Where to retire in the UK

Where to retire in the UK

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Hol

6,233 posts

167 months

Thursday 17th June
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GT3Manthey said:
Vasco said:
You won't get much for £325k in Kent and, personally, I can't think of many good parts of Lincs (it's cheap for a reason.......)
Kent coast for 325k is likely to be very rough to say the least.

Worth sticking with the Norfolk plan IMO
I was thinking more around the inland area in the triangle formed by Ashford, Whitstable and Whitfield , than i was the coastline itself, as its only 45mins from where we are now in North Kent. If my kids do not move away, that might make seeing them easier.

My starting budget is really based on an arbitrary 50% of my current house price + fees, but anything under 700k, is extra savings I can tap up in retirement, for a better lifestyle.


We will have a good look around Norfolk.

MattS5

1,638 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
Blib said:
Hunstanton's the least impressive town up there by far, IMO.
I'd have to agree with that.

I also think you might struggle to get a 3 bed, detached property, with garden and decent garage for £325k in north norfolk.
Well, especially near any towns you'd (well, I'd) want to be near.

Mundesley is probably as far south I'd want to go on the coast
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108741488#/

Then once you get into Overstrand and further northwards, you'll need an extra £50k to get a bungalow.

Cmming in land a little between Holt and Fakenham, gets you this
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/80486535#/

I reckon the sweet spot up here is drawing a line at Brancaster, accross to Aylsham and then over to Mundesley. (very very roughly speaking)
And this is in a great spot in Aylsham https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108168017#/ (10 mins to the coast at Cromer, 15 mins to Norwich, 30 mins to Snetterton)

Hol

6,233 posts

167 months

Thursday 17th June
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monkfish1 said:
Hol said:
I am visiting my mum in Suffolk soon for a few days, so will probably check out some of the Norfolk and Lincolnshire areas as part of that trip.
Serious question. What does "checking it out" actually entail, and what do you hope to gain from it?

Lots of places look great, but that doesnt mean they are great places to live of fit your ideal of how you want to live.

Aside from cost, choosing where to go is proving hard.
Its an open point. I don't expect to find my Utopian dream, but I am visiting my mum in Suffolk and friends who recently moved to Boston anyway, so I though we might just have a look at a few random locations on the journey to see if we can cross them off.


C70R

8,391 posts

71 months

Thursday 17th June
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Blib said:
WhiskyDisco said:
If you are considering North Norfolk you should look at Hunstanton.

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/106136183#/
York Avenue, HUNSTANTON
Offers in Excess of
£350,000

Hunstanton's the least impressive town up there by far, IMO.
That's some feat in an area full of deeply unimpressive towns.

blackmme

129 posts

50 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
MattS5 said:
Blib said:
Hunstanton's the least impressive town up there by far, IMO.
I'd have to agree with that.

I also think you might struggle to get a 3 bed, detached property, with garden and decent garage for £325k in north norfolk.
Well, especially near any towns you'd (well, I'd) want to be near.

Mundesley is probably as far south I'd want to go on the coast
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108741488#/

Then once you get into Overstrand and further northwards, you'll need an extra £50k to get a bungalow.

Cmming in land a little between Holt and Fakenham, gets you this
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/80486535#/

I reckon the sweet spot up here is drawing a line at Brancaster, accross to Aylsham and then over to Mundesley. (very very roughly speaking)
And this is in a great spot in Aylsham https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108168017#/ (10 mins to the coast at Cromer, 15 mins to Norwich, 30 mins to Snetterton)
I live in the area you describe and absolutely love it, although I am not retirement age yet.

This hasn't got a garage but it's 5m to the beach one way and 5m to some absolutely beautiful National Trust woodland the other way.
Perhaps a little busy as a village in the summer but the Runton's are really quite nice.

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108528812#/

MattS5

1,638 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th June
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blackmme said:
I live in the area you describe and absolutely love it, although I am not retirement age yet.

This hasn't got a garage but it's 5m to the beach one way and 5m to some absolutely beautiful National Trust woodland the other way.
Perhaps a little busy as a village in the summer but the Runton's are really quite nice.

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108528812#/
Thats a great spot, I grew up round there as my parents literraly live a mile up the road to toward Felbrigg.

C70R

8,391 posts

71 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
MattS5 said:
Blib said:
Hunstanton's the least impressive town up there by far, IMO.
I'd have to agree with that.

