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post #21 of 58
I've heard there is a good home-ed group in Cambridge.
post #22 of 58
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I've heard there is a good home-ed group in Cambridge.
So did I Which made my heart jump with joy because we have been sort of going at it alone her in Norway. And I am so ready for a richer social environment for me....the kids are fine

I forget the name of the organization now, but could find it. I also heard from somebody (dont remember who or which email list) that they as unschoolers are spoiled for activities to choose from everyday.
post #23 of 58
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I would love to meet any of you guys for a quick coffee or parkdate between June 8-11

Send me a pm!
post #24 of 58
Yes -I'm excited about Cambridge and all it has to offer. There is still a slight chance that we won't move there but I am trying not to think about that.
post #25 of 58
My boys are 8 and 4. Bente, let me look at my diary, but those dates might suit me. I'll pm you. Send me one to let me know where you are staying, and I'll figure out where the best place to meet might be. I have a very active 4 yo, so a parkdate might be best!
post #26 of 58
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My boys are 8 and 4. Bente, let me look at my diary, but those dates might suit me. I'll pm you. Send me one to let me know where you are staying, and I'll figure out where the best place to meet might be. I have a very active 4 yo, so a parkdate might be best!
Park dates are usually the best for us too. Could you recomend a hotel in the central part of Cambridge? Kid friendly in a walkable area. Hubby will be working most days, and the kids and I plan on wandering around soaking up the sights.
post #27 of 58
Bente - Have you looked at Bed and Breakfasts or a self-catering apartment for your stay?

I can't recommend any hotels as I don't know Cambridge obviously - but the budget hotels in the UK are Travelodge and Premier Inn. Don't know if there would be anything like that in central area, though.
post #28 of 58
Bente - did you make it to Cambridge last week?
post #29 of 58
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Bente - did you make it to Cambridge last week?
I did. A very short hectic week, and the kids were a little overwhelmed with the whole move so we spent alot of time swimming at the hotel pool

I agree with everyone that Cambridge is lovely, and being a city girl myself I thought I would want to live in Cambridge, but I found it a little crammed and busy. A litte too intense, maybe-could also be the state of mind I was in. Housing is very expensive, we are renting and just a little outside of Cambridge the prices drop. We did drive to some of the villages and just from the looks of everything I really liked Ely, which I guess is techinically a town. Even had a Starbucks I figured it would give me a walkable center of town still but not as crowded as Cambrigde and more house for the money. The drive for dh would be a little longer, he will work in Bar Hill. Also he travels so much that the airport will be just as much his commute as Bar Hill.

We also heard good things about Cambourne, a new development. I guess that would be suburbia rather than village life. I will send dh to take a look. Right now I am back in Tx and plan on sending him on house hunting trips when I see something I like.

How about you, are you any wiser as to where to live.
post #30 of 58
We are looking for a place to the south of Cambridge, as that is where DH will be working and he doesn't drive (we don't have a car even if he did drive.) Unfortunately rent is still pretty high in the south villages, although certainly not as high as in Cambridge proper. I also want to be on a train line to get into Cambridge and London easily.
Ely does seem like a good place. I've seen some nice homes for rent there, but it would be too far of a commute for DH.
post #31 of 58
Just to add my two cents... (or maybe I should say two pence..)

Ely is nice and certainly a lot cheaper than Cambridge. It is considered a town, not a village, and it does have a lot of ammenities, as well as a lovely cathedral and nice tea shops! It would probably take about 30 minutes to drive from Ely to Bar Hill, but be aware that there is a lot of traffic on that Ely to Bar Hill road.

Camborne is not for everyone. It is a very big, very new development. It is considered a village, but it is very big. It depends on whether you like that kind of environment or not.

South of Cambridge is more expensive, as it is closer to London, and therefore appeals to the London commuters as well as Cambridge people. But it is very nice. I live south west of Cambridge in a village, and it is very suitable for families. Some villages are on train lines, so that is worth investigating.

For family life, I would recommend villages or Ely, as Cambridge is so expensive and more for the student/young couple/couple with no kids types. You can always go into town at the weekend and enjoy the environment, then go home again. That's what we do!

