Property near ACS School in Egham Surrey
Relocating to another country is a tricky business at the best of times but uprooting your entire family and dragging them across the pond could be a recipe for chaos in even the most organised family.
So what are the deciding factors for people choosing an area for their temporary home. Well that is easy – “Schools, schools and schools” – without missing a heart beat this is the reply given by Jo Parris who heads up the lettings division of Barton Wyatt in Virginia Water.
Jo and her team have the task of finding homes for dozens of corporate families a year. These families are often moving for the first time overseas and there are many things that will concern them but the biggest worry of all is taking their happy, contented children out of their safe and comfortable environment and sending them into the unknown.
Jo Parris goes onto explain “The best way to avoid too much trauma is to send them to an international school and Virginia Water is in the extremely enviable position of being able to offer two. ACS International Schools, Egham – also known as the American Community School and TASIS – another highly respected international school. Both are based within 10 minutes of Virginia Water and Wentworth”.
She goes onto say ‘It is by no means just the Americans that are looking to send their children to these schools, a huge variety of nationalities are looking to use international schools which ensures they are surrounded by like minded people. The house is sometimes almost really secondary.”
Virginia Park and St Ann’s Park make perfect homes for overseas guests. A considerable chunk of both estates are rented out as corporate overseas lets. This gives a very cosmopolitan feel and with the benefit of fabulous communal facilities such as tennis courts and a pool you could never feel lonely for long. Both estates benefit from 24 hour security which allows parents to feel very secure about allowing the children out of eyesight to enjoy these facilities.
Mr and Mrs Nolan from South Africa who are currently letting through Barton Wyatt say “Virginia Water has been the perfect choice for us. Our children are very happy at the local international school and the area makes a perfect triangle for travel from Heathrow and getting into London. We could not have made better decision.”