Basingstoke’s new homes market – a London commute hotspot for commuter buyers
Posted 7 December 2015 by Charlotte Page
Basingstoke is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those wishing to live an exciting and vibrant lifestyle in the heart of a traditional authentic town. Located in north-east Hampshire, house prices have risen by 5% this year alone showing that Basingstoke is steadily becoming a hotspot for buyers.
The town has been found to be a popular choice amongst a younger generation due to its increasing number of business and employment opportunities. Among current plans to further increase the supply of new homes in Basingstoke is a recently submitted proposal for 578 apartments and houses at a site near the station – perfect for commuters, if the plans are approved.
Taking just 45 minutes on the train to London Waterloo and just under an hour’s drive to Southampton, Basingstoke is conveniently positioned with residents being able to travel reasonably between the city and the coast.
Basingstoke is continuously developing, offering residents a multitude of leisure activities. The town offers various events for its residents throughout the year including the Basingstoke Festival of Choirs and the immensely popular cheese and chilli festival. The recent opening of the Festival Place draws in thousands of shoppers every weekend. Home to over 150 branded shops, a multiplex cinema, and a sports centre, the Festival Place has something for everyone.
There are also plenty of secret retreats. The Vyne, a 16th-century Tudor house offers an escape from the bustling city. Explore thirteen acres of tranquil gardens and gain an insight into over 400 years of history including the finding of the ‘cursed’ Roman ring believed to be the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Another popular spot just outside central Basingstoke is Winklebury, where the remains of an Iron Age hill fort remain.
In terms of schooling, in previous years Basingstoke has been home to three of the top ranked schools in the country including the likes of Oakley Church of England Junior school which was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £399 from Basingstoke (£4,156 annually). For drivers, Basingstoke can be found at junctions 6 and 7 on the M3, the same motorway used to get to Heathrow Airport, taking around 50 minutes. Buses also run regularly with the town offering various park-and-ride services, making it ideal for the modern commuter.
New homes for sale in Basingstoke now or coming soon:
|St Mary’s Park (Barratt Homes) – The sought-after village of Hartley Wintney is around 10 miles east of Basingstoke, just a 20-minute car ride away. Following a successful first phase, a new release of generously proportioned family homes is now available, with double garages, extra parking and south-facing gardens. Prices start from £699,995, with Help to Buy available. Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01252 490574|
|Limes Park (Taylor Wimpey) – The new phase of one- and two-bedroom apartments is now on sale at this development in the popular north-west of the town, close to the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital (a potential clientele for buy-to-let investors) and Weybrook Park Gold Club. Prices start from £172,000. Find out more on WhatHouse? ; 01256 582760|
|Froyle Park (Linden Homes) – This new selection of properties in Froyle Park consists of a range of houses and apartments on the border of Basingstoke. With up to six bedrooms, these homes are modern and designed to impress. Apartment prices start from £450,000 and semi-detached houses from £650,000. Part Exchange is available. Find out more at www.lindenhomes.co.uk ; 01420 384358|
Longwood Copse (Bellway) – In an established residential area, these contemporary detached and semi-detached homes offer two, three and four bedrooms, each with a garden and garage/parking space. These homes are situated close to M3, M4 and M27 motorways making for the commute to Longwood Corpse ideal. Longwood Corpse is close to the newly opened Festival Place, offering residents over 150 branded shops. New homes start from £287,995. Find out more at www.bellway.co.uk ; 01256 391898
Take a look at even more new homes in Hampshire.
Rail fares correct, per www.nationalrail.co.uk (7 December 2015)