Hi, we moved here from London, England 7 years ago. Would definately rcommend moving to newcastle city area....not really a city! Living on the beach and close to restaurants etc..cannot be beaten, we made mistake of moving to suburbs near Lake at first. Big mistake. We have 2 kids, now 10 and 12, the schools are excellent, ours are in the Catholic school system which is very good, very cheap (and dont have to be that practising a catholic!)The public schools, with a few exceptions, have a very good name too. I am in Health care too, and as already said, distance not a problem as traffic is not that bad, even in rush hour. Good luck...any more info let me know. Good luck!