Basingstoke is slowly being considered as a new commuter hotspot, with London Waterloo and London Paddington just a 55-minute journey via train. It is nicknamed ‘Doughnut City’ because it is home to a lot of large roundabouts. 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.
Moving to Basingstoke
Due to excellent transport links, property is in short supply in Basingstoke, with high levels of demand. A studio flat will cost around £90,000, whereas three-bed family homes range between £180,000 and £300,000. As a popular residential area, there is a range of property types in Basingstoke. There are many complete period buildings and Victorian villas, with some of the priciest being in the town centre. There are also many Victorian and Edwardian family homes. In contrast to the older buildings, there are an increasing number of contemporary developments, including Limes Park which has had the old buildings restored and a modern new estate built around it.
Those wishing to live in the town centre, can rent a studio apartment for around £480 pcm, rising to £750 pcm for a one-bedroom flat, and £850 pcm for two-beds. Three-bedroom houses start at around £900 pcm. Those not wanting to live in the town centre can choose from one of the many residential areas surrounding the town, easily accessible by a number of bus routes that take in the train station and the town centre.
Moving to Basingstoke couldn’t be easier. The Britannia Reeves office is located just 40 minutes away from Basingstoke, in Petersfield. The team at Britannia Reeves are not only able to provide you with a seamless moving service, but can also provide bespoke storage solutions.
Schools in Basingstoke
There are well over fifty primary, infant, and junior schools in Basingstoke. First schools, on the whole, are pretty good according to local parents, and many pick where to live based on catchment area. St Mark’s CofE, Kempshott, St John’s CofE and Chalk Ridge are all very popular first schools, but Castle Hill Primary is ‘outstanding’ and a favourite amongst parents.
All of the twelve secondary schools in Basingstoke have great reputations. 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
Basingstoke railway station has five platforms and is served by South West Trains, CrossCountry and Great Western Railway. Trains run directly to London Waterloo in 55-minutes, whereas you must have a quick change at Reading to get to London Paddington. Reading is just an 18-minute train journey, ideal for commuters. Eastbound with SWT there are also trains to Clapham Junction, Woking, Farnborough, Fleet, Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, and Surbiton. Westbound serves Winchester, Portsmouth Harbour, Southampton Central, Poole, and Weymouth. Salisbury, Exeter St Davids, and Bristol, are also served.
CrossCountry have services to Birmingham, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.
Basingstoke is also just a stone’s throw from the M3, connecting the town to Southampton and up to London. The coast is a 35-minute drive, whereas London is 1 hour 15 minutes in good traffic. Local towns such as Woking, Reading, and Guildford, are easily accessible.