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Moving to Altrincham/Sale/Hale in a months time!!

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rachococo Sun 22-Jul-12 02:28:03

Hello everyone! I am currently living in the USA (previously Whalley Range/Chorlton), and moving back at the end of August to start a Doctorate at the University of Manchester. We are keen to start afresh in a new area of Manchester, and Altrincham/Hale/Sale seems like its gonna be the place!! We liked Chorlton, but fancy living a little more out, on the tramline. We have an 8 year old daughter so looking for school recommendations and also areas where is best to rent. Are there any council estate areas to avoid? Obviously we have a lot to sort out in the next couple weeks, so any advice or help would be much appreciated!!

JennerOSity Sun 22-Jul-12 16:55:15

Was going to be all helpful as a mner also in Mcr area, but then you asked questions I don't actually know the answer to, so bumping for you instead. smile

rachococo Mon 23-Jul-12 21:00:08

Thank you!!!

SoozleQ Mon 23-Jul-12 23:29:05

To be honest you will struggle to find a bad primary school in Altrincham or Hale. I can't really comment on Sale.

Housing obviously depends on budget. Area around Stamford Park is popular because of Stamford Park Primary School but not cheap. The two schools in Bowden, Bowden and Bollin are also very popular. Or you have Navigation Road School with some quite good rental properties in that area. If you are into faith schools there are also Catholic and CofE schools in Alty.

Or you could go slightly further out to Timperley or Well Green, get a bit more for your money, leafy suburbia but not quite as convenient for the town centre. Timperley is, at least, on the tramline and there are more good primary schools in the area.

What sort of things are you looking for?

rachococo Tue 24-Jul-12 01:59:29

Thanks so much for your reply - we are still waiting to find a rental that will be available at the end of aug/start september, they are all available now - so keeping our options open. The Stamford Park area looks nice, but may not even get a place in the school. So we were thinking of nearer Navigation Road as it then gives a few options, Forest School, Willow School, Cloverlea, Navigation Road - I think it will be more where we can get a place!

I have heard Broadheath School may not be that great? Are there any areas of Altrincham that should be avoided housing wise?

Thanks so much for your help - really great!

ohforfoxsake Tue 24-Jul-12 07:45:07

You can't go far wrong with any of these areas, and for your 8 year old it won't be as difficult to find a place. Have you considered secondary schools? We moved up two years ago and looked at catchments for secondary to start with. Lots of grammar schools, high schools are good, as as are primaries.

Feel free to PM me. My children are in primary schools and we're looking at secondary's at the mo. smile

JennerOSity Tue 24-Jul-12 10:14:30

Incidentally, you didn't say why you wanted to be further out, is it related to tram lines? I ask as you may not know that Chorley (which you said you liked) is getting/has got a new tram stop?

busyboysmum Tue 24-Jul-12 10:16:56

Hi we are in Sale and very happy here. The schools are all good, mine are at Brooklands which is an excellent school. Sale Grammar is a mixed grammar which might be something to think about for later as the Altrincham grammars are single sex - depends which you would prefer for your child really.

The tram is so convenient for going into town, feel free to pm me if you want any further details.

SoozleQ Tue 24-Jul-12 20:26:55

The Sinderland Road area of Broadheath maybe isn't as nice as the Navigation Road side of the main road but it's not bad bad. Can't comment on the school itself. The Broomwood Estate is probably one to a avoid but if you want to be near the tram you're unlikely to be looking there anyway. Otherwise I can't think of anywhere you need to avoid.

rachococo Tue 24-Jul-12 21:21:00

Thanks so much everyone - I think I am getting my head around the area now. I am on the look out for a rental starting end aug/start of september, but most are available now. It all seems so last minute but I guess that is the deal with renting. But now I have a better idea I know what to look out for. When I have some potential rents I may be PM-ing some of you that have offered, thanks so much!!!

rachococo Thu 26-Jul-12 02:18:06

If anyone sees any houses for rent in Sale/Altrincham/Hale starting end aug/start sept please send over the details!!!! Didn't realise these estate agents charge an 'application fee' - working to a very tight budget with the transatlantic moving costs - so keen to avoid them!!
Thank you!!!

ohforfoxsake Fri 27-Jul-12 20:15:36

Shame - one down my road has just gone. Will keep eyes an ears open as PM you smile

rachococo Tue 31-Jul-12 14:24:45

Does anyone know the Colwick Avenue area WA14 1LQ, a rental has gone on that looks great and is the right price, near Navigation Road Primary and Willow School and Forest School. Is it close to the Broadheath estate?
Thanks so much

rachococo Tue 31-Jul-12 14:25:12

Thank you!!

gettingbrighter Tue 31-Jul-12 14:32:58

Forest School is private btw, not sure if you know that already

SoozleQ Wed 01-Aug-12 00:48:31

Colwick avenue is a lovely quiet little road. Doesn't tend to get much through traffic because it's hidden away. Easy to walk into town, close to Navigation school and park. Not close to broadheath. Lots of families on the road. Parking is a bit of a pain but you'll find that anywhere in the area - it is resident parking mon to fri 9 to 5.

