Education Education Education
26 September 2011
Walnut House, Cambridgeshire - £875,000
Attertons Farm House, Bedfordshire - £775,000
As the new school year is beginning and with primary and secondary school applications for September 2012 underway, many house hunters who are also a parent of school children will be thinking about moving within a good school catchment area. Local estate agent, Fine & Country Cambridgeshire offers a selection of beautiful family houses and has noted an increase in demand from parent buyers seeking properties within close proximity of Cambridgeshire’s and Bedfordshire’s top state and independent schools.
New research by the website PrimeLocation claims that property within the catchment areas of the top 50 best-performing state schools can be 35% above the national average as parents prioritise educational establishments when searching for a new house. A National survey by The Post Office also reveals that close proximity to a reputable school is worth more than living near family, the work place or good travel links and so buyers are prepared to pay an extra £18,000 for an area they can settle down in for 15 years or more. (*)
“The location near a good school is high on the list for buyers wanting to bring up families and put down long term routes,” says Simon Bradbury, Partner at Fine & Country Cambridgeshire. “Cambridgeshire has well reputed schools such as Longsands College in St. Neots and Kimbolton School situated in the stunning Kimbolton Castle - responsible for the education of the son of the former Prime Minister, John Major. Bedfordshire too is an ideal lifestyle choice for young families and is home to the Harper Trust Schools. We offer a selection of family homes in popular school catchment areas with house prices starting from £400,000.”
Buyer, Mr Ratcliffe, is searching for a property with Fine & Country and comments on why he solely desires a property within a good school catchment area in Cambridgeshire. “We are moving from Gamlingay in Bedfordshire to Cambridgeshire as our local college and school facilities are closing down. The education of our children is extremely important to us and it is essential that we not only establish ourselves in the right location but also within the catchment area of a reputable school. Cambridgeshire boasts excellent schools as well as its idyllic setting and so we have been searching for properties near to Kimbolton School. We really look forward to settling down here.”
Examples of houses currently available with Fine & Country Cambridgeshire and in close proximity to great schools include Walnut House in Cambridgeshire, a 5 bedroom detached family house on the market for £875,000 which offers the tranquillity of a peaceful village setting (See: http://tinyurl.com/625a3ls) and Attertons Farm House, a 4 bedroom Grade II listed period farmhouse on the market for £775,000 in Bedfordshire. (See: http://tinyurl.com/6l2ozfl)
For further information on how Fine & Country Cambridgeshire, a division of the Thomas Morris Group, can help you move, please call 0845 603 2825 or visit www.fineandcountry.com .
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