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London Areas--Harrow/Waltham Forest/Sutton?

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MrsMcDonald · 23/02/2024 22:57

We currently live in Shoreditch and are looking to move further out into Greater London to get more bang for our buck. We like Waltham Forest (esp Leytonstone/Leyton), Harrow (have done less research here tbh), and Sutton (as a stretch--I really like area near Beddington Park but worry it might be too far out) for options, but are open to hearing suggestions as well. Our daughter is almost 5 months. Not sure if more kids are in the cards for us, but a good school for her is a must. Husband is not keen on areas with a grammar/sink school dynamic. We also don't have a car and don't want to have to get one. Cycling/good public transport is our bag. I've been looking through old threads and have been bookmarking advice for particularly good roads/pockets to look at within areas and neighbourhoods to avoid. More of this would be very welcome to help narrow our search. Husband is WFH, but I commute to Barts Hospital in CoL.

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RubyShoeDay · 24/02/2024 05:35

For commuting to Barts why not look down the Met line to Hertfordshire?

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lemmefinish · 24/02/2024 06:22

I have a friend in Worcester Park which has some very good primary schools apparently, her eldest goes to an amazing catholic secondary. I’m not sure if they come under Kingston or Sutton though but they live a short walk to the station. Sutton has the grammar schools but there are some good comps but I think Beddington Park area only has the grammars? Although parts may be in Croydon & I don’t know the schools there. Not sure about the other areas.

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lemmefinish · 24/02/2024 06:28

Have you looked at the gov schools data?

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Geneticsbunny · 24/02/2024 10:06

A lot of harrow is pretty crappy. I would look at eastcote or Ruislip instead.

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Quartz2208 · 24/02/2024 10:08

for the Sutton grammars there are some very good schools around in the cheam area -Cheam high school and Glenthorne are highly rated.

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CherryRipe1 · 24/02/2024 10:46

Harrow is grotty

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Usernamenotavailabletryanother · 24/02/2024 23:25

What’s your budget?

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measureofmydreams · 25/02/2024 08:29

I lived in Harrow for the first 45 years of my life and brought up three children there. I still have family and friends in the area.

It really depends on what you are looking for and your budget. The transport links into London are great (friends living there could manage without cars) and the schools are good. I'm not aware that there's not much in the town centre for shopping and going out. There are various parts of Harrow, each with a different feel and property price and type (from Victorian/Edwardian villa style, 1930's terraces to post war semis). "The Hill" is the priciest (there's a public school there), then you have South, North and West Harrow - each with it's own station and much of which was developed as part of the Metroland initiative in the 1920s onwards.

Generally there's a great community feel and it was recently listed (can't remember where) as a good place for families. Around Harrow you have Pinner, Rayner Lane, Eastcote, Ruislip and Wealdstone - all very different. The nearest hospital is Northwick Park Hospital.

Good Luck with your search.

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DancefloorAcrobatics · 25/02/2024 08:38

How about Wansted - Central Line.
I lived there about 15 years ago, had a lovely village feel and an amazing park mearby. Not sure about schools, you'd have to look into that.
I know houses can be pricey (for my standards) - we only rented a small flat.
We chose it for good transport links both public and road connections.

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MrsMcDonald · 25/02/2024 09:05

Usernamenotavailabletryanother · 24/02/2024 23:25

What’s your budget?

£700k max preferably

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citysnow · 25/02/2024 11:44

Lots of people have made to move from Hackney/Tower Hamlets to Waltham Forest (so you won’t feel out of place). I’m in leytonstone and v happy here. Green spaces, cafes, restaurants, good cycling routes through Olympic park, decent community and schools.

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CheapThrillsMeanNothing · 25/02/2024 13:33

Geneticsbunny · 24/02/2024 10:06

A lot of harrow is pretty crappy. I would look at eastcote or Ruislip instead.

Harrow is 2nd safest borough (low crime rates) in London.
Very good schools too.
Excellent transport links.
Shopping and eating out in Harrow town centre isn't great but there's Watford, Pinner, Ruislip and Uxbridge nearby.

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Housebuyingfamily · 26/02/2024 18:23

MrsMcDonald · 25/02/2024 09:05

£700k max preferably

flat only or grotty house for that in Waltham Forest

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StepsInTime · 26/02/2024 18:26

Whitmore High School in Harrow is rated outstanding and is near more than one tube station. You should be able to get something decent for 700k

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Fluffycloudsfloatinginthesky · 26/02/2024 18:32

Near beddington park I think you would only be in catchment for carshalton boys / girls unless you went the 11+ route. Maybe Overton but don't think that's the best (which is why catchment extends so far)

The other side of the borough is a little stronger for non selective I think with glenthorne / cheam.

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