Why choose a town like Belfast for retirement? Have you vacationed up here and love the area? Unless you have spent time in any community that is so different from your current location/home, you could be making a big mistake. Do a taste test first, preferably in the off-season.... more
For 23 years I have been a real estate broker in the greater Belfast area. I am the product of the Belfast school system myself and a former guidance counselor at the Belfast Middle School. When I was a child there were neighborhood elementary schools and consolidation began at grade 7 through high school.
Now, Belfast has a beautiful new consolidated elementary school for all neighborhoods on the Belfast harbor side of town and a separate elementary school on the East Side, across the bridge in East Belfast. The middle school is consolidated from all neighborhoods in Belfast and the other seven district towns, grades 6 through 8 and is also a relatively new facility with a fantastic gardening program for the students (www.schoolgardenproject.com).
A busy mom with children involved in after school and weekend activities would probably prefer to be located in Belfast itself where car-pooling will ease the transportation burden, although raising children in the other towns of the school district could be the best choice for your children.
I suggest you arrange for visits and tours of a couple of the elementary schools. It will be evident to you which schools share your education goals.... more