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Old 08-11-2008, 06:22 AM
 
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This is a very specific Q, but might anyone know about Edgware and area of it towards Bushey (ie a bit further NW)? We are considering moving to London, have school-aged children but spread in age, and the two schools by which we'd be constrained are in Edgware and in Bushey. The drive b/w the two is only about 10 minutes (says Google). I won't need to commute to central London, but I'd still like to be on the Tube. Bushey has no tube, and Edgware, near the tube at least, seems really dicey. Short of getting on the plane and going there physically to check all of this out, might someone have any advice? TIA!
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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Stanmore is nice, some older houses (Stanmore Hill, Green Lane etc) it has lots of open space but also quite a busy little high street - and the tube. I went to school near there It has some great pubs, a country feel but close to London.

"The suburb is characterised by numerous small restaurants and cafés, several public houses, and a handful of boutique-style clothing stores. The centre of Stanmore is dominated by the presence of a large Sainsbury's supermarket. Stanmore's extensive residential areas are leafy and predominantly affluent, with many residents commuting daily to jobs in central London and the City."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanmore

http://www.findaproperty.com/areadet...=0&areaid=0322
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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Did you go to North Collegiate? (That's the only school I recognize on the maps in that area ... ) Is Stanmore more "genteel" than Edgware but more "urban" than Bushey? Housing prices in Stanmore don't seem much lower than in more central areas of London, unless I am all wrong. I wish I could move myself and my brood of children to Notting Hill, sigh. :-) Thanks for the real estate link, it has a great map.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:14 PM
 
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Is Stanmore more "genteel" than Edgware but more "urban" than Bushey?

Housing prices in Stanmore don't seem much lower than in more central areas of London, unless I am all wrong.
Yes I'd say it's much nicer than Edgware but has more of a London feel than Bushey. It's very much like Hampstead...if that means anything to you!

It's expensive in some parts mainly because it's so nice i guess, but there is a great variety of different houses in the area, from huge Edwardian piles and Victorian cottages to 'normal' smaller houses and apartment blocks. The area east of the tube station might be better prices (the village-y bit is west of the tube, where Stanmore Hill meets the main road (Uxbridge Rd??)
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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This is a very specific Q, but might anyone know about Edgware and area of it towards Bushey (ie a bit further NW)? We are considering moving to London, have school-aged children but spread in age, and the two schools by which we'd be constrained are in Edgware and in Bushey. The drive b/w the two is only about 10 minutes (says Google). I won't need to commute to central London, but I'd still like to be on the Tube. Bushey has no tube, and Edgware, near the tube at least, seems really dicey. Short of getting on the plane and going there physically to check all of this out, might someone have any advice? TIA!
I grew up in Bushey which to me is a much better/nicer place to live than Edgware. The train from Bushey and Oxhey station to Euston is faster than the tube anywhere.

Have you not considered Chorleywood, Northwood or Rickmansworth?
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:43 AM
 
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Super helpful information- thank you all! I had no idea that the train from Bushey station took 19 minutes to Euston! Amazing. There is a specialist nursery right at Euston that I had ruled out because I thought it was too far, but it may actually work if I live very near the Bushey station. Chorleywood, Northwood or Rickmansworth would be too far out for us. I would have 2 kids in a school in Glengall Road in Edgware and 1 on Elstree Road in Bushey, so the idea was to find some convenient location in-between the two to 1) minimize the driving and 2) have some option of public transit into central London.
Can I ask another question: if a place like Stanmore is not much less $ than, say, Hampstead (which is lovely), why live all the way out there? Do you get more house for the same price? Are public services better (for the children in particular)? TIA!
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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Can I ask another question: if a place like Stanmore is not much less $ than, say, Hampstead (which is lovely), why live all the way out there? Do you get more house for the same price? Are public services better (for the children in particular)? TIA!
They are similar in feel and appearance, but not price - Hampstead is MUCH MUCH more expensive than Stanmore, last time I looked!
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:47 AM
 
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Are the schools Rosh Pinah and Immanuel?

(You mentioned Glengall Road!)

If this is the case (if not ignore me!) your options are Edgware NORTH of the station (south is the Watling council estate), Borehamwod/Elstree, Stanmore. Parts of Borehamwood are iffy so check carefully. HUGE young Jewish community in south Herts, you'll love it. Edgware is frummer (but Edgware United is one of the biggest shuls in the UK).

Average house price in Stanmore is much lower than Hampstead--the top end is just very expensive. But the lots and houses are much bigger than what you get further in.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:00 AM
 
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Oh, AleixisT- THANK YOU. yes, those are the schools although i still have to get my older ds into Immanuel- we are doing this all last minute... I really need to get on the plane and look for houses. We are not frum at all, and we are American (where you can pick your path in life much easier), so I don't really know what I am getting myself into with those schools and neighborhoods. Sigh. Bushey is in south Herts, right? And Stanmore and Edgware are still London? Since you know the area so well, would it be ok to ask you to give me a recommendation of where in that general area might be more practical, better price/value (for a rental initially), and, well, perhaps more open-minded as far as the Jewish community goes? We are in our early 40's and have 4 kids (11->2.5yo). I know this is probably an impossible question. A real estate agent that you may know there? (don't know if a rec is allowed on this board).
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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A real estate agent that you may know there? (don't know if a rec is allowed on this board).
In the UK there are no independent real estate agents as in the US - it's a completely different system. Estate agent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mostly, 'Estate Agents' are local high street shop-front offices with several staff, which have a mutitude of local properties registered for sale. Each property can only be sold via the agent/s it is listed with, usually only one agent is involved, sometimes two, rarely 3.

In a built-up area, each office will cover just a few square miles. The agent/s will know each house intimately as s/he will have met the vendor and taken the details when it was registered for sale. They are therefore very involved in the local area, as opposed to US real estate agents who can work any area of a city, or state.

Google 'estate agent' and the area you are looking for you will find those covering your area.

www.rightmove.co.uk is one of many sites which list all properties, and links you to the agent dealing with each. You can search by exact area.
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