Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is a county in the southeast of England. The largest and most populous town in Buckinghamshire is Milton Keynes with over 200,000 residents. Other large towns include Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Slough. There are lots of villages to explore as well such as Stoke Mandeville near Aylesbury (the home of the famous Stoke Mandeville Games), Anstee near Bletchley (which has an ancient church) and East Claydon near Leighton Buzzard (famous for its cherry orchards).

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Best places to live in Buckinghamshire

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Windmill in Buckinghamshire

Where is Buckinghamshire? 

With an area of 3,467 kilometres squared, Buckinghamshire shares borders with Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire. The principal town is Aylesbury. Buckinghamshire was historically divided into four divisions: Chiltern Hundreds (the northern section), Great (or Eastern) Divisions (the eastern and central sections), and South or Western Divisions (the south-western section).

Areas in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire is famous for its countryside, which is popular with walkers and cyclists. The county’s most notable beauty spot is the Thames Valley through which it runs north to south. It contains some of England’s finest countryside areas and small towns and villages. Some of the more popular areas in Buckinghamshire include Aylesbury, Wycombe, Chiltern Hills and Leighton Buzzard

Aylesbury

The town of Aylesbury is the county town of Buckinghamshire. It is a market town and also home to the Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is well known for its rolling hills and quaint villages.

Wycombe

The district of Wycombe is located in the northwest of Buckinghamshire. The most notable towns in the district are High Wycombe and Marlow. The area is known for its natural beauty as well as its proximity to London.

Chiltern Hills

The Chilterns are a range of chalk hills that run through several counties in southern England, including Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty because of its beautiful countryside. It is also home to the famous prehistoric monument known as Wayland’s Smithy.

Village near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire

Leighton Buzzard

The town of Leighton Buzzard is located in central Buckinghamshire just south of the Chiltern Hills and northwest of Luton, Bedfordshire. The settlement dates back to Roman times and is hugely popular because of its close proximity to London.

Universities in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire’s primary universities include the University of Buckinghamshire and Buckinghamshire New University.

University of Buckinghamshire 

With a campus located in High Wycombe, the University of Buckinghamshire is a non-profit private research university with over 5000 students. It is the oldest of the UK’s five private Universities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a variety of subjects from law and healthcare to education, humanities and design.

Buckinghamshire New University

Also known as Bucks New University, this public institution has two campuses in High Wycombe and one campus in Uxbridge. It enrols around 14000 students from across the globe every year to study on its various undergraduate courses. Buckinghamshire New University specialises in teacher training, nursing and business courses.

Top Schools in Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire has a range of excellent schools to offer to prospective students. There are over 100 state primary schools and 35 secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, ranking it as one of the best education systems on a local level in England.

Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire

Some of the standout schools include:

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School – for boys aged between 11-18, the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School has a comprehensive academic programme that is a great preparation for higher education, includes advanced level courses and an extensive range of after school clubs.

St Bernard’s Catholic College – has been awarded Specialist Science status by the Department of Education to provide excellence in science teaching. It offers high-quality education from Year Seven all the way through secondary school until GCSE exams at 16.

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School – Founded in 1561, Dr Challoner’s is the oldest grammar school in Buckinghamshire and one of the most prestigious schools in the country with a long history of academic excellence.

Population of Buckinghamshire

The county is home to over half a million people and Buckinghamshire’s population has been growing steadily since the last census. However, it does have significant rural areas which still attract many new families looking for somewhere quieter than city living but with good transport links. The majority of residents live in urban or suburban settings and there are plenty of amenities available within close proximity such as public transportation services, hospitals, shops and restaurants.

Reviews in Buckinghamshire

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Review Date Aug 2022

Live in a quieter part of the park however have found some nights to be noisy from some other neighbours.

Although, I love the fact my property has two driveways so plenty of space parking.

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There is unfortunately some minors to the property for example our fence in the garden. One panel is extremely weak we think this is our neighbours fence from property plans, however for a new build we should not have a brand new fence wrecked by the storms earlier this year to be weak and the need to be fixed. This was the same with guttering on the house which we had to get a family friend to help fix as this blew apart from the storms. Other than these few issues, the property is well designed in having both downstairs toilet and upstairs bathroom with three additional bedrooms.

I feel very comfortable in the house as my first home 😊

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I cannot think of anything other than don’t be afraid of asking questions about the property.

What is the best feature of your home:

Back garden space and the large living area. The living room also doubles as dining area but there is plenty of space and I feel very cosy in the living room of the house.

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Review Date Aug 2022

There is one shop very nearby and one sandwich shop. One drinkers pub and one foodie pub, as well as a working man’s club for families. The street is very quiet with excellent neighbours. There is only one Chinese takeaway. Being a village, transport needs improvement and getting kids to high school is not the easiest.

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The development is set in a very nice village and the layout/parking is more than adequate. The paved roads gives it a nice appearance. There is an existing park for children nearby but the proposed additional play park is still not finished yet. When it is that will be nice for the kids in the area. Estate maintenance could be improved although that said, I’m not sure they have started yet.

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Ideally the gardens could have been better – the top soil is thin to say the least and the slope of the garden is leading to sinking at the back fence. Having solar panels on all new builds is surely something Bloor should be doing now??

What is the best feature of your home:

The flooring options were great and looks great all the way through the ground floor.

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Review Date Aug 2022

Good point:
Good people on the estate. Houses are well spaced out. Quality of the house is better than most other development company’s.

Bad point:
Bloor originally said only one phase would be built that’s a lie.
Only making one entrance to the estate and growing is ridiculous.
Road still not probably tarmac after 3 years.

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Like the design of my house. Couldn’t do it better myself. I would however make the living room slightly bigger than the kitchen. I would also make the master bedroom a lot bigger however, I do have the ensuite so not so fussed. Plenty of facilities inside too.

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Wish I would have known how big the site would eventually turn into.

What is the best feature of your home:

Love the high ceilings inside the property makes the home feel
Much more spacious.

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Bloor is good

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Review Date Aug 2022

Good – houses not too close together . Good quality finish

Bad – roads not finished, cars driving really fast

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Bloor finish houses to a very good standard. The plan of the estate caters for all. Houses are planned out with adequate space between and you do not feel like you are living on top of each other. Garages are amazing sizes and plenty of parking spaces additionally to drive ways

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Help to buy

What is the best feature of your home:

Kitchen, garden size and garage size. Really nice area

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