SoozleQ Wed 01-Aug-12 01:03:16

Pm me if you have any more questions - I can give you lots of info!

Would recommend colwick smile

rachococo Wed 01-Aug-12 12:52:19

SoozleQ - Thanks so much, am going to organise for my friend to view it this week!! Is Willow School a standard Primary? I was planning on applying for Navigation road Primary and a couple others as I know it may be oversubscribed. I appreciate your info - I am really excited, and hopefully we can organise the rental before someone else gets there first!!!

MarthasHarbour Wed 01-Aug-12 13:16:29

Oo yes Colwick Avenue is in our desired area, we are a little bit north of that but not far, (in catchment for Navigation Road). It is a nice quiet street and near to both tram stops. Basically any streets around the Barrington Rd area are good (Barrington Medical Centre are ace too - i can recommend all of their GP's).

You cant go far wrong with Navigation Road Primary, that is going to be our first choice, as we are doing the admissions from September this year.

If we dont get Nav Rd we are also putting some schools nearer Timperley on our preferences, such as The Willows, Heyes Lane etc although we would struggle to get into HL as we are prob too far. I was also going to say that Forest School is a private school if you are willing to pay the fees.

I would certainly avoid the Broomwood area <sorry> the school does have a reputation.

Broadheath is a tricky one, it is OFSTED rating 1 (outstanding) but a lot of families tend to want to avoid it. However the Stamford Brook estate which has just been built next to it might start and remove that reputation. FWIW a friend of mine works closely with Trafford schools (not as a teacher - as a community worker) and finds the level of education and school cooperation at Broadheath excellent. However i think it is the families there that give the reputation. I dont know why BTW...

If you go for Timperley way then as i say The Willows and Heyes Lane have excellent reputations, as does Park Road, but on the other side of the coin, Park Road has a reputation for being excellent for the 'Gifted and Talented' but does not encourage the more 'average' students. Again my friend (the community worker) doesnt have as good a relationship with that school - again i dont know why.

Now if you are going further south, ie into Hale and Bowdon you are literally spoiled for choice. All these are excellent schools (but pricey to live in): Bollin, Stamford Park Primary, Elmridge etc etc. If you get in there i will be envy

All the very best of luck - another one offering assistance if you want to PM me!

MarthasHarbour Wed 01-Aug-12 13:17:18

Yes the Willows is a standard state primary - my friend is v excited that her DD is going in Sept! smile

rachococo Wed 01-Aug-12 13:22:28

Has Park Road Primary closed down?

MarthasHarbour Wed 01-Aug-12 13:23:38

No - what makes you think that? My friend's DD was certainly there on Friday smile

allnewtaketwo Wed 01-Aug-12 17:39:23

It's called an academy now but definitely still exists!

TheOneWithTheGoldMedals Wed 01-Aug-12 17:44:50

Well if you find anything in the Sale area feel free to ask me. Only place I would really avoid is the Racecourse estate. Other than that it has great primary and secondary schools.

rachococo Mon 06-Aug-12 04:22:02

Thanks again everyone - on the Ofsted site it said 'Park Road' closed (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/106287/), which is what confused me!

I missed out on the house in Colwick Rd sad But my friend has seen a house in York Street in Altrincham, and is looking at one on Lawrence Road, and Marsland Road in Sale, any ideas on these areas?

TheOneWithTheGoldMedals Mon 06-Aug-12 07:49:51

York St is ok but very tightly packed. There is a big sainsbury's next door and huge tesco opposite. Very handy for altrincham town centre and possibly zoned for Stamford park school.

I don't know Lawrence rd but Marsland rd is nice but busy. It would depend where you were on it as to which schools you were in catchment for. Do you know where on Marsland it is?

MarthasHarbour Mon 06-Aug-12 13:28:29

The houses on Lawrence Road are gorgeous and packed with character, however, when we viewed it pre kids my mum recommended we avoid, as the stairs are so very steep, if you have LO's they will struggle.

Seems a moot point but worth considering - also the gardens are postage stamp size - other than that they are lovely country cottagey type town houses.

