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Lee....

I'm currently in the market for a flat - saw one I really liked on Saturday in Leyland Road in Lee (the Lee station end). I know a few of you Chalrtonlifers live around there, I really don't know the area too well and am in a real quandary over this flat.

Anyone got any useful thoughts or opinions?!
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  • I've never heard anything particularly bad about it round there and the people who get on and off my train (I live in New Eltham) there seem a decent enough bunch - unlike some of the people who get on/off at Mottingham!!!
  • you're in competition with us for a flat in lee mate!!!

    there are tons of us out there, being gazumped at every opportunity! got gazumped on a lovely flat recently and still not happy about it. more so as i have to walk past it every day and keep threatening to throw rotton tomatos at it

    i wouldn't hang around too long if you really like it, with regards to putting in an offer, as they're getting snapped up like hotcakes. the area is great, far enough out of lewisham to not be near much riff raff but near enough for the connections to everywhere. close to blackheath, lots of fast trains direct to central london, near the south circular for getting places (not necessarily quickly)

    i'm up the other end (burnt ash hill - past south circular - 10 mins from station) renting at the mo, but hoping to buy one of the conversion flats opposite or nearby that are coming up on the market all the time, and then vanishing under offer just as quickly!!!! soooo frustrating that flats exactly the same as we were looking at 3 months ago are now 10k more expensive
  • Far enough out of Lewisham!!!!!

    Blimey, suburbia rules :)
  • would you want to live slap bang in the middle of a town centre with people hanging around outside your house? i doubt it, as you live in hither green.

    nothing wrong with lewisham as looking at a house there tonight, but would rather be 5 mins bus ride away. went to see a flat off of loampit hill on friday night, the walk back to lewisham to get the bus back to lee was met with all kinds of drunks, beggers, weirdos, nutters, rude people, 12 year olds with buggies, and people playing their music loud on the their phone when you don't want to hear it.

    don't fancy it much. are you going to ask me to define weirdo's and nutters and define my meaning of rude?
  • I know it's not what you asked, but Brockley's nice, near Hilly Fields, if you're after an alternative to Lee. I liked it anyway.
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]would you want to live slap bang in the middle of a town centre with people hanging around outside your house? i doubt it, as you live in hither green.

    When I was buying my place seven years ago, for about five minutes I seriously thought about moving to a place on Deptford High Street.

    Except then I came to my senses. (I probably would have made a killing on it, though.)
  • [cite] LoOkOuT:[/cite]I know it's not what you asked, but Brockley's nice, near Hilly Fields, if you're after an alternative to Lee. I liked it anyway.

    yeah, thats where we were looking on friday, tresillion road, and also around ladywell, as nice areas.

    a prob with brockley/crofton park by hilly fields is the non-option of direct trains to charing x during rush hour.....which is a bit of a no no for me. i think pitl is a soho worker too so assume this is neccessary for him too?
  • Thanks chaps. I've not found anyone with a bad word to say about living in Lee which is encouraging. I'm going to take a second look tonight.

    I've owned a couple of flats before but the amount this one is going to cost scares the life out of me, think that's the thing making me jittery - it may be a Monday thing but I've half a mind to take the equity from my old one, quit my job and go on holiday for a year!

    Yeah, I work in Soho at the moment so direct to Charing X is important, fair chance I'll be sent to Hammersmith within the next few months though so reducing that commute would be handy too.

    Looked at one in New Cross at the weekend too, really nice place and nice road but just couldn't get over the traffic I'd sat in to get there or the tens of gangs of hoodies hanging around New Cross Gate about 200 yards away. Shame - would have been reet handy for getting home from The Venue!
  • cost to do it up? or pay for it? I'm interested in it now?!!? whisper me a link to it onlien if there is one? promise i won't pinch it from under your nose?!

    i'm going to look at one just off lewisham high street tonight limes grove.

    first time buyers here so the whole cost thing is v shocking to us, and so disheartening when you build your hopes up and get knocks all the time. i'm so tempted to give it all up and sign myself up to be a permanant pocket liner of some rich fat geezer that owns half my road and is minted.
  • You guys should count yourself lucky you can even look for anything round those areas. I had to buy in belvedere, 135k for a 2 bed flat (very nice indeed) And we had to get a (lying) covering letter from some to say my mrs earns 25k just to lend 128k, and we have a 10k deposit! Its a tough world doods, like i say your lucky you didnt have to move out towards kent. I am londonboy through and through, but i will have to get over it.
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  • that's quite a good spot really.decent restaurants around you.got good links and the village is within staggering distance.behind the sainsburys there is a very nice little park amongst the conservation area.a friend of mine just sold his flat in the old police station there and really enjoyed the area.
  • you've done the right thing Ollie, no true charlton fan lives in inner london !

    i genuinely feel sorry for everyone not on the ladder at the moment, i have mates in 30s that have decent jobs yet can't afford to buy. Its wrong.

