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Large 4 bed Victorian Terrace on a busy road or small 3 bed detached set in woods?

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AGHHHHHH we simply don't know what to do :( they are both essentially the same price, the terraced house is huge, 4 really big bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, large kitchen, but is on a busy road with a …
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
AGHHHHHH we simply don't know what to do :( they are both essentially the same price, the terraced house is huge, 4 really big bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, large kitchen, but is on a busy road with a small ish garden...

The Detached house is private, in the woods, lovely bespoke garden full of trees, but the house is small, about half the size of the Victorian terrace, but it oh so quiet on a small estate, we stood outside at rush hour on both, house we only saw 2 cars go past and heard nothing, outside terraced house we could not talk without raising our voices due to the business of the road.... and the high school kids use the lane behind the terraced house as a cut through....

The house would be a downsize for us, but not the terrace, that would be a upsize...we have to decide this weekend as our buyers just sent a impatient message through our agent
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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Cabin in the woods please

What could go wrong ?

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11 Likes #1
Cabin in the woods please

What could go wrong ?
1 Like #2
It's really about what fits your needs best. We are looking to buy a new home having lived in a terraced house for 8 years, it is a busy road, awful finding parking now wasnt too bad before and theres not much potential to extend further. We are looking for something like your detached house in the quiet area it has more potential to extend/change and put your own personal stamp on it to fit your family. Good luck with your choice hope it all goes well for you and your family.


Edited By: mizzy1985 on Oct 08, 2016 08:44
1 Like #3
If you don't need the interior space go for the detached property, there's an awful lot to be said for peace and quiet without being overlooked, especially if there is a school close by, unless you have school age children it will be a nightmare.
2 Likes #4
detached & then extend it (conservatory or loft conversion etc) when you have some cash or equity to pump into it
#5
Well tbh if it were me and I couldn't make my mind up I would look at the resale of each one cos you will be selling it one day. Buying a property isnt simply emotional - it should be a cold, hard, calculated economical decision. Look at the sale history of each property, the school catchment etc.
1 Like #6
think outside the box :3
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1 Like #7
A house is only as nice as its surroundings ,I would go the one in woods ,always future options to make bigger
1 Like #8
I recently moved house and the area was the key thing for me. I chose a smaller house on a quiet road with fields behind it and have no regrets. If you're expecting to live there for years then I think the area matters more than the house. I'd guess in the future you could extend and change the detached house more than the terraced house, but you can't change the location of the terraced house.
1 Like #9
sadly diesel cars are getting more popular, so living near a busy road means the car fumes ar worse than ever
#10
You didn't saw it you have kids. If you have kids it's a bit unfair to put them in the middle of nowhere. But if it was just me and the wife in the woods would suit me just fine. I hate to be overlooked in my back garden.
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BigBuds
You didn't saw it you have kids. If you have kids it's a bit unfair to put them in the middle of nowhere. But if it was just me and the wife in the woods would suit me just fine. I hate to be overlooked in my back garden.

we have 2 aged 8 and 7 months, the terraced is smack bang in town, the one in the woods is on a outlying small estate, 1 mile from town with full bike lanes into town
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Aeschylus
BigBuds
You didn't saw it you have kids. If you have kids it's a bit unfair to put them in the middle of nowhere. But if it was just me and the wife in the woods would suit me just fine. I hate to be overlooked in my back garden.
we have 2 aged 8 and 7 months, the terraced is smack bang in town, the one in the woods is on a outlying small estate, 1 mile from town with full bike lanes into town
It's not like it's in the middle of no where then. the one on the outskirts of town sounds like an ideal place to bring up children rather then bang in the middle of town. What are the schools like at both places? That was the main reason why we moved where we did.
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Which one has 100Mbit broadband and good mobile phone coverage?
1 Like #14
You could build a super shed out the back for the kids toys and play area. They will grow up and leave so think more if you are happy to move again to downsize from the terrace or happy to make long term roots. my number one when we were looking was the south facing garden than the house but luckily it did come with the perfect house. I would say gut instinct will tell you more than opinions on here.
1 Like #15
and will the Amazon drones be able to navigate through the trees to deliver parcels...you have to take all of these important things into consideration X)

SUMMONER
Which one has 100Mbit broadband and good mobile phone coverage?
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1 Like #16
Don't go for the Victorian terraced house! That's exactly what I have. It was great thirty years ago (loads of rooms over three floors), but now almost every house on the road is student accommodation, including those on each side of us. We will be moving to a detached house as soon as possible.
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SUMMONER
Which one has 100Mbit broadband and good mobile phone coverage?


​Or, which one will give their children the opportunity to grow up in a less polluted, quieter, safer, more relaxing environment where they can enjoy the outside space and learn all about nature and it's importance, and yet still have easy access to the town a mile away where there will be schools, colleges, job prospects and nightlife for when they get older?
1 Like #18
Oh by the way op just made offer full asking price for the or in the woods so I've made the choice for you :P
1 Like #19
as your unsure over 2 totally different houses is either right for you,
1 Like #20
Predikuesi
Don't go for the Victorian terraced house! That's exactly what I have. It was great thirty years ago (loads of rooms over three floors), but now almost every house on the road is student accommodation, including those on each side of us. We will be moving to a detached house as soon as possible.

good point, even though the current neighbours are both in their 50's it is dead opposite a large college/university
1 Like #21
pb22
as your unsure over 2 totally different houses is either right for you,

no, not 100% but our buyers have been more than patient, and we got an amazing offer for ours £14K over valuation so as you can imagine we are keen not to lose them

Edited By: Aeschylus on Oct 08, 2016 10:27
2 Likes #22
The detached house. Truly, you don't realise how much calm, peace and quiet are worth, until you are lacking them. If the only thing you will lack is space, plenty of good suggestions on here. Also, I have friends who sit in their lovely garden all weathers, with a garden heater, and a part canopy. In the short term, smaller and fewer items of furniture, light decor and mirrors can make it feel bigger.
#23
I just sold my terraced house on a busy road in favour of a detached one in a quiet area.

