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gonnabuildabuggy

Bit of a bargain? One for Kraft or FB

A cheap way to get into CX motoring. A bargain if the work done is good and nothing else needed than the claimed bodywork.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251533655802
Frank Bullitt

I like that but the damage to the rear wing would worry me a bit - it's otherwise too-clean and lacking the skills myself I'd spend too much getting that sorted to justify it.

One thing that's for sure is we need to move to a home with more land in the future if my selection of cars is going to increase!  I don't need a bigger pad but more outside space is essential, with road access.
Big Blue

Frank Bullitt wrote:


One thing that's for sure is we need to move to a home with more land in the future if my selection of cars is going to increase! †I don't need a bigger pad but more outside space is essential, with road access.


Yes this is one aspect of suburban life that concerns me.
Racing Teatray

It's one of the things that sold my current house to me. Off-street parking for three cars AND eligibility for resident's parking permits in what is still pretty much central London. Tooth of hen stuff.
gonnabuildabuggy

That's what council garages were built for!

If we move it will be my main criteria too.
Frank Bullitt

This is currently occupying an unhealthily large amount of my mind;

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/proper...perty-42505288.html?premiumA=true

The layout won't appeal to many but would work perfectly for us, there's room for 4-5 cars with ease (or 3-4 cars and a tuppaware shed, which I still feel is a scratch that needs itching   ) and just about hits everything we want from a home.

Oh, and it helps that the Upper-school catchment is for the place where people take their kids out of private school at 14 to go to...

When did I turn all Pinot Grigio?
Racing Teatray

I'd be nervous about being that close to the road though. How busy/fast is that road?
JohnC

Frank Bullitt wrote:


When did I turn all Pinot Grigio?


What were you before? I've gone from Pinot Grigio to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc recently!

I quite like that house and it's setting. My wife would totally redecorate but it is nicely quirky (as long as the road alongside it is quiet)
Michael

Not keen on the proximity to the road either but I like the house.
Frank Bullitt

It's NSL but in reality about 45 is the best you can do at that point - however, it's a cut through to Bedford Autodrome which is about 3 miles away so I imagine swollen-bollocks in Elise's would be trying for Mach 1 from time to time. Otherwise it's not really that busy, there are a few other options around there but that one appeals to me.
TreVoR

That's a nice house but the road would be a problem.

I don't mind quirky. I wouldn't have bought this one if I did!  After living in a suburban 30s semi, having some space and a decent garage and off road parking is lovely.
Michael

I think for me the problem with the road passing that close is the effect if trucks on the foundations. I like having space but the garage block is someway off.
PG

TreVoR wrote:
That's a nice house but the road would be a problem.


There's being near or by a road and being, basically on the edge of one. I don't think I could live that near.
tali

Love the colour of that CX -i  only like these facelift ones- older ones never   did it for me.
gonnabuildabuggy

Frank Bullitt wrote:
It's NSL but in reality about 45 is the best you can do at that point - however, it's a cut through to Bedford Autodrome which is about 3 miles away so I imagine swollen-bollocks in Elise's would be trying for Mach 1 from time to time. Otherwise it's not really that busy, there are a few other options around there but that one appeals to me.


From what I remember it's a fairly quiet road, certainly very few trucks (far too narrow and plenty of better routes). Most traffic would be going to the Autodrome or Thurleigh Kids Farm I suspect. There is a light industrial estate at the old Airbase though. You're on the "right" side of Thurleigh there though and most stuff would be coming from the A6, not the Kimbolton Road.

House looks really great and I'm assuming you're referring to Sharnbrook catchment which would be a big plus.

The biggest downside I could see is lack of neighbours. OK but you'll be forever ferrying FB junior round once he gets older. I grew up in a tiny village and hated it (due to lack of kids of similar age) until I was about 14/15 and able to cycle the 5 miles to town to see my mates.
gonnabuildabuggy

BB speed showing as 0.82MB as well. Not good.

