What's it like to live in Godalming?
What are the pros and cons of living here?
Are the people friendly?
Asked on Jun 18 2007,
General in Godalming |
Godalming is lovely however I would suggest that you look at the local authorities’ website to see what the crime statistics etc for this area are. You can also look at the local tourist board website for that area which gives you an up to date overview of the area.
Answered on Mar 25 2010,
We would suggest that you get in touch with local estate agents in order to get some background about the area.
You can search for agents using the ‘find agents’ tab on the top of the Zoopla Page.
We hope this helps.
Answered on Sep 27 2013,
This depends on your perspective. If you have have moved to Godalming from London to find a more suitable property for raising your family you will think it's fab from a capital gains perspective and the sizes of property are significantly larger for the money spent. Many locals who grew up here will say it has significantly declined from the market town it used to be. Local roads and rail links cannot cope with the demand placed on it. During rush hour what used to take 5 minutes to travel from one side of Godalming to the other now takes 20, (more traffic lights are planned). Travel times to all routes North, West and East have all significantly increased. You need to be on the A3 before 7am to avoid the 5 mile Guildford to Milford jam Monday to Thursdays. The most crucial consideration is that around Godalming the local plans of other councils will add nearly 50,000 houses. 20000 - 30000 in Horsham alone. Farncombe is about the last station that you can currently get a train seat in the morning. Parking for the stations is now very expensive or full and many of the roads near the stations will be full of parked commuter cars. Car parks for shopping can be full by 11am on Saturdays. Recent 4 bed executive homes are for sale at £1m marketed at Londoners and are little bigger than two up two down Victorian houses with a loft conversion.
Local independent schools are excellent with about 1 third of local children attending them (One of the highest rates in the country). Having used both independent and state for our children, in my opinion state schools generally coast even though they have bright pupils. You won't find the competitive ethos in state schools.
On a still, cold day the smog that sits over London is now evident over Godalming when viewed from Holloway Hill. Some day the local infrastructure may catchup with demand but things will get much worse before they get better. On the other hand most of the south east is facing similar issues but Godalming has started to slip down the best places to live tables.
Answered on Dec 29 2016,
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