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Where to live in London?

Old 4th Feb 2019, 02:41
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Where to live in London?

In case you are based in Stansted, where do you recomend to live for a family of 3? Thanks.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 02:48
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I liked living in Saffron Walden, just north of STN. nice market town. was there 1999-2001
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 04:03
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Within striking distance of Stansted... but in London?
For quality of air, considering prevailing wind patterns, northwest London might be slightly healthier.
And choose somewhere with an alternative route to Stansted when the M25 is jammed.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 05:15
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Live as far away as possible, its a real dump now.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 06:50
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One word DON'T. If Stansted based South Cambridgeshire is very nice but a bit expensive property wise.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 08:19
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As a Londoner it is quite expensive property wise. We live west side TW postcode area so not ideal for STN but our area is lovely. 2 bed flat going rate around £500-600k houses start at £1.5 million. I have lived central and east London and wouldnít recommend it for a family, ok without kids. Unless you have around £1-2 million to find a really nice place east/north look outside. Not far from M25 east got Epping, Abridge, Theydon Bois. Not cheap areas either but easy access to central line for London plus got M11 to STN or a few A roads.
If youíre looking for a good town/city. Cambridge is beautiful or Chelmsford. Chelmsford isnít as nice to live but easy access to London if thatís what you need. Chelmsford to London Liverpool Street 40-45 mins and when cross rail finally opens can be at Oxford street within 1hr 15. Drive from Chelmsford is ok with quite a few options. Other options are Braintree or Hertford. I recommended places with London routes as you mentioned London. If London/city feel not important and you prefer country life got loads of villages to choose from around all the major towns.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 10:29
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In my plating days I delivered a car to a bloke who worked at Stansted. He lived in Dunmow. Seemed like a pleasant little place.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 10:44
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As a general rule if you dont work in London dont live there , Ridiculously expensive and while some nice areas there are lots of less nice areas often just down the road, much like many capitals.
So if you can live the other side of STN and if you can find a town or village which doesnt have good rail access to London you will get more for your money because most people want a good train commute.
One thing about London is that it is very big-virtually everywhere inside the M25 motorway s 'London' whether officially so or not . UK infrastructure is not very good so you need to know that unless near cross rail which STN isnt getting across London is virtually impossible/impractical by car and not much better going round the M25.

So if you live north or east of STN build your life outwards not inwards and save London for the odd day out. As an example-I live out to the SW around the same distance as STN is from the City. Sure you can get a fast train from Farnborough station to Waterloo in 35-40 minutes BUT at peak times it will cost close to £40 and the car park another £9 . Good luck with your home hunting
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 11:47
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As an ex-north Londoner I'd be inclined to avoid anywhere South of the airport for cost and congestion issues. Assuming you are going to be short haul, easy access to the staff car park will be worth considering. Bishops Stortford used to be a nice market town, but I'm told it has gone down hill, but drop a pin on the map here and investigate routes North, East and West. Also. somewhere which has a fast train access to London is a benefit.London on your doorstep, so you may as well use it! You could use the Rightmove website to draw a custom map for property prices.
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Old 4th Feb 2019, 16:52
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Work out how far you can live within commuting distance for the time required to facilitate a standby call out. Then look North.
Try the tool on Rightmove https://where.rightmove.co.uk which allows you to enter one or more locations of interest and defines (based on first part of postcode) where you can live within a certain commuting time
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 02:00
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How about wanstead or redbridge area? Thks
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 09:44
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I was based at STN for 5 years whilst living in North London. Area was N13 just off the A406 North Circular road. Took me 35 mins 90% of the time, sometimes if going in for a 5/6pm report it would be 40-45 but as we work shifts and often go against the flow of traffic I found it pretty good. I live in Enfield now, further north and near junction 24 of the M25. Based in LTN and commute times about the same. M1 gets busy but often going against the flow. I found the M11 a pretty reliable road, if it was bad, you'd hear about it! If i were at STN for the longer term and wanted to live in London I'd look toward Loughton and Epping. Tube line into London but also a bit of a town feel. Where I am in Enfield is also pretty good for STN, 35-40 mins commute, 3 bed houses 450-600 depending on area! PM me if you'd like any more info
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 09:51
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You sound like you have money Wanstead and Redbridge can be hit and miss. Some areas are nice, others are neglected. Have a look and do your research. Burglaries and theft of expensive cars is the biggest problem because the area is more affluent than others (hence a good target). But this is the norm in austerity Britian with local council and police budget cuts. No major drug or gang problems. Schools are excellent but best of all the journey to STN will be great. Always against the traffic flow.
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 01:17
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Thanks guys. I will investigate all the places that you recommended me. If you can guide me in living costs, it would be very helpful. Thank you all.
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 01:26
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Clapham is quite good and not to bad for LHR or LCY
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Old 10th Feb 2019, 18:26
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Loughton and Epping are pricey .... up and coming (if not already 'on trend'). And ok, against the traffic flow but if the M11 is blocked you're in for stressful moments until you find backroads routes from Harlow - junction 7, and that's not always a given.
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 01:46
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Cambridge. 30 minute train ride to STN
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 16:03
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Halstead in Essex, Suffolk borders, 25 miles to STN.

Lived there a few years ago. A number of STN based air crew and ground types in the area, drove through recently and there has been lots of property development.

Not a bad area.
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