    Though i also think its wrong to compare to 'years ago' because years ago people equally didn't spend half as much of their income on lifestyle choices like people do nowadays.
  • [cite] 04_MCS:[/cite]You guys should count yourself lucky you can even look for anything round those areas. I had to buy in belvedere, 135k for a 2 bed flat (very nice indeed) And we had to get a (lying) covering letter from some to say my mrs earns 25k just to lend 128k, and we have a 10k deposit! Its a tough world doods, like i say your lucky you didnt have to move out towards kent. I am londonboy through and through, but i will have to get over it.

    You're right '04 - I'm not complaining - just apprehensive!! If it's any consolation I bought my first place way out in Greenhithe as that's all I could afford at the time (and I was commuting to Hamemrsmith every day, 1hr45mins each way and working a 12 hour day to boot).

    I'm from Belvedere - my dad still lives by Nuxley Village and though the transport links (or lack of) are a right pain there's far worse places to live!
  • Too right AFKA. I wanted to say something similar but thought it might look like I was gloating that I got on the ladder some years ago...
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite] i'm so tempted to give it all up and sign myself up to be a permanant pocket liner of some rich fat geezer that owns half my road and is minted.

    Smiley wavey thing......
  • Have been on & have subsequently been 'Knocked Off' the property ladder with little chance of ever getting back on, all very sad loved my House in Rainham, gutted when I had to sell it. Have no idea if I'll ever own a house again & at 36 am no spring chicken..!
  • I sympathise.

    I had to move way out into Kent to afford a house. Mind you having moved out I wouldn't come back to SE London. It's a better quality of life for families in Kent in my opinion.
  • Pass_it, Yeah hammersmith is a bugger to get to, my old firm had another print firm in hammersmith, i did a couple of days there, and was a son of a bitch to get to! So you from belvedere eh, my mrs is from brook street, and her ol man live in nuxley village too, so we no it quite well, our flat is a 10 min walk.

    We are lucky not to have to commute to work via trains (drive init) so that's no probs for me. I do feel for peeps going on trains, although jeolous of the 'apre work' up town if ya get my meaning! (ya no drinking in the nice uptown pubs)

    Bartram, i dont believe you re all true charlton fans live in outer london.


    Ketman, you'll be fine man, once you meet mrs right, you be flyin.

    Fblocker, if you got on years ago, good on ya, and i no you are reaping the rewards now! SO gloat away, i would be!
  • agree that when i have a family i'd like to move further out, but for now, i cant deal with long hours and a long commute, until i start my own business and work from home i can't see myself moving out further than zone say 5....ish.
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    [cite] suzisausage:[/cite] i'm so tempted to give it all up and sign myself up to be a permanant pocket liner of some rich fat geezer that owns half my road and is minted.

    Smiley wavey thing......

    you aint that fat ;-) saw you the other day actually, new hair cut? what are you smartening yourself up for?
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  • Housing and property are a real difficult one- It's my business advising my clients on Mortgages and the whole process but it's impossible to know the answer and often only time tells- by which time it can be too late.

    Whereas I agree with AFKA on the Lifestyle bit though- surely this means that the capability, not only to save the deposit but also to pay the cost of the mortgage is there- it's just that people have other priorities- like their social life? Surely it's a balance.

    I'm not saying it's easy, and i'm very glad that i got on it quite a few years ago now.
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]would you want to live slap bang in the middle of a town centre with people hanging around outside your house? i doubt it, as you live in hither green.

    nothing wrong with lewisham as looking at a house there tonight, but would rather be 5 mins bus ride away. went to see a flat off of loampit hill on friday night, the walk back to lewisham to get the bus back to lee was met with all kinds of drunks, beggers, weirdos, nutters, rude people, 12 year olds with buggies, and people playing their music loud on the their phone when you don't want to hear it.

    don't fancy it much. are you going to ask me to define weirdo's and nutters and define my meaning of rude?

    lol, I love Lewisham, even the nutters. I could be one myself ...

    Love the music on phones, thats propper bo ... people actually say hello to each other in da Sham ....
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]
    [cite] Addickted:[/cite]
    [cite] suzisausage:[/cite] i'm so tempted to give it all up and sign myself up to be a permanant pocket liner of some rich fat geezer that owns half my road and is minted.

