Your thoughts on St Austell

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paddypaws76 Tue 24-Sep-13 15:56:21

Hi I posted something like this in this forum before but thought I'd try again seeing as the babys now here, doing well and 6 months old already. Hubby and me still want to move down to St Austell, just wondered what you good people who live in and around think of the town in general, primary schools and areas to avoid. We don't drive and would like to be able to walk to the beach in an ideal world, so would need to be no more than about 2 miles inland. And a strange question, but on all the property pics on right move its always cloudy, a local told me it always is in that area, is that true? He said it had something to do with the clay pits. We have family in Hayle and St Agnes but its just too pricey there, and st austell ticks all the boxes. We also liked Par, closer to the beach but not so much choice. Is that also under the same grey cloud that seems to bug St Austell. Coming down in a couple of weeks, and would like to have a look at some property. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks X

noisytoys Tue 24-Sep-13 16:03:29

DB lives in St Austell. It's about as far from the sea you can get in Cornwall. I know they have a big Asda so that might be useful grin

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 24-Sep-13 16:18:15

Im going to be not a fan. I live in cornwall and have spent alot of time there. Miles away from rhe beach too!
Charlestown is not far and is beautiful. Not sure about prices but its a little harbour village. I woils live there in a shot!

St agnes is goegeous....but like you say how about surrounding areas? Perranporth, mt hawke, porthtowan?

Have you looked into falmouth at all? Close to a beach not too extortionate in some areas and nice on rhe outskirts ( wouldnt move into the town)

I live in redeuth. Near to truro. Im a 5 min deive feom beach. 15 mins feom rruro/falmouth and all the facilities there. Great position. The property is very cheap. The town is fine....not great, supposedly one of the rough areas of cornwall....but if you go to the outskirts you can find some stunning houses and villagws.

St. Day, lanner, crofthandy, mount ambrose.
Lovely country areas. Probably about 10 mins feom the beach ( pprthtowan and portreath)

If you want to walk to the beach, portreath is one of thw cheapest bech towns. Porthtowan is nicer but double the price.

Sorry about all the mistakes and probably useless info. If you are set on st austel im sorry for rambling. Cant hwlp it when I see something abour cornwall. Haha.

Good luck!

absentmindeddooooodles Tue 24-Sep-13 16:20:06

God ive just seen the number of phone will not let me correct anything without deleting the message all the way back. :/

snozzlemaid Tue 24-Sep-13 16:38:40

There are certain areas around st austell known as the clays that you would probably be best to avoid to live - st Dennis, st Stephen, Bugle, Stenalees, Roche, penwithick. They are all around the clay pits and are the more deprived areas. St Blazey is also not great, but parts of Par aren't bad to live in and Tywardreath is close to Par and is a nice little village. Par and Tywardreath (said tower dreth) are close to beaches.
As someone said before Charlestown is lovely and Carlyon Bay too. But they are the more expensive areas,but close to beaches, although lousy developers have completely ruined carlyon bay beach.
St Austell town centre is not great, it had new shops built but I'm afraid loads are still empty. But St A isn't too far away from better shopping at Truro.
There are a number of good primary schools around st austell. Better ones are the ones closest to the town itself rather than the outlying areas. Good ones I can think of are Charlestown, st Mewan, sandy hill, mount Charles.
I think Penrice has the best reputation an results for secondary schools.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 10:09:24

Hi guys thanks for all the info. I'm sure St austell isn't as far from the sea as you can get is it? We were looking at south of the town anyway so more like carlyon bay, holm bush and within a mile or so of charlestown. Like i said we don't drive so need to be quite close to the main train line for access to the rest of the county and visiting family up country etc. We love Falmouth but I guess the sticking point is having to go into Truro to get anywhere else. Portreath and porthtowan lovely but very busy in the season as i'm sure is all is? I suppose what I'm saying is, the practical choice is st austell, near to the coast and on the mainline, good access to truro and the coast around st agnes, portreath, hayle etc. What about somewhere like Illogan? Could you walk through the woods to portreath quite easily and also get into Redruth for shopping? Sorry for all the questions, and thanks again for the advice

