Your thoughts on St Austell

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paddypaws76 Tue 24-Sep-13 15:56:21

Hi I posted something like this in this forum before but thought I'd try again seeing as the babys now here, doing well and 6 months old already. Hubby and me still want to move down to St Austell, just wondered what you good people who live in and around think of the town in general, primary schools and areas to avoid. We don't drive and would like to be able to walk to the beach in an ideal world, so would need to be no more than about 2 miles inland. And a strange question, but on all the property pics on right move its always cloudy, a local told me it always is in that area, is that true? He said it had something to do with the clay pits. We have family in Hayle and St Agnes but its just too pricey there, and st austell ticks all the boxes. We also liked Par, closer to the beach but not so much choice. Is that also under the same grey cloud that seems to bug St Austell. Coming down in a couple of weeks, and would like to have a look at some property. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks X

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 10:57:57

Yeah. I like just mooching around the dock area. Remember an october day last year sitting Gylly beach, couldn't see my hand infront of my face, just listening to the fog horns on the ships moored in the bay, very atmospheric. Have to say though, I also have a soft spot for Charlestown, and Par is a great place to walk the dogs. Never been to falmouth in the summer, so don't know how busy the beaches get with uni students etc.

southbank Tue 01-Oct-13 11:13:03

Par for me was always Par Market on a Sunday morning,it was huge.other than that and the beach,not sure what else there is.
I think Fslmouth has more to offer,aesthetically moe pleasing,lovely surrounding areas and close to some great beaches.

paddypaws76 Tue 01-Oct-13 11:29:26

We did seriously think about Hayle for a while, but that seems to have got quite expensive over the last couple of years, maybe the quay developements have helped. Lovely beach!

zebrafinch Tue 01-Oct-13 20:48:02

I would choose Falmouth over St Austell. Get a Devon and Cornwall Railcard as a resident and you will get discounted rail fares. most of your time will be Spent living not travelling away so choose the town with the best schools and work opportunities and somewhere where you can be on the beach quickly. I have never been taken with St Austell town centre but my spirits lift on going into Falmouth.
What about Liskeard? Good train and bus link to the beaches at Looe??? On mainline to Plymouth and London.

zebrafinch Tue 01-Oct-13 21:01:44

Sorry OP on reflection Liskeard is too Far East for your purposes and you are wanting a walking trip to the beach. Hopefully someone will come along and advise you on the schools in the Falmouth area. It's good that you are visiting and viewing houses outside the main tourist season as you will get a different feel of the placel

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 09:18:47

Thanks someone once suggested Fowey but its just too expensive. What about Mevagissey anyone? Not too far to St austell for the main train line and a regular bus service. Not visited there in years. I remember a nice sandy beach close by, but it was only accessible down some rather scarey steps in the cliff.

kernowal Wed 02-Oct-13 09:32:09

Par - no. It's definitely not one of the prettier parts of the area.
Meva & Charlestown lovely but pricey.
Polgooth, Trewoon & Sticker are all too far from the sea for what you want.

What are you planning to do work-wise if you don't drive? Anywhere away from the town centres will be a nightmare to get to without a car if you have to be in a certain place by a certain time. Truro's the hub of the working world.

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 10:17:33

Hi we run an online business so thats not really an issue. Probably worth mentioning, and I don't know how many there are in the area, but I don't think we could buy a unit bungalow due to mortgage requirements. Any other suggestions for places in the area that fit the bill? Carlyon Bay looks nice, hopefully one day they will decide that building the apartments at the back of the beach was a mistake and return it to nature. I don't know if I said but around a 45/50 min walk to the sea would be doable, is that a word?

kernowal Wed 02-Oct-13 11:19:49

Just as a word of warning, check out the fibre/broadband coverage as web access is critical. My family are about 5 miles out of the centre of St Austell & 2MB is a fantastic broadband speed on a good day with the wind in the right direction. The same applies to mobile coverage which can be very patchy anywhere around the coast. We can get Vodafone but none of the others and then only by going outside.

You might be better off looking at the beaches at Duporth & Porthpean. The beach at Carlyon Bay/Crinnis was always private even before they decided to build on it. My teenage years were spent at the Wimpy & Radio 1 roadshow down there with Dave Lee Travis & David Kid Jenson. Less said the better...

paddypaws76 Wed 02-Oct-13 12:24:02

Ok thanks for the info. Porthpean is a nice beach although every time we go there the tide seems to be in. Isn't duporth private swell? Isn't there meant to be a public footpath that leads from porthpean beach towards town, avoiding those narrow lanes?

PigletJohn Wed 02-Oct-13 13:45:41

I don't know St Austell, but one thing I will say

If you want to live in a warm, rainy area in a county with a coastline, you haven't got to live next to the beach. There are actually disadvantages, like your car and lawnmower will go instantly rusty, and your windows will get salt and sand on them (in storms, seaweed as well) and the roads will be blocked through the summer. You will get more damage to roof and fences in storms.

If you can cycle there, it's near enough.

paddypaws76 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:25:45

Ok a solution would be, don't have a car, use an electric mower which tend to be plastic, buy a bungalow so its less exposed to high winds, and easier to clean the windows and plant hedging instead of fencing which is less likely to suffer the same fate. I think you'd need half a million to live next to a beach anywhere in devon or cornwall anyway wouldn't you?

lagoonhaze Thu 03-Oct-13 17:43:24

Par area would be good option. Dont discount st blazey

paddypaws76 Fri 04-Oct-13 08:55:50

Had a few people say St Blazey isn't that nice, do they mean to look at, or just generally a bit run down? The problem with picturesque cornish towns and villages is that thats where all the second home owners want to buy pushing the prices up above what there worth. I wonder what affect closing the china clay works at Par will have on the area, more expensive apartments perhaps?

lagoonhaze Sat 05-Oct-13 21:33:26

Par docks has had development plans kicking around. I think it could be an area on the up.

Those who say St Blazey isn't nice are prob just not looking past a few bad estates. Some justified some snobbery. There are several areas in St Blazey that are nice enough places to live. Biscovey too is in St Blaise parish. Again lots of nice houses.

Its like the poster who said St Austell was awful because Penwithick was grim. No correlation different places. Oh and Penwithick has some nice housing too (as well as bad!)

kernowal Sat 05-Oct-13 22:32:22

St Blazey has the lovely Mid Cornwall Gallery for a bit of culture & funky jewellery shopping.

paddypaws76 Sun 06-Oct-13 12:13:42

To be honest I Thought St Blazey and Par were pretty much the same place. Like with everything, you get what you pay for in terms of a house. If it helps I think our budget will be around the £200.000 mark.

paddypaws76 Wed 30-Oct-13 11:31:16

Hi just thought I'd update this if anyones still watching it. We were in cornwall last week, terrible weather but had a great time.
stayed in st agnes and visited Falmouth and st Austell/Charlestown as usual. Not a great walk from St Austell town centre down to charlestown,, but we went down the main road, through mount chalres etc and there might be a better way. Not too much of a problem because if we moved to that area it would be sort of Carlyon bay direction anyway. Thought the town centre wasn't bad at all, just people going about their daily business. On the falmouth side of things, yes its lovely even though the weather was rubbish. We got a taxi from St Agnes and fought the train back into Truro from Falmouth Town station. Found a nice pub for dinner on the harbour side with an open fire. Decided not to walk into falmouth from penryn due to the weather but drove through. Looks ok but maybe a bit of a treck on foot. So still trying to make up our minds on what would suit us best. Thanks to everyone for all the help and advise. Think we might try and get the house on the market in the spring.

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