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I'll come clean - I'm a Newport-based Cardiff fan who's moving to Bristol sometime in the next year. We're moving because we like the city and the wife is from your side of the bridge. I've had some good advice from you lot in the past about areas of Bristol, so thanks for that. I'd be grateful for any more opinions on Downend and Bradley Stoke in particular, because they seem to be affordable for me. Would these places even be considered part of Bristol? Are they dodgy areas, or boring, or half-decent? Are the schools okay?

Also, I'll be honest - I want to take my kids to the football when they're old enough, and I have always wanted them to support their local side. If we're living in Bristol, then that will be your lot, because I can't sentence them to a lifetime of misery by allowing them to follow Rovers. Would a Welsh accent at Ashton Gate be about as welcome as a dead mouse in your half-time Pieminister? Do the Welsh generally get a lot of stick in Bristol?

Good luck for the season - after Sunday.

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Downend and Emersons Green would be better than Bradley Stoke... although you might fit in well there as Bradley Stoke is becoming full of immigrants ;-)

Whichever area you choose, you'll be in South Glos. not Bristol, and a majority of the followers in those areas would be Gash fans, not City. I can only see this increasing if/when the Gash build a new stadium at the University of the West of England.

BTW, from following City abroad, I do know a few lads who follow City who are from the Cardiff area, so you wouldn't be alone as a Welsh person following City.

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I'll come clean - I'm a Newport-based Cardiff fan who's moving to Bristol sometime in the next year. We're moving because we like the city and the wife is from your side of the bridge. I've had some good advice from you lot in the past about areas of Bristol, so thanks for that. I'd be grateful for any more opinions on Downend and Bradley Stoke in particular, because they seem to be affordable for me. Would these places even be considered part of Bristol? Are they dodgy areas, or boring, or half-decent? Are the schools okay?

Also, I'll be honest - I want to take my kids to the football when they're old enough, and I have always wanted them to support their local side. If we're living in Bristol, then that will be your lot, because I can't sentence them to a lifetime of misery by allowing them to follow Rovers. Would a Welsh accent at Ashton Gate be about as welcome as a dead mouse in your half-time Pieminister? Do the Welsh generally get a lot of stick in Bristol?

Good luck for the season - after Sunday.

Both Bradley Stoke and Downend were both in my patch when I was working although I've never lived in either. My view is therefore is unbiased.

Downend every time for me. Decent high street and other amenities. Its more 'earthy' than Bradley Stoke which my patients often complained was 'souless'. Being a relatively new parish it has no history to speak of.

Technically you're in South Gloucestershire and not Bristol and on the wrong side of town for easy access to AG.

A welsh accent isn't very welcome anywhere in Bristol for obvious reason's and your kids might take a little stick at school until they learn to speak proper......laughcont.gif

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There is massive support for City from South Glos, which is considered part of Bristol. Eastville, Fishponds, Downend and Staple Hill areas are mainly Gas, but get out towards Bradley Stoke, Emersons Green, Thornbury, Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Coalpit Heath etc and you'll find mainly City fans.

As for being Welsh in Bristol, you won't get much stick, just friendly banter. It's a lot less hostile, than being an Englishman in Newport or Cardiff. We're a chilled out bunch over here, don't care where you're from, as long as you're friendly and want to socialise, you'll get on fine.

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Downend and Emersons Green would be better than Bradley Stoke... although you might fit in well there as Bradley Stoke is becoming full of immigrants ;-)

Whichever area you choose, you'll be in South Glos. not Bristol, and a majority of the followers in those areas would be Gash fans, not City. I can only see this increasing if/when the Gash build a new stadium at the University of the West of England.

BTW, from following City abroad, I do know a few lads who follow City who are from the Cardiff area, so you wouldn't be alone as a Welsh person following City.

Not in my experience!

Those that are of the blue few tend to keep it under wraps.

I'm not sure they have a majority of fans anywhere apart from perhaps (w)hor(e)field :gasmask: .

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Hey, having been brought up in downend as a child (overndale road), but now living in emersons green, i would suggest if your resources stretch go for emersons green mate.......I have lived here since 2008, bought my house for 250k, 3 bed massive kitchen and garden and close to all shops including sainsburys, also we are within 2 minute walk of bottelinos in emersons green and we love it, My wife works in the nursery up the road, and she really enjoys it.

It is a primarily young family area, with good links and close access to nurserys and schools, also i work in town when i dont work from home and it is 20 mins drive if you leave early enough.....

we cudnt be happier with emersons green

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I'll come clean - I'm a Newport-based Cardiff fan who's moving to Bristol sometime in the next year. We're moving because we like the city and the wife is from your side of the bridge. I've had some good advice from you lot in the past about areas of Bristol, so thanks for that. I'd be grateful for any more opinions on Downend and Bradley Stoke in particular, because they seem to be affordable for me. Would these places even be considered part of Bristol? Are they dodgy areas, or boring, or half-decent? Are the schools okay?