Cluffyflump Wed 25-Sep-13 10:16:46

I don't like st Austell and agree with everything snozzlemaid said.
I lived in Penwithick for about a year and it was g.r.i.m.
Quite deprived with a drug problem.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 10:55:29

All good info, like i said we were thinking of the south of the town so that would be more like between the coast and the town centre itself rather than clay country. Although I have to say theres something quite amazing about the andscape around the clay trails out towards wheal arty. I totally agree with the mess at carlyon bay, what a shame. I don't remember it as a nightlife spot because I was young when we used to go there, but we used to visit friends in mevagissey and spend the day on the beach at carlton bay, lets hope its not too long because they sort it out, and maybe even apartments would be better than what they've got now. St austell in general though seems much better than i remember it as a child. Thanks so far for all the advice.

beaglesaresweet Wed 25-Sep-13 13:03:33

just had a holiday there in august! I'm amazed people say it's miles from the sea. We stayed near Carlyon Bay in a hotel on the Sea Road that's like a millionaire's row of houses, with great views over the sea (you walk along the cliff)! St.Austell's Asda was walkable from their , even though good 20 min, Charlestown is very near if you lived on the South side. Nice pub near ASDA, train station good. I'm sure it can offer better value for money that in towns where the High st is picturesque, but it really has all the essentials, huge supermarket, and proximity to seaside/golf course is great with views btw, if you can afford it.

beaglesaresweet Wed 25-Sep-13 13:06:02

Btw also, there are good bus connections - yes, they are not very frequent or running late, but for that pace of life they aer fine, and you can get to mevagissey easily and carlyon bay etc. We had no car on the holiday but managed to see quite a lot in 5 days. Truro is 15 min by train (or so), and we went to St.Ives which is less than an hour by rail.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 14:01:34

Pretty much what I thought. Don't get me wrong, st agnes, perranporth and that stretch of the coast is amazing in every way. But that comes with its price, and living in cornwall without a car means relying on trains and buses etc. For example, when we stayed with family last year near st agnes, the taxi was £25 each way from truro railway station. Thats why we kind of thought st austell was a good compromise.

anythingforaquietnight Wed 25-Sep-13 14:07:54

Falmouth has a great little train link to Truro though ( by Kernow public transport standards!!!). It runs pretty much every half hour and takes 12 mins from Faltown to Truro station. I lurves Falmouth.

Sixtiesqueen Wed 25-Sep-13 14:09:02

I love Cornwall, we go every year, however I lived there as a child and it was unspeakably grim in the winter. Admittedly we lived at Indian Queens, which isn't quite the clay pits but isn't far from there and god, it was just bloody awful!

Where are you moving from? Is it a big change of scene?

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 14:27:29

Sixtiesqueen We are moving from Worcester, so not a massive place and very rural as soon as you get out of town, but I suppose anything would be a change of scene compared to cornwall. Like I said I have some family down there and basically spent every summer in and around st agnes when I was young. We still go every year and always out of season so know how different it is in the winter. Just had a look at buses between portreath area and st agnes, perranporth and there basically isn't any out of season. This would mean going into Redruth to get anywhere. Maybe, with your help I'm starting to narrow this down a bit. I will always love the north coast, but am starting to think it would be very tricky to do anything without a car. Is it really always cloudy in St austell, it wasn't last october when we went, but that was only one day. Thanks again Everyone.

StarfishTrooper Wed 25-Sep-13 14:31:25

Have you thought about looking a little further east? East of Looe on the south coast say? It's a bit more affordable, quieter in the tourist season than some other parts of Cornwall and easy access to sea. We live 50 yards from it, in fact. There's no way we could have afforded anything anywhere near the beach further west or north. Good luck in your search.

anythingforaquietnight Wed 25-Sep-13 15:08:00

The default position for the weather in Cornwall is overcast and damp. Warm, wet and windy, most of the year round. I live here, and I love it (especially Falmouth). BUT is it not wall-to-wall sunshine. Everything goes green. The windows, the window frames, the walls of the house, the garden furniture, the decking etc etc. I pressure washed the green moss of the car yesterday. I'm sitting in sea fog today. Can't see much beyond the end of the garden.

