help do you live in mountain ash wales

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samb1971 Mon 15-Jul-13 21:26:30

we are planning to move to south wales and found a house we love in mountain ash, can anyone help with a few questions please? is this a good place to live? are the schools good? and is the thigs for kids to do eg scouts, skate park , spaces to ride bmx bikes, other clubs ect. This is a big move for us so need my boys to be happy so any help will be great

MorningHasBroken Thu 18-Jul-13 23:43:50

We moved to Porthcawl for exactly the same reasons as you.

We're now 20 mins to Swansea, 20 mins to Cardiff and the local comp has done alright for ds so far (yr 9). On the coast with lots for kids to do, 5 bed house cost £200k - we moved from Oxon too, where that would have bought us a small 2bed flat!

Cowbridge Comp is very good in the Vale of Glamorgan (very Cotswoldy there) but it is an expensive area...

If you decide on this area, pm me with any houses you spot and I can help you out on good/bad areas to live.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Thu 18-Jul-13 22:56:13

Just looking at houses for £150k with 5 bedrooms on Rightmove.

You'll be struggling for Cardifff, but parts of Swansea perhaps, and at least there, you'd have more access to more types of employment and different schools.

And how much renovation would you be happy to do?

Parts of Barry can be really nice, don't know exactly where this is and needs work but it is near the coast...

boomboomfirepower Thu 18-Jul-13 22:41:39

For what you want church village or Llantrisant might be better.

Im from Cardiff and looking to move to the valleys for good schools etc.

Try Llandrindod Wells or brecon, church village or pontyclun if you want closer to the city.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Thu 18-Jul-13 22:34:15

I can see why you would think large parts of the valleys to be good value for money housewise.

What sort of employment are you after? Large parts of South Wales are unemployment blackspot, might be worth looking if they have your kind of work in the area.

And whilst I'm glad that people here are happy with education in Wales, it is considered amongst the worst in the UK.

goingtobefree Thu 18-Jul-13 22:23:50

Good luck, come back and tell us when you buy your new house.

samb1971 Thu 18-Jul-13 14:05:22

hi thanks for all the replys and advice the house we liked is fab but after a lot of thinking think mountain ash may be to much of a compromise will look at some of the areas you have all mentioned, i love south wales such a beautiful place we are in a lucky situation that as long as we spend no more than £150,000 we wont need a mortgage and in that respect not tied to area through job. Will be able to manage for a while till hubby or i get a job but we are limited to house choice as need 5 bedrooms. So again thanks for all your help and another house viewing visit to beautiful wales soon grin

Justsomehappygirl Thu 18-Jul-13 09:08:44

Depending on where you need to be close to, have you considered further West along the M4? Such as Swansea or Llanelli areas. Beautiful big houses for half the city prices, very good schools, coastal paths/beaches, cycle tracks, the Gower, loads of activities for kids, generally good quality of life, daily commute to Cardiff between 40-50 mins. Good luck with the move grin

burberryqueen Thu 18-Jul-13 08:56:37

Burberry person, you are a twonk
just reporting my experience and linking to articles with hard facts of Welsh secondary schools makes me a 'twonk' how exactly? confused

BullieMama Wed 17-Jul-13 23:11:25

I think you may find Mountain Ash rather a culture shock, unless you have job prospects or family ties to the area OP I would gently suggest you look elsewhere. There are some fabulous areas in Wales, I would recommend you look at some of the larger towns as you will have all of the amenities you require.

With regards to the state of the Welsh education system, I am sorry that you have had a bad experience Burberryqueen, but along with lots of other posters my experience is positive, my daughter is excelling at her primary in a very deprived area, Welsh Gov have informed me today that she is performing 'considerably above the national average' in both numeracy and literacy (hmm how many more threads can I shoehorn that into grin

Theironfistofarkus Wed 17-Jul-13 20:56:21

There are lots of lovely places in Wales. I don't think mountain ash is one of them. Cardiff is a really wonderful place to live. As is Penarth - great schools and v close to Cardiff with lots going on. West Wales is stunning with fantastic beaches eg Tenby. Don't know what the schools are like tho. Burberry - sorry if your Dc did not get the education they deserved. But not all welsh schools are bad by any means. As with anywhere there are good and bad.

