Whats Dorking like, considering moving

Whats Dorking like, considering moving

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p1stonhead

23,266 posts

125 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Cobham is nowhere near Dorking in terms of reality.

Driving can take 30-40 minutes depending on route and time of day. I did a commute from Dorking to Weybridge (through Cobham) for 5 years.

The OP’s £600k will not get much in Cobham either unless it’s the st part by the Sainsbury’s.

croyde

17,076 posts

188 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Not too bad. When I lived in Dorking, I used to pop to the main BMW dealer in Cobham. It was a nice little drive as I remember. But don't do it during school home time and rush hours.

Thankyou4calling

8,592 posts

131 months

Wednesday 1st July
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No one who lives in Dorking would say it’s near Cobham and vice versa. It’s 10 or 11 miles FFS!

Move on and stop it.

p1stonhead

23,266 posts

125 months

Wednesday 1st July
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croyde said:


Not too bad. When I lived in Dorking, I used to pop to the main BMW dealer in Cobham. It was a nice little drive as I remember. But don't do it during school home time and rush hours.
Unfortunately rush hours are 6.30-10.30am and 3-7pm within this map area....

fatboy18

18,247 posts

169 months

Wednesday 1st July
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And that's on a good day!

TonyG2003

197 posts

50 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Dorking is a nice little town. My wife has worked there for +20yrs and has a good vibe. We looked to move there quite a while back. It is quite small and has a small housing stock so you might find somewhere suitable. We ended up Bookham / Fetcham which has good train/road links and is pretty quiet. Lots more housing stock choice too. It depends on how much travel you want to the station for a commute. I’m (was preCV19) 25mins walk/10 Brompton to station.

Bathroom_Security

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1,806 posts

75 months

Wednesday 1st July
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p1stonhead said:
The OP’s £600k will not get much.
ummm.

I mean i wont be crass and say what I have as a budget.

Bathroom_Security

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1,806 posts

75 months

Wednesday 1st July
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TonyG2003 said:
Dorking is a nice little town. My wife has worked there for +20yrs and has a good vibe. We looked to move there quite a while back. It is quite small and has a small housing stock so you might find somewhere suitable. We ended up Bookham / Fetcham which has good train/road links and is pretty quiet. Lots more housing stock choice too. It depends on how much travel you want to the station for a commute. I’m (was preCV19) 25mins walk/10 Brompton to station.
Thanks for the response, theres a house in Fetcham we like actually

p1stonhead

23,266 posts

125 months

Wednesday 1st July
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Bathroom_Security said:
p1stonhead said:
The OP’s £600k will not get much.
ummm.

I mean i wont be crass and say what I have as a budget.
Sorry wrong thread! Mixed you up with someone else!

But...

How much you got? hehe

Even a ball park figure to be honest may assist with appropriate best locations for the money.

TonyG2003

197 posts

50 months

Wednesday 1st July
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@Bathroomsecurity - let me know if you want to know anything else about Fetcham - we’re been here 14yrs

Brakedust2020

1 posts

3 months

Thursday 2nd July
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Hi OP,

Like a few of the posters on here, I have lived in/around Fetcham for about about 15 years. I guess it all depends what you are looking for. I really like the village and the surrounding area - it is relatively quiet, the village has everything we need and if not, Leatherhead and the surrounding places (Cobham, Dorking, Esher, etc) certainly will. Decent pub at The Bell too. Access to the surrounding countryside is quick and easy, although I agree with some of the comments on here - getting into Leatherhead from Fetcham after about 7.30 in the morning can be tricky due to the traffic. I commute from Leatherhead Station into London - and have the choice of either SWR (into Waterloo) or Southern (into Victoria) - not particularly cheap though!

If you are into bikes at all, Box Hill is still the draw that it has been (I'm talking prior to Covid19 here).

Access to the M25, A3 is quick and easy (again, depending on the time of day) and getting to the coast takes no time at all.
All in all, a nice place to live.

Stephanie Plum

2,610 posts

169 months

Tuesday 7th July
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Lived in Dorking now for 17 years. Love the fact we’re surrounded by countryside for walking, running, cycling, horse riding and some ok driving roads. The latter get a lot better when you drop down into West Sussex. High Street is a bit crap but Guildford is near and Kingston too.

Trains into London run four times an hour but no fast ones so it's a minimum journey of 50/55 minutes.

Good variety of houses to suit most budgets. Avoid Goodwyns and Chart Downs imo. Apart from that it’s all fine.

PM with any more specific questions if you need to.

fatboy18

18,247 posts

169 months

Wednesday 8th July
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It's wet today wink

PhilboSE

2,262 posts

184 months

Wednesday 8th July
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Lived in Dorking for 12 years, moved locally a couple of years ago, though still have the old house in Dorking, keeping our options open about going back there in the future.

It's a very nice market town, surrounded by countryside. Nice high street with a good range of independents. A decent-ish range of restaurants, with a couple of fancier ones. It's quite genteel, no clubs and a few pubs. Has an arts centre that converts into a couple of cinemas, and a good municipal pool / leisure centre. It also has enough car parks generally to cope with trade for the high street - much better in this regard than some other Surrey towns. Traffic has become a bit more of an issue in the last couple of years around rush hours. One thing that Dorking doesn't have is private schools. The state schools are generally rated Good, but no better.

Trains go twice an hour to each of Victoria & Waterloo and take about 50 minutes to do so. You will always get a seat on a train at Dorking, even in rush hour. The Victoria line trains are much more modern and pleasant to travel on. Parking for the station is an issue unless you travel very early or get there by bike. Dorking also has 3 stations, with the other stations on a line going east/west and links directly to Reading which is sometimes very useful as that is a major hub for other lines.

I note you also mentioned Leatherhead - there are some nice residential areas in Leatherhead but as a town it doesn't have as much to offer as Dorking. It is also much more of a business area - there are industrial parks and lots of serviced offices - which means that the town centre is busy by day but can be a bit dead by night. Leatherhead does get an extra train line through the station which means there are twice as many trains compared with Dorking and it shaves 10 minutes off the journey time, if that is a factor.

austina35

99 posts

10 months

Sunday 16th August
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I like Dorking. When I worked for the biggest employer in the town, it used to take 40 mins from my home in Kingston in the morning and around an hour going home in the evening.

I've noticed prices slowly rising over the years in Dorking so moved my property down to Horsham that's 20 mins down the road.

hyphen

17,061 posts

48 months

Sunday 16th August
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austina35 said:
I like Dorking. When I worked for the biggest employer in the town, it used to take 40 mins from my home in Kingston in the morning and around an hour going home in the evening.

I've noticed prices slowly rising over the years in Dorking so moved my property down to Horsham that's 20 mins down the road.
I thought land was the expensive bit rather than the house hehe


p1stonhead

23,266 posts

125 months

Sunday 16th August
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OP just in case you are still looking, the market has gone absolutely turbocharged mental in the last 6 weeks!