I also think you might struggle to get a 3 bed, detached property, with garden and decent garage for £325k in north norfolk.
Well, especially near any towns you'd (well, I'd) want to be near.

Mundesley is probably as far south I'd want to go on the coast
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108741488#/

Then once you get into Overstrand and further northwards, you'll need an extra £50k to get a bungalow.

Cmming in land a little between Holt and Fakenham, gets you this
https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/80486535#/

I reckon the sweet spot up here is drawing a line at Brancaster, accross to Aylsham and then over to Mundesley. (very very roughly speaking)
And this is in a great spot in Aylsham https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108168017#/ (10 mins to the coast at Cromer, 15 mins to Norwich, 30 mins to Snetterton)
Aylsham really isn't great as a town, but it's well-located. Lots of development there in the past few years, and lots of soulless new builds.

blackmme

129 posts

50 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
blackmme said:
I live in the area you describe and absolutely love it, although I am not retirement age yet.

This hasn't got a garage but it's 5m to the beach one way and 5m to some absolutely beautiful National Trust woodland the other way.
Perhaps a little busy as a village in the summer but the Runton's are really quite nice.

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108528812#/
Thats a great spot, I grew up round there as my parents literraly live a mile up the road to toward Felbrigg.
Quite close to me then biggrin

MattS5

1,638 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th June
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C70R said:
Aylsham really isn't great as a town, but it's well-located. Lots of development there in the past few years, and lots of soulless new builds.
Depending what you want, I guess.
Great school - Tick
Great local food suppliers - Tick
A good local population mix and employment - Tick
Low crime rate - Tick
Reltativley affordable accomodation - Tick

Of course there is new housing, show me a town in north Norfolk where new builds haven't happened.
Cromer, Sheringham, Holt, have all had ongoing developments in the last 5-10 years.

Local people need access to this housing stock, if not you lose the buzz of what makes a town tick.

I've lived in all 3 places the last 50 years.
Cromer has a great seafront, a mediocre town centre and an pretty rubbish school.
Sheringham a great town centre and a mediocre seafront, an average school.
Aylsham, a great town centre, with a village feel, a great school and no beach!

It depends what life stage you're at doesn't it?

I've got kids at high school, and Aylsham ticks all the boxes for me.
f I didn't thave kids at school, then something between Cromer and Sheringham, in retirement, would be a nice place to be,

It's also not full of w@nky out of town types, unlike the costal villages from Salhouse thru to Burnham market, where housing is mega bucks, but empty, for half the year.


Edited by MattS5 on Thursday 17th June 11:49

MattS5

1,638 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th June
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blackmme said:
Quite close to me then biggrin
Indeed, I;ve a few frieinds in the village and often run along the coast from Cromer to Sheringham, then back via the lanes near Incleborough hills, over into Manor farm, and back into Cromer.

On both a sunny day and a moody winter one, its takes some beating

blackmme

129 posts

50 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
C70R said:
Aylsham really isn't great as a town, but it's well-located. Lots of development there in the past few years, and lots of soulless new builds.
Depending what you want, I guess.
Great school - Tick
Great local food suppliers - Tick
A good local population mix and employment - Tick
Low crime rate - Tick
Reltativley affordable accomadation - Tick

Of course there is new housing, show me a town in north Norfolk where new builds haven't happened.
Cromer, Sheringham, Holt, have all had ongoing developments in the last 5-10 years.

Local people need access to this housing stock, if not you lose the buzz of what makes a town tick.

I've lived in all 3 places the last 50 years.
Cromer has a great seafront, a mediocre town centre and an pretty rubbish school.
Sherigham a great town centre and a mediocre seafront, an average school.
Aylsham, a great town centre, with a village feel, a great school and no beach!

It depends what life stage your at doesnt it?

I've got kids at high school, and Aysham ticks all the boxes for me.
f I didn't thave kids at school, then something between Cromer and Sheringham, in retirement, would be a nice place to be,

It's also not full of w@nky out of town types, unlike the costal villages from Salhouse thru to Burnham market, where housing is mega bucks, but empty, for half the year.
Yep that's a very accurate assessment of things I think.
There are of course lots of very lovely villages within the Triangle between the towns you mentioned.

