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Determining Where To Live In East Antrim?

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So I'm going to take the plunge and buy a largish detached home for me, my wife and my growing family. I'm looking 1800 sq ft+, 4 bedrooms, garage, bit of gardens etc. Priced anywhere between 190k - 240k. Something that needs little work. We have saved a decent sized deposit so mortgage won't be too bad.

Basically I'm looking somewhere I would be happy to live for 20+ years.

I've lived in east antrim all my life and my wife and I both commute to work in Belfast. The commute is a bit much at the minute so we want to be closer to Belfast (also for family reasons).

I have narrowed it down to the following areas:

Jordanstown (e.g. Mount Pleasant road)

Carnmoney (Glebe, Fairhill, Brackens, the Cairn)

Upper Antrim Road/Cavehill (e.g. Cooldarragh Park/ Shanlieve park, Strathmore, Ben Eden Gardens)

Considerations:

  • schools. Need good primary schools and access to good secondary schools. We are from a mixed marriage and my wife would like our child/children to go to a catholic primary school (but mixed secondary school if possible).
  • commute to work. Want this to be as short as possible. Would also like somewhere we could get a taxi home from, from Belfast City centre.
  • facilities nearby. We like to go to parks for walks, we like to go running. Loughshore in Jordanstown would be nice?
  • mixed area. When I say mixed area I guess I mean an area where religion is irrelevant.
  • safe. If my child grows up to be a teenager, where will they be walking to at night, who will they be associating with? This worries me most about North Belfast as I don't know the are well and I have kind of a negative bias against it. But my wife is from Belfast so she sees it differently.

Just wondering what peoples thoughts would be, always good to get the opinions on others. As you might know more about schools etc..

Any comments/suggestions?

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