Don't you just love Rightmove.
Tim

Proximity to the road may not be too worrying when you're in the house but whenever you sat out in the garden you'd hear traffic passing close by which would be a deal breaker for me.
Michael

The agent for that house will be wondering what's going on when he sees how many hits it has had this last few days! Looking at it again, the road does seem quiet but am I right in thinking it has no land behind the house so it is all against that road? I'd want to be very sure that paddock could never be built on.
Big Blue

I'd say that it was 75m≤ of living space would be my main issue, but then I remembered that Chris is a sensible fellow with one child and not umpteen like me.

How far do you have to go when you want baked beans on toast and have run out of baked beans?
Michael

Big Blue wrote:

How far do you have to go when you want baked beans on toast and have run out of baked beans?


This is a big deal. For us (well me as Louisa has never once riven this car) it's pretty much a 10 mile round trip and short journeys like that murder fuel economy for a diesel.
Frank Bullitt

The broadband speed doesn't bother me as I don't stream music or videos, we only use the web for surfing.

It's actually a 40mph road on checking - the field behind is owned by next door but yes, I'd do my investigation if we decided to proceed - the layout of the plot is spot-on for us and whilst the proximity to the road isn't a positive it also means I can afford the property I like in a location that's spot on and it's only a minor inconvenience - our first home had the East Coast Main Line at the end of the garden and that never gave us an ounce of concern and whilst the odd HGV rumbling through might make me look up from the iPad, it wouldn't upset me; the road is relatively quiet as GBB noted.

Mrs FB and I work 5 days a week so proximity to shops isn't an issue at all, it would be a car drive, there is a farm shop nearby for absolute essentials. Ferrying him when he gets older would be a slight pain but to a degree that will happen anyway where we live; we have great access to the town but football/ rugby/ gym and anything that looks like a nightclub is all a trek away (football and rugby on te bike when he is a teen). I grew up in a village bigger than this but in terms of facilities was barely any more catered for and it's just part of life, Dad's Taxi.

As BB comments, size wise it won't suit everyone but for us it's ideal - if it was a bit bigger/ had more land/ further away from the road you could add £100-200k, there's such a house up the road that is £500k - well out of my range!
Michael

The street view is interesting, clearly been developed!
I live on a much busier road than that but set back from it and we probably have more noise to deal with than that house. You need to budget for a garage but if the location is right for you it's got to be worth a look.
Martin

Never mind the distance to the shops...can you walk (safely) to and from the pub and a decent restaurant?

We had to compromise slightly on location to get the size of house we wanted, but I'd rather be with other houses than isolated. †Unless that isolation meant I had a clear view of the sea! †

The compromise was living in an 'estate', the proximity to a lovely small town is perfect and as it turns out, it's very quiet where we live with no road noise (quite a contrast from living in MK) and a surprising lack of general noise. †It feels a bit like a ghost town sometimes!  Wanting something relatively maintenance free and not in need of work does make it very difficult to avoid living in the type of area we do.

If you don't want much space, then that does look like a good option, providing you can build a decent garage of course.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, it's had some work done even since the piccies were taken - these are from the first time it was on the market.

I'm not fussed about a garage but the ability to build a carport (posh rather than a bit of corrugated plastic) is important to me, ideally for 3-4 vehicles.  The pub is a distance away but I don't mind not drinking when going out or will pay for a cab on the rare occasions having a few drinks is on the agenda.
gonnabuildabuggy

Michael wrote:
Big Blue wrote:

How far do you have to go when you want baked beans on toast and have run out of baked beans?


This is a big deal. For us (well me as Louisa has never once riven this car) it's pretty much a 10 mile round trip and short journeys like that murder fuel economy for a diesel.


Having grown up in a Hamlet miles from anywhere I swore I'd live in a town when I had kids. It's paying back now as they can walk/cycle anywhere and have even got the bus into MK on occassions recently saving us a drive.
PhilD

Michael wrote:
Big Blue wrote:

How far do you have to go when you want baked beans on toast and have run out of baked beans?


This is a big deal. For us (well me as Louisa has never once riven this car) it's pretty much a 10 mile round trip and short journeys like that murder fuel economy for a diesel.


Tested this recently and trip computer showed 33 mpg. What soul a petrol turbo be getting? Low to mid 20s?

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