Red9zero

1,670 posts

24 months

Thursday 17th June
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bristolracer said:
Minehead is an hour off the M5, poor connections if you need to get anywhere.

Who ever mentioned Chew Valley as a suitable place to get a house for £325k needs a reality check.
You couldn't buy a shed around there for that.
In fact finding anything that has a BS postcode that isn't on a sink estate for £325k is quite challenging these days

If you are looking at Somerset you need to head further south, out of commutable radius of Bristol.
My Mother and step Father have just moved from Minehead to Porlock. There is a huge difference in lifestyles between the two, despite only being a few miles apart. It's still a pita journey from the M5 though. It's not far, but you always get stuck behind slower traffic and there are only a couple of overtaking spots. Regularly gets cut off by bad weather too. Taunton is the nearest proper hospital too.
For "cheaper" BS postcodes there is Weston Super Mare, which does have some nicer places and is probably about 100k cheaper than the equivalent house nearer Bristol.

C70R

8,391 posts

71 months

Thursday 17th June
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MattS5 said:
C70R said:
Aylsham really isn't great as a town, but it's well-located. Lots of development there in the past few years, and lots of soulless new builds.
Depending what you want, I guess.
Great school - Tick
Great local food suppliers - Tick
A good local population mix and employment - Tick
Low crime rate - Tick
Reltativley affordable accomodation - Tick

Of course there is new housing, show me a town in north Norfolk where new builds haven't happened.
Cromer, Sheringham, Holt, have all had ongoing developments in the last 5-10 years.

Local people need access to this housing stock, if not you lose the buzz of what makes a town tick.

I've lived in all 3 places the last 50 years.
Cromer has a great seafront, a mediocre town centre and an pretty rubbish school.
Sheringham a great town centre and a mediocre seafront, an average school.
Aylsham, a great town centre, with a village feel, a great school and no beach!

It depends what life stage you're at doesn't it?

I've got kids at high school, and Aylsham ticks all the boxes for me.
f I didn't thave kids at school, then something between Cromer and Sheringham, in retirement, would be a nice place to be,

It's also not full of w@nky out of town types, unlike the costal villages from Salhouse thru to Burnham market, where housing is mega bucks, but empty, for half the year.


Edited by MattS5 on Thursday 17th June 11:49
I guess perhaps I'm a bit spoiled by having lived in London for so long, but there's not much in the big towns in Norfolk which would persuade me to live in them rather than a smaller village.

moorx

2,384 posts

81 months

Thursday 17th June
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roscopervis said:
monkfish1 said:
Assuming you are not welsh, how are you finding living there? Increasingly, im considering it.
I wonder what the locals at these places really think of people with retiring money moving there? This migration is terrible for the affordability of houses for the local people and most neighbour disputes are from incomers who either do things that don’t respect where they are or are upset when farmers do farming that doesn’t agree with their idea of a countryside idyll.

If anyone can’t tell, I’m not a fan of this.
I know this is a thread about where to retire, but since I responded to monkfish1's question, I thought I should clarify.

We did not retire here; I am still working full time (as I said, for the local NHS) and my partner works on our property. We currently survive on my salary only. The property we bought is not your typical retirement property, or one which most locals would be interested in buying - it's an old farmhouse with two converted barns (holiday lets) and 10 acres of land. We bought it as a business venture.

As for being 'incomers' who don't respect the countryside - we are both from rural/semi rural areas, with knowledge of farming, and a love for the countryside, particularly Wales. Fortunately, the few neighbours we have don't regard us as 'incomers' and have been very welcoming.

I understand your point, but don't tar everyone with the same brush please.

DodgyGeezer

27,417 posts

157 months

Thursday 17th June
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red_slr said:
GT3Manthey said:
A house that sold for £365k in 2016 has just sold for £800k but the roundhouse still isn’t selling.
This is the same problem I am having. Prices have doubled in only 3-4 years in the area I am looking.
Maybe they were too cheap to start with, but thats a heck of a change over a short period of time.
This is one of our issues, the explosion of prices this last 18months (will there be a corresponding drop at some point?). I really like Frinton (except I'm not sure about the impact of salt air on a keeper car) but seeing as daughter has moved to crewe it's not really practical. frown

GT3Manthey

1,038 posts

16 months

Thursday 17th June
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DodgyGeezer said:
This is one of our issues, the explosion of prices this last 18months (will there be a corresponding drop at some point?). I really like Frinton (except I'm not sure about the impact of salt air on a keeper car) but seeing as daughter has moved to crewe it's not really practical. frown
Garage for the classic maybe?

