My DH has just been offered a job in Glasgow- in the Science Park on Maryhill Road. Only problem is that he'd be taking a bit of a pay cut if he accepted it so we don't know if we can afford it. We currently live in the South of England but want to get back to Scotland.
How much would we have to pay to get a half decent house in a half decent area with at least 3 bedrooms within about 30 min drive of work? We'd only have about £150,000 to spend we think.
About 150k would suit you for a half decent area. i live in Clydebank about 10 mins drive away and you could get a three bed semi in a not bad area of Clydebank for that, i.e. most parts of Duntocher, some of central Clydebank and some of Dalmuir, some bits of Old kilpatrick (which is really nice).
Avoid Maryhill (G20), Possilpark and Drumchapel (G14) at all costs! Why not go onto right move and search G81 to give you an idea, then if you see something you fancy, tell me and I'll have a look at it and tell you what the area is like.
Some parts of Bearsden (which is overall lovely but has some not quite so posh parts), may have some houses for sale in the current housing market at that price. The science park is located to the Bearsden end of Maryhill Road. Bearsden and Milngavie are the "posher" parts of Glasgow along with the southside.
If you want to know anything about the area, please don't hesitate to ask.
Remember wehn you are looking that in Scoltand we still do the "offers over" way of advertsing - and although the "over" is not as much as it used to be, especially in popular areas, it does still mean "over".
There are however more "fixed price" properties comingonto the makret, which shows that it is indeed slowing down.
That caveat notwithstading, I did still manage to din you some 3 bed hosues in your price range in Bearsden/Milngavie (I didn't expect to) which would be really conveneinet - and with the benfit of good school.
My Mum taught at Clydebank High and I would go so far as to say it was a better school (in the sense of "for all its pupils") than the school I went to (Bearsden Academy) which at the time I went was only really interested in the clever kids.
Prettybird, from what I hear Bearsden Academy hasn't changed in that respect. Clydebank High are also having a new school built next door at the moment, which is storming ahead. It looks amazing, one building is almost finished!
thanks. We'll be having a serious conversation when dh gets home. The big Q is can we live off £250 a month less (plus more than that for a bit while I am on maternity pay which just kicks in this month).
Yay all the Scots on this thread! I'm in Edinburgh but used to live in Weegieland. Move baaaaack, go on, you know you want to Good luck.
Btw even here in Edinburgh there are now more homes at 'fixed price' than 'offers over', and the fixed prices already have some 'cheeky offer' leeway built into them so don't be afraid to make a bid you can afford - they might have to bite your hand off.
I moved from Clydebank to East Anglia a couple of years ago.
Cost of living down here I find pretty much the same although house prices are ridiculous compared to Scotland.
FWIW I just sold my flat in Clydebank today!!. Estate Agent told us the only houses selling atm are those at a fixed price at a reasonable level so you should be able to pick up something at a fair price.
My db went to Bearsden Academy and agrees they are only interested in the clever kids - although I hear nowadays the clever kids aren't going there!
Nothing has been shifting in Clydebank for months but I noticed during this last week things are starting to move again.
They are building houses right in front of our Street, have been for the past year and there has been 10 houses up for sale in our street as most of the neighbours are moving into the new estate now that our houses are 12 years old. This time 18 months ago you couldn't get a house in this street for love no money. Its dropped down to 6 up for sale though this past week.
mumhadenough - our flat was in Faifley. Not a great area but the flat was lovely. We did have it on a really reasonable price though. Suppose we were pretty lucky - we bought it for pennies because my mum sold it to us!
DebitheScot - I would try renting so you can decide which areas you like - some of them you wouldn't touch with a bargepole others are great.
In saying that, although my house and surroundings down south are beautiful compared to where we used to live I really miss the "weegies" - you don't get anyones life story standing at a bus stop down here!
OOh I used to ive in Dumbarton just outside of Glasgow with some nice bits(where we lived) most of it's a shithole though LOL. I moved to Elgin about 2years ago though. Bearsden and Milngavie are lovely but again AVOID DRUMCHAPEL AT ALL COSTS unless you regularly wear a stab vest and put bulet proofing on your pram LOL.