In order to save my fingers from typing too much, I will call Pound Hill Blog as PHB from now on 🙂
When we (Mrs PHB , Miss Elder PHB, 7 years old and Miss Little PHB, 3 years and myself Mr PHB) were thinking of moving out of Worcester Park, a suburban town in southwest London, we didn’t know where to go. We are living in Surrey for last 18 years. I spent most of my bachelor days in Kingston and when we were expecting our first daughter, we moved to Worcester Park. The current house in Worcester Park is a small size 3 bedroom mid-terraced house. Anything bigger, detatched or semi, would cost us in the region of half a million. That would mean a fatter mortgage and more sacrifices.
Living in Worcester Park had its perks; 22 minutes train to London Waterloo, Richmond Park and Thames around the corner. Hampton Court Palace and it majestic formal gardens to go to on a lazy Sunday afternoon, shopping in Kingston was always fun, etc etc. The cons of living here were traffic, more traffic and more traffic. A mile of drive out from Worcester Park in the morning can take you anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Most of the time it was an hour. It used to take me 40 minutes to do first 1 mile and another 40 minutes for 41 miles to Baskingstoke from Worcester Park. So you get the picture 🙂
Our expectations for a new location were very basic: more space for kids and us, cleaner, greener, less congested, still commutable from London, closer to an airport as I sometimes work in EU for 3-4 months, good schools, closer to beach/woods, a socially active community, etc. Not too much to ask for now is it?
We shortlisted a wide range of areas to move to from Solihull to Sutton Coldfield to Swindon to Redhill to Reigate. Then one fine day I discussed about it to a colleage of mine at work and he suggested we should look towards Crawley. So it all began, shortlisting, web searches for the location, etc. One thing that I really needed was a local blog that tells me about issues, best bits, local events, history, social interaction among residents. I decided that if I move here, I will definitely create one to start with 🙂
We have finalised our house in Pound Hill. The move will happen end of July *fingers crossed*
We are really really looking forward to a new start and to be in our new house.