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Fee

The big move, looking for property with land

Hello! Nice to be back, still not great browsing from my phone, but I'll cope, I'm back on the PC a bit more these days Wink

We are looking to move back North to get a bit of land and more house space to accommodate our Willow's growing needs, our 3-bed in Hampshire just isn't big enough in the long run for through-floor lifts, hoists and all that extra equipment. And for the same approximate price of our house, we can have a house with a little land in Derbyshire/Staffordshire/South Yorkshire, which is where we are looking at the moment, though nowhere is out of the question, it's about being commutable to work for HT.

Happytechie needs to find work first, I've been researching areas who have decent provision for disabled children, good special schools have been my focus because a good school will ensure other therapists are on the ball.

Arthur is going to have a year off school, if that works for us all then we will carry on and home school permanently.

It's a big scary thing to do, we've lived in Hampshire/Surrey our whole adult lives since University, about 16 years, but it feels right, especially while the kids are young (5 and 3).

I'm addicted to property websites at the moment, not that I can do anything until employment is sorted!

I've also got a little idea about setting up a retreat for families with disabled children, on the land, an accessible yurt (with hoists), little accessible playground and a few other bits. Non-profit.

I'm also trying to get our house in order, making my way through each room, gutting it out, sanding, painting, making good, before getting an estate agent round to value it, so I'm going on other houses in the area, of which there aren't many, there's a big shortage of houses like ours, they fly off the market at silly prices.

Anyway, nice to be back now my focus in life isn't on nappies and nipples. Finally, the dream of actually downsizing seems within our reach and it's bloody exciting!
sean

Good luck.
gz

All the Best Very Happy
joanne

Lots of IT work around Leeds, Bristol and Manchester, also further north in Scotland remarkably!

There is a massive project with the DWP in Blackpool that they are actively recruiting for at the moment and seem to be struggling to find people for. Not sure what HT's specialism is in but there is loads out there. http://www.cwjobs.co.uk/JobSearch/JobDetails.aspx?JobId=65099759&s=header&sp=%2FJobSearch%2FResults.aspx&Keywords=java&LTxt=LA1%2C+Lancaster&Radius=30

Not all of the property agents that specialise in larger properties with land are on places like RightMove,


Take a look at Richard Turner and Son, despite the terrible website! http://www.rturner.co.uk

Armistead Barnett http://www.abarnett.co.uk/
SandraR

Very exciting !! wishing you all, all the very best Very Happy
dpack

best wishes for a good move,
derbyshire is nice but a bit expensive,south yorks is quite mixed with some very nice parts and surprisingly good health care.i dont know much about staffs.

the railway engineers based in york are often looking for it skills but york is quite expensive and health care is a bit patchy.

west yorks has the advantage of being near leeds and manchester,middle priced for house with a bit of land since the horsey market is less than it was.the best bits can have rather wild weather.
sean

Re: The big move, looking for property with land

... Non-profit...


*Always* aim to make a profit. You can plough it back into extra facilities/subsidies for less-well-off clients or whatever.
Nick

Indeed. Profit is one of the costs of doing business.
feathersandfibre

Hi, we are in the same position at the moment, although looking in our local area rather than further afield. We are doing finishing touches to our current place ready to get the estate agents in and obsessively checking right move for new properties on the market with a few acres! Good luck with the search.
Fee

Thanks guys!

Some great info there too, will look into the DWP jobs for ht, Jo, he's a software development manager.

Blackpool feels too far North, bit too close to my family in r Lakes really Wink There's good and bad to that!
Fee

Hi, we are in the same position at the moment, although looking in our local area rather than further afield. We are doing finishing touches to our current place ready to get the estate agents in and obsessively checking right move for new properties on the market with a few acres! Good luck with the search.


We're probably looking at the same properties Wink

Good luck in your search, sounds like you're a bit further ahead than us.
tahir

Wotcha Fee, nice to see you back BahamaMama

Hi Fee

Take a look at this :-
http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk/property/str150117-lot-1-sheriffyards-house-coalsnaughton-tillicoultry-clackmannanshire-fk13-6nb

We very nearly bought it but for complicated reasons we did not. Funnily we had the same idea of yurts etc. It is not without its challenges but would be a dream for someone.
Fee

Wotcha Fee, nice to see you back

Nice to be back Smile
Fee

Hi Fee

Take a look at this :-
http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk/property/str150117-lot-1-sheriffyards-house-coalsnaughton-tillicoultry-clackmannanshire-fk13-6nb

We very nearly bought it but for complicated reasons we did not. Funnily we had the same idea of yurts etc. It is not without its challenges but would be a dream for someone.

