Considering moving to York - need advice

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joshandjamie Fri 06-Jan-12 11:26:21

I know there are other threads about moving to York but I'm hoping for some more advice. We are considering moving to York. There are four main reasons for this:
1) My husband is from Yorkshire and he feels he would like to return home (not that he's from York itself!) He went to Pocklington school. And his elderly mum lives in Yorkshire so we'd be closer to her. I'm South African so anywhere is far from my home!

2) I am keen to have more of a town/city lifestyle. We've been living in rural countryside for a while and although it is beautiful with great walks, it means a car journey anytime we want anything. Something about being able to walk to a coffee shop has huge appeal.

3) Private schooling - our local state schools are good (in fact this makes it harder because if they were bad it would be an easy decision). They're not great but they're good. We're thinking of St Peters or Bootham.

4) And this is the main one: friendly people. My husband assures me that people in Yorkshire and York are friendly. The area where we live, the people are really not friendly. I have spent 5 years trying to make friends and although I now have a circle of friends, it still feels like all the effort comes largely from me and there's a general negativity about the place (We have constant battles with our elderly neighbours over our hedge and there is nothing wrong with our hedge and twice I've had eggs thrown at our car parked on the drive - not sure why)

So - what is it like living in York itself? Fun or a complete nightmare with traffic and millions of tourists/students who drive you nuts?

Any thoughts on St Peters (and the junior schools that feed it) and Bootham?

Are people friendly? Is it easy to make friends? I am past the baby/toddler group stage so I wonder how I'd meet people - school gate (not sure how viable this is with private school), sports clubs (I love sailing and notice that there's a small sailing club at Bishopthorpe), ??

Jobs are not an issue. My husband works from home and would commute to London once a week. I run my own business - in fact any thoughts on what the local small business community is like?

We did consider living in one of the villages outside of York and sending the kids to Pock, but the local state secondary school where we currently lives ranks 100 places higher up the league tables than Pock and I fear that we will swap one village lifestyle with another. But if anyone knows of genuinely lovely friendly villages and has any thoughts on Pock school, please share.

I appreciate any advice. We're heading up next weekend to go check it out. (sorry for mega long post)

QED Sun 08-Jan-12 20:04:05

I think you do - I live just round the corner from the school /

notveryinventive Sun 08-Jan-12 21:20:04

I lived round the corner from the park.

backfromseoul Sun 08-Jan-12 22:09:54

Our situation is uncannily similar, right down to work patterns and the sailing (didn't know about Bishopthorpe, thank you!). I've been on tenterhooks all through the Christmas break wondering if there will be a place for our DS at Bootham Juniors. Might find out when the school re-opens tomorrow, but does anyone know if Bootham and St Peters junior schools typically have long waiting lists? We were also looking at Cambridge but have pretty much given up finding schooling there.

upatdawn Sun 08-Jan-12 22:15:21

I don't know about waiting lists but St Olave's is much bigger than BJS so I would think waiting lists would be shorter. However Olave's is boarding and I suppose the more 'obvious' choice (even though I would prefer BJS for my DC) so that might mean it has a similar waiting list.

Stopsittingonyoursister Sun 08-Jan-12 22:21:48

OP, I live in the village next to pearlgirl, and I love it. Excellent primary school, feeds into Tadcaster Grammar School, and very friendly and community minded. We have excellent events like an annual carnival, art competition, etc that you can choose to get involved in or not, holiday clubs for the kids run through the local churches, lots of stuff for the kids with sport, dance, youth club, brownies/cubs, etc and lots of stuff for the adults as well, with fitness classes, pub quiz, and so on. Only got one decent pub, but lots of shops, and very close to a major supermarket. Also very good bus links into town, which takes about 25 - 30 minutes, or you can go park and ride. I am never moving.

One problem you may find is that houses used to come on to the market all the time, but the number of houses available at the moment is fairly low.

Best of luck!

joshandjamie Mon 09-Jan-12 07:06:41

Stopsitting - I will definitely go take a look at those villages. But you're right, there's not much property on the market in them that I've seen. Backfromseoul, do let me know if you get a place at Bootham. If there is a long waiting list, that might force our hand toward St Peter's junior schools or going to one of the state ones. If you do move, please stay in touch via mumsnet. There seem to be a few of us thinking of moving there and as we'll all be new and norman no mates, it might be good to get together should it all go ahead!

bigpigeon Mon 09-Jan-12 14:50:04

I am in Cop and they don't get to go to Fulford - It is Tad Grammar or perhaps Manor if you have a church connection.

joshandjamie Sun 15-Jan-12 19:49:25

just wanted to update - we went to York this weekend. We think we've decided to move there and send our kids to St Peters (well Clifton Prep and St Olaves). I think they fit our boys best. Now we just have to sell our house, find one there and shift my business. Our aim is to be there over summer starting the new schools in Sept.

