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Moving after divorce, looking for suitable towns or cities in the Uk

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Helenanne Sun 14-Feb-21 14:08:47

Hello ladies, I'm getting divorced (am 62) and we'll have to sell our small semi, and hope to fund two small properties. If lucky, we'll have about 95k each. This will buy nothing where I currently live, but I'm ready to move anywhere in the UK. Could anyone recommend towns which have properties in this price bracket, where I could live with a cat, and create a new life? Ideally with a local college for evening classes, a good library, cinema, and perhaps even theatre. Hope to find opportunities for voluntary work too. Nice countryside would also be good...! Thanks

geekesse Sun 14-Feb-21 14:11:39

Sheffield ticks all your boxes. Easy access to the Peak District by bus or car, and every service you could think of in the city. Some parts of the city are more pricey than others, but you might well find something that suits your budget and provides all the things you are looking for.

Riverwalk Sun 14-Feb-21 14:13:30

I can't imagine there is anywhere in the UK where you can buy a property for £95K.

Can you not apply for social housing in your current location?

Fleur20 Sun 14-Feb-21 14:23:51

Google.. Onthemarket..UK..over 1000 properties for sale up to £90,000.... good luck

Cs783 Sun 14-Feb-21 14:26:52

A Derbyshire town?

Poppyred Sun 14-Feb-21 14:36:46

Bangor, North Wales.

Grannyben Sun 14-Feb-21 14:47:05

I'm assuming that you don't have any work commitments but, do you have any family that you would like good transport links to?

I'm on the Lincolnshire coast, 5 minutes walk to the beach, and you could find a nice 2 bed terrace here for that. Cinema, theatre and 2 colleges all local.

3dognight Sun 14-Feb-21 14:50:14

Worksop, north Nottinghamshire.
We live in an old Victorian semi, three bed, long garden down to railway line. Houses on our road go for about the above price, Ten minutes walk is town, ten minutes in the other direction farmland and forest.
Working class area, and friendly.

glammanana Sun 14-Feb-21 14:59:58

There are quite a few 2 up 2 down properties in various parts of The Wirral,easy access to Liverpool for Colleges and to parks,easy transport to Chester and all its History,lots of good dinner clubs for over 60s all subsidised along with bus passes for over 60s.
There is plenty of options for transport trains/buses/ferries you will never be without anything to do.

BlueBelle Sun 14-Feb-21 15:08:04

riverwalk You can buy properties for that price in some areas in my town
Have you thought about a static mobile home if I didn’t have my house that’s what I d look for

annodomini Sun 14-Feb-21 15:53:20

You don't mention if you have any sources of income. Do you have an occupational pension? Obviously, it will be some years before you get the state pension. It might be worth talking to a financial adviser about the possibility of getting a mortgage. Some lenders have provision for older borrowers.

Helenanne Sun 14-Feb-21 15:53:53

Thanks everyone, there are some great suggestions here, a little 2 up 2 down would be perfect. I have some family in the Cumbria area, a son currently in Blackpool and a daughter who is not settled but likely to stay in the Scottish central belt, so am keen to be not too far from the rail network. Looks like the midlands might be a good option.

Grannyben Sun 14-Feb-21 16:33:26

Have you thought of the Leeds area. Excellent direct train links to Blackpool, Carlisle and Edinburgh.

Missfoodlove Sun 14-Feb-21 18:35:30

Hi there, the one town where there is a good selection property in your price range.
Very handy for the Lakes and Scotland.

JaneJudge Sun 14-Feb-21 18:40:25


Blinko Sun 14-Feb-21 18:42:20

Speaking very generally, if you move south, property is more expensive. If you move north, less so, unless it's somewhere particularly desirable like the Yorkshire Dales, or the Lakes. Take a look at properties on Rightmove.

paddyanne Sun 14-Feb-21 19:08:57

Lots of places in the West of Scotland where you can buy a two bed flat for 95K Check out Rightmove

Septimia Sun 14-Feb-21 19:12:47

Cheap property and glorious countryside in Northumbria. Mostly friendly folk, too.

crazyH Sun 14-Feb-21 19:20:33

Llanelli, Dyfed, Wales. My friend was looking in that area, and found a new-build terraced house for around £95000......divorce is hard, isn’t it? Good luck ..

welbeck Sun 14-Feb-21 19:23:50

would you consider a sheltered housing scheme.
these are usually open to ages over 55.
and might be better for longer-term, esp if on your own.

Newatthis Sun 14-Feb-21 19:43:46

Shropshire is still very well priced with medieval towns, beautiful countryside and lots of the things you mentioned available.

Hetty58 Sun 14-Feb-21 19:51:27

Helenanne, you're just a youngster, really, with an exciting new life ahead of you. (Welbeck, sheltered housing? How depressing!)

Yes, a two bed cottage sounds just right. BlueBelle, no, a mobile home just depreciates, like a car, so never a good investment.

shavindhi Tue 16-Feb-21 11:57:16

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trisher Tue 16-Feb-21 12:05:39

Helenanne Do look at the Newcastle/Northumberland area. But be careful there are areas of Newcastle with very cheap housing where you wouldn't want to live and very expensive areas where you couldn't afford to. Newcastle has several theatres, great libraries and an efficient local and national transport system. There are places along the coast and in the countryside within easy travelling distance. And Geordies are very welcoming people (although the language can sometimes be a problem at first)

Cressida Wed 17-Feb-21 13:48:17

Riverwalk there are definitely houses for sale under £95k. Like this one