    Smiley wavey thing......

    you aint that fat ;-) saw you the other day actually, new hair cut? what are you smartening yourself up for?

    Ahh - how kind. Unfortunately, I'm not that rich either!

    I have a haircut twice a year. When it gets too long I get it chopped back to a length that allows me not to get it cut again for another 6 months. No class I know, but cheap.
  • but surely because of the nature of the way things are at the moment it makes it more difficult, ie, house prices weren't rising at the same rate of pay rises/bonuses a few years ago were they?

    house prices have gone up 10k in 6 months where i live, and i haven't had a pay rise for 2 years, and i'm sure a lot of people find themselves out of a job rather than getting payrises and bonuses?

    i do think the cost of living is more expensive these days, prices of socialising, everything has gone up.

    can't complain because i've never been in a position to buy before now, so its not like i could have done it earlier, ijust object to the fact since i've been looking for 6 months the type of houses i'm looking at have changed as by the week i'm getting priced out
  • [cite] Riscardo:[/cite]
    [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]would you want to live slap bang in the middle of a town centre with people hanging around outside your house? i doubt it, as you live in hither green.

    nothing wrong with lewisham as looking at a house there tonight, but would rather be 5 mins bus ride away. went to see a flat off of loampit hill on friday night, the walk back to lewisham to get the bus back to lee was met with all kinds of drunks, beggers, weirdos, nutters, rude people, 12 year olds with buggies, and people playing their music loud on the their phone when you don't want to hear it.

    don't fancy it much. are you going to ask me to define weirdo's and nutters and define my meaning of rude?

    lol, I love Lewisham, even the nutters. I could be one myself ...

    Love the music on phones, thats propper bo ... people actually say hello to each other in da Sham ....

    is that cos they're all related?? or from the same drug dealing gangs :-)
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]but surely because of the nature of the way things are at the moment it makes it more difficult, ie, house prices weren't rising at the same rate of pay rises/bonuses a few years ago were they?

    house prices have gone up 10k in 6 months where i live, and i haven't had a pay rise for 2 years, and i'm sure a lot of people find themselves out of a job rather than getting payrises and bonuses?

    i do think the cost of living is more expensive these days, prices of socialising, everything has gone up.

    can't complain because i've never been in a position to buy before now, so its not like i could have done it earlier, ijust object to the fact since i've been looking for 6 months the type of houses i'm looking at have changed as by the week i'm getting priced out

    This is what it was like in the late 80's- It's very tough to see the quality of the accomadation drop and the price stay the same.

    I would say though that the vast majority of my first time byer clients normally find it both a tough time whilst they are going through it, but also a very rewarding time after the dust has settled on the whole transaction.
  • No because they are hospitable and actually talk.

    Must be a black thang .....
  • [cite] Riscardo:[/cite]No because they are hospitable and actually talk.

    Must be a black thang .....

    right, i see, thats why we weren't invited into the gang of hospitable people obviously.

    dunno what its got to do with colour tho...
  • [cite] stanmoreaddick:[/cite]
    [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]but surely because of the nature of the way things are at the moment it makes it more difficult, ie, house prices weren't rising at the same rate of pay rises/bonuses a few years ago were they?

    house prices have gone up 10k in 6 months where i live, and i haven't had a pay rise for 2 years, and i'm sure a lot of people find themselves out of a job rather than getting payrises and bonuses?

    i do think the cost of living is more expensive these days, prices of socialising, everything has gone up.

    can't complain because i've never been in a position to buy before now, so its not like i could have done it earlier, ijust object to the fact since i've been looking for 6 months the type of houses i'm looking at have changed as by the week i'm getting priced out

    This is what it was like in the late 80's- It's very tough to see the quality of the accomadation drop and the price stay the same.

    I would say though that the vast majority of my first time byer clients normally find it both a tough time whilst they are going through it, but also a very rewarding time after the dust has settled on the whole transaction.

    i can't wait for it all to be over, as long as i can afford to eat spag on toast for 2 years, and get a charlton season ticket i don't care how much i pay! :-)
  • [cite] suzisausage:[/cite]
    [cite] Riscardo:[/cite]No because they are hospitable and actually talk.

    Must be a black thang .....

    right, i see, thats why we weren't invited into the gang of hospitable people obviously.

    dunno what its got to do with colour tho...

    It's true, people do actually talk to each other in Lewisham. Neighbours, shop keepers, winos ... they all do it.

    I love it, more so than curtain twitching in Suburbia.

    Nothing to do with colour, it's a phrase used by the kids on the street ...
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