Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire is a county in the East of England. It borders Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The centre of Cambridgeshire is Cambridge, which has one of the largest populations in the country with just over 100,000 people living there. If you are looking for an area that has good schools and universities within reach then this could be what you are looking for!

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Peterborough Cathedral

Where is Cambridgeshire?

Cambridgeshire is located in the East of England that is around two hours away from London. It is bordered by Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Areas in Cambridgeshire

The county of Cambridgeshire is made up of several districts including Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, Peterborough, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire.

Some of the most popular areas for new homebuyers include Cambridge, St Neots and Huntingdon.

Cambridge – Home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, this area is one of the best places in Cambridgeshire for education opportunities not just within universities but also at secondary level with a number of top-notch grammar and private schools. It’s also an extremely popular tourist destination due to its world-famous colleges, bridges and punting on the River Cam.

Huntingdon – A town of around 37,000 people is located near to Cambridge in Cambridgeshire. The town was once an important river crossing on the Great Ouse River which allowed access into East Anglia from Ancient Britain through this region.

St Neots – This area around 30 minutes outside of Cambridge is popular for its mix of town and country living. There are a number of schools in the area as well as good transport links to Cambridge and London.

Saffron Walden – A market town in the north of Cambridgeshire, this is an area popular with families because of its many amenities and good schools.  The town has a number of independent schools as well as two grammar schools. 

Cambridge Market

Fulbourn – This village located to the southeast of Cambridge is home to around 6000 people. It offers good access to the city but is also quite convenient for London.

Linton – Situated just outside of Cambridge, this area has good access to all parts of Cambridgeshire as well as being close enough for commuting into the capital.

Universities in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge is home to the well-known Cambridge University, which has an excellent reputation around the world for its high-quality teaching and research programmes.

The city also hosts Anglia Ruskin University as well as several other colleges with a focus on higher education.

Cambridge University – One of the most recognisable universities in the world, Cambridge University is based in the city of Cambridge. The university has a global reputation for its excellent teaching and research programmes, and is one of the most selective universities in Europe.

Anglia Ruskin University – Based in Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University is a large university with over 29,000 students. The university offers a wide range of courses across three campuses, and has strong links to industry and employers.

Cambridge Regional College – A large further education college with over 20,000 students and three campuses in the Cambridge area, Cambridgeshire Regional College offers vocational courses across a range of areas including engineering, health care, business studies and media.

Top Schools in Cambridgeshire

There are a number of excellent schools located throughout Cambridgeshire, both private and state-funded. Some of the top-rated schools include:

The Perse School – a selective independent school for boys aged 11-18, The Perse School has been ranked as the best school in Cambridgeshire by The Sunday Times.

Cambridge High School – a selective girls grammar school, Cambridge High School has been awarded ‘outstanding’ status from Ofsted and was rated ‘excellent’ for its teaching of English and Maths at GCSE.

STAGGS Independent –  a co-educational, non-denominational school, STAGGS was rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and was the best performing school in Cambridgeshire for pupil progress.

Cambridge Steiner School – an independent Waldorf Steiner School, Cambridge Steiner is a co-educational boarding and day school that provides children with an exceptional education based on academic excellence and a love of learning.

Population of Cambridgeshire.

The Population of Cambridgeshire is around 750,000 people. Cambridge has one of the largest urban populations in the county, due to it being a university town. However, there are other areas with large populations such as Peterborough and Huntingdon which have around 200,000 people combined!

 

Reviews in Cambridgeshire

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Improving day by day

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Review Date Oct 2022

Good: great community, nice a quiet area, fab public transport to the city centre, green areas within the development and bike paths that easily lead to the Meadows.
Bad:
1/Because the amenities (supermarket, coffee not yet open) have not yet opened, social activity is quite low and the central square has no live.
2/Parking is hampering easy transit. Many are not using their garages and the parked cars are not allowing bidirectional traffic.

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The development is getting nicer as it grows. The design is quite open and streets don’t feel crowded by houses but access to the development is limited to just one road (the other potential one has not yet been approved). Facilities are scarse, though there is a school, community centre and the (hopefully) opening soon supermarket and cafe will really improve quality life. Houses are of very high quality, very ecological and I am very happy with the post sale support.

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I thought access to the development would be better; it seems that our house faces the only road that will be used by the development to go in and out for many years to come. The other potential road is in phase three, not yet approved and to be built many years in the future. The noise, the traffic, having constant bottlenecks in front of your house will just get worst and worst unless a solution is found.

What is the best feature of your home:

The ecological features, the EPC rating, the solar panels, the EV charger. Additionally, I like very much the high standard of the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Loving the cycle paths

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Review Date Sep 2022

Cambridge just a short cycle away – mostly off road. Love that it’s so flat ! Near a park and ride, but also a short walk away from regular busses. Nearby pubs in Fen Ditton , short walk to a chippy. Love having the trees and woodland walks nearby.

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We were the first in our street and it’s still a building site. Will be happy to see the back of the 6am alarms from reversing vehicles – suspect it will be really peaceful eventually, it’s just an awfully long time coming. The snagging people /site manager have been absolutely fantastic so far with all our issues both major and minor. Never had a new build before – steep learning curve for us, but we have a waterproof, cosy home for the first time ever !

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Love the fact that our garden is South facing. The orientation of the house ( and the roof for solar) is so very important to us.

What is the best feature of your home:

I know it’s a silly, but little things like the back door which can be locked into any position are just a fabulous after living in older houses all our lives!

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Hampton Gardens works well.

Review Date Aug 2022

Hampton Gardens certainly has something for everyone. Local shops.
Play areas and just a shirt walk gets you to more eateries and drinking establishments.
HG is very scenic and short walks get you to other parts of Hampton and the scenery is very nice.

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All over the above are adequate. The road network in HG would be improved if/when double yellow lines are implemented. Other than that it’s pretty good getting around HG. The house us designed really well and we are very happy with the room layout. All good.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Expect a few things that need to be rectified when you move in. All new houses have them but be assured that they do eventually get round to resolving them.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes they did. We have a few issues which are expected with a new property but they were resolved in a timely fashion.

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Hampton Gardens

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Review Date Aug 2022

There schools, restaurants, supermarkets, everything near by. Parks are not well maintained. Unfinished roads. Parking is OK. Bins are mostly collected fridays.

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Two years for correcting snags. 10 year warranty. Could improve services. Design are adequate. Sometime difficult to get through to management to receive help. Could use better materials for building a home. Improve roads. Care more for the development not just cost.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Add more to finishing touches. Negotiate bit more on price

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Most problems corrected eventually as you spot them.

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