Reality vs Fantasy
We have preconceived notions about life and living, because we see what goes before us and follow social structures. Disappointment happens when you follow this course and move because ‘it seems right’ when all you are doing is conforming to some social norm by ‘moving to the country when you have kids’ or ‘buying a bigger home because you have more money’ even ‘downsizing because 5 bedrooms is too much for just a couple.’
Well you know what… happiness is not following social norms. Smiling when you wake up in a home you love is about it “feeling right.”
Guess what doesn’t feel right:
A beautiful home that you see less of because you commute for an extra 2 hours a day
A bigger property that feels empty because everyone is hidden away in different rooms, rather than being in sight of one another.
Smaller homes in more ‘central and vibrant’ areas when all your friends live in the old neighbourhood.
Don’t sacrifice on quality of life in the area/ property you have now. Thinking “I’ll get used to travelling an extra 30minutes to work” actually translates to “I’m wasting an extra 10days a year commuting.” Believing an extra games room, cinema room and a home office will make for a dream home isn’t true if you don’t heat the rooms in winter because it’s too expensive.
What usually counts when making a house a home?
Sociability: being close to those you like or in a neighbourhood you feel some connection to (whether it’s nice shopkeepers, a lovely park to walk your dog and see other dog walkers or being close to friends and family).
Practicality: being a comfortable commute to work, the shops, entertainment (bars, restaurants, cinemas) and leisure (parks, gyms, sports facilties).
Your Key Ingredients: if you need green space, you must be close to it, if you love being social, you have to be near a buzzing high street… don’t dismiss your key needs, they are crucial!
Ready, Set, Area..
Ok. Ready to move and want some help choosing an area? Perhaps you know where you want to live already. Either way check out our Area Guides to find out more about your chosen area, or discover neighbouring areas or research from the beginning which London Neighbourhood would be best suited to you.