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Name this place - please!

(19 Posts)
Decisionsagain Thu 03-Apr-14 23:31:21

Lovely area to live. Commutable to London.

Primary schools with add on nurseries.

Great secondary school with a sixth form.

Not too rural with a nice town centre.

If you live in an area that ticks the boxes, please share. Hubby and I have travelled thousands of miles from the comfort of our living room and still don't know where to go. We can go anywhere - too much choice is not a good thing!!

Thank you!!!!!!

BackforGood Thu 03-Apr-14 23:34:29

Harpenden, Herts

TheBitterBoy Thu 03-Apr-14 23:36:03

Wokingham, Berkshire

AuntPittypat Thu 03-Apr-14 23:36:53

Farnham, Surrey

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 03-Apr-14 23:41:37

Commutable to London in what sort of time?

Lichfield, Staffordshire ticks your boxes - but the commute is neither short nor cheap.

jennywren123 Thu 03-Apr-14 23:43:30


BikeRunSki Thu 03-Apr-14 23:48:37

Forest Row often comes up on threads like this.

TurboTheChicken Thu 03-Apr-14 23:51:10

Forest Hill or Honor Oak Park in South East London, depending where you are commuting to?

Helenac123 Fri 04-Apr-14 04:31:53

I can assure you one of the only places which ticks all your boxes is Muswell Hill, N10.

1) Zone 3 (very commutable), definitely not too rural
2) Primaries, Rhodes Avenue, Coldfall, Tetherdown top the league tables every year
3) Secondaries, the famous Fortismere (v small catchment sub half a mile)
4) Town centre - beautiful edwardian facade + excellent shops, from restaurants to boutiques
5) It was named one of the Sunday Times' top 5 places to live in London!!!

Only downside: houses are £££££££££

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 04-Apr-14 09:27:16

Tunbridge Wells? There is still the 11+ in Kent though which might put you off.

curiousgeorgie Fri 04-Apr-14 09:29:17

Epsom, Surrey

Decisionsagain Fri 04-Apr-14 23:09:29

Thanks every

Decisionsagain Fri 04-Apr-14 23:12:29

Oops. Thanks everyone. We've thought about all of these. We actually live in one of them and used to live in another. I think it's us. Think we need to decide that nowhere is perfect and stay put. I think one big problem is these places are very expensive - as all nice places are. We could be a couple of hours commute to London but no more.

PowerPantsRule Sat 05-Apr-14 00:41:55

Bournemouth/Poole - we still have the grammar system. New Forest and Purbeck close by. One hour fifty on the train and same to drive into London.

sunnyweatherplease Sat 05-Apr-14 00:50:58


lilsupersparks Sun 06-Apr-14 19:55:55

Somewhere further then? Bath?

typedup Sun 06-Apr-14 20:50:22

<Taps nose> Not saying. (Tries to fend off Londoners coming in with pots of cash and putting up the house prices).

QuiteQuietly Sun 06-Apr-14 21:01:45

Not Oxford, IMHO. Overpriced, increasingly unlovely and a nightmare for schools.

If under two hours to London is your criteria, then that is pretty wide! I know someone who commutes from York in just under two hours. Which station in London is best for you to arrive in on? I used to do a long-ish commute to London, but the longest and most tedious part of the journey was from mainline station to office.

MaxsMummy2012 Sun 06-Apr-14 21:11:31

St albans or cheaper surrounding villages, london colney, wheathampstead, shenley etc

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