York St is excellent for access to Alti and Hale and in catchment for Stamford Park

rachococo Thu 09-Aug-12 01:53:41

Thanks everyone, my friend is viewing Lawrence Street on Friday and maybe Marsland (not sure which number it is yet). The other rentals are like hot potatoes they get snapped up so quick!! I have 2 weeks so starting to worry...

MarthasHarbour Thu 09-Aug-12 08:52:42

Lawrence Rd is right in the middle of it all, you have John Leigh Park a stones throw away (gorgeous huge park), and 10-15 min walk to Alti town centre, about another 10-15 min walk to Nav Rd tram station.

Marsland Rd is Sale, i dont know it well but still near enough to Alti

Fingers crossed!

rachococo Thu 09-Aug-12 18:54:14

Thanks, a cottage has just come available for rent, it is Station Cottages

Manchester Rd, West Timperley, Altrincham, Greater Manchester WA14 5PB. What is this area like?


SoozleQ Thu 09-Aug-12 20:28:41

If it's where I think it is it's on a very busy main road and I'd try and stick to Lawrence road if you can. Manchester road is the main commuting road into Manchester and is always busy but particularly horrendous at rush hour.

It's a shame you missed out on colwick - I was looking forward to welcoming you ....

rachococo Thu 09-Aug-12 21:13:01

It is a shame about Colwick, it went the same day it was put on, I am running out of options and need to get it sorted by next week to get a school sorted for my daughter and flights back booked. Talk about last minute!!! I think the Station Cottage is on the main Road, I am hoping it is near the tram, I won't have a car anyway, and it seemed near Navigation Road Primary, Park Road Primary. My friend is viewing Lawrence Rd and Station Cottage tomorrow, this renting is so cut throat that if I can't get Lawrence Rd I may snap up Station Cottage so I can finally get things sorted!!! Any other advice much appreciated though, I am feeling slightly desparate!!!!

SoozleQ Thu 09-Aug-12 21:33:18

I don't think station cottage is that close to the tram - I think it's a reference to the old disused railway line it backs on to. Probably a good 15 or 20 minutes walk to navigation road and further to Timperley station. Lawrence road similar or shorter distance to navi road (depending on which end) but more pleasant route! Also closer to Alty town centre and nice park. Good luck smile

Re colwick - I saw a couple loitering outside it on Sunday obviously waiting for a viewing but the agent didn't turn up - now I know why! (I was in the car waiting for my sleeping dd to wake up)

rachococo Thu 09-Aug-12 21:38:57

Thanks - fingers crossed for Lawrence Rd tomorrow!!

frankie76 Fri 10-Aug-12 21:53:50

We just moved to altrincham 5 months ago from londonand love it. My dd is starting per school at Stamford park this sep
Pm me if you want more info

rachococo Sat 11-Aug-12 22:42:02

Thanks, thinking of a property on Lock Rd, it is in Broadheath, and I have read some negative info on the area, it looks nice on google maps, and I would try and get my daughter in Navigation Primary then hop on the navigation tram to work in Bury. I am overseas so it is so hard to judge - any advice much appreciated!

rachococo Sat 11-Aug-12 22:47:26

Do you need to have to be particularly religious to go to a C of E school? Was considering Altrincham C of E as well if we end up renting on Lock Rd....

SoozleQ Sun 12-Aug-12 00:44:13

Lock road is good. Think it can be quite difficult to get into Alty c of e from the start if you haven't been a regular church goer because it's popular and competitive but if your daughter is 8 and they have space for her In the relevant class i don't think it should be a problem. It's a nice school by all accounts.

rachococo Sun 12-Aug-12 02:43:40

Thank you! So if you had to choose .... Lock Street or York Road??
I keep missing out on the rentals as they are snapped up within hours. Am thinking of renting a house mid sept and finding a cheapo hotel or b&b for 2 weeks, keen to get something sorted soon!

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 01:23:13

OK, missed out on York Street. I'm not having much luck, have missed out on 5 houses now. Only got a week to find a place so I can apply for schools for my daughter and book our flights. Starting to panic, if anyone sees any rentals advertised in supermarkets/papers etc. please pass them on to me. I will be forever grateful!!!! ;)

Unacceptable Mon 13-Aug-12 02:48:02

I don't know if this will help you at all but are you set on being along the tramline (sale,altrincham)? If the reason for the tramline was for easy access to Manchester city centre then you could rent along the trainline also.
Flixton and Urmston are lovely areas and there are quite a few places to rent. Not sure of your budget or even if you would consider the area but here is an available House to rent local schools are great too.

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 09:01:25

Lock Road is lovely, it is right by Lawrence Road. The houses have lovely character.

