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Apologies for the very late response – I hope the is still relevant.
Estate agents are acting for the seller so unfortunately no they would not drive you around – they are however keen to show you the streets or villages of the houses they are currently selling.
Property search agents will take you on an orientation tour and point out available properties with a variety of estate agents and also help you pinpoint the area by considering your work and school commute, lifestyle and budget. Property search agents should have a good understanding of house prices within your search area and whether demand is high, they often also have access to ‘off market’ properties. Access to these off market properties is usually through local contacts, builders or good working relationships with estate agents, often owners would prefer to keep their home private and not on the internet.
A property agent is an invaluable tool to a purchaser as they should help you choose the area, gain access to all available properties within that area and negotiate the best price – you can often save their fee.
Good luck with your property search.
Great Shelford and Little Shelford run into each other, no real difference. Great is the area around the station and Woollards Lane. The two developments of new apartments are beside the station (possibly noisy?) and on the corner with Granhams Road – still being redeveloped – convenience shop planned for ground level.
Good luck with viewings today.
Great idea, Shelford is a really popular family suburb of Cambridge. Yoga classes, Deli and farm shop. Just been searching in this area for rental property for clients – several new build apartments available and a great four bedroomed family house. The drawback to Shelford is state secondary school provision – Local secondary is not great. Many ‘Shelford’ families send theirs to private schools. Happy to help if you would like further information.
Hi Ian Mum
Cambridgeshire is a great place for your children to grow up and would make a fantastic move.
In terms of speed to Liverpool Street you may be better looking south of Cambridge, villages such as Heydon and Arkesden (Essex) Saffron Walden is a lovely small town with great primaries and an outstanding secondary. However places are oversubscribed.
If however you would prefer a city location, Cambridge itself also has many great primaries and if you chose a street off Mill Road and a Victorian terrace you could walk to the station, schools and amenities.
Let me know a bit more detail of your requirements if you would like more help. I am currently relocating an Australian family to Cambridge.
SarahJune 7, 2016 at 1:56 pm in reply to: Country/farm living for family ..still commutable to london #16982
Cambridge offers beautiful countryside and a fast commute to London, with the added benefit of Stansted airport 30 minutes drive away. If you look at villages to the south, east and west of Cambridge the fast train journey time is 38 minutes from Royston and 45 minutes from Cambridge.
The housing is varied from thatched cottages, victorian and georgian manor houses to more modern, townhouses and occasionally building plots. In some villages it is still possible to find large gardens/paddocks with 4 bedroom houses for example.
In our Cambridgeshire village most people have dogs, chickens, the younger children play on the cricket green, the older ones babysit! and the grown ups have wonderful friendships and support.
In terms of schools there are outstanding primary schools with school buses, a popular Steiner school and various highly regarded private schools.