Doing it for the kids!
School catchment areas are one of the main considerations for buyers with children. Our advice, parent or not is that investing in a home near a top school can offer much-needed security against the fluctuating property market.
As primary school places are revealed across the region here is our roundup of family homes near Guildford’s top schools.
The village of Merrow is situated in the north-east suburb of Guildford. Locally known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, it is just two miles from the town centre and less than a 10-minute drive from London Road Station as well as being home to some of Guildford’s most sought after schools including, Merrow C of E Infant School (ages 4 – 7), Bushy Hill Junior School (ages 7 – 11), Boxgrove Primary School (ages 4 – 11), St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School (ages 4 – 11) and St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School (ages 11 – 18), which also has a Sixth Form college.
In the heart of Merrow, on Boxgrove Road, a contemporary and spacious three-bedroom home, perfect for young families, is on the market with a guide price of £500,000. Although an apartment, the home is spacious with three double bedrooms, as well as a garage for extra storage.
The property is just a short walk from of many of the area’s premier schools, including Boxgrove, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Peter’s and George Abbot, as well as the local shops in nearby Collingwood Crescent.
Also in the village, Oak Tree Cottage on Merrow Common Road, is the perfect purchase for buyers looking for a project to get stuck in to, priced at £695,000.
A former agricultural cottage set on a quiet lane, the home has excellent potential and again, is ideally place for excellent local schools.
Close to one of the UKs leading independent girls’ schools, Tormead in Guildford, this two-bedroom home is complemented by a luscious landscaped garden and is priced at £475,000.
A little further out of town, the quintessentially English village of Cranleigh offers some of the most highly-regarded schools in the country including Cranleigh School, Charterhouse, St Catherine’s and Longacre.
Here, Ely, a beautifully presented character property, is on the market with a guide price of £1,100,000. The four-bedroom home has undergone significant renovation in recent years including the installation of a wood burner, a bespoke kitchen and new windows and external doors.
Barnett Lane, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey
Guide price £650,000
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