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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Liquid_Entity, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Liquid_Entity


    Joined: Apr 11, 2006

    Posts: 5,785

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    My wife had a dream last night that we'd have a better life if we upped sticks and moved to Portsmouth.

    We currently live in East Grinstead, 40 mins train to my work @ £196 a month season ticket. 2 bed flat with 156k left on mortgage, 4yr old and another on the way. We can't afford to buy a house around here or anywhere else in the nearby areas. My wife doesn't drive either so limits places to move to.

    Portsmouth is 2hrs on train max and doubles my train costs. We can probably get a decent size 3 bed property without too much changing in mortgage costs. Obviously there is cost of moving etc.

    Anyway I have no idea where are good areas in Portsmouth but need to move close to the stations to get to East Croydon for my work. Also would like decent junior and senior schools for future proofing education.

    So please GD do your worst but also if anyone has any decent suggestions of areas too. Cheers
  2. ci_newman


    Joined: Feb 24, 2004

    Posts: 8,996

    Location: Hook, Hants

    There are no decent places in Portsmouth, especially near the station. It's a dump.
  3. rotters


    Joined: Nov 14, 2004

    Posts: 5,293

    Location: Hayle, Cornwall

    Why Portsmouth over Southampton?

    Both are similar sized cities, and Southampton would be a quicker commute.
  4. Liquid_Entity


    Joined: Apr 11, 2006

    Posts: 5,785

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    I looked at trains in Southampton and was longer.
  5. Bickaxe


    Joined: Nov 8, 2013

    Posts: 7,996

    Location: Fareham

    Direct train goes through Fareham. We moved here a few years ago and it's not bad. Southampton and Portsmouth are both within 20 minutes, its cheaper than both too.
  6. nst68

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 7, 2003

    Posts: 1,297

    Location: Chelmsford

    Don’t, just don’t.

    There aren’t any decent areas and the main bit of Portsmouth (Portsea Island) is crowded, busy and just not a nice place to live and bring up a family.

    Chichester is a lot nicer with better schools and people.
  7. Ahleckz


    Joined: Nov 7, 2009

    Posts: 17,439

    Location: Glasgow

    You want to commute 2 hours each way? Are you mad?

    Why not change job and get away from mad London prices?
  8. JOSH


    Joined: Oct 23, 2013

    Posts: 9,766

    Location: Surrey

    So your going to increase your travel time and expenditure over your wife's dream, yep seems like a great idea that.

    Better life = less money, more commuting time and living in Portsmouth, jesus set the bar a little higher.
  9. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 65,170

    If dreams are anything to go by - I once had a dream I was standing on the main shopping street of the town I lived in at the time and watched a mushroom cloud appear on the horizon from a nuclear bomb - looking at it on google maps the place that is in the right direction and approximate distance would be Portsmouth.

    (Although Blandford Camp is also on that line LOL).
  10. Ayahuasca


    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 19,146

    Location: County Durham

    Talk about dreaming big, ludicrous idea that you’ll be paying for with both time and money.
  11. el_dazza


    Joined: Sep 20, 2005

    Posts: 15,385

    Location: West End, Southampton

    Pompey really is a dump. Don't do it :p
  12. oap


    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 868

    Location: Portsmouth

    Portsmouth is very overcrowded and saturated with cars and nowhere to park, please note that the Southampton people calling it a dump seem to be blind to their own city :p
  13. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 84,855

    Location: South Coast

    Portsmouth AKA student central :p

    I work in Portsmouth but live across the water where it's much quieter. You could instead do the same I guess? The Gosport Ferry takes 4 minutes or so to cross over and then you're at the transport hub of the city immediacy after to get around anywhere.
  14. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 26,165

    Location: Bees.

    This is the best line I'm going to read all day.
  15. pattojones


    Joined: Dec 24, 2006

    Posts: 853

    Location: Bromsgrove, Worcs.

    I lived in Gosport from 2001 - 2005. There are worse places to live.
  16. Phemo


    Joined: May 6, 2004

    Posts: 5,376

    Location: Portsmouth

    Yeah Portsmouth isn't the best. I'm in an alright area though, I live near Portsdown Hill, so I'm pretty much as far out of Portsmouth as it's possible to be with it still being classed as Portsmouth. I'm also only about 3 miles from Havant station which is good for the fast trains to London. I sure as hell wouldn't choose anywhere south of the M27/A27 though :)
  17. enkoda

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 3, 2010

    Posts: 1,511

    Location: Hants, UK

    The town station is in the heart of student/chav territory, the harbour station has Old Portsmouth/Gunwharf on one side (so property prices are stupidly high) and Portsea on the other (nobody moves there out of choice).

    The other option is near Fratton station but that depends on budget and your definition of a decent sized house.

    You can pick nicer areas if you're prepared to bus into the town centre, but take into account travelling anywhere in the city during rush hour can test the patience of a Zen Buddhist.
  18. .Lethal


    Joined: Jun 8, 2005

    Posts: 6,158

    Location: United Kingdom

    OP must be trolling
  19. Liquid_Entity


    Joined: Apr 11, 2006

    Posts: 5,785

    Location: East Grinstead, W Sussex

    Haha trolling. Not quite, I did say it was her dream. It's my duty to tell her no. From the off I've thought it a bad nightmare. It's not my idea of a great move.
  20. Haze


    Joined: Jan 10, 2007

    Posts: 3,002

    She had a dream.... She really knows how to pull the wool over your eyes