So I need your collective wisdom, Bristolian Mumsnetters.
We currently live in Westbury on Trym. DS1 goes to Westbury Park primary. DS2 in nursery. I will shortly work in the centre of town, DP currently works on Whiteladies Road but wants to move offices (runs his own business).
We need to downsize and cut our rent down by a few hundred quid a month. Where shall we go and live?
We need a decent primary school, reasonable commute links into centre of town, and DP wants to live near water! We like Stapleton and Frenchay, but Frenchay seems pricey, at least the bit round the common does. Where is nice? What's Sea Mills like? Any ideas?
There are some nice bits to live around Blaise and Shirehampton (good villagy atmosphere round bits of Shirehampton, lots of green space) but tbh rents in the nice bits aren't going to be that much cheaper than Westbury, and the cheaper bits aren't going to be very nice....
Also primary schools round there aren't brilliant unless you are Catholic, but if you have one child already at Westbury Park the next one should get in as a sibling, even if you move away. Then if you/DH are working in the centre you'd drop them off on the way into work. The problem really hits if you think one step ahead and look at secondary level, as at the moment the two closest secondaries don't have a great reputation (Henbury and Oasis Brightstowe, formerly the Portway School), though they are meant to be improving.
I don't know Sea Mills very well except for driving through it, but it doesn't look like it has a lot going for it unless you have one of the houses with a good view over the Avon Gorge. People I know who've been allocated Sea Mills primary have done their damndest to get their children out as soon as possible, but that was a few years ago, and things can change.
exexpat i know we should keep our Westbury Park place, but we're very keen to have a simpler school/nursery/work run, as it's killing us at the moment! so ideally DS1 would move schools to wherever we go.
There's some fab ones there! I love the carpet in the one in Easton in Gordano, you wouldn't want to see what when you've got a vomiting bug.....
Our current contract isn't up till Feb so we're trying to decide where we want to live first, and then working out the rest after Christmas. Have to say that Coach House looks sweet - although I'm always suspicious of places that have no interior shots....
Thank you all! I think we'll take a drive round Downend some time soon, and check out the Chew Magna end of things, although I have a feeling that might be a bit far out for DP to commute.
Abbots Leigh is a really nice village, beautiful countryside, and handy for Bristol, but there is no village school - I think the closest one is in Pill and it is in special measures at the moment. I have a feeling that's the closest one to Easton in Gordano too...
Flax Bourton also a nice village (great woodland for walks etc) but again no schools and the closest primary is in Long Ashton = horribly oversubscribed.
I think I'd be inclined to downsize and stay in the area if possible since you've already got a good school. Or the Downend suggestions could be good - Christ Church school is meant to be pretty good, I think.