Hi my husband and I and two children (aged 2 and 9) are planning on moving to Christchurch or surrounding areas. We have visited 3 times in recent months and looked at lots and lots of areas ranging as far north as Verwood, each time we are blown away by Christchurch. My question is :- Being from outside the area I have absolutely no idea of the different areas of Christchurch and surrounding areas. This move has to be 110% right as this will be our final move (big big decisions). What i really need to know is some background information and low downs for some of the areas - Are there any areas that are considered better than others, are there any areas to avoid (more crime than other areas , are some areas considered retirement areas ?etc etc etc ? On our trips to Christchurch we have found many residential areas that are delightful but i am really unaware of the areas themselves. I look at house prices to try and give me some kind of idea of the areas - however for many streets and areas some 3 -4 bed houses are priced around the 350 k mark and other3 - 4 beds, only 1 street away and even on occassions on the same streets are on the market for 230k. As you can imagine with so much variation it is hard to get a real picture for the area. Any information that you can provide however small or large would be absolutely gratefully recieved. I really can't make a mistake with this move.
Any info predominantly on Christchurch, and also thinking of southbourne, bournemouth, Mudeford, highcliffe, new milton, ashley, walkford
Many thanks in advance a very confused Kate !