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    We are moving to County Durham - local knowledge advice needed

    Mod & Ed
    There is a very good chance we may be moving to County Durham early part of next year, we wont be able to spend a huge amount of time house hunting, and don't know the area really well, so could use some local knowledge, where's nice to live, where's not so good etc, we need to to be within a 20 mile radius of Durham for commute purposes, would be really grateful for any tips.
    Thanks

    Def moving, so any pointers/advice really welcomed

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    You'll have a lot to choose from within 20 miles of durham, even as far afield as Newcastle Gateshead and Sunderland. I suppose excluding parts of newcastle (and all of sunderland :P) anywhere around is nice. And durham itself is nice outside the centre. Places like Pity Me are alright.
    Obviously I'm biassed but Gateshead is the place to be.

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    fred74

    You'll have a lot to choose from within 20 miles of durham, even as far … You'll have a lot to choose from within 20 miles of durham, even as far afield as Newcastle Gateshead and Sunderland. I suppose excluding parts of newcastle (and all of sunderland :P) anywhere around is nice. And durham itself is nice outside the centre. Places like Pity Me are alright.Obviously I'm biassed but Gateshead is the place to be.



    thanks for the help

    House prices can vary quite substantially within a 20 mile radius. Durham itself can be quite expensive compared to surrounding areas. You could choose to live quite rurally if you wanted to, or within a city as fred74 suggests. Newcastle is pretty good but then you will have to contend with getting over the Tyne when you commute (if driving), having said that, it is a nice city with plenty to offer. I also second Fred re. Sunderland.
    You could probably add Darlington into the equation, and you can certainly get a lot of house there for your money. Good train links as well.

    What sort of thing are you looking for? Do you have any preference for the sort of surroundings?

    Why dont you rent for 6 months to get a feel for the area before buying.

    I agree with the above - I actually wish I'd not bought, but didn't know how the market would turn.

    Lots of cheaper areas around Durham, but you get what you pay for.

    If you do end up moving we should have play dates with the kiddies! haha.

    The commute from Newcastle can be a nightmare. Some parts of Gateshead are OK. But I'd personally stick with somewhere closer to Durham.

    dcx_badass

    I'd avoid Middlesborough and that whole area unless you want to live in a … I'd avoid Middlesborough and that whole area unless you want to live in a giant chimney.


    its not that bad
    Edited by: "king261" 20th Nov 2010

    Loads and loads of pit villages around Durham City have pretty cheap housing, although I'd agree renting may not be a bad idea. Some are a bit rough, some are quite nice.

    Areas to the East of Durham (Peterlee, Easington) are very cheap but not so nice perhaps, to the West (Weardale) is really nice if you like the countryside but can be a lot more expensive for the nicer towns\villages. Durham City itself is pretty expensive compared to the county as a whole.
    Edited by: "jah128" 20th Nov 2010

    dcx_badass

    I drive past it quite often going between Newcastle and Leeds and it … I drive past it quite often going between Newcastle and Leeds and it looks like the worst place on Earth, just industrial as far as you can see. Stayed in a Hotel there in August and it was dire, the city centre was full of people on drugs and fighting by like 8:30pm, saw people throwing up in the street, a guy out of it on drugs walk into a car, slide down the bonnet and then stumble into the road into traffic. Literally would not return if I was paid.



    I live there..sounds about right

    Original Poster Mod & Ed

    Thanks everyone for replying, was hoping to be more rural but within easy reach of decent schools etc, have been very lucky so far having always lived rurally or on the coast or both, to leave my beloved westcountry is going to be hard, so need somewhere really nice to live, am a bit of a country bumpkin lol

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    what sort of budget are you thinking for the house? That would help.
    There are some really nice places very close to the city centre and some not far away.
    Sunderland/Newcastle are fine (depending on which part you choose) but don't really see why you would move that far away when you can get just as good closer.
    Do not move to Middlesborough - its possibly the worst place on earth!

    If you are working in the city centre, there are even places within walking distance that are out the way - like up past the prison.

    I have longed to return back to Middlesbrough for 10 years...am here now and love it.

    Nice places.....Yarm, wynyard, Normanby/Eston, Newton Hall, infact theres hundreds of nice places all over the North east. There's little villages etc which are nice. Ignore the haters of specific areas, you get good and bad no matter where you go.

    plenty of Donkeys

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    Lulu'sMammy

    Nice places.....Yarm, wynyard, Normanby/Eston, Newton Hall, infact theres … Nice places.....Yarm, wynyard, Normanby/Eston, Newton Hall, infact theres hundreds of nice places all over the North east. There's little villages etc which are nice. Ignore the haters of specific areas, you get good and bad no matter where you go.



    I was looking at a couple of places in yarm and wynyard, also richmond, am prob going to rent at the mo, we already have rented our house out down here to rent a more wheelchair friendly place, dont want to sell that yet, was thinking around £850 pcm

    wishihadadonkey

    I was looking at a couple of places in yarm and wynyard, also richmond, … I was looking at a couple of places in yarm and wynyard, also richmond, am prob going to rent at the mo, we already have rented our house out down here to rent a more wheelchair friendly place, dont want to sell that yet, was thinking around £850 pcm



    £850 a month?? The prices up north are a lot cheaper than were you are now. You will get a really lush house for that!
    Richmond is lovely, so are a few other villages around there. Its a Squaddie town, so good for a quieter drink, and you ain't far from Middlesbrough and Darlington for shopping.

    Just for a idea, a massive detached bungalow, 3 bedrooms with huge private rear garden, little stream in the garden, private parking for 4 cars, and a smaller private front garden, conservatory and utility room around here is 600 a month ( my mates house) quiet cul de sac, totally quiet, no bother, and she loves it!

    tinkerbell28

    oO I'm missing a trick, I need to get him sent oop north and settle their … oO I'm missing a trick, I need to get him sent oop north and settle their as our permanent base, bloody hell.


    Lol she's civvie, but id have that house at the drop of a hat. I'm no longer in a forces house, bought again, its the best thing ever.

    dcx_badass

    And for another idea, in the part of Leeds I'm from we rented out a … And for another idea, in the part of Leeds I'm from we rented out a semi-detached house, was pretty small, was all refurb, new kitchen bathrooms etc and that was £900, had a small garden and drive.So not all the North is cheap.


    In fairness, not been funny but who would want to live in Leeds anyway

    Original Poster Mod & Ed

    Thanks everyone, have got to make the descision for definate in 2 weeks, llm your mates place sounds fab, if she decides to move let me know x

    Original Poster Mod & Ed

    Well, it looks like we are definately moving, I am looking at property sites, does anyone know what Newton Ayecliffe, Bishop Auckland, North Cowton, Dalton, Stockton on Tees, Middleton St George are like? What are the best parts of Darlington to live in and does anyone know the best colleges for my son to do A levels at in the area, we need to be South of Durham really for ease of commuting, thanks, any pointers really appreciated

    Avoid Sunderland and Middlesbrough. Everywhere else is generally nice.

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