Beautiful but way too far North for us Wink
Bebo

Good luck with it Fee. I may be house hunting again next year. I'm viewing it with a weird combination of excitement and dread. Hope the excitement outweighs the dread for you. Fee

Good luck with it Fee. I may be house hunting again next year. I'm viewing it with a weird combination of excitement and dread. Hope the excitement outweighs the dread for you.

Definitely does. Anyone know much about Huddersfield? that's this mornings little jaunt online Wink
Nick

It's in the north. Avoid. Fee

It's in the north. Avoid.

Ah, but after Great Ormond Street, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool are the best hospitals in the UK for children and we have a child who is going to spend a lot of time having surgery after surgery, most probably!

Off to Southampton to discuss her hips and her new-found scoliosis tomorrow.
dpack

Good luck with it Fee. I may be house hunting again next year. I'm viewing it with a weird combination of excitement and dread. Hope the excitement outweighs the dread for you.

Definitely does. Anyone know much about Huddersfield? that's this mornings little jaunt online Wink

i know it very well,i have lived in it for about 30 years over 5 1/2 decades.

good transport links to east and west
healthcare depends on what you need as to world class or could do better.
the nicer places to live are to the west side of the town.holme and colne valleys are nice,the high villages are nice.
property ranges from cheap to if you need to ask you cant afford it but is mid range compared to wages.
the town centre has all the usual shops but few independents.
land ranges from cheap to overpriced (horsey types etc etc ) but some moderately sized houses have a very big garden/attached land.
it all slopes and it is often raining and windy.
allotments are available in some parts.
it is a town but bigger than many cities
pretty good for entertainment,pubs ,restaurants,
school education depends where you are, college and uni good

the locals are a surly violent bunch which can be bad(the footie types and barn drinkers are a pita) or good if like a long tradition of chartist,luddite,socialist and anarchic thought,alternatives who get on with different alternatives. Laughing

the locals are quite a friendly and kind bunch which can be bad if you want to get on with something rather than chat or good if you need to find nice new friends nearby. Laughing

many foreigners have become locals over the centuries among the more recent intakes have been a large set of groups from what was british india many of whom are great grandparents to locals as well as more recent arrivals and many poles post ww2 and more recently.southerners are tolerated as are folk from all manner of other mythical places.

the main local employers are the uni and gov.org but there are many small and medium businesses (see transport to leeds /mancs).

places to look at for house with land range from south facing valley slopes(north facing ones are dark all winter as tis steep) and south facing gentle slopes higher up(at least you get sun even if it is windy)
the rainfall is higher in the west hills than in the east valleys by a metre a year and some of the hill farms are very wild, in some places even a landy is a henhouse every few years if it snows a lot.

tv research includes last of the summer wine,happy valley,town,etc etc which is fine for the landscape but to get to know the place a decent longish visit is best as many folk love it when they get to know it but a few really dont so look before you leap
dpack

ps from the west by car mancs 45mins sheff an hour,the pool 2 hours

mancs by train 30 mins from marsden
Fee

Fab, thanks dpack Laughing Fee

Aaaaand, we are staying put.

I've researched pretty much every county for suitability for the kids, Willow in particular, we've seen properties that would be absolutely perfect with a couple of acres of land. We've seen some that would enable us to be mortgage free!

But then I walk Arthur to school, a school he has happily skipped in to every single day, yesterday a little girl in his class took his hand and walked in with him, both beaming. How could we choose to take him away from that? When he stops enjoying it, we will make a change together, as we always planned to. His class love him and him them, I have a problem with the education system as it is but he doesn't. I suspect his feelings will change in the next 18-24 months so we can reassess then on staying locally or leaving altogether.

We both saw ourselves growing old here, it's nice here, we are part of the community. But, this house isn't the right house for a wheelchair user so we need to move or make big adaptions to it, that will give us less garden. I've put our names on the allotment list and I'll be keeping our eyes peeled for a house with more suitable layout. That smallholding was enticing but it will always be there. Yes, we will both be a few years older but we have time on our sides.

We might always regret not moving but better that than having an unhappy boy who we knowingly took away from a good school and a good class of kids who accept him for who and how he is.

And Willow's school is great, too, she beams when we arrive at the gates. She would find similar happiness elsewhere, but I can't be sure Arthur would.
Fee

Oh and if anyone wants a google map of every Outstanding teaching special school suitable for children with severe physical and mental disabilities in England, let me know! Smile wellington womble

I hear you. I wouldn't move schools for anything. Take her out, yes. But neither of us is ready for that. tahir

I think you're making absolutely the right decision thumbup
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