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Post: #1
22-12-2015 09:33 PM

We are trying to find a house in forest hill, however we are not familiar with the area. Can someone provide us some information regarding the neighbourhood, such as schools, safety (i.e any break in or burglary). We are interest in church rise or one/two street behind.

Thank you for all your help !

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Post: #2
23-12-2015 09:25 AM

Hi FH2016

I live very close to Church Rise (Rockbourne Rd) and feel very safe where I live, there are many great schools in the area to choose from.

FH is a great community and I'm sure you'll love it if you move here.

I'm also a local trader aswell as resident (as are many of the independent shop owners) so feel free to pop in for a chat anytime about anything FH.

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Post: #3
23-12-2015 12:00 PM

Welcome FH2016.I have lived on Church Rise for almost 35 years now, so happy to answer any specific questions you might have. I am on the Waldram Park side of CR, not the Perry Vale side.

Feel free to drop me a private message.

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Post: #4
24-12-2015 10:32 AM

I think Forest Hill is a good area to live.

We have good transport. We have night buses to come home at night. If you don't feel safe coming home, you can get a cab from near Forest Hill railway station.

Generally, the primary schools in the area are good or excellent.

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Post: #5
25-01-2016 07:52 PM

I have lived in Forest Hill (just off London Road) for nineteen years and love it and I feel safe.

The transport links are excellent. I do, as Sherwood suggested, get a cab from the station if I'm very late, but only because my road is really dark.

There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. You are also a short walk away from a number of parks

I have grandchildren at Eliot Bank (primary school), which is the Sydenham side of Forest Hill, and Forest Hill Boys (secondary). They are very happy and doing well and there is a very good and friendly family/community feel about both schools. There are plenty of other schools in the area, which also have a good reputation and there is no doubt a primary nearer to Church Rise.

I hope you find a house you like.

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Post: #6
26-01-2016 09:45 AM

Amazing area. Good luck finding a house though. Huge shortage especially anywhere near the good schools. You will probably have to go a couple Streets further away from Church Rise. If you need to think about schools, make sure you look at the most recent intake report on the Lewisham website and measure the distances yourself. The catchment areas in Forest Hill are absolute tiny. Do not trust what real estate agents say about all the good schools, because you will most likely be outside the catchment areas.

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Post: #7
26-01-2016 05:34 PM

Fantastic area, fairly close to central London (45 mins to anywhere), loads of green areas, beautiful views, near a golf course (If you're that way inclined), lovely people too.
We moved to the area last year; knowning nothing of the area, and it has been and still is the best decision we ever made.

So much history here too...just do it! lol

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