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Mostly it's a question of trend. Near Turin (Italy) going North small houses cost a freaking lot while going South the prices tend to lower. Despite the climate and terrain being much better on the South side, as on the North it is highly probable that when it snows you'll be locked home due to high pendence hills and higher precipitations. Also public transportation is way less dense and organized, the humudity is barely tolerable and the houses are ancient.
But North is trendy because it's closer to Sestriere, Bardonecchia and Ceresole, notable skiing locations. Also the first escapees from the city moved there and created a huge mystique about the place while almost everyone who moved South downplayed a lot - mostly to not being invaded by city-dwellers. Yes we of Asti are a bit aloof and wary...
OK then. Because I can't be bothered doing what I'm supposed to be doing.
You've said it is a city, you've said you are looking North and West (don't know where you currently are so assuming NW of London), not as far north as Manchester or Liverpool, in England, further than Buckinghamshire, and you can pronounce it. Was that all the clues?
Birmingham - surely not.
Chester - Hollyoaks (may not be representative, but it is all I know about the place)
Coventry - even uglier than Birmingham
Derby - consistently one of the best places to live in the UK (apparently)
Gloucester - silly accents
Hereford - as above but closer to Wales
Leicester - might as well be in Luton
Lichfield - nothing here but pubs and restaurants
Oxford - I can't afford to park there, let alone live.
Stoke-on-Trent - no-one lives in Stoke, they merely exist
Wolverhampton - ha ha ha
Worcester - quite nice when it's above water
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