Pondering on a possible move there. Various places under consideration (Godalming was last month's location).
We have a 2.5 and 1 year old so preschools, primaries, toddler groups and things to do with small children in tow are important.
I've been looking at primelocation and rightmove and seen some lovely houses around Clarence Park (want walking distance to town) - good area to start? Any places to avoid? Any 'hot' primary catchment areas I should be aware of (DS starts Sept. '06)?
St Albans is very expensive you don't get much for your money house wise. Lovely town, great shops, good schools. Traffic is hell especially on a Saturday. Lots of posh shops there so you know it's a good quality town.
Wanted to second what secondhandrose said, traffic is hell and I avoid going into St Albans just because of that, but does have good shops. I used to live in one of the surrounding villages, but have gradually moved further north east.
Hi Gem, I live in Bricket Wood which is 4 miles outside St A. The schools in the St Albans area are fantastic, always amongst the top schools in the country, we are spoilt for choice with schools. There are lots of nurseries too. Houses are expensive in St A but cheaper out here in the villages. Yes, the traffic can be a problem but I used to live in London and so I don't get upset about it, even on a bad day it's worlds apart from that kind of traffic.
St Albans and it's surrounding villages is a wonderful area to live in, with beautiful parks, lovely scenery and walks, fantastic restaurants and pubs, good shops, a low crime rate, full employment. Highly recommend it.
My brother and his wife live in the centre of SA and love it. My brother is a teacher at Verrulum Boys (sorry spelling may be off}. There always seems so much to do in SA and I love visiting the place. Schools there do seem excellent, lovely shops, great parks, pubs and restaurants. Appalling traffic for school run I've been told. As sil just had her 1st child don't know much yet re mothers and toddlers etc.
Gem13, there are no "bad" schools in St Albans, only the best and the very best!
All the schools are oversubscribed and are very strict on sibling and catchment, sometimes they have spaces at times other than the usual intake time. There are enouugh places for all children, but it might not be a parent's first choice.
Attending the attached nursery doesn't get you a place either!
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