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What sort of area would you live in? Would you live where I am thinking of moving?

ryouga Avatar
6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
Basically 2 parts of 1 question.

Been looking for flats as I have to be out my place in 10 days and originally planned to stay over summer but LL only just told me that someone is moving in a few days before my contract runs out despite me telling him I wanted to stay over summer.

The area I want to move (back) to is a nice seaside town but I have visited it twice in last 6 weeks and am going back in the morning(though the train journey is almost 3 hours due to changes and waiting) to see a cheap flat that looks great in its pictures but its in a well known very rough area of town(though I didnt know that till I asked a few people)

I was double checking the details of the flat again in google and an article came up that this 18 year old girl was brutally murdered a few houses along from the flat I am about to visit and they left her battered and bloodied corpse outside the house she was murdered which shocks me as its only a few doors down I am getting(may be other side of road or further down as numbering isnt a clear indication)

It has put me off a bit but I am desperate for a flat and it looks like a good flat though the reputation of the area may be why its less than other flats in the area, but then again it may be because its not in town centre area where flats the same size go for an extra £100 odd a month.

Would a (recent) murder put you off living on the street?
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6y, 5m agoPosted 6 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Depends how much I wanted to live in the area...I come from Glasgow, and in general, it is nuts! There are some nice areas, of course there is, but they are about 1.5 - 2 times more expensive, rent and to buy. So, ask yourself, how much do I want to live in proposed place, and if a lot, then go for it!

* I used to be able to watch fights nearly every Thur/Fri/Sat from my window! The club has closed, but will no doubt be opened again soon...Just don't go out after 6pm and you'll be fine.

Alternatively, just wear a baseball shirt and hat, and carry a baseball bat, works for me ;)
#2
rehydrated
Depends how much I wanted to live in the area...I come from Glasgow, and in general, it is nuts! There are some nice areas, of course there is, but they are about 1.2-2 times more expensive, rent and to buy. So, ask yourself, how much do I want to live in proposed place, and if a lot, then go for it!


Its in Ayr so you might know if it, its the Lochside area close to the 24 hour Tesco and Racecourse.
#3
i'd spend the extra hundred or so and go for the better area (peace of mind is worth it as far as i'm concerned)
#4
coerce86
i'd spend the extra hundred or so and go for the better area (peace of mind is worth it as far as i'm concerned)


The problem with the more expensive ones is they also want £100 credit search fees and it may take a few weeks to do referencing which I cant wait for and I have a huge feeling I will fail credit rating.
#5
Ayr is pretty nuts. Do you need to move there?
#6
rehydrated
Ayr is pretty nuts. Do you need to move there?


I liked it when I was there 4 years ago for about 16 months and last year for 2 months and its only a short distance to Dumfries where my parents live so they can see me often, and have a friend who lives in Glasgow.
#7
Is it work-related?
#8
rehydrated
Is it work-related?


Nope just taking a year out before going back to Uni and its the only place I can think of that fits many of my criteria since I dont want to be in a big city nor do I want to be in a tiny town.
#9
Edinburgh is pretty good. Great in the summer, but a bit expensive...You can get where I live for about £380 for a 1bd flat per month.
#10
rehydrated
Edinburgh is pretty good. Great in the summer, but a bit expensive...You can get where I live for about £380 for a 1bd flat per month.


Thats cheaper than Ayr really, all the flats I have seen have been about £100 a week for a 1 bed flat often unfurnished and this is a 2 bedroom for £365, theres another about 5 minutes walk from it in another rough area that I have already seen and think its an amazing flat but its the credit search fees and search and referencing that I was worried about.

I was in a £90 a week flat last year and it was pretty much the same size as my bedroom now since there was no living room and a "box" for a bathroom and had another for £80 4 years ago that I have wanted to move back to ever since moving out.

I did see a flat for £90 when I first came 6 weeks ago to check but landlady said she only normally takes on working tenants and if I was a student then shes ok with that but if I leave my course and have to sign on she wanted me out same day and would send her sons round(she was being serious too!) and the flat looked kinda grotty with a wardrobe with door hanging off but it was a nice flat just needed redecorating.
#11
Move in with Maw and Paw, save all your pennies, and go away for a few months over Christmas :thumbsup: - Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand :thumbsup:
#12
ryouga
Thats cheaper than Ayr really, all the flats I have seen have been about £100 a week for a 1 bed flat often unfurnished and this is a 2 bedroom for £365, theres another about 5 minutes walk from it in another rough area that I have already seen and think its an amazing flat but its the credit search fees and search and referencing that I was worried about.


See if your old man will go guarantor
#13
rehydrated
See if your old man will go guarantor


Parents are retired and before that were on long term sick so cant do it plus as soon as I turned 18 years ago my parents wouldnt support me in any way and had to pay own way(had to give money off JSA when I was signing on)
#14
It will be alright. Good weather keeps the neds mellow. They will still be pished, and leary, but tend not to knife when the sun is out! Sorted :thumbsup:
#15
rehydrated
It will be alright. Good weather keeps the neds mellow. They will still be pished, and leary, but tend not to knife when the sun is out! Sorted :thumbsup:


Lol I am hoping its just mainly that since I went back to the rough council estate I lived from when I was 5-12 years old and got zero hassle then again I am a tall broad fat bloke so I am a bit intimidating when I can be!

