Just looking at schools ( dd not even 1 yet). Just wondering if I'm crazy, is it a false economy to say spend 100k more on a house to be in a catchment area or would that be better spent on private education?
We are looking at more that 1 child so over 7 years of schooling it's not too bad
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07-03-2014 17:42 #1
07-03-2014 18:02 #2
No way. A house is an asset. If
I had the choice I would absolutely buy a house in the catchment of a great public school.
07-03-2014 18:05 #3
We did this, so totally worth it in my opinion.
07-03-2014 18:07 #4Senior Member
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Yep we moved to be in a great catchment zone, totally worth it!
07-03-2014 18:08 #5
If your DD is only 1, the only thing I would be very very careful of is being as close to the school as possible. In 10 years the catchment could be far smaller or even just slightly different borders than it is currently. But otherwise I think it's a great investment.
07-03-2014 18:20 #6
What is wrong with the school you're in the catchment for now?
07-03-2014 18:31 #7
07-03-2014 18:35 #8
The local high school in the area we just bought is hopeless. But gutted about that! Will need to start saving for private school fees now as we don't plan on moving again for quite some time. We would still have bought the house though. We wouldn't afford the size of house we needed within the catchment of the good public high school.
07-03-2014 18:38 #9
07-03-2014 18:50 #10
I have seen a horrible school high that you wouldn't send your dog too. Change to be a school people are moving to fall in the catchment area in only 5 years. The principal's attitude really makes a difference.
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