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  1. Yours was axiomatically a better school than mine.
  2. Don't think that would put me off. If I had paid off my mortgage, I too might swan about in a nice car...till then, its a beat up old thing for me. Not necessarily decided - you guys have given us some food for thought. You dont make it easy on here do you! wouldn't mind knowing a bit more about where to avoid or wheres good in Timperley? Steady on! Is it not enough for you that we are opening up to Cheadle Hulme?? Well, I went through single sex education - ( ...is it that obvious)?? ....Would prefer mixed though, tbh. . . .But the exam results for these single sex grammars are outstanding - some of the very top UK wide. Still reseaching.
  3. Hm. Perhaps. It does seem to bea bit early to plan our enitre family life for the next 15 years?? . BUT if you dont plan it, it just happens anyway. We're going to live somewhere - so we might as well plan it - and try to improve the odds? Just looking at our last move, no time for a long story, but we were there for 8 years - it wasnt where we particularly wanted to be, but thats life. Now add children in schools to the scenario, and you know you are gonna be pretty much planted for the duration, hence trying to find somewhere to grow into, and a multitude of other criteria. We can't (at this moment) see us moving regions again in a hurry, not for the forseeable. Yes, I am completely aware of the competitiveness. And obvious lack of siblings already attending. Best, if you can, to be delighted with A, B & C.
  4. OK OK I'm getting it!! However, I must say that hubbys colleagues commutes from Bramhall/Poynton/Cheadle (driving) arent that much quicker than his from Sale - which is why we started looking here in the first place. There are some real bottlenecks to beware of round there.... More importantly, very little ever comes on the market over there - theres probably more choice over this way....and thats saying something!
  5. Its good to have an insight. Its these kind of things that could get me to say 'maybe I will add that to the list of schools to visit' so it all helps. Ditto good areas or streets to live on that we might have overlooked due to being over cautious. I'm even having another look at Sale properties - and Cheadle Hulme so you never know!
  6. No, not a dumb question at all. Its just that we have little to go on, other than out of date ofstead reports, so playing safe and choosing the outstanding as opposed to merely good schools. So to answer, Hursthead comes out a lot higher on the national stats. Also have had a heads up from some teachers I know in the private sector, who send their children there. Its personal. My (limited) experience of average and even good are that they are neither. We have a child who is very far ahead academically (I'm not so naieve as to think that this will always remain the case) but the last thing I want is to kill the learning enthusiasm by 'average' teaching. Not at this early age anyway. Very few schools admit to catering to kids who are bright, they mostly talk about helping the less able to catch up. I hope that doesn't make me sound too sharp elbowed!
  7. Raw nerve. Just spent quite a few months looking at Bramhall Cheadle, and finally decided on Hale area - you say excellent schools bramhall way. primary wise its Hursthead which just gets you into Cheadle High. Poynton has Lostock Hall, (which sounds amazing) but as a place - friends moved there and said they wished they'd not. Altrincham far outclasses the other areas in terms of number of outstanding Schools - primary and secondary it seems. Er...Town Centre, M56 cutting through everything?? OK, some good schools, but not too keen on the rest so far. Think I made the mistake of listening to an EA when we first arrived, something along the lines of 'desireability pecking order is Bowden, Hale/Barns/ Timperley, Altrincham then Sale. '...
  8. Ha ha. I can’t deny it. I’m find renting weird. Guess I’m hard wired for buying. For starters, we moved in here, (deliberately smaller than we need to keep us from comfort) being told by LL that we could stay as long as we needed, only to find after a few months that ‘they might need us to move out again soon’. So you never feel secure. We have a lot of stuff, ( 2 x work from homes plus all the usual). It’s a lot to have to keep lugging round. That said, it does make a lot of sense to rent, and hubby would be more than happy to just go rent in catchment, and spend longer getting to know area. I can see the argument – but am worried we’d lose our foothold! (yep, there goes the irrational side again). But also – don’t you just love buying property, doing it up, adding value, making changes and upgrades? It’s kind of a hobby, with the end result a nice property/garden the way you’ve always wanted it? Re schools, Primary wise, I believe that the Wood Lane would get one into Cloverlea or St Vincents – whereas all the others would be Well Green. I was lead to believe that State secondary wise, Alty Girls/Boys was the way to go? I keep hearing about Wellington though, and little about the former, just on stats and league tables. So please, correct me if im wrong. I also was under the (possible delusion) That all the primaries Ive mentioned would give you a good shot at The Altrincham Grammars… Point taken about the distance to amenities east of Delahays. Think my face may have been a similar to the wifes on that score…BUT once Hale Barns Square is redeveloped, that makes it a bit more doable. . .perhaps? And a good garden can make up for a lot of sins IMHO. . .
