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    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?

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiserWilly View Post
    I live in the Continent
    Anywhere near Paris?
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockhouse View Post
    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

    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.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiserWilly View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiserWilly View Post
    A quick search gave this for 237K

    3 bedroom semi-detached house for sale in Westman Road, Winchester, SO22

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    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.

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