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Old 06-30-2008, 05:43 AM
 
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Hello Britain!!
My husband, myself and our 3 yr old may to moving to Manchester from Toronto, Canada. His job would be in Preston but have been told to look at the Manchester area for homes. We were told to stir clear away from Preston. Can anyone tell me what Manchester is like? I know that it is a fairly big city that is being restored and cleaned up. What are house prices like for a 3 bedroom? School system? when do children start school? Anything that anyone can tell me about the area would be greatly appreciated. My hubby is from London and I have been there once but neither of us have been to the north.
Thanks so much!
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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Hello Britain!!
My husband, myself and our 3 yr old may to moving to Manchester from Toronto, Canada. His job would be in Preston but have been told to look at the Manchester area for homes. We were told to stir clear away from Preston. Can anyone tell me what Manchester is like? I know that it is a fairly big city that is being restored and cleaned up. What are house prices like for a 3 bedroom? School system? when do children start school? Anything that anyone can tell me about the area would be greatly appreciated. My hubby is from London and I have been there once but neither of us have been to the north.
Thanks so much!
Preston is quite a hike from Manchester (30 miles and traffic can be heavy) so I'm not sure that avoiding Preston in favour of Manchester is worth it to be honest. Both cities have areas that are more or less desirable than others, and I'm sure there must be areas in the vicinity of Preston which you would find quite acceptable and would make for a better quality of life and less time on the road for your husband. Preston is also closer to the coast and on the doorstep of the Lake District, so opportunities for outdoor recreation at weekends etc. abound.

Perhaps try Googling to find an Estate Agent (Realtor) and call them for a chat about areas in which to live, pricing etc.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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My best mate is a cop in Didsbury (a nice suburb of Manchester). Looks quite a nice place to live from the many times I've visited him. Maybe not the cheapest place to live but some cheap area's of manchester I'd not house my cat in!

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Old 06-30-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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My best mate is a cop in Didsbury (a nice suburb of Manchester). Looks quite a nice place to live from the many times I've visited him. Maybe not the cheapest place to live but some cheap area's of manchester I'd not house my cat in!

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Yes, I'd heard Didsbury wasn't bad either. It is south manchester though, so even further away from Preston.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:11 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me about the school system in the area? In Canada, kids start Junior Kindergarten at age 4. Is this is the same?
We have been told to stay away from Preston but the Lake District is amazing. I think that we would rent for awhile before buying.
Thanks
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:18 AM
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Can anyone tell me about the school system in the area? In Canada, kids start Junior Kindergarten at age 4. Is this is the same?
We have been told to stay away from Preston but the Lake District is amazing. I think that we would rent for awhile before buying.
Thanks
The school system is the same across England so you'll probably find plenty about it on the net or from old threads on this board. We start school at 5.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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Can anyone tell me about the school system in the area? In Canada, kids start Junior Kindergarten at age 4. Is this is the same?
We have been told to stay away from Preston but the Lake District is amazing. I think that we would rent for awhile before buying.
Thanks
Who told you this? I think that as a "blanket statement" this is bad advice and, if followed, may prevent you from finding areas that would have been to your liking and within a sensible communting time from work. It's a bit likle someone saying "avoid Manchester" because there are indeed many bad parts to that city. But in reality, both places are big enough to have nice areas and not-so-nice areas.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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This is what I have been told from the president of the company. I know London quite well but not Manchester/Preston so I can benefit alot from this board.
Cheers
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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This is what I have been told from the president of the company. I know London quite well but not Manchester/Preston so I can benefit alot from this board.
Cheers
Seems like a bit of a sweeping statement to me. My friend went to college in Preston and stayed in a very nice suburb - unfortunately the name escapes me which isn't very useful... Sounds like you might need a visit so you can judge for yourself before deciding.
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Wharton, Freckleton (sp?) Longridge, St Annes, Longton, Houghton -- These were given to me just now over the phone by a close friend who lives 15 miles out of Preston. Hope this helps. I'm in the US.
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