Its a peninsula sticking out into the Altantic and the first landfall for the prevailing sou'westerlies that dominate the weather in the UK.
The clay pits have nothing to do with it. We are completely surrounded by water.

A well travelled sailing friend tells me peninsulas have odd weather anomalies. Certainly here, the sun always seems to shine on St Ives. Frequently when enduring the lashing rain over at Gwithian/Godrevy you can look across the bay to see the sun shining down upon St. Ives.

Similarly, Falmouth has its own micro-climate, tucked in as it is on the south side of the Carrick Roads and sheltered from the south west gales. There are banana trees fruiting on a roundabout in the middle of Faltown.

If you don't drive its a nightmare. Western Greyhound pulled the plug on its bus services in West Penwith last week, and First Group are mulling over cutting some very vital services between Falmouth and Redruth which serve lots of villages in-between. Don't move to somewhere where you will have to rely on buses!

snozzlemaid Wed 25-Sep-13 15:49:00

We do have sunny weather here in St Austell. It's not always grim and cloudy. Sunny days are beautiful around the coast. And the areas you mention are not miles from the sea. You would be near the coast and it's very easy to get around from carlyon bay, Charlestown and Holmbush. You would find it a lot harder using public transport if you lived out in the clay areas.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 16:06:44

Actually thats kind of how I like the weather. A sunny day is a bonus. I heard about the changes to bus services down there, will be hard on a lot of people I should think. I think not being able to drive under lies the whole cornwall location thing. So maybe st austell isn't the most pretty, has its problems like most large towns, but when you think about getting around the rest of the county via public transport its starts making sense? The wind and rain certainly don't bother me as uch as some.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 16:32:37

snozzlemaid, Would you say you could walk to town from those areas? don't mind a bid of a hike. And any idea what the latest situation is concerning access to Carlyon bay beach? Keep hearing they are trying to stop people accessing it.

snozzlemaid Wed 25-Sep-13 16:45:26

Yes town is within walking distance from Charlestown, carlyon bay and Holmbush. Also asda is very close and there is a tesco at Holmbush which is going to be bigger than it currently is, sometime in the future.
I don't think there have been any developments with carlyon bay for ages. You can still access the beach, but the buildings there are all derelict and it's very sad when you can remember how fantastic it used to be.
Close to those areas you have great schools - for primary there is Charlestown which has always had a great reputation around St Austell. Penrice academy is a great secondary - outstanding ofsted report and very good GCSE results.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 17:55:15

Great info thanks! Can I just ask what you make of Pentewan and Par beaches, not within walking distance I know, but we've only ever been to porthpean, charlestown and Carlyon bay in that area. Just another quick question, We'll be popping over in a couple of weeks, usually go to the pier house for a meal, would you recommend anywhere else in the charlestown area with a 7 month old? He's very well behaved, I know the wreckers have a sitting for families, but we've never been there.

cherrypiesally Wed 25-Sep-13 18:34:41

Hi, my in- laws live in Carlyon bay and we visit a lot.
Pretty area, nice houses and some are even affordable although not many.
Nice walk to Charlestown which has a nice summer regatta and other events.
Can walk to asda and tesco.
Walkable to a large soft play area, although expensive.
Primary school looks nice and Penrice did well this year.
Cinema in town.

Nothing to do for kids in Carlyon Bay, not even a playground, although there is one near the library but it would be a long walk.
Long walk to town.
Traffic awful, especially in the summer.
Not even a newsagent in Carlyon Bay anymore.
Town is still dull
Beach is awful

However weather is usually ok, cooler than London where we are.
Nice place to eat in Charlestown called Charlie's boathouse, you will need to book.
If there are other areas that interest you look there first.

snozzlemaid Wed 25-Sep-13 19:47:14

Pentewan beach is nice, but wouldn't go there in peak summer as it's so busy. You can eat there at the seahorse, where there is also an indoor pool, gym and small soft play area.
Par beach is ok. Very big, so you can always have your own space, but tide goes out a very long way. There is the caravan site there but nothing else - there used to be a beach shop but that's shut now.
Sorry can't give recommendations for places to eat as we don't often eat out ourselves.

