Moved to York - Help Needed!

Moved to York - Help Needed!

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garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Hi all,

Mrs G and I have just (3 weeks ago) moved into a rental in York and are about to start house hunting.

We need to start working out what are the nicer areas to check out so thought I'd ask here.

Ideally we'd like to be within 5 miles but could go further out as long as we have easy public/taxi transport into the city for evenings. No commuting to take into account or schools required.

Looking at a village if possible with pub and shop and looking at 3 beds with garden. Max price around £650,000.

We've seen a house online in Acomb that looks interesting - what's that area like?

Cheers, Gary

Areas we've already been told to look at are:

Heworth and Holgate
Bishopsthorpe
Naburn
Haxby
Wigginton
Dunnington
Fulford
Escrick
Riccall

detee

532 posts

108 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Naburn is nice, so is Bishopthorpe. I think your rule of 5 miles to town is a good one. Savilles had a nice house in Naburn recently, Copmanthorpe is nice as well. Renting first to check out the lie of the land is a good idea. Welcome to York more importantly. Where are you renting?

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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detee said:
Naburn is nice, so is Bishopthorpe. I think your rule of 5 miles to town is a good one. Savilles had a nice house in Naburn recently, Copmanthorpe is nice as well. Renting first to check out the lie of the land is a good idea. Welcome to York more importantly. Where are you renting?
Thanks David,

Renting in Hungate so I'm literally a 2 minute walk to the Shambles. After living in the middle of nowhere for the last 3 and a half years, living in York is like being a child in the candy store. I love it here!

detee

532 posts

108 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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I did exactly the same when I moved to York, it's a nice way to see the city. My office is in the centre so I get the best of both worlds. You found the good eating places yet?

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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detee said:
I did exactly the same when I moved to York, it's a nice way to see the city. My office is in the centre so I get the best of both worlds. You found the good eating places yet?
I’ve found a number of good food places (and drinking) but am sure there are many more to come

All suggestions welcome smile

rich350z

194 posts

121 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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We've seen a house online in Acomb that looks interesting - what's that area like?

Cheers, Gary

Areas we've already been told to look at are:

Heworth and Holgate
Bishopsthorpe
Naburn
Haxby
Wigginton
Dunnington
Fulford
Escrick
Riccall
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Acomb has some nice and some not so nice areas. We lived there for 14 years in 2 different houses and it was fine. We moved to Strensall 2 years ago to be in the catchment of better schools. We like it here.

Bishopthorpe has a good primary school and is in Fulford secondary catchment so popular with familys and the house prices reflect that.

Heworth and Holgate are 'in town' so quite different to every where else you've put. On the whole Heworth is nicer but there are some lovely houses in Holgate.

The A19 to the south can be a pain so the house in either Escrick and Riccall would have to be good for me to be tempted. Having said that you do get more for your money down there.

Every where you put has nice areas, so you'll be fine. Just beware the ring road around Clifton Moor as its also bad, so worth bearing in mind when looking at Haxby and Wigginton. Do also Have a look at Upper Poppleton as it is lovely.

Edited by rich350z on Monday 11th February 21:15

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Thanks for that - much appreciated.

The Acomb house is on The Green - no idea about that area. We’re going to be doing research over the coming months so may post up details from time to time to see whether it’s a good road or not.

Thanks again!

Hotel Indigo

436 posts

156 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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Firstly, welcome York!

I live in Dunnington, and despite being York centre born and bred, absolutely love it. Only things I miss is variety of drinking holes and cinema within walking distance. But with young kids, not missing it too much at the moment. Moved here primarily for catchment.

Fancied Fulford/Heslington, but saw amount of traffic/students and looked s little further afield.

Really like the look and feel of Bishopthorpe. Sadly, on the day we viewed a house, the smell of sewage was on the wind and we realised how near we were, as the crow flies, from the sewage treatment place near Naburn.

Outlaws live in Haxby, which is nice with its own shops and frequent buses. Straightforward route into town too. Strensall has a nice core, and is bigger than you think. Nice roads on the doorstep.

Having moved away from and then returned, I’ve been surprised how snarled up places in York can get.

Aldwark for me when I retire...

rich350z

194 posts

121 months

Monday 11th February 2019
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garyhun said:
Thanks for that - much appreciated.

The Acomb house is on The Green - no idea about that area. We’re going to be doing research over the coming months so may post up details from time to time to see whether it’s a good road or not.

Thanks again!
If it's the modern new build then its too near the busy road for me. The double decker busses will look straight in.

Good luck with it all.

garyhun

Original Poster:

29,949 posts

187 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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rich350z said:
garyhun said:
Thanks for that - much appreciated.

The Acomb house is on The Green - no idea about that area. We’re going to be doing research over the coming months so may post up details from time to time to see whether it’s a good road or not.

Thanks again!
If it's the modern new build then its too near the busy road for me. The double decker busses will look straight in.

