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3 Feb 2016

Which town suits your lifestyle?

Author: Antony Gibson

Whether you’re moving because you want a bigger home or you’re ready to downsize, it’s important to move somewhere that suits your lifestyle.

“Finding the right property is just as important as moving to the right location” comments Antony Gibson, Director of Residential Sales at Romans. “Many of our customers approach us with a very clear idea of what town, or even road, they want to move down, and they’ve undoubtedly done their homework.”

Whether you’re a foodie, a gym junkie, a history buff, you love the city or you’re looking for a waterfront home, there is a town nearby to suit you.

Top restaurants near Maidenhead

Foodies - Maidenhead is rife with top restaurants

Maidenhead and its surrounding villages continue to attract visitors thanks to its fantastic selection of top-class restaurants located in a stunning Thames-side setting.

Only three restaurants in the whole of the UK currently hold three Michelin stars, and one of them, The Waterside Inn, is in Bray, just outside of Maidenhead. Within smelling distance are two more Michelin-starred restaurants; The Hinds Head and The Royal Oak. Plus, down the road is world-renowned The Fat Duck which previously held three stars but didn’t quite make it into the 2016 Michelin Guide due to its refurbishment and temporary relocation to Australia.

Maidenhead has a lot more going for it on top of these foodie havens, as Gemma Gibson, Sales Manager at Romans Maidenhead explains: “Due to the extremely high standard of local schools and excellent rail and road links, we receive a lot of demand from buyers from all parts of the country and this is set to increase further when Crossrail arrives in 2019.

“This buyer demand pushed house prices in Maidenhead up by 7% in 2015 and we’re predicting that prices will rise by another 10% this year.”

Learn more about Living in Maidenhead

Maidenhead property prices

Waterfront living - Henley-on-Thames is picturesque and relaxing

Henley is for waterfront livingLocated on the River Thames, Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire is famous worldwide for its Royal Regatta and waterfront setting. It is also an extremely attractive town in which to live with an abundance of luxurious riverside properties.

“Waterside properties have a distinctive appeal and attract buyers and tenants from all walks of life, including families relocating from London, couples downsizing  and even people relocating from abroad and looking for a riverside way of life” comments Richard Wagstaff, Sales Manager at Romans Henley-on-Thames.

“The area is only getting more popular and we’re predicting house prices will rise by at least 5% during 2016.”

Several celebrities live in the surrounding areas, with George Clooney and his wife making the local headlines recently, highlighting its popularity even more. Henley was even named as one of the top ten investor hotspots outside of London in Rightmove’s Q3 report in 2015, due to its increasing demand from tenants. As well as the regatta, the town also has its own annual festivals, Rewind and Henley Festival, which are both popular among locals and attract visitors from across the UK.

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Henley property prices

Where to keep active in Guildford

Gym junkies - Guildford offers a variety of recreational activities

If you lead an active lifestyle and you’re always on the lookout for new activities to keep your family entertained, Guildford could be the town for you!

There is so much choice for gym junkies in Guildford, from the newly refurbished Surrey Sports Park; a Health and Fitness Centre offering state-of-the-art equipment, to Craggy Island; one of the largest indoor climbing centres of its kind. There is also an abundance of sports clubs from Rugby and Football to Cricket and Ice Hockey.

“You definitely won’t run out of things to do in Guildford” comments James Boyden, Sales Manager at Romans Guildford. “On top of all of the sports centres in the town, you have easy access to the North Downs Way; a national trail through a ridge of chalk hills which runs from Farnham in Surrey to Canterbury in Kent.”

If shopping is more your idea of a workout, then Guildford also won’t disappoint; the cobbled high street offers an abundance of boutiques, designer and high street clothes shops, jewellery, beauty and electronic stores, Debenhams and House of Fraser department stores, and there are yet more shops in the Friary Centre, Tunsgate Shopping Centre and White Lion Walk.

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Guildford property prices

History buffs - Beaconsfield is steeped in history

Beaconsfield is for history buffsAdjacent to the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Beaconsfield in South Bucks is home to a large section of Tudor revival and Georgian architecture, known as the Old Town. The town is recorded in property returns as far back 1185, where it was called Bekenesfeld meaning ‘beechen field’. So, if you’re a bit of a history buff this could be the ideal town for you!

The town is steeped in history and it’s still an important part of Beaconsfield’s main attractions. In the Victorian era Beaconsfield was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868, and his home, Hughenden Manor, is in the nearby town of High Wycombe. Plus, an annual fair, dating back to 1269, is still being held every May on the main roads of the Old Town in Beaconsfield.

Kit Rose, Sales Manager at Romans Beaconsfield, incorporating Bramptons, comments: “It’s true that Beaconsfield is full of history, but it is also home to many more attractions, such as Bekonscot model village, which was the first model village in the world; and the National Film and Television School, where many film directors and technicians have learned their craft.” 

Located next to the A40 and M40 the market town also offers residents’ fantastic transport links, and within five miles of Beaconsfield you have Slough, Amersham, Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe, all providing further amenities.

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Beaconsfield property prices

City-lover - Reading is a city in waiting

Reading is for city-lovers

Reading is one of the largest urban areas in the UK without an official city status, although it has bid for it three times! Regardless of the fact that it’s not officially a city, Reading offers everything you’d expect from a city and more, which explains why the number of households is projected to increase by 17% by 2037 (Department for Communities and Local Government, 2012-based projections).

“We’ve seen an exceptional rise in buyer and tenant demand over the last 18 months” says George Steedman, Sales Manager at Romans Reading, “and there are no signs of this slowing down anytime soon.”

Reading is home to a thriving town centre, complete with The Oracle; a large indoor shopping and leisure mall, offering over 80 shops. Apart from the shopping facilities, residents can enjoy:

  • A choice of over 100 parks and playgrounds
  • The Madejski Stadium - the home of Reading FC and London Irish
  • Berkshire’s largest playground, Wellington Country Park
  • National Trusts’ Basildon Park and its stunning Georgian manner
  • Direct access to the River Thames

Reading also benefits from regular direct train links to London Paddington in less than 40 minutes, and once Crossrail arrives in 2019 there will be two further trains per hour in each direction between Reading and central London, with direct links to Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road,  Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf. Furthermore, plans for a new train station at Green Park have been approved, as part of a multi-million pound project for improving transport links throughout Berkshire.

“House prices in Reading rose by 12% in 2015 thanks to the on-going demand from buyers, and we’re predicting another 10% increase during 2016 with the imminent arrival of Crossrail; demonstrating just how popular this area is” adds George.

Learn more about living in Reading

Reading property prices

To learn more about living in any of the towns listed above and to explore your options talk to the team of experienced agents at your local Romans’ branch or search for properties online today.


*Correct as of 15/01/2016 - Average property prices from rightmove.co.uk

** Correct as of 15/01/2016 - Average rental prices from home.co.uk

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