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Title: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: jamesc on March 09, 2012, 09:12:47 PM
Hi there,

My girlfriend and I are seriously thinking of buying a house in Marple and I was hoping for a little bit of advice from local residents.

It seems that Marple is a really good place to live, community spirit (confirmed by this website!), proximity to Peak District, Manchester not far on the train and pretty good schools. We've been looking around houses for the last couple of months but was really hoping for a little insider knowledge on what areas are nice / what areas should be avoided / anything that may not be obvious to an outsider or any other comments that you have about living in Marple.

Thanks v much in advance
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Belly on March 09, 2012, 11:16:28 PM
I wouldn't say that there are any 'bad' areas of Marple. One of the reasons why we moved here over 10 years ago.

Its a great wee place - a bit of a secret really, tucked away as it is up the 'cul-de-sac' of Stockport Road. Its not trendy, but it is a real community and offers something for everyone.

My only advice is, if you are thinking of moving here to commute any distance by car, get ready for some early morning wake up calls! Traffic in the peak hours during term time towards Stockport and Manchester is frankly beyond belief.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: finetimefontaine on March 10, 2012, 09:11:25 AM
Hello Jamesc

If you are going to live in greater Manchester/Cheshire/area this is as good as you'll get.

It might be be 2012 out there but it's 1964 in Marple.

Also if you are planning children the Primary Schools are amongst the best in the country.

Houses are a bit more expensive than some areas but its worth paying the extra.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Barbara on March 10, 2012, 09:15:40 AM
Moved here in 1974 - think we may stay now!  Seriously, Marple is a great place to live.  :D
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Pink Panther on March 10, 2012, 12:36:27 PM
Hi James,

I have lived here 16 years and wouldnt like to move away,  I like living here , and my children have a lovely life in Marple :)

Have you any roads, areas of Marple in mind ?
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: alan@romiley on March 10, 2012, 03:53:54 PM
If a terraced property suits you, you can't beat Lockside, by the canal and if you can choose a house for sale with private Parking, thats even better!

Close to the Shops, library,park, doctor,clinic Bus stops, railway, Schools, Churches Cinema, Marina and of course the "ring of bells"

Check our rightmove for SK6 6BN
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Lily on March 11, 2012, 10:56:57 AM
You also have the Middlewood Way (the old railway line which runs from Rose Hill to Macclesfield), the near to being reopened footpath/bridlepath/cyclepath to Chadkirk, in fact lots of routes you can take without having to go out in a car.

We have our very own  swimming pool and small 'Carver Theatre'

The Regent Cinema is a treat where you can still book your seats (upstairs circle - loads of leg room). Ok, it's not multiplex but we get all the popular recent releases (we never go anywhere else).

We've been here for 27 years in August and live away the main road through Marple.  In fact, unless you are used to traffic I would avoid buying on the main road as the rush hour/school run traffic causes a back up, sometimes, right through the village.

All in all, as other people have said, it's a great place to live.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: jamesc on March 11, 2012, 03:39:15 PM
Thanks very much for your replies everyone. That's all really helpful information and I can't wait to find a house and move in.

James
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Heritage on March 11, 2012, 03:39:40 PM
Great place to live - I echo that - you pays your money you takes your choice re the more scenic or more challenged areas within the locale! Just the usual rules apply: if you're even thinking remotely about starting a family, jostle into the catchment for the school that appeals to you the most. Mellor, Ludworth and St Marys in particular are well subscribed. Check the OFSTEDs and ask around. Housing stock up towards the Goyt Mill is at the cheapest end of the market. Ley Hey Park leafy, scenic and pricey. Lots of areas in between.Bottom line is : it's friendly, safe and has an amusing sideline in forums  ;D
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: gazwhite on March 12, 2012, 10:11:26 AM
Hello Jamesc

If you are going to live in greater Manchester/Cheshire/area this is as good as you'll get.

It might be be 2012 out there but it's 1964 in Marple.

Also if you are planning children the Primary Schools are amongst the best in the country.

