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Reasons To Be Wistful [Oct. 22nd, 2017|10:48 am]
Tony Grist
 A thing I forgot to mention about the house we're hoping to buy is that it's got a sea view. It's a distant sea view and you have to peek through the gaps between the houses on the far side of the road to see it, but there it is. 

I love the sea. I don't enjoy bouncing about on it in a boat but I like to look at it from the security of dry land. I also like to paddle. Ailz has always wanted to live beside the sea.

The house has been on the market for a long time. The seller attributes the failure to attract buyers to it being on a busy road. For us that's more of  a selling point. I want to be able to walk to the shops- and the nearest ones are five minutes away- and have access to bus stops. One of the things that's frustrating about living on the farm is that you need a car to get off the premises- and I don't drive. 

We've had a good look at a number of seaside towns. For a while we were sold on Margate and then we discovered Bexhill, but we keep coming back to Hastings.  It's a handsome town. It has cliffs and old buildings and quaintness and character but also a bit of that jolly, pass the salt and vinegar vibe of the popular seaside resort. It has an excellent art gallery and a long history of bohemian raffishness.  And it still operates as a fishing port- with the largest beach based fleet in the UK.

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2017-10-22 01:28 pm (UTC)
I always feel like only people from the big city are that eager to live in the rural areas where the postman is the one and only regular car coming through the village.
'Cause, if you know what it means, no access to anything without a car and all that shit, you only want to stay at least in a small town or a little bigger one, so that you're not without access to shops, to doctors of various disciplines or a little bit entertainment - or just a railway route which gets you to the real bigger cities.
Kids these people also can't have, as it's a hell to live in rural areas and to have access to the highest education. Not only "access", but also you've got to go miles every fucking day only to be there at school, which doesn't cost you an unsignificant amount of time of your life that you'd rather and better spend with something more meaningful.
Also, this is only a way to live for people who still don't have physical handicaps or chronic diseases 'cause a house in the rural areas always means work to do even after you come home from work.
And this is what people fleeing from the big city often don't have on their radar. They just want trees, animals and wild boars searching their trashcans... (or meetings with wolves they usually only know from the zoo)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-22 06:04 pm (UTC)
I've almost always lived in towns- mostly small towns or suburbs. It's what I'm comfortable with- and I'm used to having traffic going past the front door. The house I grew up in was near enough to a railway line for me to be able to hear trains rattling over the viaduct as I lay in bed at night; I loved that sound.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-10-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
I guess a busy road might put off people with children. But I agree that being within walking distance of what one needs is a huge advantage. This place sounds just right for you. And I love the fact that you said it has a 17th century origin.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-22 08:15 pm (UTC)
Also people dislike the noise of traffic.. But I'll tell you what, we may be living in the country here but the busy A21 is only a couple of fields away and this place is noisier than the house in Hastings.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-10-22 08:34 pm (UTC)
It is very true that noise carries further and is more noticeable across open spaces like fields and in the countryside. I remember when we lived on a very noisy street. After a while you're not even aware of the noise.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-23 10:50 am (UTC)
Yes, you adapt. I once had a room overlooking a busy railway line- with trains going past every 15 minutes. I got to rather like it.
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