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isabellaswanton

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Moving to Belfast
« on: January 14, 2019, 11:17:48 AM »
Hello everyone, first post on the forum-hope you are all well.
I need some advice, our family of 5 (with 3 kids aged 17/15/12) is planning to move to Belfast by the end of summer 2019: we would like to rent in a family area close to grammar schools and I was looking for tips. We would initially rent and when we are settled start looking around to buy.  I am told that the Holywood and Stormont areas are very nice and close to city centre (the kids are not hugely pro moving but I'm sure I can sway them if I promise entertainment on our doorstep and public transport for their independence!).  We currently live in rural Kent, my husband is from Enniskillen and I'm Italian, so a good mix :)
Thank you everyone in advance for your input, greatly appreciated x

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:37:44 PM »
Hello everyone, first post on the forum-hope you are all well.
I need some advice, our family of 5 (with 3 kids aged 17/15/12) is planning to move to Belfast by the end of summer 2019: we would like to rent in a family area close to grammar schools and I was looking for tips. We would initially rent and when we are settled start looking around to buy.  I am told that the Holywood and Stormont areas are very nice and close to city centre (the kids are not hugely pro moving but I'm sure I can sway them if I promise entertainment on our doorstep and public transport for their independence!).  We currently live in rural Kent, my husband is from Enniskillen and I'm Italian, so a good mix :)
Thank you everyone in advance for your input, greatly appreciated x

what an incredible upheaval for you at a crucial time in your children's education            you have my


sympathies            my children's education was on a  to and fro basis  between France/Gloucestershire     


     thankfully it did little to harm their academic education         although I don't reside in NI I'm going to give


you           what some may describe as biased advice upon your choice of grammar school        .     I'm an


 ex Fortwilliam (Dominican College in N. Belfast)  student            who thoroughly enjoyed  time spent there 


         should I have to make that choice again           was certainly yes        ..      I suggest you have


a look at their website            happy hunting         

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misssmyth1

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 04:25:52 PM »
Hello isabelle   I left Belfast in 1970 to live in London but some friends have gone back to in N.I.  over the years . property is a lot cheaper or should I say more affordable than in Kent where you are now.  good Luck and best wishes .I.m sure you will be doing your own research about areas and house prices anyway. 

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 04:57:14 PM »
Hello everyone, first post on the forum-hope you are all well.
I need some advice, our family of 5 (with 3 kids aged 17/15/12) is planning to move to Belfast by the end of summer 2019: we would like to rent in a family area close to grammar schools and I was looking for tips. We would initially rent and when we are settled start looking around to buy.  I am told that the Holywood and Stormont areas are very nice and close to city centre (the kids are not hugely pro moving but I'm sure I can sway them if I promise entertainment on our doorstep and public transport for their independence!).  We currently live in rural Kent, my husband is from Enniskillen and I'm Italian, so a good mix :)
Thank you everyone in advance for your input, greatly appreciated x


I moved to Kent in 1970 and lived there for eight years.  When I moved back to Belfast I was amazed how people just got on with their lives in the midst of the ongoing troubles at that time.  Fortunately things have changed and most people have moved on and are enjoying the same living and recreational facilities as any where else in the civilised world.  There are still a few old vociferous sectarian junkies out there - you have probably noticed one or two on this forum.  Don't let them put you off  - they will eventually go the same way as the Dinosaur.  Yes - the Holywood and Stormont areas are a good choice.
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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 05:14:32 PM »
I moved to Kent in 1970 and lived there for eight years.  When I moved back to Belfast I was amazed how people just got on with their lives in the midst of the ongoing troubles at that time.  Fortunately things have changed and most people have moved on and are enjoying the same living and recreational facilities as any where else in the civilised world.  There are still a few old vociferous sectarian junkies out there - you have probably noticed one or two on this forum.  Don't let them put you off  - they will eventually go the same way as the Dinosaur.  Yes - the Holywood and Stormont areas are a good choice.

that which you refer to syri is in the past                I merely mentioned my former grammar school

on my past experience                 I had a wonderful experience there              so naturally

I wanted to share my experience with this person              I hope my post isn't construed as a sectarian

one               on account of Fortwilliam being a Catholic Dominican College                  that's make

me sad to think of this possibly being the case               :(

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 05:43:50 PM »
I wasn't referring to you Dot.  There is nothing sectarian about you - you are a free spirit.  In my opinion there are only one or two members on here who appear to be incapable of enjoying a discourse without bring religion into it.
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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 06:17:18 PM »
I wasn't referring to you Dot.  There is nothing sectarian about you - you are a free spirit.  In my opinion there are only one or two members on here who appear to be incapable of enjoying a discourse without bring religion into it.

thank you syri for this reassuring reply         .      yes you indeed have me sussed out           a free spirit

to my detriment at times              :) 
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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 07:33:13 PM »
Hello everyone, first post on the forum-hope you are all well.
I need some advice, our family of 5 (with 3 kids aged 17/15/12) is planning to move to Belfast by the end of summer 2019: we would like to rent in a family area close to grammar schools and I was looking for tips. We would initially rent and when we are settled start looking around to buy.  I am told that the Holywood and Stormont areas are very nice and close to city centre (the kids are not hugely pro moving but I'm sure I can sway them if I promise entertainment on our doorstep and public transport for their independence!).  We currently live in rural Kent, my husband is from Enniskillen and I'm Italian, so a good mix :)
Thank you everyone in advance for your input, greatly appreciated x

Holywood and North Down, Madam.   :)
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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2019, 06:03:46 AM »
Hello everyone, first post on the forum-hope you are all well.
I need some advice, our family of 5 (with 3 kids aged 17/15/12) is planning to move to Belfast by the end of summer 2019: we would like to rent in a family area close to grammar schools and I was looking for tips. We would initially rent and when we are settled start looking around to buy.  I am told that the Holywood and Stormont areas are very nice and close to city centre (the kids are not hugely pro moving but I'm sure I can sway them if I promise entertainment on our doorstep and public transport for their independence!).  We currently live in rural Kent, my husband is from Enniskillen and I'm Italian, so a good mix :)
Thank you everyone in advance for your input, greatly appreciated x

Certainly Holywood  would fit the bill. However, I would steer well clear of Belfast. Not nice.  ::)
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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2019, 07:37:36 AM »
Thank you all very much! So kind.  I am starting my research but looks good.

Have a nice day you all!

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2019, 08:53:51 AM »
Did someone mention "free spirit" ? I,m in. :drinks:

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2019, 01:35:31 PM »
mines a G & T  Gemma  do they still give larger measures in NI ?  here in London you can hardly see a measure need a double . when my Dad ordered a whisky,  black bush, for the first time many years ago the barman asked anything with your whisky he replied yes more whisky  he was used to the Belfast measures  LOL

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2019, 02:26:33 PM »
Holywood and North Down, Madam.   :)

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2019, 02:35:38 PM »
Certainly Holywood  would fit the bill. However, I would steer well clear of Belfast. Not nice.  ::)

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I suppose that`s life-however,all my memories are good ones.
Both working and socialising-friends from all areas of the City.
I am grateful I was young then.

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Re: Moving to Belfast
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2019, 03:51:04 PM »
would also like to throw in Stranmillis and Malone areas.
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