As house prices continue to soar, many parents regret buying houses based on good schooling and safe communities.
Up and down the nation scores of middle class, financially secure parents are getting ready for the new year with regret, angst, and distaste of their own kids. These are the parents who made a conscious choice to move to suburban neighbourhoods with good schools, quiet parks, and streets free from the carcasses of laughing gas.
They never foresaw the wave of house prices rises which would hit the UK and the incredible gains that stood to be made. Instead, many were focussed upon meaningless platitudes such as ‘finding a good place for our children to grow up’. As a result they ignored much of London which has seen such spectacular gains over the past few years.
With house prices in Clapham having risen 210%, Peckham 270% and Dalston 700%, one father told us, ‘I was so wrapped up in my child’s education and ensuring that they went to a quiet suburban school of at least 97% A-Cs – including Maths and English of course. I could’ve made an absolute killing on buy to let if my little Christina would’ve settled for 2Cs and a BTec in Golf.’
Another parent who chose a suburban house for the kids and is now regretting their life’s work told us, ‘I’m not too fussed about location, I just wish we bought somewhere near any tube station in zones 1 or 2. Or 3. I heard it was all gunfire and racketeering but I’d probably take that now.’
An expert in child pschology and housing, Dr Phillip Williamson had this to say, ‘it’s now clearly apparent that even if schools are shit, well-connected parents can just arrange a few internships and get a tutor in, probably from the suburbs, to bridge the gap.’
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