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Thinking of moving to Exeter - good and bad bits of town?

Thinking of moving to Exeter - good and bad bits of town?

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motorbreath

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610 posts

106 months

Thursday 26th July 2012
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Hi all, as above really, the OH and I were going to return to Plymouth after spending 4 years up in Surrey but have decided to go exploring in Exeter.

I have no idea on areas that are hot and areas that are not so hot to live.

Any advice would be welcomed, many thanks smile

motorbreath

Original Poster:

610 posts

106 months

Saturday 28th July 2012
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Silence speaks loader than words. I take it, it's not very good?.

Cyder

6,196 posts

144 months

Saturday 28th July 2012
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It's a very nice City, I'd be trying to avoid Wonford, Whipton, Beacon Heath and Some bits of Exeick and aiming for areas around Heavitree and Pennsylvania I think.

Easy enough to get around even in rush hour, but it's an old City and the road network tends to reflect the fact!

MagicalTrevor

6,106 posts

153 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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I used to live down on the quay in Exeter, my girlfriend (now Wife) and I then moved to Newton St Cyres which is just a short commute.

As has been suggested, Heavitree would probably be my choice if I were to move back. It's an ok city, more like a big town really. Has its problems like any other town/city and I think there is a fair divide in the wealth of people there

lee st

5,066 posts

89 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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For car fans there probably isn't a better city in the country smile
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MagicalTrevor

6,106 posts

153 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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lee st said:
For car fans there probably isn't a better city in the country smile
With most manufacturers represented by car dealers there

carsarecool

2,658 posts

163 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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St Leonards is nice, old Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian houses aplenty. We lived there for 4 years - nice area.

Exeter is a great place, loads to do, good pubs and restaurants.

Spend a weekend there to suss it out, traffic can be bad if you have to get across the city at rush hour though.

LancerG

2,842 posts

199 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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Im posting as this thread makes it sound poor. Compared to Plymouth, Exeter is fabulous. Culture, cathedral, great restaurants, good shops, nice people, a university city......does mean lots of grubby hoodies on a saturday !

I'm looking to move once I have sold up, Exeter is my target area but maybe a village nearby.

Oh and of course, superb schools.

LordBretSinclair

3,550 posts

101 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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LancerG said:
..........but maybe a village nearby.
+ 1. Woodbury, Lympstone, Broadclyst, Silverton, Rewe, Ide etc.

Lots of lovely small villages within 15-20 mins of City Centre (but then I am biaised) smile

pastrana72

1,678 posts

132 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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Exeter is a very alright place to live, there is a new development called cranbrook that is going up near exeter, that has plenty of choice for a new build's.

I like living in Exeter it is a good place, sure there are always a few negatives as with anywhere, but I can not think of any. oh yeah Traffic, I have good access to the M5 now but where I used to live was called Alphington, traffic at rush hour not so good.

lee st

5,066 posts

89 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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MagicalTrevor said:
lee st said:
For car fans there probably isn't a better city in the country smile
With most manufacturers represented by car dealers there
Yeah that's what I meant smile and with them all walking distance apart is ideal

LordHaveMurci

8,644 posts

93 months

Sunday 29th July 2012
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Some good answers already, Eastern side is best for access. It is a great City & a great place to live smile

n8ony

130 posts

132 months

Tuesday 31st July 2012
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I have worked in Exeter for 25 years, living just outside. It's a great City with a good atmosphere and a vibrant business community. Pennsylvania and The Quay area are definitely the best areas to live if you want to be in the City, but many nice villages around it if you are happy for a 15 minute commute.

bertieg

599 posts

65 months

Friday 3rd August 2012
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apart from the M5/A30 roadworks, i dont think traffic is generally too bad around Exeter

avoid whipton, wonford and pinhoe. avoid burnthouse lane (wonford area) like the plague (the name tells you all you need to know about it really!) pennsylvania and exwick is okay. i'd also say live out towards woodbury/lympstone, also being biased wink

StephenDJM

124 posts

133 months

Friday 3rd August 2012
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If your after more central Exeter, try the Quay (where i live) which is rather nice with plenty to do. St Leonards is also a good area, as is Pennsylvania. Plenty of nice villages just outside as well. Avoid all of those mentioned above, obviously apart from Woodbury/Lympstone...

LordHaveMurci

8,644 posts

93 months

Friday 3rd August 2012
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bertieg said:
apart from the M5/A30 roadworks, i dont think traffic is generally too bad around Exeter

avoid whipton, wonford and pinhoe. avoid burnthouse lane (wonford area) like the plague (the name tells you all you need to know about it really!) pennsylvania and exwick is okay. i'd also say live out towards woodbury/lympstone, also being biased wink
Exwick, really?

pstruck

3,440 posts

173 months

Friday 3rd August 2012
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LordHaveMurci said:
Exwick, really?
I lived there from 94 to 03. It was my first house, was cheap and did me well at the time. I guess it was ok at the time, but I've moved on and it's not an area I'd move back to. I would agree with what has already been said about areas to avoid. I also think parts of St.Thomas are not the best.

bertieg

599 posts

65 months

Saturday 4th August 2012
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LordHaveMurci said:
Exwick, really?
depends where you go in exwick. some of it is a bit st, some of it is alright

BGARK

5,234 posts

170 months

Monday 21st August
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Bump, just searched and found this thread.

We have been talking about relocation of our business and several families to this part of the world.

Ideally we need a "fixer" to help and facilitate the process, happy to pay for the service for the right advice.

We could also bring around 30+ jobs to the area so I did thing about contacting the local council for advice.

Any thoughts or assistance much appreciated, thanks!

LordHaveMurci

8,644 posts

93 months

Tuesday 22nd August
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BGARK said:
Bump, just searched and found this thread.

We have been talking about relocation of our business and several families to this part of the world.

Ideally we need a "fixer" to help and facilitate the process, happy to pay for the service for the right advice.

We could also bring around 30+ jobs to the area so I did thing about contacting the local council for advice.

Any thoughts or assistance much appreciated, thanks!
Can't help Re: a fixer, what sort of premises would you be looking for?

Exeter is a boom town at the moment, lots of commercial & residential development going on, the road infrastructure in the city struggles at times, lots of units on the outskirts though.