Yes Frinton to Crewe is one hell of a journey.

I’m assuming you are local so know Frinton ?

MattS5

1,638 posts

158 months

Thursday 17th June
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C70R said:
I guess perhaps I'm a bit spoiled by having lived in London for so long, but there's not much in the big towns in Norfolk which would persuade me to live in them rather than a smaller village.
Yep, that makes sense, albeit I reckon you'd soon get annoyed at having to travel to one of the towns to get milk, bread, petrol etc.
Living in London, you'll have that stuff on your doorstep, with muliple choice. Living in a village in Norfolk, you might easily have to travel 5 miles to get simple provisions.

Our nearest petrol station in Aylsham was 4 miles away up until 3 years ago, and even that closed at 6pm!

Sticks.

6,906 posts

218 months

Thursday 17th June
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DodgyGeezer said:
This is one of our issues, the explosion of prices this last 18months (will there be a corresponding drop at some point?). I really like Frinton (except I'm not sure about the impact of salt air on a keeper car) but seeing as daughter has moved to crewe it's not really practical. frown
Frinton does look nice but that could be a sign of me getting old. Isn't all the East coast inclined to be colder in Winter though (yep, old).

Rye was mentioned some time back. Camber was overwhelmed at the weekend, with the traffic backed up where coloured in the map, as well as further E.

https://goo.gl/maps/sR2yBoC6ZyRtzxRV8




Edited by Sticks. on Monday 21st June 09:45

DodgyGeezer

27,417 posts

157 months

Thursday 17th June
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GT3Manthey said:
DodgyGeezer said:
This is one of our issues, the explosion of prices this last 18months (will there be a corresponding drop at some point?). I really like Frinton (except I'm not sure about the impact of salt air on a keeper car) but seeing as daughter has moved to crewe it's not really practical. frown
Garage for the classic maybe?

Yes Frinton to Crewe is one hell of a journey.

I’m assuming you are local so know Frinton ?
Localish (Bill-town). To me Frinton ticks all my boxes...
Quiet
Reasonable high street
Medical facilities
Dental services
Large(ish) town quite close
Mega-city a couple of hours away
It's not a 'seaside town'
Not insane pricing (especially for the SE)
Nice 'feel'
Still closeish to existing friends

But daughter will almost certainly never move back south (affordability issues as much as anything else) soooo it looks like we're going to be Midlands area (1hr from Crewe, preferred southeast of crewe) so as to have:
- relatively easy access to (potential) grandchildren
- better quality of life (ie not as rammed full of people)
- cheaper than our current house (albeit not by as much as we'd have hoped. Weirdly there are a LOT that are significantly cheaper, but not 'us'; a fair amount that are a similar price, but with too much land; however, not a lot in between)

GT3Manthey

1,038 posts

16 months

Thursday 17th June
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DodgyGeezer said:
Localish (Bill-town). To me Frinton ticks all my boxes...
Quiet
Reasonable high street
Medical facilities
Dental services
Large(ish) town quite close
Mega-city a couple of hours away
It's not a 'seaside town'
Not insane pricing (especially for the SE)
Nice 'feel'
Still closeish to existing friends

But daughter will almost certainly never move back south (affordability issues as much as anything else) soooo it looks like we're going to be Midlands area (1hr from Crewe, preferred southeast of crewe) so as to have:
- relatively easy access to (potential) grandchildren
- better quality of life (ie not as rammed full of people)
- cheaper than our current house (albeit not by as much as we'd have hoped. Weirdly there are a LOT that are significantly cheaper, but not 'us'; a fair amount that are a similar price, but with too much land; however, not a lot in between)
Kids not being able to afford to buy in the south might well impact us too so that might be something we also have to review at some stage.

Frinton doesn’t have the best local medical is the story but we don’t use it as we are just 2nd home owners currently albeit it a flat which we’ll need to sell.

Good point about not being a ‘seaside town’
They refer to it as being a ‘town by the sea’ so it does maintain some of its values and traditions.

Has changed a fair bit over the last few years with new restaurants which TBF it needed.

You’re probably aware of the big bust up with the gates a few years back too !

Good luck