Houses are a bit more expensive than some areas but its worth paying the extra.

I hear there are plans to land on the moon one day.... and England may even win the World Cup.     :-p
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: gazwhite on March 12, 2012, 10:12:41 AM
Hi there,

My girlfriend and I are seriously thinking of buying a house in Marple and I was hoping for a little bit of advice from local residents.

It seems that Marple is a really good place to live, community spirit (confirmed by this website!), proximity to Peak District, Manchester not far on the train and pretty good schools. We've been looking around houses for the last couple of months but was really hoping for a little insider knowledge on what areas are nice / what areas should be avoided / anything that may not be obvious to an outsider or any other comments that you have about living in Marple.

Thanks v much in advance

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Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Howard on March 12, 2012, 10:41:12 AM

It might be be 2012 out there but it's 1964 in Marple.


That's a little harsh. Perhaps 1994...
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: finetimefontaine on March 12, 2012, 04:21:59 PM

It might be be 2012 out there but it's 1964 in Marple.


That's a little harsh. Perhaps 1994...

Harsh? It was meant to be complimentary! Fair enough, I'll compromise , meet you half-way how about 1979 ?
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: ringi on March 13, 2012, 03:27:43 PM
The trains are slower from Rose Hill and don’t run out of peak hours, however the car park at Rose Hill normally has spaces unlike Maple Station.  Both stations has about 2 trains an hour at peak times.

Decide if you are happy having to walk up a hill from the station, if not take this into account.   Some of the roads don’t get gritted,  so depending on where you live you may not be able to get out for a week or two once every few years.

There are no trains to Stockport, and the buses to Stockport are poor along with lots of traffic problems.    So Marple is great for Manchester, but not for Stockport.

There are no worthwhile supermarkets you can get to without driving out of Marple, however Tesco does diver to Marple.   The local shops are OK, if you don’t mind then not being open outside of “office hours” and can cope with having to visit many different shops.  The CO-OP is often out of stock of what you want and has often has very short “use by” date; however it is good enough if you can’t get anywhere else.

We chose to live in Maple as we wanted a bungalow and there are not many places with reasonable sized  bungalows.
Also look at Romiley as it has a better trains service to Manchester, or the area round Hazel Grove station if you care about Stockport as well as Manchester.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Barbara on March 13, 2012, 03:42:19 PM
Rather a negative posting from Ringi.  I don't think the bus service to Stockport is bad at all, and wherever you go you are going to experience heavy traffic at peak times.  And despite all the bad points, shopping in Marple isn't bad at all (forget Tesco!!).  And at my senior citizen level I can still manage to stagger up the hill from the station - even if I do pause to admire the canal when I get to it!  Hope you manage to get here to live and enjoy it as much as we have all these years.  :)
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Heritage on March 13, 2012, 05:10:52 PM
Waitrose and Sainsbury's also deliver to Marple [they are busy too!] if you want slightly higher quality shopping.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: chicken lady on March 13, 2012, 06:17:53 PM
Asda delivers too (or are we not allowed to mention that?)  ;)
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Come on Nick, get real! on March 13, 2012, 10:08:12 PM
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and the buses to Stockport are poor

Your kidding right............there is a bus to Stockport every 15 minutes from both sides of Stockport Road, the 358 and the little 375 that also goes to Stockport but the very long way round. What more do you want.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Pink Panther on March 14, 2012, 04:18:01 PM
I have mailed you James :) .. Good luck , I hope you find the house you really love soon :)
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Marplemum on March 14, 2012, 08:02:42 PM
James, I can only echo a lot of what has already been said.  Although I've lived in Marple Bridge for nearly 30 years, Marple is a nice place to live.  There are good and not so good areas - I'm sure you can work that out for yourself.  The main downside is the dreadful traffic in a morning from Marple to Stockport which is completely unpredictable.  However, I noticed you mentioned travelling to Manchester so you should have no problems.  Trains are usually pretty good to Manchester but packed (like most commuter trains).  Like I said, it's a good place to live and a good place to bring up children if you have any.  Schools are excellent (particularly Ludworth and Marple Hall).  Lots of lovely walks and countryside within a few minutes.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: jamesc on March 18, 2012, 05:37:09 PM
Thanks again for the all the replies everyone You've been really helpful and have confirmed that Marple is a friendly place to live.