absentmindeddooooodles Wed 25-Sep-13 20:04:47

Re illogan....ive lived there, and its a lovely walk through the woods and to the beach. Portreath isnt tio bad in the summer either. Bus links are nit the beat, but easy to get into redruth or camborne.
Falmouth public transport is fab. St austel is quite a trek into teueo. Not tooooo bad by train though.

paddypaws76 Wed 25-Sep-13 20:39:31

you've all been very helpfu. Seems like no one has a bad word to say about falmouth, it is nice though. We've only been to the harbour area and gully beach though so would need a bit more looking into.

Clargo55 Wed 25-Sep-13 20:40:40

I grew up in St.Austell and now live in Redruth due to work commitments. I would pick St.Austell every time. There are no shops in Redruth, bar a few charity/pasty/betting shops/hairdressers. Trewoon is a nice village and is close to St.Austell town centre. IMO it has the second best shops to Truro.

paddypaws76 Thu 26-Sep-13 08:13:43

Is that village closer to porthpean than the other areas I mentioned? When we went to porthpean we went by car and had to go down quite a long narrow lane, but I seem to remember someone saying theres a footpath you can take that brings you out just above the beach. and what about polgooth? Is it a bit out in the sticks if you don't drive? Thanks for all the replies so far.

southbank Thu 26-Sep-13 10:56:36

Sorry can't really help with your choice,but I grew up in Cornwall,lived in Fraddon and went to school in Indian Queens,then lived near Truro but loving reading this thread as I can picture all these places from my childhood!
Including going to the roller disco at Carlyon Bay!
Lots of great memories,haven't been home for years tbh

absentmindeddooooodles Thu 26-Sep-13 15:55:20

Will second there not being many shops etc in redruth. Ilive quite close to the main town.....but the outskirts are lovely and great transport links into truro.

paddypaws76 Thu 26-Sep-13 16:22:59

I've got the internet, not the same as browsing though ay? Does anyone ever treck into Plymouth for shopping?

snozzlemaid Thu 26-Sep-13 17:35:59

Trewoon is on the Truro side of St Austell and is also a nicer area to live. Polgooth again is nice, but I don't know what public transport is like for there.
Yes we go to Plymouth for shopping. You can be there in less than an hour from St Austell. We also go to Exeter sometimes too which is much better. Takes about an hour and a half.

Sixtiesqueen Thu 26-Sep-13 19:29:59

Ooh south bank I went to Indian queens school! How old are you?

piratecat Thu 26-Sep-13 19:37:38

not a fan here. just too local. sorry

southbank Fri 27-Sep-13 10:02:43

Sixtiesqueen-I'm 37,I can remember my first teachers were Mrs Armstrong,who used to see my parents in Truro very often and still used to ask about me at the age of 34 before my parents moved away.
Other teachers I remember were Mrs Puttock and the headreacher Mr Bailey.
We used to walk from Higher Fraddon to the school down the back footpaths past the pit-can't remember the name of it,up through Pocahontas Crescent!

Svrider Fri 27-Sep-13 10:20:02

That is all wink

paddypaws76 Fri 27-Sep-13 12:21:23

Been looking again this morning, lots of bungalows in and around st austell. Hadn't realy thought about having one before. At least you wouldn't be so overlooked I suppose?

Iheartcrunchiebars Fri 27-Sep-13 12:27:26

I think if transport is an issue then falmouth is a brilliant option. The trains are easy and the busy routes are the best in Cornwall (because of the university). Penryn also worth thinking about. It's a little cheaper, you can walk into falmouth (about 25 mins) and has all the same benefits of the bus routes/train.