Also, I'll be honest - I want to take my kids to the football when they're old enough, and I have always wanted them to support their local side. If we're living in Bristol, then that will be your lot, because I can't sentence them to a lifetime of misery by allowing them to follow Rovers. Would a Welsh accent at Ashton Gate be about as welcome as a dead mouse in your half-time Pieminister? Do the Welsh generally get a lot of stick in Bristol?

Good luck for the season - after Sunday.

I work in Bradley Stoke and I'd say it's an utter bollocks place to live. If your idea of a town centre is a massive Tesco then this is the place for you.

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Bradley Stoke , Downend all to far out IMO.

Move to South Bristol , Ashton ,Southville, Headley Park, Knowle and Tottterdown all good areas. Schools are good, all primary schools in South Bristol are good and the best of the South Bristoll senior schools are Bedminster Down and Ashton Park. Bristol Cathedral is now a state school and also St. Mary Redcliffe is a very good school.

I don't want to dis other areas but Bradley Stoke is just one big housing estate which could be any where in the country. If you say you like Bristol then move to Bristol.

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Hey, having been brought up in downend as a child (overndale road), but now living in emersons green, i would suggest if your resources stretch go for emersons green mate.......I have lived here since 2008, bought my house for 250k, 3 bed massive kitchen and garden and close to all shops including sainsburys, also we are within 2 minute walk of bottelinos in emersons green and we love it, My wife works in the nursery up the road, and she really enjoys it.

It is a primarily young family area, with good links and close access to nurserys and schools, also i work in town when i dont work from home and it is 20 mins drive if you leave early enough.....

we cudnt be happier with emersons green

My ex-wife lives in Emerson's Green and loves it there. Previously shed' lived in the Nailsea/ Backwell area which if you can afford it is a great area. More expensive than most of Bristol mainly because of the fantastic schools and easy access to Bristol. The coast and M5 is less than 9 miles away.

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My ex-wife lives in Emerson's Green and loves it there. Previously shed' lived in the Nailsea/ Backwell area which if you can afford it is a great area. More expensive than most of Bristol mainly because of the fantastic schools and easy access to Bristol. The coast and M5 is less than 9 miles away.

yeah agree, we want to move in next few years to more rural area these would be two we would think about, as well as bath area

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I now live in Newport and i take my5 year old girl to watch City and she has a welsh accent. I have never to date had any grief and to be honest if someone did had a go at my daughter then the results would not be pretty.

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I have lived in Emersons Green for 6 years, moved here from bedminster when the boy was born (wife's parents live in Emers). Can safely say I love it, mostly young families, easy to get in to the city by bus, car or bike. Close to the countryside and golf club and easy for the motorway. Rarely any trouble! It isn't the easiest to get to the gate in fairness but where there's a will.....

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Hey, having been brought up in downend as a child (overndale road), but now living in emersons green, i would suggest if your resources stretch go for emersons green mate.......I have lived here since 2008, bought my house for 250k, 3 bed massive kitchen and garden and close to all shops including sainsburys, also we are within 2 minute walk of bottelinos in emersons green and we love it, My wife works in the nursery up the road, and she really enjoys it.

It is a primarily young family area, with good links and close access to nurserys and schools, also i work in town when i dont work from home and it is 20 mins drive if you leave early enough.....

we cudnt be happier with emersons green

opposite my house ive been living here 3 years and im lovin it, duh duh du du du!

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I now live in Newport and i take my5 year old girl to watch City and she has a welsh accent. I have never to date had any grief and to be honest if someone did had a go at my daughter then the results would not be pretty.

She'd be too busy telling me the angels are crying to notice any carrot cruncher! :me?:

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Emersons Green is fine, but Bradley Stoke would not be my preferred choice? Why not consider coming somewhere a little more East ie Warmley, North Common (Where I was born and have lived for over fifty years)? Easy access to both M4 and M5 (15 minutes tops) also better access to South Bristol and Ashton down the ring road plus you can CYCLE to the centres of both Bristol and Bath along the cycle way in under an hour through lovely countryside for most of the way, also property prices are not extortionate?

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Born in Kingswood, raised in Downend for nigh on 30 years, still turned out right. Your boys will be fine there and won't be forced to fall in with the Blue Few!

Schools were good for me and the general area as others have said has a lot more character than Sadly Broke. However if roundabouts and speed bumps are your thing, then Sadly Broke all the way!

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Downend's nice, half of it's inside Bristol City Council's area and half South Glos.

Vassall's park and the Frome and Frenchay Common are nearby and the high street is decent (good curry house, Green Dragon for good food, Cross Hands up towards Fishponds is good too).

You're also close to the ring road and motorways so working in aztec or the city centre is fine, and not far from smaller villages with some decent country pubs.

Quite a few big 3 bed semis around the place for £200k-£250k, terraces can be had for £160k-£200k and four beds start at about £300k.

Only difficult thing is getting across town to Ashton Gate on a night game.

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I live in Bromley Heath which is a stones throw away from Downend. Really nice area with a good family pub, post office, good primary school etc. Downend is five minutes walk away and has all you need really.

It is definatley Gas terrirtory but has alot of City around you'd soon recognise if you started going to AG. Quite a few pubs with the Beaufort being the most staunce City pub.

I'd recommend it anyday mate

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