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#1 of 7 Old 09-08-2011, 04:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Right now we are 15-20 minutes maximum walk from every place we need to go. (school, stores, doctor, dentist, sports clubs, relatives homes, work, library etc) if we move to this new place we are considering, we will be 50 minutes walk away from all these places. It's a big difference to me, and I'm leaning against not doing it for this reason and waiting until we find a place nearer to where we are now. What would you do in this situation? (we don't have a car right now and public transport gets expensive so we mostly walk) Would that extra 30 minutes of walking everywhere from 20 to 50 minutes average time put you off moving to this property? Or wouldn't it bother you? What do you think? Plus it's cold and rainy a lot of the year here, I often complain about walking everywhere and it's only 20 minutes to places, so 50 minutes would be far worse I think. What are your thoughts? How important was the location to you? I guess if you do own a car you could think of it as eveywhere you drive to right now, being 20 minutes in the car, and if you move to the new place it would be 50 minutes drive away.


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Well...

 

First of all, why are you considering moving to this new place? The reason I am asking is because that would be an important deciding factor for me. A 50 minute walk is quite the distance, especially in bad weather, but it would not in and by itself put me off from moving if the new place was really better than my old one.

 

As with regards to the closeness of things...are there really stores closer to this new place than 50 minutes away? I think, for me, the new place would have to be absolutely perfect for me to have to walk more than 20 minutes to find a place to buy milk or other things one tend to run out off.  Is there not even a small grocery store nearby, just for the bare necessities?

 

Distance to dentists and doctor's doesn't really matter much if they are just an hours walk away. You don't go that often, so a ticket for when you need to shouldn't set you back that much.

 

And relatives...do you visit them every, single day? Do they visit you every day? If not, an hours walk or two twice a week or so isn't too bad.

 

The two distances that would worry me is school and work. During good weather, bicycling could perhaps be an option. Even the the initial purchase is quite high. But during winter weather, provided you do get freezing temperatures, I would not dare use a bicycle.

 

I don't know. It all depends.

 

Personally, I would perhaps not move that far away if I could not afford public transportation. Usually, here in Sweden, there are special, cheaper commuters tickets. Have you looked into that?

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i wouldn't live that far from things I needed to walk to every day -- work, school, a basic well stocked store.

 

I think I would trust that I could pass on this opportunity and that something even better -- with the benefits of both places -- would appear. I don't think we have to worry about missing the window of opportunity because I believe there is always another window.


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i wouldn't live that far from things I needed to walk to every day -- work, school, a basic well stocked store.

 

I think I would trust that I could pass on this opportunity and that something even better -- with the benefits of both places -- would appear. I don't think we have to worry about missing the window of opportunity because I believe there is always another window.


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The place would have to be a dream place for me to plan on walking that far daily. Before I got my car I walked everywhere which was great, except in the winter....that was miserable and I never walked an hour to anything.

 

Maybe you can try a run through. Go out on a not so great day and make the commute to one of those places 50 minutes away. Then you can really have an idea of how easy//painful it would be on a daily basis.


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So thats a 2 hr walk round trip, plus whatever time you spend at the store, appt, library etc?  No way!


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Agreed with you all and decided against this particular place because of the distance, it just isn't worth it. So tempting though, but feel at peace with the decision and happy with it to be honest. Thanks for your advice! Something better will come smile.gif p.s I did a trial walk there and back and it was bad!


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