Thanks everyone for your responses and suggestions. Moving home is definitely not an option that we would want to consider ... our neighborhood is amazing with a cook out almost every weekend, and several families with children that are all the same age (we are all having the same schooling dilemma as most of us have 4/5 year olds that will be starting Elementary in August). We could afford a private school, but the only ones nearby have religious backgrounds to the teaching and we are not religious as a family. We figured that over the school years, it would be cheaper to buy a $30k home in an unpleasant street, just to get our child in school rather than paying $15k a year plus gas money to go to a private school every year for the next 6 years. I have been advised that you can only do this if the second home becomes your primary residence ... but if we registered utilities, bank, etc .. to the second property ... how would anyone know which home we are choosing to live in ? For all the school boards know, my partner and I could have separated and be living in different homes ?!?!?