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KaiserWilly
12th January 2012, 10:16
I know that every time this question pops up, it elicits a deluge of cynicism, but I'd like to get some advice on family-friendly towns in SW England, preferably, between the M3 and M4 corridor. I live in the Continent, but my expecting wife is British. We've thought about relocating to the UK so that my child can get easier access to the grandparents.

My criteria:

-outside London
-IT jobs available
-good public schools
-family-friendly atmosphere
-reasonable house prices <=250K

Any clues?

Lockhouse
12th January 2012, 10:19
You won't find much for 250K in nice areas, 400K is more like it.

I live in Winchester. 400K will get you a small family house.

Spacecadet
12th January 2012, 10:29
I live in the Continent

Anywhere near Paris?

DimPrawn
12th January 2012, 10:35
Where do the grandparents live?

The family house for < £250K is the problem. In nice areas with jobs and good schools near the M4 and M3 you are talking about tiny 2 bed terraced houses or ex-council houses on dubious estates full of chavs.

KaiserWilly
12th January 2012, 10:38
You won't find much for 250K in nice areas, 400K is more like it.

I live in Winchester. 400K will get you a small family house.

A quick search gave this for 237K

3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale in Westman Road, Winchester, SO22 (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-36501017.html)

OK. Not Buckingham Palace, but modest enough for a family.

Unlike most Brits, I practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means.

Lockhouse
12th January 2012, 10:44
That's a rubbish area. Parts of Weeke and Stanmore in Winchester are to be avoided.

"Unlike most Brits, I practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means. "

Only trying to help mate.

doodab
12th January 2012, 10:45
Unlike most Brits, I practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means.

Admirable as that it, it will put you at a disadvantage in a housing market where everyone else is getting up to their eyeballs in debt, you will simply be priced out.

DimPrawn
12th January 2012, 10:45
A quick search gave this for 237K

3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale in Westman Road, Winchester, SO22 (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-36501017.html)

OK. Not Buckingham Palace, but modest enough for a family.

Unlike most Brits, I practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means.

Look at the streeview. Not a BMW or Merc to be seen. Would you want to live somewhere where the neighbours drive old Ford Escorts?

Good schools in that catchment area? Doubt it.

Cheap for a reason.

KaiserWilly
12th January 2012, 10:48
Where do the grandparents live?



Somerset. So everything in a 100 mile radius would be OK for the weekend-odd family visit: Bristol, Swindon, Portsmouth, SOuthampton, Reading.

I went to Exeter last summer and I liked it a lot.

KaiserWilly
12th January 2012, 10:53
Look at the streeview. Not a BMW or Merc to be seen. Would you want to live somewhere where the neighbours drive old Ford Escorts?


I drive an old Opel (Vauxhall for you). What's wrong with it?

"Catching up with the Joneses", etc... that's so 2007.

DimPrawn
12th January 2012, 10:56
I drive an old Opel (Vauxhall for you). What's wrong with it?

"Catching up with the Joneses", etc... that's so 2007.

I wouldn't let you onto my driveway in that, it probably leaks oil and how will you look at the golf club?

You need to smarten up a bit if you are thinking of living in the SE. This isn't Huddersfield you know.

BigTime
12th January 2012, 11:00
I went to Exeter last summer and I liked it a lot.

Relevant linky:
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/sick-of-the-south-east-then-emigrate-to-exeter-6282484.html

Spacecadet
12th January 2012, 11:04
I drive an old Opel (Vauxhall for you). What's wrong with it?

"Catching up with the Joneses", etc... that's so 2007.

10

:popcorn:

The_Equalizer
12th January 2012, 11:09
I wouldn't let you onto my driveway in that, it probably leaks oil and how will you look at the golf club?

You need to smarten up a bit if you are thinking of living in the SE. This isn't Huddersfield you know.

Since when has golf club membership been smart?

Pondlife
12th January 2012, 11:10
10

:popcorn:

WHS.


Can't admin just bin all accounts over a 6mths old with <10 posts? It'll stop the silly tw@ts waking their sleeper sockies.

KimberleyChris
12th January 2012, 11:15
Taunton is nice. Handy for Bristol and Exeter, on a motorway, and fast railway main lines in three directions. Maybe a bit too far West for you, but the prices fall between 'the London effect' and the SW holiday home/retirement markets.

bobspud
12th January 2012, 11:16
Somerset. So everything in a 100 mile radius would be OK for the weekend-odd family visit: Bristol, Swindon, Portsmouth, SOuthampton, Reading.

I went to Exeter last summer and I liked it a lot.

Then you should move to Somerset. Theres no point moving to the aera where you are looking, when you will have no grandparent support for babysitting. You will have the inconvenience of having to drive away from London with everyone else every time there is a bank holiday and your wife wants to see her parents.

I moved my family to Somerset nearly 10 years ago this year. It's the best thing I ever did. You can get into London from Bristol or Bath Spa train stations in an hour and half and have a clear run down the M4 and A303,M3 for the Thames gateway. I am near Bristol airport as well so I can make it to Amsterdam in 50 minutes. It has a bonus of a very nice style of life when you are home at the weekends and there are nice places in your price range down here.

