Woking Area Guide
A town with a bright future
Woking, with its sought-after property market, has without doubt, become a great place to live and visit. It has seen massive regeneration over the recent years and has now become an excellent town centre. Woking is a prime area for property investment, and with a short, simple train ride into London and a vast opportunity to either buy or let property, it is a great place for families and commuters to live too. Woking has grown a real thriving centre which is fit for a modern 21st century Surrey town, and now, with even more regeneration in the pipeline such as 392 residential apartments, Woking is set to grow even further still.
What can you get for your money when buying in Woking?
We recommend that anybody looking to move into Woking, whether for property investment purposes or as a family looking to buy or rent a family home, that you take the time to look around and take in some of the great areas that Woking has to offer. Goldsworth Park is home to a great community-based area consisting of 12,000 properties made up of houses, bungalows & flats, Primary Schools, a youth community centre, shopping area, play parks and a stunning fishing lake. The average property price in Goldsworth Park is £308.682, with a two bedroom flat fetching around £225,000 and a three bedroom terraced house for around £350,000. Woking is surrounded by neighbouring areas of Knaphill, Horsell, and St Johns. These are all lovely villages located just outside the town centre where you will find a decent detached family four bedroom property for anywhere between £550,000 - £750,000. Chobham is on the outskirts of Woking and is a highly sought-after village consisting of old cobbled and stone style buildings, handy village shops, pubs offering great food and drink, restaurants and various boutique shops and small businesses. It has a lovely deviation of different style family homes and has an average price paid in 2015 of £715,183. These areas have lots to offer for families so are highly desirable locations for those who have young children.
What can you get for your money when renting in Woking?
Due to the excellent commuter links that Woking has to offer, there is a strong private rental sector with rental prices starting at around £700 pcm for a flat within half a mile of the town centre. Another popular area is Brookwood which offers lovely walks along the Basingstoke Canal and is home to a village Post Office, shops, takeaways and a butchers. It also has a train station on the mainline to London and is therefore chosen as a popular area for families looking for country-style living but who choose to work in the City. A one bedroom flat to rent here would cost upwards of £900 pcm, and a three bedroom house here would rent for around £1,300 pcm.
Head to the other side of Woking, and you will find Chertsey, West-Byfleet and Addlestone which are, again, all great family communities with local shops, schools and play areas for kids. They offer all the local convenience that you could wish for and are at the same time within a stone’s throw of the M25. They are just outside Woking Town Centre and each has a train station linked to London Waterloo, the quickest being from West-Byfleet which will get you there in 30 minutes. Houses are slightly more expensive here given that it is highly desirable for commuters and the fact that you are moving closer to London and the M25, so renting a two bedroom house or flat will cost you anywhere between £1,000 - £1,500pcm.
Getting an education in Woking
Woking boasts some of the best state schools in England with many people choosing to move to the area to ensure their children receive a first-class education. The choice here is vast and you will struggle to find a school with an Ofsted rating below ‘good’, with most being ‘outstanding’. Gordons School in West End is highly sought-after and very well-known. There is also a long list of others from nurseries, primary and secondary schools and also colleges; all of which thrive to ensure they deliver exceptional education.
Getting to and from Woking
Many residents of Woking choose to live here due to its excellent transport links. It seems that most commuters work either in Reading or London and, with the train station being in the very heart of the town centre, these cities are both made easily accessible. The train from Woking will get you to Reading within 50 minutes and into London within 30 minutes.
There are frequent buses running in and out of the town centre to the various residential areas and a large amount of taxi companies for use whenever needed.
Not only is the public transport on offer outstanding but it also ideally positioned for easy access for both the M25 and the M4. The M3 is around a 15 minute drive too, so Woking is a superb hub for some of the Home Counties’best links.
Interesting facts about Woking
The Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking was the first purpose-built mosque in Britain, and it dates back as far as 1889. The mosque is named for its original benefactor, Shah Jahan, Nawab of Bhopal.
When the Martians first landed in H.G Wells ’book 'War of the Worlds' they did so on Horsell Common, where Wells lived at the time. The Town Centre commemorates the link with a fantastic 23’statue of a Martian and its nearby crashed pod.
Brookwood Cemetery in Woking is the largest in Britain. It is also a Grade I Historic Park. It was opened in 1852, and has 2000 acres of land which was secured for the purpose: among its famous graves are those of Dame Rebecca West, lover of H.G. Wells; and also Gottlieb Leitner.
Future Plans for Woking
Woking has plans for a £250m regeneration project set to start in the not-too-distant future, which is promising to deliver:-
- a major new Marks and Spencer store including a food hall and café
- other new shopping, including a new Boots store and seven further retail units
- a 190 bedroom 4 star hotel, with spa, gym, conference facilities and restaurants
- a new feature restaurant overlooking Victoria Square
- space for a medical centre
- 392 Residential Apartments
- additional car parking (380 spaces)
- 2 new civic spaces - Victoria Square and a new covered square
- a local energy centre
- new highway arrangements.
All of this, as well as the modernised main line train station that will take you into London Waterloo within half an hour means that Woking is set to be one of the best towns in the county - some are calling it the ‘Heart of Surrey’.