Relocating to Devon - help & advice please!

(7 Posts)
JudetheObscure44 Fri 29-Apr-16 10:57:29

My husband was made redundant a year ago and with no income we are leaving Buckinghamshire to relocate. Always loved Devon and want to live by the sea. Teenage kids and will need 2 secondary places. Used to village location with lots of friends and love socialising. I'm a people person. If anyone could offer advice on where we should be looking, would love to be near the sea but I know budget won't stretch to sea views! So grateful for any advice as pretty nervous right now...

Ferguson Fri 29-Apr-16 19:20:17

Torbay - Torquay, Paignton and Brixham - have schools, including boys' and girls' grammar schools in Torquay, and mixed grammar between Paignton and Brixham I think, as well as several comprehensives. Dawlish and Teignmouth are popular small towns.

Ashburton, and Newton Abbot are further inland, but nearer to Dartmoor, and have several schools. Totnes and the South Hams are a bit more trendy - and thus expensive. And further west, Plymouth is the largest town, with several different areas.

JudetheObscure44 Fri 29-Apr-16 20:54:48

Thank you so much Ferguson. Very grateful for advice. Will have a look at the ones you suggest. Was thinking about Seaton with an eye on Colyton. Don't know if you have any pearls to offer on that? Thanks again.

Koopz Fri 29-Apr-16 21:00:15

I live near Exeter, it's a city but literally 20 mins from at least 4 different beaches (dawlish/exmouth/dawlish warren and sidmouth) the schools are good, and if you wanted village type life you could try topsham/alphington. They also have good schools and are both on the city edge.

JudetheObscure44 Sat 30-Apr-16 09:53:06

Thank you so much Koop, I'll look at those areas. Can't afford Topsham property wise so good to have some other place names to put in right move. Will be starting my trips down soon but need to get on the phone to schools this coming week in the hope of finding a year 10 and upper sixth form place.

IAmcuriousyellow Mon 02-May-16 09:28:26

Hi OP I see you're considering Seaton with your eye on Colyton. Have you been to Seaton? I don't know why but there's something miserable about the town maybe it's because the sea is hidden by the 1960s blocks of flats. The big Tesco and the new Jurassic centre will hopefully bring more people, but still there is something about it. Perhaps just me. However Colyton doesn't have a catchment as such as it all hinges on 11 Plus results, and some children there travel an hour or more.

Anyway, Sidmouth is a lovely town! And has a bus to Colyford. Also a community college in case CGS doesn't work out. I'd rather Sidmouth than Seaton any day. Just my view - I'm sure lots of people love Seaton but personally I don't.

JudetheObscure44 Mon 02-May-16 10:22:26

Thank you so much, haven't even been to Seaton yet so was just considering on what others have said. Am driving to Devon in the next few weeks to drive around and look. Someone else said Sidmouth was for old people! I will have a look though not sure what we can afford house wise there as we need to hold money back to live on in the hope the next year brings us better fortune...

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