MarillionFan
12th January 2012, 11:19
I know the areas well.

How far outside London?
What size house do you want for <£250k?

I can then narrow that down for you.

(Have you thought of renting?)

DimPrawn
12th January 2012, 11:20
WHS.


Can't admin just bin all accounts over a 6mths old with <10 posts? It'll stop the silly tw@ts waking their sleeper sockies.

Shhhhhh, my sockies have just gone off to sleep you loud tw@t.

d000hg
12th January 2012, 11:21
You won't find much for 250K in nice areas, 400K is more like it.In the south, definitely (which is what he wanted). If you try the north, or Scotland, you'd have a fighting chance.

DodgyAgent
12th January 2012, 11:26
A quick search gave this for 237K

3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale in Westman Road, Winchester, SO22 (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-36501017.html)

OK. Not Buckingham Palace, but modest enough for a family.

Unlike most Brits, I'm a practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means.

:spel Boring prick

psychocandy
12th January 2012, 11:28
4 bed detached in Wales for £250K easy!

DodgyAgent
12th January 2012, 11:29
Wales for £250K easy!

FTFY

KimberleyChris
12th January 2012, 11:30
Yep, just looked up the renting rates for Taunton. Pretty reasonable by Southern standards, two airports and the seaside not far away for the kids. M5 might be a bit of a drag during the holiday season, but anything nearer to London is a drag ALL the time.

It's at the top of my list if anything comes up at Hinckley Point.

DodgyAgent
12th January 2012, 11:35
Yep, just looked up the renting rates for Taunton. Pretty reasonable by Southern standards, two airports and the seaside not far away for the kids. M5 might be a bit of a drag during the holiday season, but anything nearer to London is a drag ALL the time.

It's at the top of my list if anything comes up at Hinckley Point.

I thought you were Kaiser's willy?

KimberleyChris
12th January 2012, 11:39
I thought you were Kaiser's willy?

Es tut mir leid, aber ich verstehe nicht......

Old Greg
12th January 2012, 12:53
Warwick is good if you are happy with M40 corridor. If that is too small, then Leamington Spa might suit, which has good train links to London, Birmingham (and airport) and Reading.

House prices cheaper than South and some IT industry. Schools good in Warwick.

KaiserWilly
12th January 2012, 13:17
Warwick is good if you are happy with M40 corridor. If that is too small, then Leamington Spa might suit, which has good train links to London, Birmingham (and airport) and Reading.

House prices cheaper than South and some IT industry. Schools good in Warwick.

That's 125m to my inlaws. A bit far away, IMO. I'll stick to Bristol or Bath. Bath is awesome (sorry, lovely), but house prices are high.

wobbegong
12th January 2012, 13:18
Somerset. So everything in a 100 mile radius would be OK for the weekend-odd family visit: Bristol, Swindon, Portsmouth, SOuthampton, Reading.

I went to Exeter last summer and I liked it a lot.

If you like where you currently live, why not spend the money buying somewhere nearby to house the grandparents?

gingerjedi
12th January 2012, 13:29
Then you should move to Somerset. Theres no point moving to the aera where you are looking, when you will have no grandparent support for babysitting. You will have the inconvenience of having to drive away from London with everyone else every time there is a bank holiday and your wife wants to see her parents.

I moved my family to Somerset nearly 10 years ago this year. It's the best thing I ever did. You can get into London from Bristol or Bath Spa train stations in an hour and half and have a clear run down the M4 and A303,M3 for the Thames gateway. I am near Bristol airport as well so I can make it to Amsterdam in 50 minutes. It has a bonus of a very nice style of life when you are home at the weekends and there are nice places in your price range down here.

Sshhh don't tell everyone.

On the downside the SW can be a more expensive place to live than London as good contract rates are few and far between.

DimPrawn
12th January 2012, 13:33
Swindon is nice this time of year.

bobspud
12th January 2012, 14:25
It's at the top of my list if anything comes up at Hinckley Point.

Never depend on working locally down here. The rates are crap. I generally work in London or Reading or up the M5 towards Birmingham. Although that said several of the larger integration firms have work from home rules so I have done my current gig and my new one mostly sat at home. It's all commutable.

Paddy
12th January 2012, 14:47
That's a rubbish area. Parts of Weeke and Stanmore in Winchester are to be avoided.

"Unlike most Brits, I practice the Germanic habit of saving and not living beyond my means. "

Only trying to help mate.

Ex council house...

Joeman
12th January 2012, 15:27
I know that every time this question pops up, it elicits a deluge of cynicism, but I'd like to get some advice on family-friendly towns in SW England, preferably, between the M3 and M4 corridor. I live in the Continent, but my expecting wife is British. We've thought about relocating to the UK so that my child can get easier access to the grandparents.

My criteria:

-outside London
-IT jobs available
-good public schools
-family-friendly atmosphere
-reasonable house prices <=500K

Any clues?


Sevenoaks...