I think it may be alright as long as I dont flash my expensive stuff like laptop or phone when in the area.
#16
hmmmm find some flatmates and join a house share? ^_^
#17
coerce86;8811144
i'd spend the extra hundred or so and go for the better area (peace of mind is worth it as far as i'm concerned)


I'm the same :-(

There are areas within 1-2 miles that I would not move to save £100 (nearly 25% considering my rent is £425)
#18
coerce86
hmmmm find some flatmates and join a house share? ^_^


I am terrible at making friends so cant do that, was meaning to ring local college to get details of any student properties but they never answer the phones!

That way I could generally get cheaper rent, smaller deposit and likely need no guarantor or references but again its down to whats available.
#19
usually there's some advertised in the papers, or if you contact letting agents they might let you know

and hey you're only living with them, you don't HAVE to talk to them lol
#20
sometimes when people say a bad area it really isnt

i live in an area that has a bad reputation from years and years ago and when i tell people where i live they are like OMG, thats rough round there isnt it, and im like noooooo, they act like its really dangerous :lol:

and no a recent murder would not put me off living in and area my mum and dad lived in a really quiet area and a girl got murdered there so i dont think it really matters tbh
#21
^^ agreed, aren't most murders committed by people they know so it's unlikely to happen again. Plus murders can happen in the poshest of places.

At the end of the day if its that bad you could always move again.
banned#22
I stayed at Butlin's Ayr year's ago.

All I can remember is alcoholics :giggle:
#23
I bought a house in an area that everyone said was bad, thinking it can't be -that- bad, but it was - noise all night from drunks yelling in the street, police cars/ambulances up and down the road, cars going past at ridiculous speeds, a hostel for alcoholics on the corner (cunningly disguised as a normal house!), and regular drugs raids three doors up.
I know the OP is renting not buying, but area does make a big difference - you still have to come back there every night.

PS - anyone wanna buy a house? ;)
banned#24
Butterbean
I bought a house in an area that everyone said was bad, thinking it can't be -that- bad, but it was - noise all night from drunks yelling in the street, police cars/ambulances up and down the road, cars going past at ridiculous speeds, a hostel for alcoholics on the corner (cunningly disguised as a normal house!), and regular drugs raids three doors up.
I know the OP is renting not buying, but area does make a big difference - you still have to come back there every night.

PS - anyone wanna buy a house? ;)


I guess once an area has a bad reputation it just sticks.

I live in an area that is classed as a bit rough.

It has improved though over the last few year's.
#25
Since my thread got totally overlooked:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/696506/renting-in-dublin-any-advice

Help me too please :p
#26
Ignore Lochside, ignore Dalmilling, ignore the Jabba (James Brown Avenue).

There are nicer parts in Ayr that are cheaper - around Newton or Somerset Park - but have you thought about Troon? Its closer to Glasgow on both bus and train.

For example,

http://www.s1rental.com/renting/search/2010060919422203.html
#27
DLM
I stayed at Butlin's Ayr year's ago.

All I can remember is alcoholics :giggle:


thats cos it was butlins

Ayr is ok, like everywhere theres rough bits and expensive bits
#28
Canterbury, Richmond, Winchester, Bath or Oxford
banned#29
micoo
thats cos it was butlins

Ayr is ok, like everywhere theres rough bits and expensive bits


It was Ayr when I arrived I thought OMG everyone is on the p***!

I thought the same when I went to Kirkcaldy 6 year's ago as well.
#30
DLM
It was Ayr when I arrived I thought OMG everyone is on the p***!

I thought the same when I went to Kirkcaldy 6 year's ago as well.


ye cos its ayr :lol: theres only one good bit and i wouldnt expect you to go there

kirkcaldy is crap too, do you not know how to find a good place to go?
banned#31
micoo
ye cos its ayr :lol: theres only one good bit and i wouldnt expect you to go there

Why? :?

kirkcaldy is crap too, do you not know how to find a good place to go?


I only stayed there because my cousin lives in Cowdenbeath.
#32
DLM
why?


cos theres nothing to do in the good bit, just expensive houses and ridiculously expensive private schools, its where my grandparents live
banned#33
micoo
cos theres nothing to do in the good bit, just expensive houses and ridiculously expensive private schools, its where my grandparents live


Oh right :thumbsup:
#34
Agency rang me this morning to say the place wasnt ready for viewing yet and they have one in town centre overlooking the harbour for only £35 a month more.

Saw it and I really like it! has Sky tv points in bedroom and living room and is very large for a flat(I was actually shocked as the last flat I had was less than half the size!) and has a en suite bathroom with shower and its a nice flat bar the fact is has cheap lino for carpet and when I got there the neighbour had a dog that barked non stop for a few minutes.

So I am going for that one as long as my current LL gives me a good reference.
#35
lol...I'd rather have that murderer next door than a constant barking dog.
#36
greg_68
lol...I'd rather have that murderer next door than a constant barking dog.


I was only in flat about 5 minutes and only heard it when I got there and I think it was set off as I slammed the front door to block, once in the flat I heard nothing and the living room and bedroom are on the far side of the flat so even if it did bark I wouldnt really hear it.

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