Good luck with it all.
That’s the one! First thing we said looking on Google maps was “wonder how busy that road is”? - I guess you’ve answered that question smile

To be honest, something less on show will be our aim. We’ve got no time pressures.

Thanks for the feedback.

razor11

105 posts

208 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Indeed, welcome to York.

One piece of advice might be to check the flooding potential very carefully and specifically. Some places appear Idyllic, but are potentially exposed, possibly including areas of Fulford (I woke up to 3ft of water in my back garden), Bishopthorpe (friend avoided flooding, but the storm drains were backflowing), some parts of Naburn, plus others. Again, not all areas of each location, but we do seem to have a short memory of the impact.

In my view, some of the ring-road areas, like Earswick Chase, offer the best of both world in terms of easy access to the City, out of town shopping and main road routes, but also a rural feel (and mains gas!).

Definitely a good place to live, improving all the time. Some excellent restaurants and has always had great bars & pubs (in the early days of the internet, I printed a list of 380 pubs in York and over a period of time, attempted to have a pint in each of them. I cannot remember whether I managed it or not).

Just my tuppence worth, hopefully not offended anyone.

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Thanks razor11, much appreciated.

We are very aware of the flooding issue but thanks for mentioning. We’re going to research any area we like for that.

Forgot to mention, ideally we’d love to build our small house so if anyone knows of possible plots ..... could be a finders fee smile

soofsayer

1,423 posts

94 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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I'm in Copmanthorpe and have been for a couple of years now, we moved from the Wetherby side of Leeds, it is not the most attractive village but it is a bit of a gem in that it is on all the decent bus routes into town, short drive, cycle to the P&R, lots going on in the community, pub is reasonable as is the curry house.. Bish is nice but it is a bit of a drive through so not for me. I wouldn't want to live in Acomb, not with £600k to spend.

Any of the outlying villages are good spots generally. East of the city is less desireable than the west, south is more desireable than the north, only because of commuter access to the A64 / A1 etc, its nothing to do with the areas. Poppleton is a good shout, I have some friends living there, very community focused. York is continuously reviewing the housebuilding development plan (SHLAA), so areas like Haxby, Strensall, Wiggington are earmarked for a shed load of housing. If you are looking for city living the HQ development might be ideal as it is just about to start.

If you want to get somewhere special you really need to be speaking to the right agents and looking at buying off market. All the good stuff sells before it gets to the web, trust me, it is how it works here.

If you want to build your own (or get a contractor to build for you) then you will struggle to find any land worth having without paying a huge premium as every man with a van and a spade is in the property game. Welcome to York.

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Cheers soofsayer, really helpful post.

We’ve moved up from South Lincolnshire and before that were in Poole, Dorset where we built our own house - so I know what plot finding is like!

We will start to make contact with agents in the next week so all this information is really invaluable. I suppose it will be obvious from RightMove which agents I should target but any suggestions are welcome.

It’s funny, I’ve only been here for three weeks and it already feels like home!

ellroy

6,389 posts

184 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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If you don't mind pushing the boundary a little, try out towards Strensall, Sheriff Hutton and the like.

I lived that way and the extra commute is very minimal into town.

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Tuesday 12th February 2019
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Thanks ellroy!

tricknot

9 posts

36 months

Sunday 17th February 2019
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We moved from London 15 years ago, lived in town for 5 years, then to Heworth, nice area, more family orientated than Bishy Road (Bishy Road seems to have a good mix of families and couples etc), 15 min walk to town etc. Downsides were with it being a terrace (albeit a large one), the lack of outdoor space and often not being able to park outside park outside our house (especially when you’ve started to trade the cars up to something nice).

Having kids ourselves now, we’ve now moved out to Appleton Roebuck/ Bolton Percy for both the above, quiet and no shop, but both but have pubs (BP has a great cricket club too), only 7 miles / 15 mins drive into York (through Bishopthorpe), great countryside walks, and as someone else above said, can be on A64 in 3-4 mins so Leeds for work is a doddle.

York is fantastic place to live, can’t imagine going anywhere else now.

bobtail4x4

2,697 posts

68 months

Sunday 17th February 2019
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Not York but a friend of mine is selling this,

http://www.jhpickup.co.uk/9702.html

very PH, as its got 7.5 acres, lots of outbuildings for "hobbies" etc,
its 2 miles from the M62 and railway, and 15 miles from York,

garyhun

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29,949 posts

187 months

Sunday 17th February 2019
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Cheers tricknot!

sonicbloo

584 posts

109 months

Sunday 17th February 2019
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£650k will get you a nice house anywhere in York, the North side of the city has the Vanguard shopping centre and the new community Stadium, with lots of eating places etc.

As was mentioned earlier, Earswick Chase has some lovely houses, and handy for the outer ringroad/A64, although nearest shops/pubs are a mile away.

.....or why not spend £150k on a house in a rough area of York, and have half a mill left over to buy a few supercars smile