Falmouth has the beaches, the town and is a brilliant place to live. I lived there for a year and 2 years in penryn. Both were fab.

paddypaws76 Fri 27-Sep-13 13:21:25

We love Falmouth, Have though about Penryn but never been for a look around. Coming down in a couple of weeks and will be having a day in falmouth as usual. Maybe an idea to get off the train at Penryn and have a look around? Do you walk down the river into falmouth from Penryn?

anythingforaquietnight Sun 29-Sep-13 18:17:34

Penryn is a great little town. Parking is a nightmare, but you don't have that problem! There is a large artist/alternative/boat/maker/musician type community there and is great for families with small kids.

There is a sizeable student population now as Falmouth University main site at Tremough is just above the town, but other than causing parking grief the influence on the area seems to be positive as it tends to attract older students and post grads as its far from the flesh pots (ha!) of Faltown. As with all other towns in Cornwall there is quite a bit of hidden poverty and people struggling.

Yes, getting the train to Penryn is a good idea. When you get of the train turn right out of the teeny tiny station, and walk up the hill. Then turn left at the junction by the railway bridge. This takes you down through Penryn town centre and will give you a good feel for the place. At Penryn Bridge at the bottom cross over and go for a cup of coffee and a cake at Miss Peapods‎ on the wharf overlooking the river. It gives you a good feel for how the whole of Penryn is!

You can then either walk into Falmouth along the riverside roads, or catch a bus on Penryn bridge.

Pm me if you want any other info

anythingforaquietnight Sun 29-Sep-13 18:20:34

Should add Penryn house prices are still competitive in comparison to Falmouth.

Ragwort Sun 29-Sep-13 18:23:36

I love Falmouth/Penryn - public transport is excellent and loads to do in Falmouth. Like others I think St Austell could be a bit grim. Lively scene in Falmouth now that they have the university and the Gylly beach is just my favourite envy. Can't wait for our half term holiday ........... in Falmouth grin.

Sixtiesqueen Mon 30-Sep-13 00:47:13

South bank, I am 40 but my cousin is 37 so would have been in your class. I don't want to out her but her initials were RR and she was originally from up north, moved to Indian Queens aged 6 so would have been new to the school then. Her older brother was PR.

I attended the school from 3-4th year only. I remember mr Bailey really well, lovely man. Also mr Dawson, though he retired so wouldn't have taught you. And the fourth year Herring?

Small world...small village!

southbank Mon 30-Sep-13 15:11:59

Sixtiesqueen-is your cousin called Rachel?!I can still remember so many names despite not seeing these people for nearly 30 years!
I do remember Mr Herring as well yes!
Small world indeed!

Sixtiesqueen Mon 30-Sep-13 15:48:15

Yes, that's her. She left Cornwall a few years ago and came back up north to train as a nurse - she's now qualified.

Gosh you had a bit of a hike to school! There was a girl in my class whose parents had the Blue Anchor pub in Fraddon. I go to Cornwall every year now and drive down the A30 bypass and always want to take a detour off to the village for a poke around but I sort of want to be there alone and I have DH and the children with me. I have to say I found it a dreadful place to live, wonder what it's like now?

We lived on Suncrest Estate (right by the school) - I actually lived with Rachael. I remember her being in Mrs Puttock's class - I remember the school hall was down some stairs...I used to run the tuck shop at morning break when I was in the fourth year juniors. I have undoubtedly served you with a bag of Monster Munch! I'm just remembering the uniform - royal blue jumper!

southbank Mon 30-Sep-13 17:10:13

Lol,my parents had their wedding reception at the Blue Anchor!
We moved closer to Truro when I was 8 or 9 I think,just have very happy memories there but having been back in passing like you thought it did look pretty grim in places.
My mum was a single parent initially and used to walk me to school and back every day,and you are right it was an unbeleivable walk!I can't beleive how hard my mum actually had it living there,to even get to a bus stop would have been at least a 15-20 min walk,I guess with a toddler 30-40 mins.No shops,gp,school,under a 40 min walk.
I remember going to playgroup and majorettes in the Victory Hall,the carnival through the village that started on the rec I think it was called,and walking up the Drang to the main road!
School was lovely wasn't it,I'm sure relatively new as well at the time?

