We have been living in Brentwood, Essex for just over an year now. We are now considering moving to somewhere else (where, is the big question, of course), I would be grateful for any suggestions/tips/advice/places to avoid ...
Thanks a lot
--------- 1) The key trigger for moving is that it is hard to get value-for-money in Brentwood, as it is in the London commuter belt. DH works in Basildon, Essex and am SAHM at the moment; So, proximity to London is not a criteria at the moment. We pay 950 for a tiny two bed flat and even pushing the budget upto 1250 doesn't take you too far.
2) We are looking for 3 bed accomodation in a decent, safe locality, not too far from town/city centre. To rent, initially and may be buy in the long run
3) Want a wider choice of activities/play school for DD, who is 19 months now. In particular, looking for Montessori/Steiner type of schools to start her off, when she turns 2.
4) In terms of places, DH is happy to commute upto 40 mins; he travels away a lot for work anyways. THe places we are considering: Cambridge, St Albans, Bishops Strotford; Equally, we are also considering places like Guildford, ...
I know, I know, ..
It is just this thing of wanting to give up the nomadic life that we have been living and have some semi-permanency or some semblance of that :-)
We have lived in Cambridge and BS, in the past. And as such, like Cambridge better. But, that was from the eyes of a student and not as a parent. So, would love to hear parent's views on Cambridge as about any other places that you can think of and/or have experience of