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where is the best place to live on the south coast?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sunseeker423, 30 Jan 2019.

  1. sunseeker423


    Joined: 30 Jan 2019

    Posts: 10


    We are brits originally from NW UK and need help deciding on the best place to relocate to the south.
    We have 2 small children and would like to live in a nice place close to a beach.
    I really want to move to Helston in Cornwall but worried that its too isolated so was then thinking of a place close to Truro for more opportunities for work.
    The other places i am going to look at are Weymouth and Exmouth for even more work opportunities but these places look a lot busier.
    We have been in the holiday industry for almost 20 years and i am a gas and a/c engineer so i don't think finding work will be too much of a problem.
    We are not looking to make a fortune but i want to live in a really nice place with a low crime rate.
    I have looked at a few forums where people have scared off families looking to relocate to certain areas with their reports of 'chavs' terrorising the towns but that doesn't worry me as most places in the UK have chavs don't they?
    I am going to visit these places before we relocate but would like your help to point me in the right direction please.
    Thanks in advance
  2. DB_SamX


    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,041

    Location: Winchester

    Bournemouth might suit you.
  3. Nasher


    Joined: 22 Nov 2006

    Posts: 17,692

    Any towns will be heaving with tourists in summer. Isolated is good :p
  4. Dis86


    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 25,209

    Location: Northern England

  5. sunseeker423


    Joined: 30 Jan 2019

    Posts: 10

    Thanks, i drove through Bournemouth and it looked nice but seemed really built up but surprisingly dead.When i got to Weymouth it seemed more of a working town even in the winter and there was a nice,cool vibe to it,Dorchester looked nice too.I got to Torquay but didn't like it as much but then ran out of time and had to head to the grim North.
    The UK is that busy am i right in thinking that places like south Cornwall are not that quiet and isolated anymore with all the modernisation of transport,connections,major retailers moved in etc...?
  6. Doogles


    Joined: 22 Mar 2014

    Posts: 3,930

    Is it just me or isn't autumn/spring the best time at the sea?
  7. sunseeker423


    Joined: 30 Jan 2019

    Posts: 10

    Hey dis86
    Sandbanks looks cool,thanks
  8. lunar


    Joined: 18 Jul 2015

    Posts: 366

    Location: London

    Easy access to London.
  9. robfosters

    Haby Birtdoy

    Joined: 1 Dec 2010

    Posts: 35,730

    Location: Welling, London

  10. LizardKing


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,705

    Location: The Land of Roundabouts

    Exmouth is a dive with little going for it! Weymouth is nicer. There's a lot of very nice little towns up and down the Jurassic coast mind but the schools will be limited and a pain to get to/from.
  11. Vexr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Oct 2018

    Posts: 1,062

    You have the whole A27 problem along a good stretch of the south coast from Brighton to Portsmouth (it's been labelled as the worst A-road in Britain, and plans on sorting it seem have been delayed indefinitely).

    I went to an assessment centre in Portsmouth and they said there and then that you have to move to within extreme local distance (i.e. walking/local bus/train commuting distance) or your job will in extreme jeopardy if you rely on road connections (including the M27 as well as the A27).

    If you want somewhere adjacent to nice sandy beaches, and not totally fallen off the map (though it is a bit), then the Essex beaches of Walton-on-the-naze/Frinton-on-sea would be a good places to consider (especially if you can't quite stomach Clacton). I think large stretches of the south coast are stony beaches too.

    Other than that, then the closest you'll get to some sort of English sandy beach paradise on the south coast does indeed seem to be Devon/Cornwall.
    Last edited: 31 Jan 2019
  12. moon man


    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

    Posts: 3,132

    Location: St Breward Cornwall

    i think it has to be here in cornwall for a decent lifestyle change ,its unbelievably amazing down here but where i am it is isolated ,wadebridge nearny is very nice ,but i also have a softspot for parts of newquay especially by the gannel but obviously gets mad in season .
    you cant beat your time off chilling on the beaches surfing ,walking ,stand up paddle boarding down a sunny gannel
  13. Gixer

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 May 2004

    Posts: 1,955

    Location: Southampton

    For me it'd be somewhere in Cornwall just not entirely sure which bit as there are so many nice areas.
  14. Josh


    Joined: 23 Oct 2013

    Posts: 10,085

    Location: Surrey

    Sidmouth or Budleigh Salterton.
  15. Bassmansam


    Joined: 22 Nov 2007

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  16. Megahurtz400


    Joined: 5 Jun 2007

    Posts: 7,967

    Location: Colchester

    Avoid Clacton like the plauge.

    Frinton is quite an affluent area with a lot of retirees, but I don't think it'll be the best area for schools etc.
  17. Syla5


    Joined: 13 Feb 2012

    Posts: 5,114

    My grandparents used to live in Southbourne and I have many fond memories from there as a child, and I remember my visits to other local areas with them well. Christchurch, Bournemouth, Mudeford for some crab catching.

    Obviously I have no clue on what the area is like now, some 22+ years later, or what the infrastructure was like for actual adult concerns (jobs, schools for children etc).
  18. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

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    Location: La France

    Northern France.
  19. Hades


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,742

    Location: Surrey

    Bit pricey but very nice place.
  20. Rids


    Joined: 30 Sep 2008

    Posts: 6,388

    Wants low crime rate, you suggest Brighton, does not compute.

    Have you seen Brighton lately? I was considering moving there with the other half, but after spending some time there we decided its just not a nice place at the moment, the homeless problem really has gotten out of hand, you'll see at least 5 homeless people smacked out of their heads just walking from the station to the shopping centre.