Moving back to Durham - City or surroundings villages?

After twenty years of being away from ol’ Durham Town looks like I’m heading home.

I still visit my folks there so still feel in touch with how it’s changed, I’m wondering how people find the surrounding villages these days though - it’s ridiculous how much more house you get for your money. I know there’ll be detractors, but what are places like Langley Moor, Meadowfield, Bearpark like to live in these days? Also drawn to Willington, love Weardale and looks like lots of decent new housing up that way.

Cheers!
 

Cookie

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Depends on budget really.

Durham City itself is practically student only unless you look at Potters Bank or similar, where you'd need a canny budget.

Personally I'd go village but wouldn't fancy the areas you mention above, would be more drawn to Lanchester, Sunderland Bridge, Plawsworth, that sort of thing.
 
I lived in Durham City for 10 years till last Christmas. Really enjoyed it at first but it is very very studenty now and I found it becoming more and more impersonable. Still a great City mind. Moved to Sedgefield I am really enjoying village life a lot more.


There is also a place called "No Place"
Near Pity Me
 
it's a small development on the grounds of a big country house, gated etc about 3 miles out of durham city centre.
I didnt look further into the details.. saw communal garden and it put me off... if communal garden essentially meant the 3-4 acres of land.. then thats fine.. Id find a place to walk around happily in my undercrackers
 
Depends on budget really.

Durham City itself is practically student only unless you look at Potters Bank or similar, where you'd need a canny budget.

Personally I'd go village but wouldn't fancy the areas you mention above, would be more drawn to Lanchester, Sunderland Bridge, Plawsworth, that sort of thing.
I know what you’re saying about the studentisation of the city. Lot to weigh up, need good schools, sixth form, which the city obviously has (albeit Johnston has a waiting list). Outside of there Parkside at Willington has good ofsted ratings. We can go outskirts like the areas you’ve mentioned, just the houses are so much smaller than out in the villages.

Going to have a drive down next week, take refresher tour round the area.
 

oROSSo

Striker
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I didnt look further into the details.. saw communal garden and it put me off... if communal garden essentially meant the 3-4 acres of land.. then thats fine.. Id find a place to walk around happily in my undercrackers
sure you'd find somewhere

I know what you’re saying about the studentisation of the city. Lot to weigh up, need good schools, sixth form, which the city obviously has (albeit Johnston has a waiting list). Outside of there Parkside at Willington has good ofsted ratings. We can go outskirts like the areas you’ve mentioned, just the houses are so much smaller than out in the villages.

Going to have a drive down next week, take refresher tour round the area.
20 years since I was at school but Parkside was always known as a rough school mind. My mate moved to willington about a year back, nice house in an estate near the cricket club.
 
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