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  • #16078

    Nadia
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    Hi everyone,

    A few months ago my husband and I decided we wanted to move out of London. We have two young boys. A 4 year old and an 18 month old.
    We went to Bournemouth and some of the towns around. Being originally from Australia, the thought of being near the sea sounds very appealing. We are very much looking at this area and my husband may have a job near Bournemouth.
    What I want to know is the best place to bring up kids? I didn’t see a lot of young families and wondered if we were missing where the best areas are. We like Southbourne in particular.
    I desperately need advice on where to go. I don’t want to find that there is nothing to do for young ones and we are surrounded by retired people. (As much as I love the elderly, it’s not ideal for a young family)

    Please help.

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    #16081

    Christina
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    Hi Nadia,

    I’m Canadian and live in Bournemouth – Southbourne actually! I felt the same way when we moved here 15 years ago. Southbourne is a great place to bring up kids – it is a great mix of young and elderly and very child friendly. You will be surprised how the families ‘come out of the woodwork.’ Southbourne High Street is transforming into an exiting street with lots of great shops and the primary schools are generally very good. Lots of great activities for the kids – lot of toddler groups too – lots of sea based activities too. There are even other Australians living down here as well….

    Is there anything specific you want information on?

    #16088

    Nadia
    Member

    Hi Christina!

    Wow. Thank you so incredibly much!!

    I had a good feeling about Southbourne but started to doubt myself as I didn’t see many pushchairs and families on the day. So thank you. I feel so much better now.

    I think , some advice on the Catholic primary schools in particular, St Peter’s. Or any others if you know of them. Also a nursery that my 4 year old can attend (15 hours funded only) until school starts in September. My biggest fear is now that the application date is finished, I won’t be able to get my son into a good school. We are practicing Catholics but not sure that will help. So any advice would be appreciated!

    I have had a little look at what activities are on for the kids but if you could recommend any magazines or websites that give more ideas, that would also be great.

    One last thing….is Iford nice? And are all areas of Southbourne nice? We saw a bit of it but not a lot. We were not too keen on Boscombe but we are also open minded and don’t want to wrongly judge an area. So any more advice would be great.

    Sorry to throw a big list your way but I’m just so anxious and with my husband having interviews, I’m suddenly freaking out!!!!!!

    Once again thank you for taking the time and effort to respond to my post.

    Regards
    Nadia

    #16091

    David
    Member

    Hi Nadia,

    Christchurch is definitely worth a look too. It is a delightful place in Summer with sandy beaches and a safe harbour for sailing as your son grows older.

    Try this site for schools http://www.alltheschools.com/dorset/christchurch.htm

    Kind regards,
    David
    P.S. I am a professional house search agent, so please contact me if house hunting from London gets too much like hard work.

    #16109

    Nadia
    Member

    Hi David,

    Thank you very much for the information. I will take a look at the website.

    We went to Christchurch and we both really liked it there too. Everyone was very friendly and I loved the high street.

    I will definitely be in touch if we need some help house hunting. Thanks so much.

    Kindest regards
    Nadia

    #16648

    Catherine
    Member

    Hello Nadia

    My husband and I are in the same boat as you. We have a three year old daughter and also liked Southebourne a lot too.Did you decide on there in the end?

    I would be interested to know if there are nice villages near Bournemouth that are still easy to commute into Bournemouth for work or nights out.

    #16649

    Nadia
    Member

    Hi Catherine,

    Yes we have moved to Bournemouth!!! We moved here about 3.5 weeks ago. We are in Iford. It’s about a 20 min walk to Southbourne high street. It’s really nice here. I think I would have liked to be a bit closer to the high street but on the plus side, there’s a river at the end of our road where we take nice walks along.

    There’s lots to do for families. I can’t believe how many families are in this area. There are other nice areas such as Westbourne but with young ones, I think it’s better in Southbourne. I’m sure there’s lots of nice places to live but I don’t know them yet and I like living walking distance to the beach.

    It’s easy to get into Bournemouth for a night out. Taxi or bus if you didn’t want to drive. But there’s also a couple of nice places to go on the high street if you didn’t want go far.

    The schools situation is a little more tricky. They’re very good schools but very over-subscribed.

    Anyway I’m not an expert but I hope I’ve helped in some small way.
    You’re welcome to message me again if you have any other questions and do let me know if you end up coming to Southbourne and we can meet up!

    Good luck
    Nadia

    #17353

    Kate
    Member

    Hi,

    I know this is an old post – hope you’re still enjoying Iford Nadia?

    My husband and I are wanting to relocate to Christchurch/Southbourne with our two daughters (3 & 5months) too. We currently live in Bedfordshire.

    David – I’d be really interested in getting in contact with you as a professional house search agent. Not sure how to go about contacting you direct though.

    Thanks,
    Kate

    #17354

    David
    Member

    Hi Kate,
    please feel free to call me on 01308 538491
    Kind regards,
    David Brooke-Smith
    Stacks Property Search

    #17546

    Catherine
    Member

    Hi

    Nadia it sounds like you made a great move and we are still keen on Southbourne having returned with our daughter a few weeks ago. We would also like to be near Southbourne Grove for the cafes and shops but river area is also good for walks.

    My concern now is the timing of the move, whether to rent first and school catchment areas. It would also be good to find out where local playparks are as we only found one?! I know we are lucky where we currently live and we have 3 within 15 walk.

    I’m also bit worried about getting a new job down there. I’m in HR and wondered if anyone knows any good employers or agencies to approach?

    Any Southbourne hints and tips greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks
    Catherine

    #18329

    debi
    Member

    Hi all!

    Now you are all settled maybe you can give some more advise! We’ve been living in Canberra Australia for the past 6 years (originally from Somerset) and we are thinking of coming back next year. My aussie kids will then be nearly 5 and nearly 3.

    We are also looking for somewhere near the beach and great schools, swimming pool and activities for the kids!

    We will be renting to begin with.

    Any more recommendations on areas? I’m a Personal Assistant and hubby is a graphic designer, so will need to live in a town or easy access to a main town!

    Thanks in advance!!

    #21204

    Gem
    Member

    Hi
    This is quite an old thread but am interested for some information on the area please if anyone can help?

    Me and my husband are hoping to move to Dorset and have narrowed the area to Southbourne, Christchurch and Poole. We have a 7 year old and 18 month old so primary/secondary schools are key. We are not religious so wont be accepted in a faith based school. Southbourne seems to offer the most for families except for the secondary schools we are worried – is that what people have found? What are the secondary school options like in in the area?

    We are possibly moving as soon as the start of the September 2020 intake so any information welcome!!

    Thanks in advance!
    Gem

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