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So if i'm made redundant and move out of London - where should we go?

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bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 14:50:21

The B3BC is threatening redundancy. I'm not from London but DH is. neither of us want to move but needs must. if it came to it, where should we go?

we'd want somewhere a bit lively - university town/city? - with stuff to do and decent restaurants and, naturally, good schools.

oh and somewhere nice to walk to dog (parks) and might be nice to have easy access to either countryside or seaside walks for weekends...

KatharineClifton Thu 06-Oct-11 14:51:47

Bristol? I quite fancy moving there.

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 14:57:43

Yes, i did wonder about Bristol. Which are the nice but not insanely pricey bits? obs if we move we need tiny or no mortgage or no point!

i only know bristol a bit - clifton v posh, st pauls rough - or is that a sweeping inaccuracy?

Wurg Thu 06-Oct-11 15:03:53

I moved to Bristol from London. I do not love it nearly as much as I had hoped, I'm afraid. Very cliquey, nightmare school admissions, very demarcated rich areas and poor areas.

There are good things - loads of things to do for kids, many accessible green spaces and interesting things going on culturally. Not sure it's going to be enough to keep us here.

exexpat Thu 06-Oct-11 15:06:27

There's a lot more to Bristol than St Pauls and Clifton. The nicest/poshest bits (Clifton, Redland, Sneyd Park, Stoke Bishop) tend to have house prices not that much lower than London (eg I'm in Redland and victorian semis on my road go for £600k plus), but if you are looking for lively with decent restaurants, areas either side of Gloucester Road are a good bet. Or for somewhere a little more suburban but still with good shops and transport links, Westbury and Henleaze. South and east Bristol also have some nice, lively areas like Southville.

Schools are a mixed bag - primary schools in the most popular family areas are currently stuffed to bursting point in the lower years (baby boom), and the few secondary schools seen as good have pretty small catchment areas. If you're in the right bit near the Gloucester Road you might get Cotham or Redland (both very good), but on the wrong side you'd get Fairfield, which is generally less popular.

There are lots of threads about all this on the local Bristol board if you sign up.

KatharineClifton Thu 06-Oct-11 15:08:44

And I like Lincoln quite a lot, but it's very inland!

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:05:07

don't mind inland! genuinely asking for ideas - never thought of lincon! will now!

SpeedyGonzalez Thu 06-Oct-11 21:09:54

Go to Brighton. It has everything you're after. It ain't cheap, but nowhere is perfect. grin

Coca Thu 06-Oct-11 21:10:06

How about Bath?

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:31:41

brighton freaks me out and seems a long way from everywhere. don't understand pebbly beaches (i'm from the north. sand dunes.). Bath. is it lively? got a good craft shop i think? is that right.

what about leeds? or brum? is birmingham nice? worcester?

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:34:05

ooh yes, lincon. i could live in jerusalem! and i do like a catherdral!

wannabestressfree Thu 06-Oct-11 21:38:01

Canterbury is nice :}

fivegomadindorset Thu 06-Oct-11 21:39:40


Yourefired Thu 06-Oct-11 21:39:53

Sheffield baby, Peak District on your door, loads of theatre and sports, two universities, M1 for easy access to the smoke, and it's cheap as chips. (You'll have to imagine the seaside)

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:41:17

look at the garden we could have!

but i'm guessing i'd lose ability to walk to Korean restaurant... smile can't have everything as speedyg says.

parttimedomesticgoddess Thu 06-Oct-11 21:44:21

Phil and Kirstie showed lots of good things about Nottingham last night

bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:44:43

done canterbury (student) i'm the only mum in the playground with a horror of whitstable (i remember it before it was chi chi!). bournemouth i like - is that seaford?

Sheffield - yes! they've done those brutalist flats up haven't they? ooooh... i like a bit of urban architecture.

also. i was born in yorkshire. i'm off to zoopla!

Hatwoman Thu 06-Oct-11 21:45:44


bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:46:09

hmm. nottingham. lotta lotta gun crime and the goose fair. that's my perception. or has the crime improved?

LidlVoice Thu 06-Oct-11 21:46:11

Cambridge is lovely, if a long way from the sea. Norwich is good too.

titan Thu 06-Oct-11 21:47:02

I fancy moving to Suffolk. As it's outside commuter zone you get much more for your money. And it's beautiful. And not too far from London if you want to come down and visit friends.

WineOhWhy Thu 06-Oct-11 21:47:24


bluepapermonkey Thu 06-Oct-11 21:48:20

oops forgot to put my spending limit on sheffield search. still, quite fancy

this if anyone could lend me c couple of million

Jix Wed 12-Oct-11 20:42:57

We moved from London to Bristol and have Never regretted it!
Perfect place .. loads going on .. music, theatre, arthouse cinema, family friendly restaurants, huge green spaces in the middle (the Downs) plus Loads of family houses.
Totally agree with previous poster.. Gloucester Road area is good for affordable houses, has lovely parks and the road itself is packed full of independent shops and cafes.
Also has more mixed population. (Clifton is Very white and middle class).
If you're close enough to a school you'll get a place.
The main thing I love though is how easy it is to get into the countryside.. Cotswolds in one direction, Somerset, Devon, Dorset in another and then Wales to your left. So much variety and beauty.
Don't know much about Leeds etc, but can say that Bath seems rather fusty and proper.. but I may be totally wrong!
Also what about Cardiff?
Good luck with your choice!

KatharineClifton Wed 12-Oct-11 21:09:47

Aw Jix, you really make me want to move there.

Be careful with Cardiff. It's not as bad as North Wales with the language, but will get that way so you can't work if you don't speak Welsh.

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