I'm currently living in Cornwall, but I've lived pretty much everywhere in the UK. Started in Croydon in the 1960's and went from there really.
I have two children now at uni in SE London and Kingston so there's not much to keep me here anymore. The town where I live has about the same socio economic levels as Dover. I've seen a property on the net in Maison Dieu Road which I realise is probably a busy road, but as I'm currently living 10' away from the main road into my town, with lorries rumbling past, that is not an issue either. Is it a fairly decent area as I do have good neighbours atm and I don't think I could go back to having a 5 year old pissing over the first floor balcony just above me, as I had when living in West Hampstead?
I don't have a problem with finding work as I am a qualified community care assistant.
If you are seeking a slower life, the villages surrounding Dover are best
If your seeking bars restaurants and shopping its Canterbury
Dover town has got a big don't know hanging over it regarding the future,
Its going to have big changes regarding redevelopment and people
Dover is a great place to live Cheryl, value for money houses, lovely beach, good pubs and restaurants, famous castle, beautiful countryside. Look forward to hearing more from you.
and not forgetting the western hieghts and samphire hoe and the parks in and around dover.
Well as I said to you already I would go for somewhere away from the town centre.
Hi Cheryl I'm in the process of moving to Dover myself from Hertfordshire as I recently had an offer accepted on a house there.
My main reasons for picking Dover - good train links (I work in London), lots of older period property that I prefer at a good price, some nice parks and of course being by the sea!
have to add the sea front which sees all sorts of vessels to please the eye, suiper ferries, cruise liners, cargo ships, the odd naval vessel and small leisure craft.
worth a look at the sea thread to get an idea of the variety we get here.
Welcome Dave I'm sure you'll enjoy living here
Good positive posts about Dover. I still love it after 20 years.
As other Forumites have said, Dover makes a great lifestyle choice. Offers a great combination of coast and countryside, great transport links - Central London in an hour or take a ferry for lunch in France! Property prices represent good value and with new developments planned, now is probably a good time to buy. p.s. The latter does not constitute financial advice!
Hi Dave - welcome to the Forum.
I moved from Hertfordshire - Barnet and used to work in London for Natwest (before RBS took them over).
Keith, I'm definitely not ready for a slower life! One of the reasons for leaving Cornwall is that it drives me insane with the pace, or lack of it! Looking forward to be much nearer London Town. Down here there are loads of people who have never left Cornwall, let alone the South West. Who talk about "up country" when they mean anywhere east of Devon!
Cornwall isn't quite the pointy ears and webbed feet population yet, but it's getting there.
Does anyone know if Maison Dieu road is a good place to live? Decent neighbours, no rubbish, druggies on the corner, 24 hour shops, dog ****!!!
I've also found some places in Aycliffe, but they're all close to the DIRC and I wondered how much the former prison is affecting prices, life in Aycliffe etc.
the average price is £125.000.so not to bad.
Maison Dieu Rd is very convenient for shops restaurants etc. The road is busy at peak times, but not too busy otherwise. It is quite a long road with a very mixed range of residential property, some commercial and Health Centre, Job Centre etc. I am not very familiar with Aycliffe, but I understand there is a very good community there. Dover is a working class town and does have some undesirable types hanging around, but Dovorians generally are a very friendly, down to earth bunch and I am sure you will enjoy living here.
the citadel(dirc) has no noticeable effect on dover.
the maison dieu road is a race track but doesn't have other problems as far as i know.
the thing that struck me most when i moved here 12 years go was the slow pace of things here, took me a while to adjust but the people in general are the friendliest you are likely to find anywhere.
Well having spent over 70years in Dover apart from times when in the army and working away in that time I have been to Cornwall a lot in fact only there last year.
It would be the other way round I would move to Cornwall and come back at times to see the family.
THATS not saying that I do not like where I live because we are very lucky to live in a very nice part of the district and Dover does have many of them.
But we both but manly me love the way out places of Cornwall, or Scotland. Thank you.
I know what members will be coming back on my last post(Ha Ha Ha)
But sorry folks but that can only happen if we win the lotto tonight.
Aycliffe is a long walk into the town, with hills,, and Brian,,
I suggest you rent ,explore then chose what you think is for you.
Dover can be boring compared to other towns