Sutton or Ewell?

(10 Posts)
desag Wed 18-Jun-14 22:48:33

Hi - I'm trying decide if my family and I should move to Sutton or Ewell. Does anyone from around the area have an opinion on which area might be best to raise a family? I've got twins that are just about to start school. The Ewell house is right by Ewell West station and the Sutton house is nearish to Sutton Common station. Any views would be appreciated.

Thank you!

whattodoforthebest2 Wed 18-Jun-14 23:02:38

I moved from Sutton to Ewell when my DC were small and would say that Ewell is a lovely area to bring up children in - open spaces, library, schools etc. Both areas are good in terms of road and rail access, but I'd prefer to be in West Ewell than Sutton Common. I think you'll probably find that schools in the West Ewell area are generally better too.

desag Wed 18-Jun-14 23:08:18

Thanks appreciate your reply. I've driven around the area and it seemed nice to me as well but just had read some bad things online about the Longmead estate which isn't too far away. Do you think they are justified or is it just in that immediate area that I would need to worry about?

MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Wed 18-Jun-14 23:11:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

whattodoforthebest2 Wed 18-Jun-14 23:41:26

I don't know the Longmead Estate particularly, as far as I can remember its an industrial/commercial area with workshops, warehouses etc - presumably not necessarily a problem. I do know that the park where Ewell library is is lovely and the village is too, with small independent shops etc (at least it was when I was there). Maybe driving around the area at different times of day/days of week (late Saturday night, Sunday daytime etc), if that's feasible, would give you a feel for the area too. It's close to Epsom too, which has good shops and a fairly new leisure centre.

Rogerthatmummy Thu 19-Jun-14 22:02:01

Ewell definitely! Sutton seems a bit grim and train line is so slow!
I moved to ewell 8 yrs ago and have since had 2 DC. Lots to do for them... good schools, good transport links, nice area that feels like its own place, rather than a suburb of London.
Pm me of you want more of a chat about the area

desag Thu 19-Jun-14 22:26:26

Thanks for the advice and I will PM you! :-)

PricillaQueenOfTheDessert Thu 19-Jun-14 23:07:09

Ewell for sure. Like OP said, there are some nice parks and it's lovely down by the Spring and Bourne Hall area to feed the ducks with the kids. Longmead has had a bad reputation in the past but don't think it's so bad now. Sutton is still a bit ropey IMO. Sutton does have better shops, but Ewell is only one stop from Epsom though it doesn't have quite as much as Sutton. I've lived locally all my life.

CiderwithBuda Thu 19-Jun-14 23:12:26

Ewell for sure. Although I haven't been for a while. We used to live there.

lholland900 Mon 09-May-16 12:49:22

I moved to Ewell Village from Clapham/Balham area and really love it. I was a bit lost as to where to head to after "Nappy Valley" and it took a good 18 months of driving around SW London until we came across Ewell Village. I thought I'd provide some up to date details as I know how tricky it is working out where to move.
We moved here because of the good commute into the city, and excellent primary/secondary schools. Ewell Grove School (which is turning into a Junior school) and Wallace Fields are both Ofsted Outstanding. I can vouch for Ewell Grove being excellent and our next door neighbours' children go to Wallace Fields and are very happy there, their eldest girl goes to Rosebery (secondary - Outstanding) and the village is also in the catchment for Glyn school (another Outstanding secondary) - both are currently in the top 10% - league table wise and both have sixth forms.
The village is a conservation area so nice and leafy. There's a village footpath leading to Nonsuch Park and the London Loop starts at Bourne Hall and runs through the Hogsmill river nature reserve and onto Horton Country Park. The village has a number of little shops for all the essentials and Epsom is a 5 min bus ride or 20 min walk for more shops, or you can take a bus to Kingston.
Ewell Village is 5 mins walk from Ewell West station and 10/12mins walk from Ewell East station (both Zone 6 so you can still use Oyster). From Ewell West there are 4 fast trains (35 mins) and 2 slow (45 mins) every hour at peak times direct to Waterloo (and 4 off peak taking 33 mins). From Ewell East station you can go direct to London Victoria, trains take between 32 and 45mins or direct to London Bridge taking 40 to 45mins (direct trains to London Bridge are only in mornings & evenings though). After a late night out my husband usually gets the Northern Line to Morden, then takes an Uber which takes 10/15mins to the village, also handy if the overland ever goes down! Not sure how old your children are but there are lots of baby groups in Epsom and the village, and a number of fantastic nurseries. I know how hard it is to make the decision to move so good luck!

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