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Is Sonning Common a nice place to live in Oxfordshire?

Posted December 13th 2023
The bank of the river Thames in Sonning Common

If you’re on a hunt for a new home and are considering a smaller, more rural location, Sonning Common could be the perfect place for you. A beautiful village in the heart of the countryside, Sonning Common lies in South Oxfordshire just above the city of Reading. We’ve put together an area guide so you can find out what it’s like living in Sonning Common and why you should consider moving to the area.

Are there good transport links like in Sonning Common?

Sonning Common has excellent transport links to a number of major towns and cities. Reading town centre is only a 15-minute drive away, with High Wycombe and Slough less than 40 minutes along the A1430. The M4 and M40 motorways are also nearby, which gives you access to cities like Oxford, London and Bristol.

What are the schools like in Sonning Common?

There are several well-regarded schools in and around Sonning Common. These include Sonning Common Primary School and Maiden Erlegh Chiltern Edge Secondary School, both of which have been rated 'Good' by Ofsted. In terms of further education, the nearby Henley College offers a variety of A-Level and vocational diploma courses. There are also lots of higher education opportunities in Reading, including Reading College and the University of Reading.

What is there to do in Sonning Common?

While Sonning Common may be a small village, its prime location means that it’s connected to both beautiful rural landscapes and buzzing urban centres, the best of both worlds in terms of things to do. Sonning Common is right next to the Chiltern Hills, a gorgeous countryside space, as well as the river Thames, making it perfect for family walks and exploration.

At only a 15-minute drive away, village residents are also very nearby to the town of Reading, a central hub full of bustling shops and activities. The Oracle shipping centre contains a mix of high-street and high-end shops for all your shopping needs. Reading also hosts a number of big annual events, such as Reading Pride and the highly popular Reading Festival.

What are house prices like in Sonning Common?

According to Rightmove:

‘Properties in Sonning Common had an overall average price of £689,433 over the last year.

The majority of sales in Sonning Common during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £826,690. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £558,984, with terraced properties fetching £552,500.

Overall, sold prices in Sonning Common over the last year were 3% up on the previous year and 19% up on the 2019 peak of £579,725.’


If you're interested in buying a house in Sonning Common, check out all the properties listed in the area, and contact us for more information.