James
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Dave on March 18, 2012, 06:12:23 PM
Lots of good advice above, James, and I can't add much to it except to say that I agree.  If you are commuting to Manchester there's something to be said for being within walking distance of one of the stations.  Marple station has a better service than Rose Hill, and a bigger car park, but it does fill up by about 8.15 am.  Driving to Manchester or Stockport in the rush hours is no joke, though  :(

We moved here from Cheadle Hulme about 28 years ago, and our only regret is that we didn't make the move earlier.  Compared with some other commuter areas south of Greater Manchester, Marple is a bit different: it has more character and feels less suburban.  The average age of its population is older than many other areas, ethnically predominantly white, and more socially mixed that some areas - it's definitely  not a middle class (or any other class) ghetto!   One great attraction is being so close to attractive countryside.  And it's also accessible countryside, thanks to the canals and the network of old footpaths and bridleways which thread the Goyt and Etherow Valleys.  There's sport, culture, decent pubs, and a wonderful little cinema! Welcome! 
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Ali Bee on April 05, 2012, 07:02:50 PM
I moved from the very nearby Marple Bridge just over four years ago, though I was naturally already familiar with Marple for very many years.  Of the two I prefer Marple, the people, the shops, the scenery well I live nearby the canal, great places to walk the dogs if you have or will get some (I recommend Greyhounds or other Sighthounds, but then I am biased).  As has already been mentioned the commuter connections, rail and road, are brilliant.  The Primary Schools, well Rose Hill Primary School is currently undergoing a developing new construction alongside the existing school but is an excellent place for children as is All Saints, High Lane and Brookside Primaries.  As for senior schools well there is Marple Hall or the nearishby Harrytown or Werneth.  Oh and we are a friendly lot, we smile if you smile back and especially should you stop to admire our dogs or our children, we will stop and chat, though for some of us talking just comes naturally to all that we meet.   
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: amazon on April 06, 2012, 01:25:11 PM
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Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Duke Fame on April 06, 2012, 09:59:36 PM
Good for you buying a house now, it's a Market that is very stagnant with few buyers and whilst sellers may seem short in the ground they are desparate. House prices will fall a little before recovering in 2014 so drive the price down andforce a bargain.
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: rotten john on April 08, 2012, 05:37:24 AM
james
an honest oppinion from a outsider.
 marples great in the whole i moved here 15 years ago,we were told to not buy a house on sutch a rd or sutch an area as they were scruffy council houses,but as im from levenshulme absolutely nothing worried me about so called bad areas of marple, we couldnt turn down the offer of a 3 bed semi with big gardens great veiws etc for such a low price of 70k the same house in bramhall would cost nearer 300k so we baught our house,best thing we ever did 99% of our nieghbours are fab!,dont bother with the posh waitrose/sainsburys deliver gang, marples got all the shops you need if youll take a look.also the pubs are that good (friendly)round marple it dosnt even kick off on derby day lol,yeh its got its little small time gangsta drug dealers like everywhere else but most of them come from the more affluent areas (if only mumsy and daddy knew)and the cops sort them out every now n then,so thats good.3 or 4 great chippys up here,cinema,great pubs,restaurants,greggs,costa etc etc...
we have ducks visit us in the garden,and one day few years back a stag was outside on our rd a stag!! now where else can you see wildlife like that at your front door!,i belive it had jumped the fence from the deer farm in disley or lyme park and made its way down the canal.
go for it i dont think youll regret it
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: jamesc on April 08, 2012, 10:22:04 PM
Thanks again for all the helpful information everyone. Just got to find the right house now! James
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Heritage on April 09, 2012, 05:14:27 PM
James - don't be put off by Rotten John's labelling of 'posh' people who use Waitrose or Sainsbury's. There's room for everyone in Marple, Rotten John is an element of our community but not all of it!! And you can shop where you like - labelling someone 'posh' or not isn't what most of us would recognise in this community. Marple has large areas of affluence and we aren't bitter about that!! Cheers  ;D
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: Bevplayle on April 16, 2012, 09:39:32 PM
James, I think this is meant to be! I have a beautiful house for sale at this very moment , in Marple Bridge, which is even MORE gorgeous than Marple itself and has the advantage of having bus link to Glossop too, as well as buses to Stockport every 15 mins and train station 5 mins walk from the house you really need to buy (currently owned by moi!) - and I know you'd be very happy living here!! We have been - for the past 19 years, and are only moving as hubby has landed a posh job in Yorkshire - but we will be back one day!! Have had a brilliant life here.

