New homes and countryside surroundings provide commuter appeal to the market town of Aylesbury
Just 45 miles from London, Aylesbury is firmly in the commuter belt being very popular with city workers who prefer to live somewhere a bit more peaceful with the Chilterns on the doorstep. It’s just an hour to the capital by train from Aylesbury Vale Parkway Station or town centre mainline station to London Marylebone.
Aylesbury town centre boasts a wealth of high street retailers and independent shops as well as pubs, restaurants, a cinema, theatres and sports and leisure facilities. Its historic centre combines beautiful period buildings, excellent shopping – including the Friars Square and Hale Leys shopping centres. The Market Square hosts traditional open air markets with a Vintage and Craft Bazaar every Tuesday and a general market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Delicious local produce can be found at the Farmers’ Markets which are held on the last Tuesday of every month.
Nightlife includes traditional pubs, bars and stylish nightclubs and restaurants. The Queens Park Centre is an independent arts centre. The Aqua Vale leisure centre and Stoke Mandeville Stadium offer a range of sporting activities and swimming pools.
This county town of Buckinghamshire has a statue of comedy hero Ronnie Barker, who began his acting career in the town, overlooking its £42m theatre, the Aylesbury Waterside, now a major local attraction and forming part of the wider £100m development of the Waterside project.
Families flock to Buckinghamshire for good schools at both primary and secondary level with Aylesbury offering some of the best. The new state-of the-art Aylesbury Vale Academy in Berryfields includes a nursery, primary and secondary school. Nearby Waddesdon Village Primary School is rated outstanding by Ofsted. As one of the few counties in England that offers a grammar school education for those passing the 11+ examination, the three selective state schools are Aylesbury Grammar, Aylesbury High and Sir Henry Floyd. Independent schools serving Aylesbury include Gateway Preparatory, Ashfold School and Akeley Wood School.
A monthly season ticket to London costs £369.50 from Aylesbury (£3,848 annually) with the fastest journey time between Aylesbury and London Marylebone 57 minutes. Trains from Aylesbury Vale Parkway to London Marylebone take 1hr 2 minutes (£399.80 monthly, £4,164 annually); Aylesbury to High Wycombe takes 29 minutes (£132.90 monthly, £1,384 annually).
The town has excellent access to the M40, M25 and M1 via the A41. Heathrow is 39 miles away and 44 minutes by car. Luton Airport is 30 miles away with a journey time of 42 minutes via the A41.
Aylesbury has a population of over 65,000 and this is set to increase as new residents move into a number of new housing developments on the outskirts of the town and with easy access to the station.
Here’s a round-up of great new homes to buy in and around Aylesbury:
|Mayberry Place (Taylor Wimpey) – Just two miles from the centre of Aylesbury town centre and under a mile from the commuter Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, this development of new apartments and houses is within easy reach of good primary and secondary schools. Prices from £212,500. Find out more about Mayberry Place from Taylor Wimpey |
|Canalside (Kier Living) - These spacious new penthouse apartments have two double bedrooms with an en suite to the master and an open plan living area with double doors leading to a private terrace offering superb views over the Grand Union Canal. The penthouses also benefit from stylish bathrooms, a lift and two allocated parking spaces. Priced from £274,995. Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk ; 01296 488419|
|Gateway Apartments (Taylor Wimpey) – Offering the best in modern living, these well-proportioned, two-bedroom apartments are ideal for first time buyers, investors and couples. A short walk from Aylesbury Vale Parkway station, commuters can reach London in just over an hour. Prices from £225,000. Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 01296 320367 |
|Trafalgar Close (Howarth Homes) - This exclusive collection of just four beautifully appointed four-bedroom homes is designed to provide the best in contemporary living. Open plan kitchens balance the separate living room, dining room and study to ensure privacy for all the family. Bi-fold doors to the garden are perfect for entertaining. Priced from £699,995. Find out more at www.howarthhomes.co.uk ; 01296 488111|
|Kingsfield Park (Martin Grant Homes) – Set within 181 acres of tranquil parkland and open space these three- and five-bedroom semi-detached and detached homes are ideal for families being close to Aylesbury town centre and a short walk from the station. Prices from £309,950. For full details visit www.martingranthomes.co.uk ; 01296 321053|||