Basingstoke Area Guide
A town with a bright future
Over the recent years, Basingstoke as a town has expanded dramatically. With a range of new housing available and new businesses opening their doors, Basingstoke is an exciting and enterprising place to live.
Festival Place has expanded its boundaries and developed the fresh ‘The Malls’ area of the town centre, Sherbourne fields is currently under construction to create more quality homes and the opening of John Lewis is eagerly awaited and has created many jobs roles for those both living in and looking to move to the area. We have also witnessed great changes to Basingstoke train station to accommodate the vast commuter footfall going through its doors every day.
With Festival Place and the majority of the town centre mostly for pedestrians only, Basingstoke is a safe and enjoyable place to go shopping, eat out and see the sights on offer.
What you can get for your money when buying in Basingstoke?
John Sparshatt-Worley, Basingstoke’s local director, say: ‘The town has a wide variety of housing styles, from old style Victorian properties to stylish apartments in high rise blocks. For young professionals looking for a modern 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, prices start from £130,000 rising to £250,000.’
‘Terraced properties in the Center of town start from around £170,000 for a one bedroom house, with plenty of opportunities on offer for keen investors.’
Further afield, in the more rural areas like Old Basing, you can expect to pay up to £975,000 for a five bedroom cottage. These areas are understandably in high demand and we have seen prices shoot up in recent months.’
What can you get for your money when renting in Basingstoke?
Carly Warner, our Branch Manager says: ‘Due to the excellent commuter links Basingstoke has to offer, there is a strong private rental sector with rental prices starting from £650 for a one bedroom flat in the heart of the town centre.
For families looking for a larger space, a 3 bedroom property will cost around £950pcm or if you look further afield to surrounding suburban areas prices can reach £1500.’
Some of the most sought after properties are the 2 and 3 bedroom houses, with demand outstripping supply, making Basingstoke a strong proposal for any property investor.
Getting an education in Basingstoke
With two large and well known colleges in Basingstoke, a great education is on offer for school leavers. With BCOT offering Higher Education courses in a range of subjects, an education is not off the cards for those looking to further their education in later years.
Basingstoke also boasts many secondary schools, each with a range of specialist subjects on offer, including business and enterprise, science and sports.
There are also lots of Nurseries and Primary schools for younger children.
Getting to and from Basingstoke
Many residents of Basingstoke commute into London and Reading for work. With a direct route to London Waterloo, Basingstoke train station is located in the very centre of the town, right next to the shopping centre. Commuters can expect to be in London in around 40 minutes and Reading in around 20 minutes.
There are frequent buses running in and out of the town center to the various residential areas and a whole host of taxi firms accommodating the needs of those travelling without their own cars.
Not only is there great public transport, but Basingstoke is also ideally positioned on the M3 motorway, also with easy access to the M4.
Interesting facts about Basingstoke
Basingstoke is Hampshire’s most visited town with a population of nearly 90,000 people.
The founder of the famous Burberry brand was originally from Basingstoke.
Basingstoke is home to Milestones History Museum, which brings the past to life and gives an insight into Basingstoke in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.