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PoochiePie Sat 29-Apr-17 11:53:26

Hi all, moving to Glasgow imminently, and will be renting is my house down south hasn't sold yet and need to be with DH when our little one is born (due in 6 weeks!)
Money is going to be tight, as we are paying double everything (including council tax?!) our max rental budget is 750-800/month at the moment, so weighing up cheaper rents further away with cost of transport. I'll be on maternity leave, and DH works in Govan. DH is happy to get public transport, or drive (apparently there is on street parking near his work), and we are used to commuting 40 mins at the moment - although would rather not be doing 20 miles each way if we can avoid it.
The catch is we need to have a garden, and the property needs to be dog friendly as we have two - so that narrows things down considerably. We are moving from an area where we are comparatively well off, but given it's a city, mat leave, and we are paying twice over I'm not expecting to live in an affluent area. That said, we both have 2 year old cars (1 is an Audi), and having lived in rough areas of London a few years back, I don't want to live somewhere where having a car like that will make us stand out as a target for crime/vandalism.

I'm viewing some rentals next week in the following areas, and hoped those that know them could give me an idea of if they are ok etc.

-Bearsden - this is pushing our budget but seems like a nice property for our budget, and less than a mile walk to the station.
- Stonehouse (DH would need to drive, as 3miles to nearest station)
- Dalry (Ayrshire - also need to drive)
- Kilmarnock (but not close to the station)
-old kilpatrick


prettybird Sat 29-Apr-17 11:57:04

Phone is about to die but briefly, have a look at Kings Park and Cardonald if your dh is going to be working in Govan.

Shawlands and Pollokshields too but if your budget is tight and you need a garden, there is not so much available.

Preggocinders Sat 29-Apr-17 11:59:11

Some parts of Kilmarnock are lovely, southcraigs area is probably your best bet, very family friendly. Kilmarnock town centre is a bit run down, but improving. Lots of mum and baby clubs about too. If you choose Kilmarnock then give me a nudge!

seb1 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:06:36

Is he working at the hospital, parking is not great there.

PoochiePie Sat 29-Apr-17 12:08:33

@seb1 - no he's not working at the hospital, near STV and BBC Scotland.

PoochiePie Sat 29-Apr-17 12:10:52

@prettybird - thanks, will check out those areas, perhaps some 'cottage flats' which as far as I can tell are just houses converted into flats...

@preggocinders - the one we are interested in is actually in the Southcraig bit. And thanks for offer and info - it is a bit nerve wracking moving to the other end of the country and then going on mat leave knowing nobody!

Anditstartsagain Sat 29-Apr-17 12:22:01

I live about 7/8 mins drive from Gartcosh. We hav some great baby and toddler groups here and 3 soft plays within driving distance so for mat leave there is plenty of baby things to do people are really friendly especially with new comers I moved here 5 years ago and am now concidered a local.

You also have the fort 10 mins away for shopping and morrisons, coatbridge is 10/15 with a retail park tesco/asds/iceland/farmfoods.

You can get to the city centre in 15 on the motorway and they also have a train station. Silverburn and braehead shoppimg centre are not far on the motorway either.

Drumpellier park is 5 mins by car they have a swing park, you can also get to palace riggs who have animals in maybe 15 mins. Stirling and falkirk are not far either.

We have 3 council gyms close and 2 private ones.

I love this area quite but everything is so close the schools and nurserys are very good too.

Lenzielass Sat 29-Apr-17 12:26:21

What about Scotstoun? Near Bearsden and has great transport links. Fab park and very near the west end too.

Skyllo30 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:29:39

Another suggestion for Cardonald - youll get a lot for your money there. Especially if you're only renting short term, go for somewhere cheap while you get your bearings and can explore different areas.

Another saying to avoid Kilmarnock - my DP is from there and there's just not much happening. There's much nicer parts of Ayrshire if you want to live further out.

I'm not familiar with the east of Glasgow but there's good train links.

millmoo Sat 29-Apr-17 12:40:14

Also look at clydebank

RJnomore1 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:41:20

Kilmarnock is awful. Dalry I wouldn't go for either.

Have you looked at Troon or prestwick?

seb1 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:56:42

I think the cottage flats there tend to have been build as flats not converted from houses

WankersHacksandThieves Sat 29-Apr-17 12:57:59


Beebeeeight Sat 29-Apr-17 13:04:58

You will find it very hard to get a landlord who will allow 2 dogs!

I don't think you are going to get much choice and will have to go with whatever you can get.

seb1 Sat 29-Apr-17 13:08:20

This one is for sale but will give you a better idea of layout and size Typical flat. Not sure where the nearest station is, think, Pacific Quay is better served by buses than trains. Not sure about parking The Science Centre is near there and I think they charge to park so not sure about roads, some if the companies appear to have car parks though, If he does get public transport consider a Zonecard that covers most buses, trains and subway etc.

Calyx72 Sat 29-Apr-17 13:20:29

Old Kilpatrick is beautiful. Did a year of working with elderly folk in the community around there. Commuting to Govan would take a while though.

WeeM Sat 29-Apr-17 13:22:15

Bearsden is a lovely area so you probably won't get as much for your money there. How about cambuslang/East Kilbride/hamilton? There's loads of new builds around Newton farm/Drumsagard that will have a garden and are near the train station. About 20 mins to exhibition centre station if that's where dh would get off.
Or hamilton/East Kilbride still easily commutable.

Cambergirl Sat 29-Apr-17 13:30:17

I moved up from London and had to go rural to find somewhere that would take dogs.
I wouldn't move to Kilmarnock. East Kilbride isn't bad or Kilwinning.

TinfoilHattie Sat 29-Apr-17 18:29:03

Bishopbriggs is nice, easy into town and good schools. If he's working near the BBC the commute might be an issue though. Old Kilpatrick is nice too - and it's a straight road in Great Western Road or the Expressway.

Not Kilmarnock or Dalry.

Beebeeeight Sat 29-Apr-17 18:54:16

Don't have a commute which involves the Kingston bridge or the Clyde tunnel. They are jam packed at rush hour.

With a new baby stay close.

There are nice houses/areas around govan.

kitkat321 Sat 29-Apr-17 19:00:03

Bearsden and bishopbriggs are both nice as are parts of gartcosh.

North Lanarkshire in general is grim - I lived there for 30 years and would be reluctant to go back. Baillieston/mount vernon are nice.

Erskine is nice as are some of the surrounding villages (bishopton & langbank which have good train and motorway links).

Anditstartsagain Sat 29-Apr-17 19:15:58

North Lanarkshire is not grim there are better and worse parts like most places. Hiw about stepps? Or Lenzie?

TheBogQueen Sat 29-Apr-17 19:17:54

West end of Glasgow? Plenty of Audi owners there and Just a subway ride to Govan

TheBogQueen Sat 29-Apr-17 19:19:11

In fact if near BBC you could cycle through the park and over the bridge to work.

Krapom Sat 29-Apr-17 19:22:09

If STV/ BBC the think about Scotstoun/ Yoker. Much cheaper and very easy commute over down Dumbarton road and walk over the squinty bridge. There is NO parking at the media centre that isn't expensive.

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