So, I'm getting divorced.
I'm losing pretty much my dream home in Surrey in the process, and I'm not going to be left with enough capital to buy anything other than a tiny studio flat in a really crappy area within easy reach of my office near Heathrow Airport.
I'm thinking of casting the net wider and investing what little I have left in a more affordable property out west on the M4 corridor.
I have a colleague who commutes daily from around 15 miles west of Swindon, and despite the obvious disadvantages he seems pretty happy to continue doing so.
Having looked at how much extra you can achieve in a property out there I can see why.
Ideally, i'd like to stay as close to M25/Heathrow as possible not only for work, but as i'll be visiting my son in Surrey every weekend.
I'm aiming for a place in the Newbury/Thatcham area - I've seen a couple of 1 bed places with parking within my budget, but, I've also seen a really nice 2 bed apartment (amongst others) in a nice looking village south of Swindon, with a large adjoining garage, for around £15k less than the 1 bed flats in Newbury.
Therefore i'm weighing up if I can hack the commute for a year or two whilst I consider relocating my job.
Does anyone else have experience of a similar commute?
I realise that drawing a circle 60 miles around Heathrow opens up a whole load of other areas, but i'm drawn west for the moment.