Random Questions: Living in london (finding somewhere)


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Serbia
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4932 posts since 22/3/06

29 Nov 2012 21:07
are there any other decent weekly event listings, like le cool for london? thanks
Serbia
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4932 posts since 22/3/06

29 Nov 2012 22:24
urban junkies
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sj99
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2151 posts since 26/11/10

29 Nov 2012 22:26
dammit wrote: Vague question:

Me and a mate are looking for a place, ideally walking distance to Hackney marshes (we'll both have studios there). We're not actually in London now (I'm in Wales) so looking is a bit of a pain. What areas round there are decent for around £500pm (each), if any? Ideally looking for a two bed place.

From looking about it looks like £500 isn't enough, but I don't know enough about East to know where to narrow the search down.

Cheers!
norf london, piccadilly line zone 2
joeyjojo
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4503 posts since 24/8/06

29 Nov 2012 22:38
Or just somewhere in Hackney surely
MerciBeau
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4356 posts since 7/7/06

29 Nov 2012 22:42
sj99 wrote:
dammit wrote: Vague question:

Me and a mate are looking for a place, ideally walking distance to Hackney marshes (we'll both have studios there). We're not actually in London now (I'm in Wales) so looking is a bit of a pain. What areas round there are decent for around £500pm (each), if any? Ideally looking for a two bed place.

From looking about it looks like £500 isn't enough, but I don't know enough about East to know where to narrow the search down.

Cheers!
norf london, piccadilly line zone 2

Firstly, just try and find places nearby to each other, you'll get a place quicker and cheaper, you can cross pollinate house social groups, and you can tap each others flat-mates with fewer repercussions - remember that 2 bedrooms is the worst combo financially as well. If not - look for somewhere with 2 rooms going.

Honestly, it's a game of patience and luck, for £550-600 a month you could end up in an amazing converted building with some kind of historic or architectural significance, with awesome people who you love, and only 5 minutes walk from your office. Conversely you could end up in some shit-hole above a fried chicken shop in the arse end of Bethnal Green.

Treat viewings like a date or a job interview, but do shit loads of them, make sure you charm the people who live there and only take a place if you love it, the problem is time not money - if you can crash at someones place or something for a couple of months while you look then you're chuck, if not try and work something out that means you can get into London without committing to a flat until you find the right one.

As for areas go to google maps and draw an oblong between Shoreditch High Street, Dalston Junction, Hackney Central and Bethnal Green - then find inside there.
joeyjojo
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4503 posts since 24/8/06

30 Nov 2012 09:46
whats Holloway Road like?
Trystero
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1633 posts since 1/8/07

30 Nov 2012 10:21
long and normally quite congested
dammit
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165 posts since 21/3/12

30 Nov 2012 10:33
MerciBeau wrote:
sj99 wrote:
dammit wrote: Vague question:

Me and a mate are looking for a place, ideally walking distance to Hackney marshes (we'll both have studios there). We're not actually in London now (I'm in Wales) so looking is a bit of a pain. What areas round there are decent for around £500pm (each), if any? Ideally looking for a two bed place.

From looking about it looks like £500 isn't enough, but I don't know enough about East to know where to narrow the search down.

Cheers!
norf london, piccadilly line zone 2

Firstly, just try and find places nearby to each other, you'll get a place quicker and cheaper, you can cross pollinate house social groups, and you can tap each others flat-mates with fewer repercussions - remember that 2 bedrooms is the worst combo financially as well. If not - look for somewhere with 2 rooms going.

Honestly, it's a game of patience and luck, for £550-600 a month you could end up in an amazing converted building with some kind of historic or architectural significance, with awesome people who you love, and only 5 minutes walk from your office. Conversely you could end up in some shit-hole above a fried chicken shop in the arse end of Bethnal Green.

Treat viewings like a date or a job interview, but do shit loads of them, make sure you charm the people who live there and only take a place if you love it, the problem is time not money - if you can crash at someones place or something for a couple of months while you look then you're chuck, if not try and work something out that means you can get into London without committing to a flat until you find the right one.

As for areas go to google maps and draw an oblong between Shoreditch High Street, Dalston Junction, Hackney Central and Bethnal Green - then find inside there.


Cool Thanks guys. Plan is to stay at a mates for about a month and look at as many as I can in that time. On my own now as mate has flaked out, which was always the other danger I guess, and like you say much easier to find a spare room. Couldn't be bothered with the hassle of setting up a flat either.
collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

30 Nov 2012 10:37
moving to wood green tomorrow. nice place cheap rent, mates parents own it.

will i regret it?
NigelBenn
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4315 posts since 6/2/08

30 Nov 2012 10:51
joeyjojo wrote: whats Holloway Road like?
Mate lived there last year - fuck all there and not the nicest looking place. Avoid.

Will be moving back into town this summer - what are my chances like of getting a place in the Barbican? Really want to be walking distance to work.
pops
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4229 posts since 2/9/09

30 Nov 2012 13:48
I looked at Barbican when I bought my first place in town a few years ago.With hindsight, wish i had bought there as it's great place to live.IIRC there's a specialist agent/site for places in The Barbican. Tho can't remember what it is ! You might also want to consider The Golden Lane Estate round the corner too …
Spits
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50 posts since 26/11/11

30 Nov 2012 14:19
joeyjojo wrote: whats Holloway Road like?

Its fine been livng around there for 5 years, well connected to any where in north/east london worth going. can get a bus/tube in to town and be there in 30. Its not gonna win an outstanding natural beauty award but you aint gonna pay the same premium if you were living in tufnell park, angel, crouch end or camden etc.
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602 posts since 11/6/10

19 Dec 2012 15:03
Where should I be looking at if I'm looking to spend £600-700 a month on rent, and looking for my journey to work (just off Oxford St) to be less than 30 mins?
KIDDADREAD
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423 posts since 30/7/07

19 Dec 2012 15:56
I live in the Barbican now. I rent (which is very painful) but I love it. Its my second gaff in there and the first one sold for 530k….its a one bedroom 600 square foot flat so be warned, Barbican aint cheap!
NigelBenn
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4315 posts since 6/2/08

19 Dec 2012 19:52
Cool
How much you pay?
pops
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4229 posts since 2/9/09

19 Dec 2012 19:59
shoebox Jawdropping!

http://www.themodernhouse.net/lettings-list/barbican-london-ec2-7/description-829/

rural
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17757 posts since 26/9/06

19 Dec 2012 20:02
My Uncle sold his house in West Sussex through the Modern House, pretty decent presentation imo. csb

But yeah the Barbican is ridiculous price wise.
Crackajack
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7852 posts since 21/4/05

19 Dec 2012 20:10
Laughing out loud
pops
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4229 posts since 2/9/09

19 Dec 2012 20:10
was going to sell my old house through them. Went with local agent who charged half the fee they charge
rural
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17757 posts since 26/9/06

19 Dec 2012 20:13
Yeah they're not cheap but this was quite a specialist property (a Marcel Breuer house) which they had someone already lined up ready to buy if it ever went on the market.