Commuters to Birmingham and London find new homes a reason to give Rugby a try

Posted 21 March 2016 by Fiona Brandhorst

With reasonable journey times into England's first and second cities, Rugby's new homes at affordable prices make it a fine option for commuting house-hunters...

Just one of the benefits of living in Rugby is that it really is a great commuter town. With a journey of just 49 minutes to London it makes getting home easy after a late night in the capital and you will be guaranteed a seat in the morning.  

Rugby has a population of more than 100,000 and is on the eastern edge of Warwickshire, bordering Northamptonshire and Leicestershire and its main claim to fame is being the birth place of rugby football and its world renowned independent Rugby School.

Many Londoners move north to the market town and its surrounding villages where there is a huge choice of property at affordable prices even when you take into account the cost of commuting. Rugby has high levels of employment and the council is planning at least 10,000 new homes to be built before 2026.

Rugby is proud of its heritage town centre, which not only has a wonderful mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs in and around Little Church Street but also has the Clock Towers Shopping Centre for the best high street retailers. There are many streets of Victorian houses within walking distance of the town centre and station. Hillmorton, Bilton and Dunchurch are popular suburbs.

Caldecott Park is located in the centre of the town and offers an escape from the hustle and bustle with mature trees, beautiful flower displays plus a children's playground, tennis courts, a band stand and a regular programme of outdoor events each summer. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre Leisure offers a gym, swimming pool, feature climbing wall, six court sports hall and spaces suitable for dance classes, martial arts, children's parties and crèche. Cineworld Rugby is a nine-screen multiplex cinema and  Rugby Theatre in Henry Street presents 12 live shows a year including comedies, classic drama, as well as having a small cinema and regular musical entertainment.

Apart from the fee-paying Rugby School positioned in the town, the boys’ grammar Lawrence Sheriff School and Rugby High School for girls are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

A monthly season ticket to London costs £541.50 from Rugby (£5,640 annually) with the fastest journey time taking just 49 minutes. Trains to Birmingham take 36 minutes (£112.20 monthly, £1,168 annually); Coventry takes 11 minutes (£87.20 monthly, £908 annually); Leicester takes 46 minutes (£257.70 monthly, £2,684 annually).

Rugby is 105 miles from London via the M40 or 84 miles via the M1. The town is also within easy reach of Birmingham just over 34 miles away via the M6 with a journey time of around 40 minutes. Coventry is 13 miles away via the A45 taking 28 minutes. Leicester is 22 miles with a 43-minute journey via M1. Birmingham Airport is around 40 minutes by car, Heathrow via the M40 takes 1hr 44 minutes Luton Airport take one hour 28 minutes.

Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy and around Rugby

St Margaret’s View (Barratt Homes) - This traditional-styled new development offers an interesting selection of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, ideal for families and couples alike. The designs reflect the local architecture providing high-quality and energy-efficient modern living. Crick village, a short drive from Rugby, boasts a pre-school and primary school in the village and is in the catchment for Guilsborough Secondary School. Prices start from £359,995. Find out more about St Margaret’s View from Barratt Homes  St Margaret's View
Fallowfields (David Wilson Homes) - An impressive development in the beautiful village of Crick, offering a range of four- and five- bedroom detached homes in a variety of brick and render finishes, which complement the rural surroundings perfectly. Crick has a lot to offer with the Grand Union Canal on its doorstep, fantastic transport links, schools, pubs and restaurants close by. Prices start from £479,995. Find out more about Fallowfields from David Wilson Homes  Fallowfields (David Wilson Homes)
Cawston Meadows (Redrow Homes) - Coming soon, this development will feature a range of superb Heritage Collection homes, combining arts and crafts architecture that has real kerb appeal. Set on the edge of Rugby and less than an hour from London by train prices are on application. Help to Buy is available with just a 5% deposit. Find out more about Cawston Meadows from Redrow Homes   Cawston Meadows
The Academy (Bellway Homes) - Two new show homes have just been released on this development of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. Ideally situated for commuters, Euston Station can be reached in under an hour from Rugby station, which is less than one mile away from the development. The Academy is also within easy reach of a good range of schools, shopping and leisure facilities. Prices start at £189,995. For more information visit www.bellway.co.uk ; 07817 794937 The Academy
Cawston Chase (William Davis Homes) - This development gives residents the perfect balance of being close to Rugby yet on the edge of the countryside. The wide range of homes include two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom layouts arranged over two or three storeys. Bilton School for secondary level is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and is a short walk away. Cawston Chase also offers easy access to the A45, M45, M1 and M6. Coventry, Birmingham, Northampton and Leicester are all within commuting distance. Prices from £195,000. Find out more at www.williamdavis.co.uk ; 01788 817381 Cawston Chase
The Polo Field (Retirement Villages) – This two-bedroom property is part of the wider Lime Tree Village, an established retirement village, under three miles from Rugby town centre. Residents have full access to all the communal facilities including restaurant, bar, library, function room as well as the extensive grounds. A village manager and staff team provide service support. Priced at £373,950. Find out more at www.retirementvillages.co.uk ; 01372 383950 The Polo Field

 

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