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Located on the Great River Ouse, the market town of Bedford has taken on modern structures, but the historic centre still echoes the eras past. Amongst its undeniable character and history, Bedford’s winding streets are home to independent boutiques and cafes, whilst the high-street brands can be found in the undercover shopping malls. Many who live in Bedford revel in the countryside and areas of outstanding natural beauty that skirt around the busy town, but also like the convenience of fantastic transport links, entertainment facilities, and restaurants on their doorstep.
Moving to Bedford
Riverside and embankment properties come with a premium price tag in Bedford, although the modern Marina Court has four-bed terraces at prices just under £300,000. The town centre is a mishmash of late Georgian properties and new builds, the more upmarket three-bed flats are on the market for around £180,000, but one-beds can be picked up for as little as £60,000. There are rows and rows of terraces in Bedford which are particularly popular with young families, with prices between £100,000 and £175,000. Some of the 20th century semis can be seen for prices as low as £150,000, but generally they fall between £240,000 and £350,000. If budgets allow, search around Devon Park and Bedford Park, they offer Victorian detached villas for prices around £390,000 and £550,000.
Rental prices in Bedford are very favourable, with the average being £760 pcm. One and two bed flats start at around £595 pcm, with the most expensive around £950 pcm and just a stone’s throw from the train station. Terraced family three-beds tend to be upwards of £850, with the most expensive benefitting from close proximity to transport links, gardens, and tasteful décor. Family semis fall into a very similar bracket, but can go well over £1500 pcm due to finish and bedrooms. There are some bargain detached homes, but be prepared for a journey to the town centre and transport links. The majority of spacious properties are available for upwards of £1150 pcm.
Moving to Bedford couldn’t be easier. The Britannia Harrison and Rowley office is located just 15 minutes away from Bedford, in St Neots. The team at Britannia Harrison and Rowley are not only able to provide you with a seamless moving service, but can also provide bespoke storage solutions.
Schools in Bedford
According to Ofsted the majority of primary schools in Bedford are ‘good’. Balliol, Cauldswell, Hazeldene, and Livingstone are the most popular amongst parents. In terms of state secondary schools, the Ofsted rankings are not as strong, with many ‘effective’, or ‘satisfactory’. However, Bedford is championed for its second-to-none independent schools, with Bedford School, Bedford High, and Dame Alice Harpur ‘outstanding’.
Transport Links Bedford
Bedford railway station is served by three operators and managed by Thameslink. These services run to Brighton (2 hours 29 minutes) through St Albans and London St Pancras (39 minutes – 59 minutes depending on the service). Additional services also run to Luton Airport Parkway (26 minutes), Gatwick Airport (1 hour 54 minutes), and Sutton, via Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction. Other services from the station call at Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, York, and Scarborough.
St John’s is the smaller of the two railway station in Bedfordshire. Services from this station run hourly, to Bletchley on the westbound line, and Bedford Midland eastbound. There are no services on Sundays.
Bedford is located between the A1 (M) and M1, allowing for easy connection to London and other important road networks.