Moving 2 UK...need help choosing area to buy in!

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Preezie Mon 27-Aug-12 05:40:40

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Nigglenaggle Mon 27-Aug-12 21:07:35

I lived (very briefly) in Dorking near Guildford and reckon it fits most of your requirements, but I dont know the area really well.

SeymoreInOz Mon 27-Aug-12 23:25:43

I used to live in a village just outside Epsom that was nice, DD went to a really good primary school there, quite chav free. Epsom itself has the propensity for chaviness though, as does any large town really. Cheam is nice, and has good schools (Nonsuch etc)

HomeSearcher Tue 28-Aug-12 12:11:29

Preezie - No matter what area you search in, you will almost always find a chav element. I ask my clients to focus more on the issues that are important to them and their families - proximity to good schools, manageable commute times, accessibility of lifestyle & leisure activities, type of property to suit family needs, etc. Once you you've done this all other issues can be considered in context. Good luck with the move.

NarcolepsyQueen Tue 28-Aug-12 12:13:54

Not Maidstone! West Malling next to Kingshill is very nice. Kingshill is a new development. Tunbridge Wells is lovely too. What about Bucks? Marlow, Beaconsfield etc?

suedpantsoffem Tue 28-Aug-12 12:17:26

Actually, I'd recommend renting when you first move - that way you will have time to look around all the areas you mentioned, and individual houses. You can also visit schools and do some research into what else each area offers (for adults and children). I don't know about house prices in the areas you're looking at, but in North Wiltshire £600k would buy a lot of house!

pupsiecola Tue 28-Aug-12 12:26:49

I grew up near Guildford and lived around the area for most of my life. Godalming is lovely as is Farnham. Farnham has an excellent state school - often judged to be the best in the country - for ages 4 to 11. There is also lots to do there with children.

I can't speak for the other areas, but these areas meet most of your criteria.


FellatioNelson Mon 03-Sep-12 05:09:18

I would also recommend you rent first. Find a school you love, rent to get your children in there and then buy wherever you like (that is accessible for school) in 6 months.

You seem to be focusing on areas that are known for being nice/expensive and in a definite commuter belt, so you won't necessarily get much for £600k. If your DH only needs to commute to London on the odd day I would seriously consider going much further our of London, but somewhere very nice like Norwich or Kenilworth or similar, where the pace/quality of life is more pleasant but access to London is still easy by train.

FellatioNelson Mon 03-Sep-12 05:12:24

Kings Hill/West Malling are both very nice but the surrounding area generally is not that great to be honest. The villages are often lovely but the towns can be rough to say the least. Although I sort of agree with HomeSearcher that there will always be an undesirable element in any large town.

VintageNancy Mon 03-Sep-12 05:20:37

If you'd consider village life instead of a city or town there are some lovely places on the Essex/Suffolk border like Dedham & Stratford St Mary. Then the train from Manningtree is around an hour into Liverpool Street.

FellatioNelson Mon 03-Sep-12 05:26:51

Couldn't agree more VN - it is a much overlooked area, but good value for money and extremely accessible for London. Beautiful countryside, safe, good schools etc. I lived in that area for several years and loved it.

HomeSearcher Wed 05-Sep-12 11:42:00

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Clueless2727 Fri 09-Nov-12 10:49:56

I was brought up in a village between epsom and guildford and i know the area well, happy to advise if you want any specific advice, although i no longer live there. Good schools, quite expensive housing, but will be able to get something for your money. east horsley, fetcham and cobham are nice and as someone has already said, dorking is a lovely town

Preezie Mon 19-Nov-12 09:40:07

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NotQuintAtAllOhNo Mon 19-Nov-12 09:44:43

Oh, Richmond is fab. Love it. Plenty of really good state schools. Especially if you go towards East Sheen and Barnes.

Clueless2727 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:20:58

I went to college in kingston which is the next town. Lovely, nice town, lots of shops and richmond is very nice. Kingston has a grammar school tiffin, maybe speak to them. If you're still looking surrey way, i went to a good state school callled howard of effingham. West of richmond is the lovely but very expensive windsor and ascot, maidenhead is just west of that all in berkshire. Still got family on both those areas so happy to advise

natation Thu 22-Nov-12 22:01:01

Richmond is about to get a new Catholic primary and secondary school opening in September 2013, which should open up places in other Richmond schools too.

Preezie Fri 11-Jan-13 10:13:39

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Bestmom Mon 21-Jan-13 09:34:12

Hello everyone.
We are relocating from SA to the UK in June -July 2013 and I was hoping to live somewhere south of London, in the country, close to the coast. I have three daughters. 8, 13 and 16. Any advice on state schools and towns/villages..etc. We are going to be renting for a start.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Wed 23-Jan-13 22:39:18

Do you need to commute into London?

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