Basingstoke is fast becoming a commuter hotspot of Hampshire due to its train links. Basingstoke is an important economic centre for the UK, and Motorola, BNP Paribas, Sony Professional Solutions, and De La Rue all have headquarters here. In contrast to this industrial bubble is the rolling hills and woodlands of the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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Moving to Basingstoke
Those wanting to living in Basingstoke will need to act quickly as property is in short supply and high demand. Studio flats will cost buyers around £90,000, whereas three-bed family homes range between £180,000 and £300,000. Due to being a vast residential hub, there are a variety of different properties available to purchase in Basingstoke, from Victorian and Edwardian to contemporary developments.
Those wishing to rent in Basingstoke will find one-bed city centre flats upwards of £750 pcm, or £850 pcm for two bedrooms. Family-sized properties start at around £900 pcm and can be found in the many residential areas surrounding the town, but easily accessible by bus or car.
Schools in Basingstoke
With over 50 primary, infant, and junior schools in Basingstoke, parents are spoilt for choice. Parents tend to gravitate towards certain schools based on catchment area, which can be something to bear in mind if moving to Basingstoke. St Mark’s CofE, Kempshott, St John’s CofE and Chalk Ridge are all very popular first schools, but Castle Hill Primary is ‘outstanding’ according to Ofsted and a favourite amongst parents.
There are twelve secondary schools throughout Basingstoke but there are three standouts according to parents and pupils. Bishop Challoner RC and Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College are ‘good’ whereas Dove House Academy is ‘outstanding’.
None of the secondary schools have sixth forms, so most attend Basingstoke College of Technology or Queen Mary’s College after their GCSEs.
Transport Links Basingstoke
The A339 connects Basingstoke to the M3 in a matter of minutes which provides easy access to Southampton and London. London is just 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive away in good traffic, whereas the coast is around 35 minutes. Local towns such as Reading, Woking, and Guildford are easily accessible by car, train, or bus.
Basingstoke railway station is very busy and located perfectly on the edge of the town centre. It has five platforms and is served by South West Trains, CrossCountry, and Great Western Railway. CrossCountry run services to the likes of Birmingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Manchester, and Stoke-on-Trent.
Passengers can be at London Waterloo in 55 minutes, or hop on the 18-minute train to Reading and change for services to London Paddington. Eastbound services also call at Clapham Junction, Woking, Farnborough, Fleet, Weybridge and Surbiton. Westbound services travel to the likes of Winchester, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Central, Poole, and Weymouth.