Moving to Altrincham/Sale/Hale in a months time!!

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rachococo Sun 22-Jul-12 02:28:03

Hello everyone! I am currently living in the USA (previously Whalley Range/Chorlton), and moving back at the end of August to start a Doctorate at the University of Manchester. We are keen to start afresh in a new area of Manchester, and Altrincham/Hale/Sale seems like its gonna be the place!! We liked Chorlton, but fancy living a little more out, on the tramline. We have an 8 year old daughter so looking for school recommendations and also areas where is best to rent. Are there any council estate areas to avoid? Obviously we have a lot to sort out in the next couple weeks, so any advice or help would be much appreciated!!

rachococo Thu 06-Sep-12 23:47:50

Found out my daughter can go to Navigation Rd, hooray!! Just have to sort after school now, and evening babysitter for the odd night out.......

fenner Mon 03-Sep-12 14:49:24

Hi rachococo,

Feel free to PM me too. I live in Sale and commute to the uni regularly by tram (same 'job' as you).

rachococo Sun 19-Aug-12 23:40:13

Thanks, applied on Friday, so hopefully will hear back about the school she gets into this week! Didn't realise schools go back on Tuesday 4th September, I start my course on 3rd... nothings ever easy ; )

Can't wait to fly over!!

Thanks for everyones help and advice


MarthasHarbour Sun 19-Aug-12 16:02:32

Brilliant! Congrats!! Perfect choice, WV Road is in a really lovely leafy part of Alti/Timperley. I dont know much about Cloverlea (must get checking) but Nav and The Willows have great reputations.

Well done!

rachococo Sun 19-Aug-12 05:56:09

Hi all, I have managed to rent the house on West Vale Rd!! I realise how hard it is to get a place in the schools so was guided on availability!! I have applied for Navigation Primary, Willows Primary and Cloverlea - in that order! I think that was the right decision........ They all look fine, but Navigation will make it easier with my commute to Bury. I hope the Schools Out program have availability now.
Thanks for everyones help and advice, I am flying out the day before I move in, and school starts 3 days later so all very last minute.
Thank you everyone - looking forward to moving back!

rachococo Tue 14-Aug-12 15:53:43

Thank you!!

MarthasHarbour Tue 14-Aug-12 10:03:47

that should have read 'W Vale Rd is a lovely street!'

MarthasHarbour Tue 14-Aug-12 10:03:18

W Vale Rd, it is nearer Altrincham than Timperley anyway, and is right by the Nav Rd tram and definitely in catchment for Nav Rd primary, if you are there a while is is right near Wellington Comp which is an outstanding school.

JonahB Tue 14-Aug-12 07:59:39

hi Rachococo,
thanks for the message. My house would be unfurnished, as i need to take what's in there with me. Just something to consider.... I'm away for a couple of days now (think so is your friend) but i'll contact her when i get back. Good luck with your house hunting in the meantime....!!

rachococo Tue 14-Aug-12 04:23:40

Hi JonahB, that is a coincidence! If you do decide to rent I am definitely interested, my friend did mention she knew of a possible rental in Sale. Don't mind furnished or unfurnished. Not really shipping any furniture (currently living in the USA) so some furniture would be helpful - but I'm flexible!
Thanks for the message!

JonahB Mon 13-Aug-12 21:59:47

Hi again, Are you looking for furnished or unfurnished?

JonahB Mon 13-Aug-12 21:39:33

Very bizarrely (small world), I know your friend and have suggested my house to her (I live in Sale). I'm probably looking to rent my house, but its not definite. I've asked your friend to give me a call so we can discuss.

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 19:49:40

Thnk you, going to push for this one!!

TheOneWithTheHair Mon 13-Aug-12 19:28:21

West Vale Road is nice. Close to navigation station so may be the school catchment too. From memory the houses have decent gardens but I can't be sure.

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 18:51:18

Budget is £850, but hoping for lower. Need to move in end August, start September. As close to tram as possible, as need to drop off my 8 year old daughter and get to Bury by 10am.

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 18:31:28

Thanks so much... Station Cottages, Byrom, York St and Lawrence Rd are all let!! Just been on phone to agents for hours - they go so quick. I had put an offer on Station Cottages and Lawrence and wasn't successful.

They told me about a house on W Vale Rd in Timperley. It is up to our limit of £850, but I am getting desperate!!! What do you think of that area?
Thanks for your advice!

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 12:58:12

Just looking on rightmove now

Station Cottages - i know this street, yes it is on Mcr Road however it is set back in a private mews type area. I would give it a go for 6 months (and it is gorgeous!). Just noticed it is catchment for Broadheath Primary - although you might be able to talk Park Rd into admissions if DD is now 8yo.

York St: You are in a good catchment area, ie Stamford Park = no brainer

Dont know your budget but this is on Byrom St and is also in catchment for Stamford Park - Byrom is one of the 3 'B' Roads which are rather popular

another one on York St

Lawrence Road (catchment for Nav Rd), this one has a decent size back yard (most of them on that street are postage stamp size]]

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 09:02:22

pm me with your budget and specifications - i will have a look for you smile

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 09:01:25

Lock Road is lovely, it is right by Lawrence Road. The houses have lovely character.

If you end up with Station Cottage and find it is on a main road then dont worry too much, i imagine you would be on a 6 month let anyway so it gives you time to check out the area.

Unacceptable Mon 13-Aug-12 02:48:02

I don't know if this will help you at all but are you set on being along the tramline (sale,altrincham)? If the reason for the tramline was for easy access to Manchester city centre then you could rent along the trainline also.
Flixton and Urmston are lovely areas and there are quite a few places to rent. Not sure of your budget or even if you would consider the area but here is an available House to rent local schools are great too.

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 01:23:13

OK, missed out on York Street. I'm not having much luck, have missed out on 5 houses now. Only got a week to find a place so I can apply for schools for my daughter and book our flights. Starting to panic, if anyone sees any rentals advertised in supermarkets/papers etc. please pass them on to me. I will be forever grateful!!!! ;)

rachococo Sun 12-Aug-12 02:43:40

Thank you! So if you had to choose .... Lock Street or York Road??
I keep missing out on the rentals as they are snapped up within hours. Am thinking of renting a house mid sept and finding a cheapo hotel or b&b for 2 weeks, keen to get something sorted soon!

SoozleQ Sun 12-Aug-12 00:44:13

Lock road is good. Think it can be quite difficult to get into Alty c of e from the start if you haven't been a regular church goer because it's popular and competitive but if your daughter is 8 and they have space for her In the relevant class i don't think it should be a problem. It's a nice school by all accounts.

rachococo Sat 11-Aug-12 22:47:26

Do you need to have to be particularly religious to go to a C of E school? Was considering Altrincham C of E as well if we end up renting on Lock Rd....

rachococo Sat 11-Aug-12 22:42:02

Thanks, thinking of a property on Lock Rd, it is in Broadheath, and I have read some negative info on the area, it looks nice on google maps, and I would try and get my daughter in Navigation Primary then hop on the navigation tram to work in Bury. I am overseas so it is so hard to judge - any advice much appreciated!

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