If you end up with Station Cottage and find it is on a main road then dont worry too much, i imagine you would be on a 6 month let anyway so it gives you time to check out the area.

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 09:02:22

pm me with your budget and specifications - i will have a look for you smile

MarthasHarbour Mon 13-Aug-12 12:58:12

Just looking on rightmove now

Station Cottages - i know this street, yes it is on Mcr Road however it is set back in a private mews type area. I would give it a go for 6 months (and it is gorgeous!). Just noticed it is catchment for Broadheath Primary - although you might be able to talk Park Rd into admissions if DD is now 8yo.

York St: You are in a good catchment area, ie Stamford Park = no brainer

Dont know your budget but this is on Byrom St and is also in catchment for Stamford Park - Byrom is one of the 3 'B' Roads which are rather popular

another one on York St

Lawrence Road (catchment for Nav Rd), this one has a decent size back yard (most of them on that street are postage stamp size]]

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 18:31:28

Thanks so much... Station Cottages, Byrom, York St and Lawrence Rd are all let!! Just been on phone to agents for hours - they go so quick. I had put an offer on Station Cottages and Lawrence and wasn't successful.

They told me about a house on W Vale Rd in Timperley. It is up to our limit of £850, but I am getting desperate!!! What do you think of that area?
Thanks for your advice!

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 18:51:18

Budget is £850, but hoping for lower. Need to move in end August, start September. As close to tram as possible, as need to drop off my 8 year old daughter and get to Bury by 10am.

West Vale Road is nice. Close to navigation station so may be the school catchment too. From memory the houses have decent gardens but I can't be sure.

rachococo Mon 13-Aug-12 19:49:40

Thnk you, going to push for this one!!

JonahB Mon 13-Aug-12 21:39:33

Very bizarrely (small world), I know your friend and have suggested my house to her (I live in Sale). I'm probably looking to rent my house, but its not definite. I've asked your friend to give me a call so we can discuss.

JonahB Mon 13-Aug-12 21:59:47

Hi again, Are you looking for furnished or unfurnished?

rachococo Tue 14-Aug-12 04:23:40

Hi JonahB, that is a coincidence! If you do decide to rent I am definitely interested, my friend did mention she knew of a possible rental in Sale. Don't mind furnished or unfurnished. Not really shipping any furniture (currently living in the USA) so some furniture would be helpful - but I'm flexible!
Thanks for the message!

JonahB Tue 14-Aug-12 07:59:39

hi Rachococo,
thanks for the message. My house would be unfurnished, as i need to take what's in there with me. Just something to consider.... I'm away for a couple of days now (think so is your friend) but i'll contact her when i get back. Good luck with your house hunting in the meantime....!!

MarthasHarbour Tue 14-Aug-12 10:03:18

W Vale Rd, it is nearer Altrincham than Timperley anyway, and is right by the Nav Rd tram and definitely in catchment for Nav Rd primary, if you are there a while is is right near Wellington Comp which is an outstanding school.

MarthasHarbour Tue 14-Aug-12 10:03:47

that should have read 'W Vale Rd is a lovely street!'

rachococo Tue 14-Aug-12 15:53:43

Thank you!!

rachococo Sun 19-Aug-12 05:56:09

Hi all, I have managed to rent the house on West Vale Rd!! I realise how hard it is to get a place in the schools so was guided on availability!! I have applied for Navigation Primary, Willows Primary and Cloverlea - in that order! I think that was the right decision........ They all look fine, but Navigation will make it easier with my commute to Bury. I hope the Schools Out program have availability now.
Thanks for everyones help and advice, I am flying out the day before I move in, and school starts 3 days later so all very last minute.
Thank you everyone - looking forward to moving back!

MarthasHarbour Sun 19-Aug-12 16:02:32

Brilliant! Congrats!! Perfect choice, WV Road is in a really lovely leafy part of Alti/Timperley. I dont know much about Cloverlea (must get checking) but Nav and The Willows have great reputations.

Well done!

rachococo Sun 19-Aug-12 23:40:13

Thanks, applied on Friday, so hopefully will hear back about the school she gets into this week! Didn't realise schools go back on Tuesday 4th September, I start my course on 3rd... nothings ever easy ; )

Can't wait to fly over!!

Thanks for everyones help and advice


fenner Mon 03-Sep-12 14:49:24

Hi rachococo,

Feel free to PM me too. I live in Sale and commute to the uni regularly by tram (same 'job' as you).

rachococo Thu 06-Sep-12 23:47:50

Found out my daughter can go to Navigation Rd, hooray!! Just have to sort after school now, and evening babysitter for the odd night out.......

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