I have to say the difference is massive. If you are a light sleeper hearing your neighbours at all hours or cars/sirens going past your front windows really starts to grate. We did get used to it however. It took a while to sell as people were surprised at both how busy the road was, and how hard it was to park.

If the detached house is big enough, despite being a downsize I would pick that, I assume you could extend in future? In which case probably also more sellable.

Ultimately you are the ones that know how each will meet your needs

Edited By: delusion on Oct 08, 2016 11:30
#24
Dyslexic_Dog
SUMMONER
Which one has 100Mbit broadband and good mobile phone coverage?
​Or, which one will give their children the opportunity to grow up in a less polluted, quieter, safer, more relaxing environment where they can enjoy the outside space and learn all about nature and it's importance, and yet still have easy access to the town a mile away where there will be schools, colleges, job prospects and nightlife for when they get older?

Either that or it will be so bored and isolated they will resort to hard drugs as a pass time. I am not being flippant saying this. Seen it happen more times than I would like :(

Edited By: moneysavingkitten on Oct 08, 2016 12:08: spelling
#25
House in the woods would mean no broadband,so Main road every time for me :-)
#26
Alternatively put your belongings into storage and send the grandparents with the kids on holiday for a couple of weeks, while you look for a more suitable house.
#27
WheresMeNuts
House in the woods would mean no broadband,so Main road every time for me :-)

na, 76MB believe it or not
banned#28
I've got to say, if you're asking you haven't found your dream home yet.

I know plenty of people who are prepared to rent whilst looking

Edited By: cchopps on Oct 08, 2016 12:11
#29
moneysavingkitten
Dyslexic_Dog
SUMMONER
Which one has 100Mbit broadband and good mobile phone coverage?
​Or, which one will give their children the opportunity to grow up in a less polluted, quieter, safer, more relaxing environment where they can enjoy the outside space and learn all about nature and it's importance, and yet still have easy access to the town a mile away where there will be schools, colleges, job prospects and nightlife for when they get older?

Either that or it will be so bored and isolated they will resort to hard drugs as a pass time. I am not being flippant saying this. Seen it happen more times than I would like :(


​I understand what you're saying and do realise that unfortunately this can happen, but I think the op said it's only a mile from town so hoping it wouldn't be a problem.
1 Like #30
cchopps
I've got to say, if you're asking you haven't found the right home for you yet.
I know plenty of people who are prepared to rent whilst looking

Fixed :p

Its a shame but few people manage to get their dream home. It's all down to budget and compromising with what is realistic.

Fully agree that renting short term until the right one is found is a good option.
#31
cchopps
I've got to say, if you're asking you haven't found your dream home yet.

I know plenty of people who are prepared to rent whilst looking

I honestly was in a similar position of indecision a few years ago. Pluses and minuses with each one, it kept me from sleeping, weighing everything up in my mind. There is always a compromise somewhere, and to me, space is the easiest thing to compromise on, as that's the easiest to change.

Edited By: juggler1 on Oct 08, 2016 13:44
#32
Peace & quiet away from traffic and noisy school kids any day of the week.
#33
The peace and tranquility of the woods, every time.

Oh wait....

http://i65.tinypic.com/2hxre36.gif
3 Likes #34
moved out of London (from a townhouse) to a bungalow in the country 10 years ago,littl`un finished off schooling,would never live in a town again,alright,the buses run 1 an hour but we drive so,not a problem and a mainline station within 10 mins walk (London within 50 mins).A different friendly world,love it,walks,countryside,village pubs,i should`ve moved out years before,never regretted it but,each to their own.Basically,it`s what you think suits you best.
2 Likes #35
Between the two, i would choose the detached and extend it when the cash becomes available but in the mean time get an inflatable single bed and put the older kid on it in the younger one's bedroom when guests come to stay the night - make it a fun adventure for them.


However, don't forget there is another option available as you could rent for a few months whilst continuing your house search after your house sale has completed. My parents did that and found the house of their dreams, actually, it's better than that. Well worth the wait and 6 months of living in a scabby rental house (it was cheap and not that nice but had loads of storage for their stuff).
#36
Not the one with the entry /walk through by it.

Or option 3..
1 Like #37
thread had potential... needed to see pics (blur out addresses)
1 Like #38
It depends if this is the 'forever home' or not too. If you're planning on staying for a long-time then wait until the house hits the market.

The other option is remodelling which is probably more likely in the detached house. The first sounds similar to my partner and I's first home and I loved it, but we wanted to move out of town and got a place that was slightly smaller but had space to completely rebuild which is the plan now.

That way you get your dream house in an ideal location. But if neither is ticking all the boxes and there's not potential to do that down the line then either wait or accept that it's a short-term thing.

In that instance I'd go for the terraced house simply because I'd assume it was a better investment.
2 Likes #39
so the terraced house sold, so I can show you that now as someone made an offer last night (not us)

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-43699329.html
#40
Aeschylus
so the terraced house sold, so I can show you that now as someone made an offer last night (not us)http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-43699329.html

That is an astonishing amount of house for the price. Very contemporary decoration downstairs as well, plus double-glazed.

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