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Which Apartment Should Pippa27 Choose?

CasaSugar Community member Pippa27 recently wrote in the Su Casa group, "My boyfriend and I are moving from Manchester to London next month, which means doubling our budget and halving our space. The rental market is crazy: there is no supply for the demand (even saw two couples fighting over a place). Anyway we've narrowed it down to these two but they will go if we don't act soon. Too much pressure!"

The first listing (£330 pw, needs painting):

Charming two double bedroomed flat located a short walk from Wandsworth Town Rail and local Town Centre. This first floor period property is in good decorative order and comprises wooden floors throughout. Features also include a spacious living room, two good sized double bedrooms, separate kitchen and bathroom with shower. Available furnished or unfurnished.

The second listing (£315 pw):

Charming one double bedroomed ground floor garden flat located in the quiet and leafy Shaftesbury Park conservation estate. Finished to a high standard, this period property features a modern kitchen with dining area, separate living room, tiled bathroom with shower and private patio garden. Available part furnished.

Cast your vote below! And post photos of your own home in the Su Casa group!

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theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 5 years
hello! outdoor space is key! but what a tossup between the 2 BR and the patio -- great position for you to be in.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
I love the modern kitchen of the second one, but it seems that you'll have more space in the first. For me, that's more important than a fancy kitchen, so I picked the first one. Good luck and let us know what you pick!
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 5 years
I like both of them but would choose the second one!! Very appealing kitchen!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 5 years
On face value of the photos I'd go for the second one. However there's some important things to consider - if you go for the second, you only have one bedroom and for £15 more per month you could have two. Is this extra money worth paying for a second bedroom - not only thinking storage but also it gives an option for you to get another house mate. And while living with someone else might not be ideal for a couple - it's another person to split the bills with. Also bare in mind the commute to your places of work, but also to where you'd want to go socially - try and weigh up travel costs and rent of each against each other (".)
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 5 years
On face value of the photos I'd go for the second one. However there's some important things to consider - if you go for the second, you only have one bedroom and for £15 more per month you could have two. Is this extra money worth paying for a second bedroom - not only thinking storage but also it gives an option for you to get another house mate. And while living with someone else might not be ideal for a couple - it's another person to split the bills with.Also bare in mind the commute to your places of work, but also to where you'd want to go socially - try and weigh up travel costs and rent of each against each other (".)
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Both looks lovely although I'd probably go for the 2nd one based on the picture only since it looks like a big kitchen.I'd consider price, noise factor, landlord (ask around the neighbors if they think the management is a good one or not), then if you're used to doing laundry off-the apartment or not (frankly, I love having laundry IN the apartment when I was still renting)--and location. Which one is more efficient to go to wherever you need to: work, shopping, family, friends, etc.Good luck.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
Both looks lovely although I'd probably go for the 2nd one based on the picture only since it looks like a big kitchen. I'd consider price, noise factor, landlord (ask around the neighbors if they think the management is a good one or not), then if you're used to doing laundry off-the apartment or not (frankly, I love having laundry IN the apartment when I was still renting)--and location. Which one is more efficient to go to wherever you need to: work, shopping, family, friends, etc. Good luck.
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
I personally prefer the second one. I prefer a quiet place as opposed to a noisy place. The greenery is beautiful too.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I personally prefer the second, but without knowing a ton about you (or London, I've been for a month, but it was several years ago), it's hard to really say. I will say that, for me, I started with some things I couldn't live without in an apartment (washer/dryer in unit, central air conditioning, ability to have my dog) and then looked long and hard at the locations of several units. I wound up in an English basement (which is less than desirable to some, but I don't mind) in a neighborhood I absolutely love! And, I'm about 10-minute bus ride (or half hour walk, on nice days) to and from work. I probably could have gotten something with nicer finishes, something newer, something slightly less costly, if I had gone with a different neighborhood, but, having lived in my place for a year now, I know I made the right choice. It really all depends on you, though. If you think you and/or your boyfriend will be spending a lot of time at home, having a nicer, newer place might be the most important thing for you! For me, proximity to work, bars, restaurants (with dog patios), dog parks, parks in general, public transportation, etc. outweighed the importance of having top-of-the-line everything.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I personally prefer the second, but without knowing a ton about you (or London, I've been for a month, but it was several years ago), it's hard to really say. I will say that, for me, I started with some things I couldn't live without in an apartment (washer/dryer in unit, central air conditioning, ability to have my dog) and then looked long and hard at the locations of several units. I wound up in an English basement (which is less than desirable to some, but I don't mind) in a neighborhood I absolutely love! And, I'm about 10-minute bus ride (or half hour walk, on nice days) to and from work. I probably could have gotten something with nicer finishes, something newer, something slightly less costly, if I had gone with a different neighborhood, but, having lived in my place for a year now, I know I made the right choice. It really all depends on you, though. If you think you and/or your boyfriend will be spending a lot of time at home, having a nicer, newer place might be the most important thing for you! For me, proximity to work, bars, restaurants (with dog patios), dog parks, parks in general, public transportation, etc. outweighed the importance of having top-of-the-line everything.
else411 else411 5 years
Hard to say, first looked to include a w/d, but the second had a roomier kitchen. I voted second because it seemded more open and airy plus the garden. Wish you happy beginnings on whichever you choose.
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