Sixtiesqueen Mon 30-Sep-13 22:32:30

Victory hall! I can't believe you remember that! Nobody knows 'The Drang', I thought I had dreamt it.

This has made me chuckle!

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 09:15:28

WOW! This is like friends now. I love it smile

southbank Tue 01-Oct-13 10:06:13

Lol op,hope we haven't hijacked your thread too much,sorry!
Really enjoying this thread,my own experience of St Austell when I was a child was going shopping with my parents occasionally,mum didn't really like it because the shops weren't as good as Truro!
I remember the old Market building near a pub called The Sun I think,it always had funny organ/accordion style music playing and always smelt of food from the stalls.
Had a friend who lived on Sea Road in Carlyon bay,the house was amazing,I remember being amazed that you could see the sea from EVERY room in the house!
Have you got any more thoughts about where you are hoping to move to op?
Also we

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 10:28:04

Haha don't worry its fine, nice to see. No one has a bad word to say about falmouth/penryn, We love it, but I can't deny that being on the main train line would make things easier. Being able to get to Truro, Plymouth and up country without having to change trains is tempting. Someone said to me once, is not where you live in cornwall that matters, its that you live in cornwall. I've had loads of good advice on here though, certainly couldn't afford a house on sea road smile If we did decide on St Austell, its not too far to spend a day in Falmouth.

southbank Tue 01-Oct-13 10:35:29

Falmouth is great,if I was going to live in Falmouth or St Austell it would be Falmouth definitely,every time.

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 10:57:57

Yeah. I like just mooching around the dock area. Remember an october day last year sitting Gylly beach, couldn't see my hand infront of my face, just listening to the fog horns on the ships moored in the bay, very atmospheric. Have to say though, I also have a soft spot for Charlestown, and Par is a great place to walk the dogs. Never been to falmouth in the summer, so don't know how busy the beaches get with uni students etc.

southbank Tue 01-Oct-13 11:13:03

Par for me was always Par Market on a Sunday morning,it was huge.other than that and the beach,not sure what else there is.
I think Fslmouth has more to offer,aesthetically moe pleasing,lovely surrounding areas and close to some great beaches.

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 11:29:26

We did seriously think about Hayle for a while, but that seems to have got quite expensive over the last couple of years, maybe the quay developements have helped. Lovely beach!

zebrafinch Tue 01-Oct-13 20:48:02

I would choose Falmouth over St Austell. Get a Devon and Cornwall Railcard as a resident and you will get discounted rail fares. most of your time will be Spent living not travelling away so choose the town with the best schools and work opportunities and somewhere where you can be on the beach quickly. I have never been taken with St Austell town centre but my spirits lift on going into Falmouth.
What about Liskeard? Good train and bus link to the beaches at Looe??? On mainline to Plymouth and London.

zebrafinch Tue 01-Oct-13 21:01:44

Sorry OP on reflection Liskeard is too Far East for your purposes and you are wanting a walking trip to the beach. Hopefully someone will come along and advise you on the schools in the Falmouth area. It's good that you are visiting and viewing houses outside the main tourist season as you will get a different feel of the placel

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 09:18:47

Thanks someone once suggested Fowey but its just too expensive. What about Mevagissey anyone? Not too far to St austell for the main train line and a regular bus service. Not visited there in years. I remember a nice sandy beach close by, but it was only accessible down some rather scarey steps in the cliff.

kernowal Wed 02-Oct-13 09:32:09

Par - no. It's definitely not one of the prettier parts of the area.
Meva & Charlestown lovely but pricey.
Polgooth, Trewoon & Sticker are all too far from the sea for what you want.

What are you planning to do work-wise if you don't drive? Anywhere away from the town centres will be a nightmare to get to without a car if you have to be in a certain place by a certain time. Truro's the hub of the working world.

