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Moving! Where is a great place to live? Ideas please.

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vwaves Sun 06-Jan-19 10:50:00

So there are lots of you on here and all over the country so maybe someone lives in a great place that would be just right for me!!!!
I moved from Cornwall to Warrington to help my daughter but now is the time I can move on again! I was going to Prestatyn but just cannot find a property there so wondering if there is some 'higher reason' and a better place to live!
I like to be near the sea/somewhere to swim outside, access to London, everything in walking distance. Somewhere lovely with access to nature. I never want to move again!!! Needs to be the right place.
I did once meet someone who lived in a complex with an outdoor swimming pool. Wow!
St Ives where I used to live is too far from family and everything really although I do love it there. My daughter is going to Mold and my son lives near Conwy and my elderly parents are in Sussex . But this time I am going somewhere for me!!!
I actually have a buyer who has agreed to wait for me to move/complete til March 22nd but wants to exchange any day.
Thank you!

vwaves Sun 06-Jan-19 18:29:06

Hmm I wonder where I should have put it?! But I guess cos really I am very annoyed that my daughter is moving when I came up here to help her! And it wasn't the best move for me. Trying to be positive this new year! New horizons and all that.

bikergran Sun 06-Jan-19 18:48:42

Llandudno for me also (I make any excuse to go there on holiday) and yes would love to live around that area..

Riverwalk Sun 06-Jan-19 20:22:55

Your story sounds very familiar waves - did you post about it before?

Your experience is a lesson to others who are thinking of moving to be near their children - you moved from St Ives to Warrington and now they're moving away!

nanny2507 Sun 06-Jan-19 20:33:43

i always say if i became a millionaire i,m moving to Hove lol

vwaves Sun 06-Jan-19 20:41:11

I think I posted about about a year ago yes! As you say salutary lesson.

Witzend Sun 06-Jan-19 22:18:40

I used to have a dream of moving to Lyme Regis (right in the town) but it's never going to happen because a) I will never ever shift Londoner dh from London, and b) it'd just be too far to go now for our not infrequent grandchild care in Oxford, especially for the odd emergency cover.

Hilltopgran Sun 06-Jan-19 23:26:22

A cousin moved to Llandudno when she retired, she is single and has made lots of friends and enjoys it so much her brother who is now about to retire is looking to move to the same area.

Some parts of the North Wales coast are more expensive if they are in commuting distance of Liverpool and Chester. I live on the edge of the Peak District where we have lots of choices, lakes, hills, wonderful views, cities in easy travelling distance in all directions and wonderful places like Bakewell to visit.

Eloethan Mon 07-Jan-19 00:10:14

I would move to Sussex - East or West.

Battle in East Sussex is quite quaint but with reasonable amenities
Hastings Old Town
My choice would probably be Eastbourne- good weather, lovely promenade, beautiful surrounding area, great amenities

Sandwich in Kent is quite nice

Nannytopsy Mon 07-Jan-19 03:10:56

We want a village in Suffolk with decent amenities. Suggestions?

MadeInYorkshire Mon 07-Jan-19 10:37:08

I live in a village in the North Wessex Downs AONB - there is loads to do if you want to with a thriving community, outstanding GP Practice, local shops in the villages but is near the big metroplolis that is Swindon if you must! Look around Ramsbury .....

Nanny123 Mon 07-Jan-19 10:39:34

We live in the lovely Bournemouth. Beautiful beaches. Plenty to do - lots of swimming pools and very close to Poole and only a couple of hours to London. And even better we have the beautiful New Forest on our doorstep

Soniah Mon 07-Jan-19 10:41:44

Come to Caerwys, lots going on you can walk to, near the sea (15 mins to Prestatyn, Rhyl, Kinmel Bay. !5 mins from Mold and the Theatre, swimming pools at Holywell, Flint etc, near the A55 so quick to get to Chester and motorways, trains, airports not far, I'll introduce you to people and let you know what is going on.Moved here from Northamptonshire 4 years ago and don't regret it at all although we had lived in our previous village for 30 years and I had lots of friends there.

MadeInYorkshire Mon 07-Jan-19 10:42:34

PS Good access to the M4 and trains to London .... not coastal but I do know there are places in Ramsbury where people swim outdoors .... x

Soniah Mon 07-Jan-19 10:43:41

I see Llandudno has been mentioned too, lovely there, about 25 minutes from Caerwys!

vwaves Mon 07-Jan-19 10:52:29

Wow Caerwys. Good idea as near Mold and sea. I did meet someone at a yoga class in Ruddlan who lives on a caravan site there and loves it.

jenni123 Mon 07-Jan-19 10:58:11

Brighton or close surrounding areas, has the things you mentioned, ,sea, countryside (Sussex downs) swimming pools as well as the sea. Culture, Brighton Pavilion, quirky shops. Easy reach to London.

BRedhead59 Mon 07-Jan-19 10:58:19

It's a secret - we don't want people to know about

sweetcakes Mon 07-Jan-19 10:58:21

I'm looking at Norfolk and Suffolk. I live in Kent at the moment and the traffic is horrendous!!

anti Mon 07-Jan-19 11:00:24

We'll be moving to the New forest at some point. We go there as often as we can to get to know the area, think that's important to do too by the way, have realised that it's only about 1 1/2 hour by car from Bucks where we live now and where our children and grandchildren live, so did not want to have to travel too long for us and for them when they come and visit. Also, easy commute to London by train into Waterloo.
Southampton is 1/2 hour away and Bournemouth not far either at all, Winchester nearby. But above all, there is the choice of the Forest, the Solent and the Isle of Wight.
Good luck, it's not easy for that last move! wink

newnanny Mon 07-Jan-19 11:14:06

Nonnie gave good advise, rent for 6 months first. Be sure before you buy. I live in outside of Tamworth and we are not near to coast but we have two rivers and a good shopping center. You can easily get NHS dentist which I know you can't get everywhere. You can get GP appointments by the next day. There are lovely parks and green areas for walking. We have Snowdome with swimming, skiing, climbing, etc for when you have visitors. We live three miles outside and quite rural so , ballet etc.we think we get the best of both worlds. Birmingham city center only 25 mins away for theater, shopping

Gizzy48 Mon 07-Jan-19 11:23:01

Sunday Times - Heswall isn't by the sea, though you do get fabulous views from the top of the hill. But go down that hill a little way and you come to West Kirby which is sweet and friendly, or if you like a really secluded and empty beach, two miles away is Hoylake. And both easily connected to both Liverpool and Chester by train.

Greciangirl Mon 07-Jan-19 11:24:20

Brighton. If I had the chance I would move back there again.

Seaside, and access to London. Perfect.

The South Downs are beautiful too.

moggie57 Mon 07-Jan-19 11:27:52

weymouth is a nice place. lovely town/beaches and countryside just a few miles away.

Barmeyoldbat Mon 07-Jan-19 11:33:20

Just outside Bristol, Portishead or Clevedon but Portishead has an outdoor pool which is heated and open most of the year and it is run and owned by the residents of Portishead. Both towns are near the motorway for which ever way you wish to go and just near the bridge for Wales. Good facilities and community spirit.

humptydumpty Mon 07-Jan-19 11:36:50

Greciangirl absolutely agree!