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whotheeff Sun 14-Jul-19 17:13:22

Considering relocating to Cardiff due to a job offer at USW. I have a rising year 9 and year 7. Budget for a home is £600k. Where would you live? We like to be pedestrian with shops and cafes. Not interested in private schools. Thanks!

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Joopy Sun 14-Jul-19 17:16:03

Whitchurch, you could buy a couple of houses though!!!

whotheeff Sun 14-Jul-19 17:21:21

Thanks - it looks a bit far out on the map though? I love this but know nothing about schools here Clive Road, Canton, Cardiff

When we moved to Leeds we were shocked with the school oversubscription issues.

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MintedLamb Sun 14-Jul-19 17:35:05

I'd have a look at Penarth. Probably 15 mins drive from USW. Lovely area.

Indigo2019 Sun 14-Jul-19 17:39:49

Cyncoed/lakeside/Roath Park/Penylan are lovely. Cardiff High School has an excellent reputation but probably oversubscribed so you would have to check that out.

Quite a lot of schools are oversubscribed especially in older year groups. Could you find out from the local authority first?

whotheeff Sun 14-Jul-19 17:52:04

It's the biggest challenge as I don't want to move schools for them more than once and want them to the same school.

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Indigo2019 Sun 14-Jul-19 18:27:59

Yes that’s hard. What time of year would you be taking up the job?

Indigo2019 Sun 14-Jul-19 18:30:42

Would church schools be an option? Assume you are not looking for Welsh medium? You might need to start with the schools then look for a property, even renting first to make sure your children are settled.

whotheeff Sun 14-Jul-19 18:31:46

Before Christmas and we would transition from Leeds so there is no real rush but obviously I'd like to get them settled. We'd rent first too so I want to rent in the same area we'd potentially buy so I don't have to move them again. My husband works from home so could stay here in Leeds with them till we sorted schools out but it's not ideal.

Renting stresses me out too as we have a dog and few rentals take them.

Nothing is easy....

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whotheeff Sun 14-Jul-19 18:32:39

Church schools would be fine as long as they take a quota of non church goers lol

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WatcherOfTheNight Sun 14-Jul-19 23:31:12

I live on top of very close to the house in the link ,it's such a lovely area ,quiet but close enough to all amenities.
20 odd minutes in the car in any direction and we can be in a different world .
We have family here so initially moved back so that our children could grow up here.

There is a lovely Primary school very close and a good selection of high schools ,state or private.

Rhiwbina, Roath Park ,Penarth & Taffs Well are also worth a look ,always worth looking on the outskirts ,you may get more for your money.

NomDeQwerty Sun 14-Jul-19 23:39:54

Sort your schools out first. I'd look at Penarth.

whotheeff Mon 15-Jul-19 07:59:32

Problem is you need an address before you can get in a school...

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StillIRise87 Mon 15-Jul-19 08:06:35

Buy in Cyncoed after checking there are spaces in Cardiff High. It has better results than in independent schools. You should get a four bed detached for that money. Pontcanna is lovely with Cafe culture but the school are awful. Failing that you might think about Radyr Comprehensive or go out to Cowbridge.

StillIRise87 Mon 15-Jul-19 08:07:38

Penarth and Stanwell comprehensive is also an option.

NancyJoan Mon 15-Jul-19 08:07:39

That Clive Rd House is really near me. Living there, you’d need to get into Bishop of Llandaff School, which is Church in Wales, not sure if you’d get a place, is v popular. The catchment school, Fitzalan, is less good.

Cardiff High is excellent, but v small catchment and oversubscribed. You’d need to rent v close to the school, then cross your fingers, I think. Nice houses in that area, easy journey into the centre of the city.

Stanwell, in Penarth, is an excellent school, and penarth has a train station to get you into the centre of Cardiff in a few minutes. Nice houses, similar style to the Clive Rd one.

StillIRise87 Mon 15-Jul-19 08:08:32

Clive road is in Grangetown. Avoid!

NancyJoan Mon 15-Jul-19 08:11:33

*Clive road is in Grangetown. Avoid!*

It’s not. The top of it is Llandaff and the bottom is Canton. That house is the Llandaff end, really near Thompson’s Park.

NancyJoan Mon 15-Jul-19 08:22:10

Nice house, and within walking distance of Cardiff High.

NomDeQwerty Mon 15-Jul-19 08:29:05

You don't need an address to ring schools and find out whether they're oversubscribed in your children's years.

Indigo2019 Mon 15-Jul-19 08:36:21

Clive Road is in the catchment for Fitzalan which is very popular and over-subscribed in some year groups.

NomDeQwerty Mon 15-Jul-19 08:38:51

I've PM'd you OP smile

Squirreltamer Mon 15-Jul-19 10:23:06

That house is lovely. But you’d be paying the highest price paid for a house on that road. That is the nicer end of Clive Road. The bottom is HMO’s circa 300k with the top end around 400k. Houses on that road in a similar high standard are about 430-450k. I’d say in that area end of terrace would be an additional 50k. But others may not agree it adds anything. I reckon with my 5 mins worth of research the house is worth 470-500k.
Houses a few streets over with parking and larger gardens are 500-550 and they’re on quiet roads. Clive road can be a rat run at times. So I can’t see them getting 600.

Regarding the other posters Roath/Penylan house it may be Cardiff high catchment. But you have a very small chance of getting in! Catchment gets very hard after the lake/Cyncoed road and Cathays high school isn’t very good. Most locals send their kids to faith or welsh schools in that area.

For 600k I’d either get further into Cyncoed or go Whitchurch, Penarth. In Canton/Pontcanna the price is quiet high for what you get. No parking, small gardens in most houses and average state school. You pay for the hipster cafe culture which the BBC staff brought to Pontcanna streets which seems to be spreading. I’d rather be in peace and quiet and get a bus to those areas.
In Whitchurch, Penarth you can get houses like this for 500-600k with parking, large gardens and better schools.

For example this house which I think is better in every way other than the kitchen is pretty standard.

Some other nice areas of Cardiff have average state schools but great faith or welsh schools.
Llandaff, Lisvane, Llanishen Village, Canton, Pontcanna.

Murinae Mon 15-Jul-19 10:31:37

Most of USW is in Pontypridd so i would also take your commute into account and maybe go for the areas already suggested in the north of Cardiff.

whotheeff Mon 15-Jul-19 13:26:45

Thanks so much for all your input. Really helpful. Does a Welsh school mean they primarily speak Welsh or just teach Welsh? Sorry to be so ignorant! I'm sure other faculty will help as I can't be the only lecturer to relocate!

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