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watchingitallagain Tue 31-Jan-17 15:02:00

I think I might need to move!

We currently live in a Manchester satellite town. It's full of traffic, the schools are oversubscribed and property is bloody expensive. It's getting me and my 3DC down. DH works away Monday to Friday so it's just us we need to think about really. It would be handy if we were commuting distance from a major city in case DH ever decided to settle down and get a normal job.

I don't really care where in the UK it is. We have family dotted about but are not reliant on anyone for childcare. I'm a SAHM. We need 4 bedrooms and have about £400k- where should we look?! I want somewhere with a village/community feel that has good schools that we stand a chance of getting into.

Any ideas?

nougatsquirrel Tue 31-Jan-17 15:27:19

If you fancy Kent you could consider Staplehurst? Nearest towns are Tonbridge, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Ashford (all commuting distance.
The village is small (6k inhabitants) but has everything you need and a great community spirit centred around the 3 churches and several interest groups in the Village Hall.
You can get 4 bedrooms within your budget.
London is 1hour away but season ticket is expensive (£4.7k)
The coast (Rye, Hastings etc) is nearby too. Plenty of country walks. Good schools.

watchingitallagain Tue 31-Jan-17 15:33:36

Ooooh- I'd not even considered going south! I'll certainly check that out.

AgentProvocateur Tue 31-Jan-17 15:35:05

Most of scotland. You'd get plenty house for your budget and children here just go to their nearest school.

wowfudge Tue 31-Jan-17 15:35:30

Derbyshire. We live just in Derbyshire and the nearest town (walking distance) has two stations serving different lines and connecting with Manchester and Stockport stations. We can drive or take the bus or train into Manchester. Manchester, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Buxton and Macclesfield all commutable. There is even a bus to Manchester Airport which stops practically outside our house. There is therefore no need (and no point) to take taxis or pay for airport parking.

Property prices are lower than neighbouring Cheshire. There are some beautiful places, lovely scenery, etc.

DP is away much of the week and we chose the area in order to facilitate his varying commute while still being able to visit ageing parents easily and it actually means an easier drive to work for me as it's a far less busy route.

Beckyb1 Tue 31-Jan-17 15:48:35

Bath. There's villages all around and is very pretty. We live in a nearby town and you'd get lots of property for that budget.

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