Re where to live, we want to live right in the heart of the city rather than in the surrounding villages. I know that the houses near the school go fast and don't come on the market that often (and are expensive). We have a budget of up to £700k but would prefer to spend less if possible. I also loved it along the river down towards Fulford but think it's going to be too far to walk to school and cycling could be an option but worry the younger one (6) would battle.

Lookingforaschool - have you made a decision yet?

lookingforaschool Mon 16-Jan-12 17:54:38

Not found a school yet, although Bootham is looking like a strong contender for our DD although we're thinking our DS would be more suited for St Peter's. However we might be a bit late as he would need common entrance to get in and we've done no preparation. I understand that at Bootham you can do their own entrance test as an alterternative to CE?

joshandjamie, I've been scouring rightmove every night and have lusted after this house; it is beautiful! I've had my eye on this one, too.

joshandjamie Tue 17-Jan-12 09:12:33

love both of those lookingforaschool - we could well be bidding on the same houses! according to estate agents, the houses around the schools go very fast

lookingforaschool Tue 17-Jan-12 15:16:50

The first one is way out of our price range!

joshandjamie Tue 17-Jan-12 15:57:02

We've resigned ourselves to living on beans on toast smile

lookingforaschool Tue 17-Jan-12 17:22:20

Looking at house prices in York I think we may have to as well!

loumumagain Mon 30-Jan-12 10:53:46

We moved to York from London in the summer and we absolutely love it. We moved for the schools mainly and my 3 boys all go to Bootham. It's an amazing school and they are all so happy there. Especially compared to the big state school they were in before. We live off the Shipton road near Clifton green so very easy compute to the schools. The 2 older ones are in the senior and the younger one is at the junior. My 3 year old girl is about to start a new Montessori nursery very near by. Happy to help if you need anything.

Heffylump Sun 18-Mar-12 18:16:16

Joshandjamie -

We also currently live in a small village in W Berks and we're also moving to Yorkshire in the next couple of months. My other half's South African and is also rather gobsmacked by the general unfriendliness/borderline hostility where we are right now.
Having spent a decent amount of my youth 'up North', I can absolutely reassure you that people really are a whole lot friendlier there. And the countryside up there is fantastic - good luck and enjoy the move :-)

joshandjamie Sun 18-Mar-12 18:44:36

Ooh Heffylump - how intriguing. I'd love to know which village you're in. We've just returned from a weekend in York and have put in an offer on a house (but I think that someone else will nab it before we can get it as our house hasn't sold yet).

Where about in Yorkshire are you moving to?

Oh - and Loumumagain - it was lovely to meet you this weekend! Afraid I couldn't convince my husband to get the house next to yours (even though I LOVED it). But I will keep you posted on where we end up.

kickassangel Sun 18-Mar-12 18:58:17

Looking. That second one is the street I lived on and I LOVED it. Been over 10 years since we left and I still miss York sometimes.

Traffic onPortland St is a nightmare, particuarlywhen Bootham school empties, but it is an amazing location and I just loved it so much. Parking also a nightmare even though it is residents only.

God I loved living in Portland St. It is known as one of 'the' streets to aspire to and hardly ever has houses for sale on it.

You're about 50 yards for the boho studenty street with cafes and you can hear the Minster bells from there.

(faints due to extreme home sickness)

Did I mention I love York?

Fab city.

Heffylump Sun 18-Mar-12 19:18:03

Congratulations - I hope it works out for you :-)
We're looking to move to the Harrogate area - haven't settled on a spot yet but would definitely prefer a small town with access to city life rather than the other way around!
Currently out near Pangbourne - it's pretty but we've found it v claustrophobic and generally unfriendly. Not rude, just too hard to get to know people. How about you?
Best of luck with your move :-)

joshandjamie Tue 20-Mar-12 08:01:37

Heffylump - I sent you a dm about where I am. But the same here re generally unfriendly. Good luck with your house search

wolvesarejustoldendaydogs Tue 20-Mar-12 08:15:10

Harrogate is lovely, nicer than York to live in IMHO. All the amenities of town without the huge amount of tourists that York has - and quick access to the countryside without as much traffic as York has. Only half an hour from York and Leeds by train / car too. Really good schools, looks very pretty, easy to meet other mums. Only downside is that property is expensive (but probably no more so than York).

Northernlurker Tue 20-Mar-12 08:21:36

I would say Harrogate is more expensive actually - and the town is a tiny bit pleased with itself smile

wolvesarejustoldendaydogs Tue 20-Mar-12 08:31:44

ha, northern yes there is probably a fair bit of smugness about. It is a lovely town though. Been here 2 years and love it. York is also lovely, but I think I would find the sheer volume of tourists a pain (have lived in other tourist towns and found it a bit annoying). Not so bad if you live in the dead centre, but a pain when you've got to wade through them all to get anywhere.

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