  9. Absolutely. Sold prices plus Google maps together give a great insight into what a realistic offer might be. Will also use the 'not in a chain' currency. You never know. Good point about time of year - more buyers around can give the impression of a bubble. I guess winter means you might catch some more desperate sellers....could be worth hanging on a bit.
  10. Thank you Nomad for your considered response! Yes, the price range spread is with consideration of whether the property is liveable now or needs renovating before moving in - hence the latter kind would need to be at the lower end of £250, wheras if its livable and large enough up to around £350. Yes, we are primary school constrained and have looked at properties near Well Green, Oldfield Brow and Stamford Park so far. We currently live near the Woodlands area, renting, but not in catchment for Brooklands. I dont know, I think we would prefer to move Hale-wards? but will listen to any reasoned arguement against! Completely agree re Briony! ha ha. No way would we be paying that, don't worry! Even preliminary research makes a mockery, and the EA showing us round was clearly embarrassed when I queried it. She told me that the vendor thinks that the garage/ side extension area is large enough to build a second property on...and elevated the price accordingly. Have you ever!!... We will lose the Wood Lane, probably by the time I have typed this. It came on on Tuesday, I rang immediately and by the time I viewed on Saturday ( yesterday) it had had 5 viewings and an offer. (Not yet accepted). Not sure we are ready to move that quickly! . .. ...We had thought that it could be done in two stages - wiring, heating, kitchen bathroom double glaze, paint carpets, move in, then later extend/upgrade. Expecting a similar story at Canterbury, given that they havent even shown inside - gotta be scary. Theyre doing an open house soon, no prior viewings.so will keep you posted. Going to have a drive around the Framingham Road area to get a feel...
  11. Hi, We are newcomers to the area so we know very little about where to buy. Here is our story (I'll try to keep it as short as possible). We moved across from Leeds, as my husband had been commuting for a few years to Stockport and we needed to put an end to that horrible drive. We sold our house, in Leeds (at a minisucle profit which didnt cover the improvements we made to the house to get it sold - which it did, very quickly). We moved to Sale into a rented property with the idea that this would put us in a better position to buy. Weve been looking for months, and decided that we like the Hale, Altrincham, Hale Barns areas - Timperley if we cannot get into the others. We also like space, so the former is likely off the list. Before anyone says 'stay renting' we cannot stay renting where we are, as our toddler is near school age so we need to move into a good catchment area. We would like a house that we can settle in - but possibly will also accue /add some value/not be hard to shift if we need to move again in a few years. We started by keeping an eye on a few properties with the idea that we could put an offer in if they lagged a bit - and lost out on about 7 properties this way so far! The last few we didnt even get the viewing. Here was the one we really liked, but turns out that it probably went for more than we could afford. We would never have been able to offer full or over the asking. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41107607.html We have seen a few more. Obviously we are now at the compromise stage, our wishlist has been significantly whittled down from '4 Bed Det with Large Gardens, Close to Outstanding School & Amenities' to '3 bed semi, needs full refurb & extension' Reasonable Gardens, Close to Outstanding School & Amenities' Would love to have some outside opinions/pros cons on the following: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-27178950.html http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-41070863.html http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-42145808.html The last of these needs fully gutting and starting again. its in a real state. But my question is, even if we have got a chance to move in on any of these, which one of these is the best buy?
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