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Is Reading a nice place to live?

May 1st 2024
An aerial view of the town of Reading

Are you considering a move to Reading? This vibrant town in Berkshire, England, has been attracting a growing number of residents in recent years. But what makes Reading such an appealing place to call home? In this comprehensive area guide, we'll explore the many reasons why moving to Reading could be the best decision for you and your family.

What are the transport links like in Reading?

One of the most significant advantages of living in Reading is its excellent transportation links. The town boasts a well-connected train station, with regular services to major cities like London, Oxford, and Bristol. A train from Reading to London Paddington only takes 25 minutes, ideal for commuters who want to work in but live away from the city.

Reading is also well-connected by car, situated near the M4 motorway which connects the town to places such as Swindon, Slough, London and Bristol.

Are there any good schools in Reading?

For families with children, the quality of local schools is a crucial factor when choosing a new place to live. Fortunately, Reading has an impressive selection of educational institutions, catering to students of all ages.

Some of the most notable schools in the area include:

  • Kendrick School: A high-performing grammar school for girls aged 11-18
  • Reading School: A renowned boys' grammar school with a history dating back to 1125
  • The Abbey School: An independent day school for girls aged 3-18
  • The University of Reading: A top-ranking university offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Are there any nice cafes and restaurants in Reading?

Reading has a vibrant and diverse culinary scene, with a town centre packed with an array of restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

For a taste of authentic Italian food, there's Pepe Sale on Queens Walk, where you can indulge in delicious handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas. If you're in the mood for something a little spicier, Coconut Bar & Kitchen on St Mary's Butts serves up mouth-watering Indian and Sri Lankan dishes.

Coffee lovers won't be disappointed either, with plenty of charming cafes to choose from. Workhouse Coffee on King Street is a popular spot among locals, known for its expertly crafted coffee and welcoming atmosphere.

What is there to do in Reading?

No matter what your interests are, you'll never be short of things to do in Reading. The town offers a fantastic range of activities and attractions, suitable for all ages.

For a dose of culture, visit the Reading Museum, which showcases the town's fascinating history through a collection of artefacts and exhibits. Art enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Reading Art Gallery, which features works by both local and international artists.

If you prefer to spend your free time outdoors, Reading has plenty of green spaces to enjoy. Take a stroll through Forbury Gardens, a beautiful Victorian park in the heart of the town, or explore the expansive grounds of Caversham Court Gardens on the banks of the River Thames.

There is also the iconic Reading Festival, a massive annual music event that hosts many acclaimed international artists. Last year's lineup included pop star Billie Eilish, indie-guitarist Sam Fender, and anthemic rock band The Killers.

What is the housing market like in Reading?

According to Rightmove:

'Properties in Reading had an overall average price of £425,942 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Reading during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £362,738. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £469,177, with flats fetching £249,473.

Overall, sold prices in Reading over the last year were similar to the previous year and 8% up on the 2021 peak of £395,577.'

If you’re interested in moving to Reading, check out all the properties listed in the area and contact your local branch for more information.