Making this propertypin related I think my future strategy is to retire as early as possible and buy a nice house somewhere relatively remote(but still close to hospitals and transport links) and bail on the rat race while renting through my working years.
There is no comparison between living in South Dublin / working in town and living in Kent / working in the City.
I’d take Ireland every time if the job was right. For decent value with access to schools you have to go as far as Tonbridge / Royal Tunbridge Wells - 2 hours a day commuting is not a lifestyle choice. On the plus you can be in France in an hour.
Orpington has some super properties and it is 30 minutes to London bridge on the train. I have friends who live in Leopardstown who say their commute into Dublin is far longer than this.
St Olaf’s school is one of the best schools in the country, it is a grammar school so it is free and in Orpington. Newstead Woods, another outstanding school in the vacinity. I just don’t think Dublin is great value at all. Yes Tunbridge is nice but it is very far out.
Lots of people have an hour each way of a commute each day. I live 5 miles from where I work in central London and it takes me over an hour each day, each way. I think south Dublin is still very over priced.
I lived in London and commuted 15km in about 1 hr (Richmond->Victoria).
I now live in Dublin and commute 15km (from outside the M50 to D2) in 35 minutes-1 hr, depending on which form of transport I take.
I don’t live in south Dublin though. Maybe things are bad there.
For me, a 9km commute in east London would have been about 30-40 min by tube & foot, or about 15-20 by motorcycle. The latter was fine, the former I started to find irritating, particularly if it was around rush hour or in hot weather, when the tube was like a slow cooker.
Am I the only person to find commuting by public transport more tiring than doing it under my own steam, particularly when it involves being left to the tender mercies of Dublin Bus?
For journeys of under a quarter of an hour or so, I find that the level of fatigue goes:
around half an hour to an hour, it’s
at around two hours it’s
Obviously the relative distances are different, it’s just journey time I’m thinking about.
Anything over a couple of hours is exhausting, however it’s done and buses are always crap. Planes are also very tiring, but that might have something to do with high altitude pressurisation and reduced oxygen levels, in addition to the usual travel fatigue.