AuntieBrenda Wed 17-Jul-13 20:36:59

Come on OP, come to the tyd!
On a serious note, my boss lives in m. Ash and his house is huge and lovely. A lot of my work colleagues live there.
Go with your heart

TheFutureMrsB Wed 17-Jul-13 20:33:52

'Tis a good place to be in the sun AuntieBrenda grin Just wish we had a nice beach too lol!

AuntieBrenda Wed 17-Jul-13 20:30:45

Check out all these wonderful people from Merthyr! Me too!
OP, do you want to buy my house?wink

TheFutureMrsB Wed 17-Jul-13 20:25:25

I wouldn't go to Mountain Ash, I too live in Merthyr and it does have some nice parts, schools are fine, there is stuff to do here. There's a cinema, skate park, large park with splash area (Cyfartha) but like kimmy said avoid the Gurnos lol!

AuntieBrenda Wed 17-Jul-13 20:19:50

There is a new school being built near aberdare but if your e in mountain ash you won't be in the catchment
Burberry person, you are a twonk
OP, look at Brecon, Merthyr, aberdare, llantrisant, llantwit major

kimmy121 Wed 17-Jul-13 20:05:55

deprived, run down, sad town.

Pontypridd just down the road has nice areas, busy town centre.

Merthyr (where I live) has lovely parts )heolgerrig, cefn coed) and awful parts (avoid the gurnos)

Caerphilly is a nice town, closer to Cardiff so more expensive for similar properties up in the valleys.

MrsApplepants Wed 17-Jul-13 16:10:42

Try the areas around Cardiff High School (highly regarded school) in Cardiff, nice places to live with Roath park on your doorstep and the city centre a short drive away.

MrsApplepants Wed 17-Jul-13 16:07:30

Mountain Ash is a run down, deprived area. I wouldn't live there. It's cheap for a reason. I have relatives who live there.

jinglebellmel Tue 16-Jul-13 17:32:43

Don't know it too well but live near by and I haven't heard great things about it sorry (someone who knows it better may have a different opinion based on experience though).

I'm English living in Cardiff and there are some great schools around, not sure if you're tied with work in terms of where you're looking but have you tried Cardiff, Llantwit Major, Monmouth or Usk in South Wales? Mid and West Wales have some lovely affordable areas. Also areas around Bath, England? My brother and his family just moved to a lovely village outside Bath and got a great house much cheaper than it would have been in Cardiff.

Maybe if you would be willing to give an idea of budget, if you want town, village or city and where you need to be for work people could make some suggestions?

burberryqueen Tue 16-Jul-13 14:50:59

bulliemama mine are already on it sad

samb1971 Tue 16-Jul-13 14:48:12

Bulliemama come from a large village in Oxfordshire it has lots for my boys aged 13, 11, 7 and, 7 to do excellent secondary school but primary in special measures.Family circumstances mean we need a bigger house but cant afford it here looked in lots of areas in England and wales and choose south wales but need to find right area on budget but still with things for boys to do as they need to be happy

BullieMama Tue 16-Jul-13 14:15:58

Fabulous sweeping generalisation of every school in Wales, Cheers for that I'll throw my daughter on the scrap heap now shall I hmm

Op if you can tell us roughly where you are coming from in the country I can see if Mountain Ash is the place for you iyswim!!

samb1971 Tue 16-Jul-13 13:58:47

hi yes am english , thanks for the link burberryqueen the schools are a worry maybe just hoping all schools are that bad can anyone reccomend good schools , nice areas please

burberryqueen Tue 16-Jul-13 11:04:00

no i am not 'prejudiced' which would suggest i have
"pre-judged" - am simply reporting real life experience.

none of the schools around here offer more than ssingle science.

i know many Welsh people do not want to know this but...Wales is currently showing the worst results of ANY UK region.

I am showing you links with facts such as this, and you tell me i am 'prejudiced'?

I know of perfectly intellectually 'normal' children put into special ed class cos of physical disabilities, something that might have happened 40 years ago in England.

Sorry to burst your little Welsh bubble....

Thyeternalsummer Tue 16-Jul-13 10:51:34

Not prejudiced much there Burberry!

Welsh schools do offer dual award science, and separate sciences for those who want it. And there are lots of good secondary schools. I attended secondary school in Wales in an area with quite of lot of deprived families etc, but still left with 3 good A levels in 2001. Good enough to secure a place for law at University of Durham. Something a lot of kids from 'good' private schools have difficulty achieving. So IMO nowt wrong with Welsh schools!!

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