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West Byfleet or Hersham/Walton on Thames?

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JeffyJeffington Sat 08-Jul-17 16:29:39

I'm looking at the moment for a family friendly 3-4 bed that will do us (me, dh, dd3 and hopefully one other in future) for the foreseeable future. We've focused our search around Hersham/Walton on Thames following v helpful suggestions on a previous thread I posted We've found a house in Hersham we really like but have also seen a few arguably better (bigger and closer to station) in West Byfleet. On paper I'm tempted by WB - good facilities and schools) but don't know it at all. Any views on how they compare?

SurreyLanes Sat 08-Jul-17 18:57:20

West Byfleet.

JeffyJeffington Sat 08-Jul-17 19:53:16

Thanks Surrey - anymore detail on why WB wins though?

SurreyLanes Sun 09-Jul-17 01:28:44

Well, let;s just say, I'm Surrey-born & bred & I wouldn't buy in Hersham whereas WB is well worth considering. A far nicer area.

Hersham has a couple of good roads but mostly not great.

unikorn Sun 09-Jul-17 06:44:12

I'm in Surrey. My kids go to one of the big independents near walton. Don't go to hersham. Have you considered claygate/esher?

JemandScout Sun 09-Jul-17 07:09:30

Out of those I would say West Byfleet. Or as an alternative, how about New Malden?

JemandScout Sun 09-Jul-17 07:16:29

[[ this is good]]l a bit over budget but they might take an offer.

JemandScout Sun 09-Jul-17 07:18:17

JemandScout Sun 09-Jul-17 07:23:14

I don't know WB well but can tell you NM has faster trains, is closer to London for shorter travel times, a decent sized town, good schools and easy access to the A3.

cece Sun 09-Jul-17 07:26:19

West Byfleet - the schools all decent.
There is a Waitrose. Not really any pubs - it is a quaker town or so I have been told. I live on outskirts and it is nice here.

FiveMoreMinutesPlease Sun 09-Jul-17 07:26:59

For £650k I think you'd get a nicer house in WB. Hersham is lovely but quite claustrophobic and not much space. Walton has great facilities, restaurants, shops, cinema and depending where you are good schools. But it is a town whereas I think WB has a more village and spacious feel.
I don't know about he schools in WB.
Ryden's in Walton/Hersham is having massive investment so whilst considered not great at the mo, is expected to be fabulous in a few years.

cece Sun 09-Jul-17 07:33:24
This one is an easy walk to the station and it is in a nice road and it is detatched. There is a cut through you can use to get into West Byfleet.

cece Sun 09-Jul-17 07:35:39
Faster train from Woking and this is a fab location. Easy walk to town and station yet near to canal. Schools good here too.

JeffyJeffington Sun 09-Jul-17 10:52:01

Right then, action stations. Am heading into West Byfleet now to check it out properly- have already viewed a couple of nice houses which may go back for second viewings. New Malden is great but can't seem to get off street parking for our budget which unfortunately rules it out. We do want a town rather than a village so have ruled out villages surrounding Woking. Thanks v much for all suggestions.

peaceloveandbiscuits Sun 09-Jul-17 10:54:44

I'd choose WB because it's closer to Woking for shopping and restaurants, and better trains to London.

unikorn Sun 09-Jul-17 11:12:58


JeffyJeffington Sun 09-Jul-17 11:13:06

When I went to Woking (admittedly just for a few hours!) it seemed like it had the same chain-type restaurants that walton had?

peaceloveandbiscuits Sun 09-Jul-17 13:57:10

Okay, I meant that they're better than what West Byfleet has to offer (though they do have a Harvester, granted). I haven't been to Walton for about three years but I used to work there and lived in nearby Weybridge and then Addlestone. I still think WB/Woking would be better for a family.

fairgroundsnack Sun 09-Jul-17 14:01:42

West Byfleet definitely! Get more for your money, easy access to lovely countryside, great train service to London, great schools.

JeffyJeffington Sun 09-Jul-17 18:32:58

So after today's visit am starting to see why people rate it and we're going to seriously consider some houses in West Byfleet. Thanks v much all for advice!

JeffyJeffington Sat 04-Nov-17 07:09:43

I’m not sure anyone will find this but just to update - we moved to WB! To a really lovely house and we’re so happy here. Really grateful for the advice on this thread which helped us to make the right decision smile

another20 Sat 04-Nov-17 22:26:35

That was quick - hopefully painless - well done!

madameuniverse Fri 15-Jun-18 13:20:17


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