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:17:33

Hi we run an online business so thats not really an issue. Probably worth mentioning, and I don't know how many there are in the area, but I don't think we could buy a unit bungalow due to mortgage requirements. Any other suggestions for places in the area that fit the bill? Carlyon Bay looks nice, hopefully one day they will decide that building the apartments at the back of the beach was a mistake and return it to nature. I don't know if I said but around a 45/50 min walk to the sea would be doable, is that a word?

kernowal Wed 02-Oct-13 11:19:49

Just as a word of warning, check out the fibre/broadband coverage as web access is critical. My family are about 5 miles out of the centre of St Austell & 2MB is a fantastic broadband speed on a good day with the wind in the right direction. The same applies to mobile coverage which can be very patchy anywhere around the coast. We can get Vodafone but none of the others and then only by going outside.

You might be better off looking at the beaches at Duporth & Porthpean. The beach at Carlyon Bay/Crinnis was always private even before they decided to build on it. My teenage years were spent at the Wimpy & Radio 1 roadshow down there with Dave Lee Travis & David Kid Jenson. Less said the better...

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 12:24:02

Ok thanks for the info. Porthpean is a nice beach although every time we go there the tide seems to be in. Isn't duporth private swell? Isn't there meant to be a public footpath that leads from porthpean beach towards town, avoiding those narrow lanes?

PigletJohn Wed 02-Oct-13 13:45:41

I don't know St Austell, but one thing I will say

If you want to live in a warm, rainy area in a county with a coastline, you haven't got to live next to the beach. There are actually disadvantages, like your car and lawnmower will go instantly rusty, and your windows will get salt and sand on them (in storms, seaweed as well) and the roads will be blocked through the summer. You will get more damage to roof and fences in storms.

If you can cycle there, it's near enough.

paddypaws76 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:25:45

Ok a solution would be, don't have a car, use an electric mower which tend to be plastic, buy a bungalow so its less exposed to high winds, and easier to clean the windows and plant hedging instead of fencing which is less likely to suffer the same fate. I think you'd need half a million to live next to a beach anywhere in devon or cornwall anyway wouldn't you?

lagoonhaze Thu 03-Oct-13 17:43:24

Par area would be good option. Dont discount st blazey

paddypaws76 Fri 04-Oct-13 08:55:50

Had a few people say St Blazey isn't that nice, do they mean to look at, or just generally a bit run down? The problem with picturesque cornish towns and villages is that thats where all the second home owners want to buy pushing the prices up above what there worth. I wonder what affect closing the china clay works at Par will have on the area, more expensive apartments perhaps?

lagoonhaze Sat 05-Oct-13 21:33:26

Par docks has had development plans kicking around. I think it could be an area on the up.

Those who say St Blazey isn't nice are prob just not looking past a few bad estates. Some justified some snobbery. There are several areas in St Blazey that are nice enough places to live. Biscovey too is in St Blaise parish. Again lots of nice houses.

Its like the poster who said St Austell was awful because Penwithick was grim. No correlation different places. Oh and Penwithick has some nice housing too (as well as bad!)

kernowal Sat 05-Oct-13 22:32:22

St Blazey has the lovely Mid Cornwall Gallery for a bit of culture & funky jewellery shopping.

paddypaws76 Sun 06-Oct-13 12:13:42

To be honest I Thought St Blazey and Par were pretty much the same place. Like with everything, you get what you pay for in terms of a house. If it helps I think our budget will be around the £200.000 mark.

paddypaws76 Wed 30-Oct-13 11:31:16

Hi just thought I'd update this if anyones still watching it. We were in cornwall last week, terrible weather but had a great time.
stayed in st agnes and visited Falmouth and st Austell/Charlestown as usual. Not a great walk from St Austell town centre down to charlestown,, but we went down the main road, through mount chalres etc and there might be a better way. Not too much of a problem because if we moved to that area it would be sort of Carlyon bay direction anyway. Thought the town centre wasn't bad at all, just people going about their daily business. On the falmouth side of things, yes its lovely even though the weather was rubbish. We got a taxi from St Agnes and fought the train back into Truro from Falmouth Town station. Found a nice pub for dinner on the harbour side with an open fire. Decided not to walk into falmouth from penryn due to the weather but drove through. Looks ok but maybe a bit of a treck on foot. So still trying to make up our minds on what would suit us best. Thanks to everyone for all the help and advise. Think we might try and get the house on the market in the spring.

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