Seriously, James, hope you find somewhere that suits you - and as regards the shops - it's brilliant we haven't got a major supermarket nearby - sick of seeing them trying to take over the world, making shareholders rich instead of the local communities. Local shops here are excellent, individual and interesting - and our high street doesn't look 'plastic' like so many others sadly do these days! And there are some brilliant churches, social groups, our own theatre, an independent Cinema - I could go on and on...... enjoy the search!!
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: My login is Henrietta on April 28, 2012, 12:08:34 AM
Hi there,

My girlfriend and I are seriously thinking of buying a house in Marple and I was hoping for a little bit of advice from local residents.

It seems that Marple is a really good place to live, community spirit (confirmed by this website!), proximity to Peak District, Manchester not far on the train and pretty good schools. We've been looking around houses for the last couple of months but was really hoping for a little insider knowledge on what areas are nice / what areas should be avoided / anything that may not be obvious to an outsider or any other comments that you have about living in Marple.

Thanks v much in advance
Council tax rates are frightening compared with where I used to live!
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: BidingTime on April 28, 2012, 03:20:59 PM
James..... go for it  :)

I moved here over 10 yrs ago and you would be very hard pressed to find anywhere within Stockport/close to Manchester that still retains a friendly "community" feel......it has got nearly all the shops you could possibly want ( i find the Co-op is fine for me although they do run out of some things if you are going in after work ie 5pm or later)......anything you cannot get locally get the train into Manchester or bus into Stockport,not that big of a deal.......or drive to Morrisons in Bredbury,Sainsburys Hazel Grove.

Train links to Manchester are great although as others have mentioned the trains are packed out at peak times but that goes for any peak time commuter train (we do seem to have the oldest trains on the network but thats another story.at least they do run !!)

If you are getting the train from Marple every day try and get a property close to the station.....the drag walking up the hill can be a killer esp end of a long working day (mind you that depends how young/fit you are  :-[ )..........the car parks fill up as well workdays approx by 8-8.15am.

The MAJOR downside to living in Marple (as others have said) is rush hour traffic going down to the direction of Stockport,very unpredictable ( except during School Holidays when its much better)....can be very frustrating being stuck for 20 mins or longer just to get to the bottom of Dan Bank ( you have to leave massively earlier than you would for a straight run to be on the safe side you get anywhere on time)If it snows you do not know if you are going to be able to get out of Marple,let alone taking a risk driving down Dan bank........if you do not have to drive into/out of  Stockport rush hour then i can't think of any downsides to Marple worth mentioning.

Good Luck with your search  :)
Title: Re: Moving to Marple - Advice please!!
Post by: marplefan on April 29, 2012, 06:03:21 PM
Marple has many more facilities then other suburbs; where else you will find a cinema, a theatre, a swimming pool, climbing wall, canals, river and lakes, several golf courses, football playing fields etc on your doorstep?
i have commuted to central Manchester for years from Marple Bridge and then from Rose Hill stations and it was a luxury comparing to usual commuter routes in the South of the country. Especially from Rose Hill if you are a walking distance from it. I totally recommend Marple!