Looking to move to Harrogate as an extended family and would really appreciate advice about the best areas within the town and in the surrounding villages.
Working from home, so no concerns about commute and we homeschool, so Schools not an issue.
Broadband speed is an issue and we would really like to be close to outdoor space. We have looked at Staveley, Knaresborough and properties closer to Harrogate but realise that we are fishing in the dark without some local knowledge.
I am wondering if there any Harrogate MN's who can help?
Knaresborough is lovely. Very pretty and with a nice arty/Boho contingent there if that's your thing. Sorry if that's me making assumptions based on you homeschooling - should add that I see arty as being a positive!
I think that a lot of the places you are looking will have inflated prices because of the good schools locally. Harlow Moor Road in Harrogate is nice, DH wanted to live there but the houses were massive (esp massive for three of us) and I am a country girl so that didn’t happen.
Pateley Bridge area is lovely if you like something a bit more rustic. In between Harrogate and places like Fountains Abbey. Not sure about broadband speed these days, we live down a very long farm track so ours is naturally rubbish. I did get something through the door about satellite broadband recently, I think that is the way to go if you go fairly rural.
I did see this and thought it could be amazing. Sounds like it would fit your living arrangements but not sure if you would want to have some actual garden space (there is lots of outdoor space nearby though - river is very close with lovely walks etc).
I agree that the traffic in Harrogate can be a nightmare but it is a lovely place to live in or near. As my username suggest I am partial to One of Betty's signature bakes! It can be very expensive, though I say that as someone who relocated here from Wakefield. Knaresborough or Wetherby are certainly a good compromise if you want to be near openspaces but still within walking distance of some shops and cafes. Wetherby has decent broadband speeds.
Use your house hunting as an excuse to spend time walking around around some lovely villages followed by pub lunches.
If you don’t need to commute to Leeds, I think you get more for your money (generally speaking) to the north of Harrogate. North Rigton is one of my favourite villages near Harrogate but is quite expensive. My husband works in Leeds so we’re in a village to the south (Follifoot) which we love and has a great community. A village shop, two pubs and a small school all sold it for us.
Have a look around a few and then look for the right house, as we found villagers, being smaller, have a lower volume of houses coming on the market.