Have you looked at the website 'Rightmove'? Almost all houses for sale or rent in the UK are on there, and you can put in any area and details of what kind of place you are looking for. It helps if you are not here when you are looking for a place.

Good luck in your decisions to move and your house hunting!
post #32 of 58
Oooh I like Ely a lot, I would consider living there if I had to choose again. I was going to suggest Newmarket, my town, but then I looked where Bar Hill is, and thought Newmarket might be a bit far of a commute. Although getting on the A14 is really easy.

I really like this whole area, although I'm usually a bit more north, I don't go south of Cambridge often, unless it's to London.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine! I'm hoping this is the BBQ summer we were supposed to get last year!
post #33 of 58
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Just to add my two cents... (or maybe I should say two pence..)

Ely is nice and certainly a lot cheaper than Cambridge. It is considered a town, not a village, and it does have a lot of ammenities, as well as a lovely cathedral and nice tea shops! It would probably take about 30 minutes to drive from Ely to Bar Hill, but be aware that there is a lot of traffic on that Ely to Bar Hill road.

Camborne is not for everyone. It is a very big, very new development. It is considered a village, but it is very big. It depends on whether you like that kind of environment or not.

South of Cambridge is more expensive, as it is closer to London, and therefore appeals to the London commuters as well as Cambridge people. But it is very nice. I live south west of Cambridge in a village, and it is very suitable for families. Some villages are on train lines, so that is worth investigating.

For family life, I would recommend villages or Ely, as Cambridge is so expensive and more for the student/young couple/couple with no kids types. You can always go into town at the weekend and enjoy the environment, then go home again. That's what we do!

Have you looked at the website 'Rightmove'? Almost all houses for sale or rent in the UK are on there, and you can put in any area and details of what kind of place you are looking for. It helps if you are not here when you are looking for a place.

Good luck in your decisions to move and your house hunting!
Could you expand on Cambourne, what kind of environment, what kind of people seek out the place, etc.
post #34 of 58
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Also, does anyone know anything about the Steiner School in Cambridge, or is it in Fulbourn? What is the word on the street
post #35 of 58
From the pictures I have seen of Cambourne, it loks like a place where you need a car to get to the chain/box stores, which are the only local shopping options..
We are currently living in a place similar to Cambourne. There is no sense of community. It's made for people with cars. THere is no central gathering place/square where people can sit down and relax . There are a couple of playgrounds but I rarely see other parents there, just bored kids hanging out .
On weekend nights the teenagers hang around in front of the takeaways because there is no place for them to go.

I am really hoping to find a home/community in a village that offers locally owned and run businesses and has some character and soul, and cultural and social activities.
post #36 of 58
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I am really hoping to find a home/community in a village that offers locally owned and run businesses and has some character and soul, and cultural and social activities.
Same here. What are some names of the villages you are considering?
post #37 of 58
We have been concentrating on the south villages such as Great Shelford, Great Chesterford and Saffron Walden. I have heard good things about Royston too.
However, when DH realized how much cheaper rents were to the North of Cambridge he said he wouldn't mind a longer commute if we could get more house for our money, so I am looking at Ely as well.
post #38 of 58
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We have been concentrating on the south villages such as Great Shelford, Great Chesterford and Saffron Walden. I have heard good things about Royston too.
However, when DH realized how much cheaper rents were to the North of Cambridge he said he wouldn't mind a longer commute if we could get more house for our money, so I am looking at Ely as well.
How cool!! I really got a good vibe just driving around Ely, not sure what it was but it had a good feel
And Ely has the train line to Cambridge and London.
post #39 of 58
Have you had any luck househunting? I haven't seen much so far that is the right price/size/area...
post #40 of 58
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Oooh I like Ely a lot, I would consider living there if I had to choose again. I was going to suggest Newmarket, my town, but then I looked where Bar Hill is, and thought Newmarket might be a bit far of a commute. Although getting on the A14 is really easy.

I really like this whole area, although I'm usually a bit more north, I don't go south of Cambridge often, unless it's to London.

Hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine! I'm hoping this is the BBQ summer we were supposed to get last year!
Could you tell me a bit about Newmarket? Is it a good family town? What is there to do there? Any areas that should be avoided?

Also, do you know anything about Littleport?
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