’ve got loads of space really..

                                              #1194315
                                              Techno Viking
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                                                globalloon;311225 wrote:
                                                i’m thinking of moving out of the city… i live in a city where the rents / house prices are massively over-inflated compared to salaries and i’ve got 2 kids

                                                i’ve lived in cities all my life

                                                anyone else moved from city to village life? how’d it go? what did you miss most and what made it worth it?

                                                Before we left the Netherlands we moved from Amsterdam into cow country and never looked back…

                                                #1194321
                                                globalloon
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                                                  @Dr Bunsen 314084 wrote:

                                                  Before we left the Netherlands we moved from Amsterdam into cow country and never looked back…

                                                  good to know

                                                  how’s the Bunsen tribe?

                                                  #1194316
                                                  Techno Viking
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                                                    good to know

                                                    how’s the Bunsen tribe?

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