For this weeks article on where to buy idyllic property we have returned to the home counties and what seems like a million miles from last weeks destination of Cornwall.
Berkshire is located in an area circling London which is noted as the Home Counties, which houses the extremely popular commuter belt. This enables many to live in the relative calm and beauty of the countryside while still being able to commute to their jobs in the city. It is because of this that many areas located within the commuter belt find overly inflated house prices.
Bucklebury is most recently known as the old stomping ground of the Duchess of Cambridge and to that end can sometimes be occupied by the press with her family still living in the area. Bucklebury lies in an area of natural beauty, located in attractive countryside, 5 miles north east of Newbury and is also home to Bucklebury common which is one of the major village commons. The parish has a population of 2116 but the numbers within the village is much smaller. It is a handy location for the Elstree prep school which is an independent boys school located in nearby Woolhampton near Newbury.
Bray is the perfect location for city commuters, and with the completion of Crossrail in 2019 it will only be a 45 minute journey into Liverpool Street. Bray had a population of 8,425 across the entire parish in 2001 and is also home to many businesses in the area including Bray studios. It is the perfect location for foodie’s as well, with two Michelin starred restaurants in the area.
Yattendon is the epitome of the meaning of country life, from shooting to Game cooking and everything in between. The village is located 7 miles north east of Newbury and is surrounded by countryside and woodland. The village is small by comparison of the other two locations in todays article, with a population of just 369 in the 2011 census and has a pub, shop, butcher’s and post office. Yattendon C of E Primary School has an Ofsted rating of Good. Although slightly more of a complicated journey but is still an appropriate for commuters.
s mentioned above, Berkshire is located around the outskirts of London in an area most often referred to as the Home Counties. Typically prices in the Home Counties are slightly elevated than you would normally find across the rest of the country (except London) due to its location on the commuter belt. Many people choose to work in the city and retire of an evening to the countryside towns and villages of the Home Counties. It provides many with the best of both worlds, the high salaries of the city and the picturesque nature of the countryside.
Flats and Maisonette’s in Berkshire sell on average for £234,136 which is similar to Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex and slightly more expensive than nearby Hampshire. Detached properties in the area sell in the region of £605,107.