Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England and is home to some attractive areas including Wellingborough with its lovely old buildings, Rushden with its many parks and lakes or Corby with its fantastic new-builds with modern amenities. The University of Northampton has an excellent reputation for teaching while there are top schools available all over Northamptonshire providing high-quality education for children aged 3–18 years old.

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Best places to live in Northamptonshire

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Where is Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. It borders Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Rutland to the north, Bedfordshire to the west, Buckinghamshire to the south-west and Hertfordshire and Essex to the east. It has a population of approximately 868,000 people and covers an area of 2,074 square kilometres. The largest city in Northamptonshire is Northampton.

Areas in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a county made up of several areas. Northampton, Corby and Kettering are the largest towns in this region which includes Daventry, Wellingborough and Rushden. There are also many smaller communities including Finedon, Irchester, Weldon and Little Houghton.

Some of the more popular areas for prospective homeowners include:

Northampton – This town is the largest in Northamptonshire and offers a great range of amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It has a population of over 210,000 people.

Kettering – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 78,000 people. It offers plenty of local amenities as well as good transport links.

Church in Northamptonshire

Corby – Another popular town in Northamptonshire is Corby which has a population of around 60,000 people and offers many amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It also has easy access to the A43 road network.

Wellingborough This town is also located in Northamptonshire and has a population of around 53,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London.

Daventry – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 34,000 people. Daventry offers many shops and amenities as well as good transport links including the M45 motorway.

Rushden – This town is located within Northamptonshire and has a population of around 32,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London as well as shops and amenities.

Wollaston – This small village in the East of Northamptonshire has a population of only around 2000 people but it does offer great links with Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas.

Universities in Northamptonshire

Northampton is home to the University of Northampton, a well-established university with a long history. The University of Northampton offers a wide range of courses across many faculties and has been praised for its teaching quality.

Top Schools in Northamptonshire

River in Northamptonshire

There are a number of excellent schools located in Northamptonshire, including the following:

Queens’ School – a girls’ school located in Northampton which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire.

St Andrew’s Roman Catholic High School – a mixed secondary school located close to Kettering which has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE results.

The King’s School – an all boys’ school also located in Northampton which is rated as ‘good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire for A level results.

Magdalene College – a co-educational sixth form located in Oundle which is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE, AS and A levels.

Population of Northamptonshire

The population of Northamptonshire is just over 630,000, mostly located in the south of the county.

 

Reviews in Northamptonshire

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I have been in my new home for 2 years now. Have had no structural problems or majors issues. The minor cosmetic issues were addressed as soon as we raised the alarm. So the quality of the build is very good. Would have loves to have more space upstairs in the bedrooms, perhaps the design should have been ammended a little bit.

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Review Date May 2022

Close to local amenities and town centre. Living in my street is very noisy at the present due to ongoing construction, hopefully it will be finished soon.

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The design of the downstairs is very spacious but the bedrooms upstairs are quite small, especially the Master Bedroom. I would rather have had a small landing and have a bigger master bedroom.

Another thing I dont like about the design is that the downstairs toilet leads straight into the kitchen. Not really ideal in my opinion.

The garden is also very small, for a detached house.

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*Size of Bedrooms too small and Garden too small

* There is also no playground area for kids, have to walk to the nearest park

What is the best feature of your home:

Spacious living room and kitchen. I particularly love the bay window in the living room, it brings so much light into the room

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The design and the build is beautiful but some of the workmanship and finishes is not really up to standard

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Review Date May 2022

We liked the overall result and quality of our home, as well as how friendly everyone was to work with. We did not like the unrealistic expectation of the move-in date we were initially provided with. However, every concern, question, or request we have had was met with professionalism and courtesy. We felt very welcomed by all staff from the very beginning. I must say that we really appreciated the customer service that a young man at office (Bradley) gave us. He is a credit to Allison.

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The design and the build is beautiful but some of the workmanship and finishes is not really up to standard. Some doors cannot close properly and front don’t was not fitted correctly is very hard to open / close. Unfortunately as this was our first home we didn’t get this fixed during the snagging period. Overall we are happy with our home

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Get professional snagging done as you will miss a lot of things like we did. Now we are spending a lot of money to fix things that should have been done to a good standard as part of the build.

What is the best feature of your home:

Open plan in the kitchen and diner. Large sitting room

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Lovely home with a great neighbourhood

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Review Date May 2022

Good local shops just a 10 min walk and 20 min walk into town. Good local schools just a short walk. No traffic noise. Lovely neighbourhood.

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Lovely design of the house. Could of made more use of understairs for more storage and put a door in from the living room to kitchen to separate the two. Had a few snagging issues but given to site and most got sorted Sometimes takes a chase to get sorted.

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I would of like to of known how much the garden will slope towards the house.

What is the best feature of your home:

Good size living room but love that the dining room is separate to kitchen.

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Happy in general

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Review Date Apr 2022

We are very close to all amenities and transport links which is GREAT! The area is generally quiet and The neighbours are lovely people. Parking is however starting to be somewhat of a problem with residents starting to park on the road which in future appears to be an even bigger challenge once all houses have been constructed.

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The development has been very good in responding to any complaints and queries when raised so far. It’s either you call the small main office located in our area or you are referred to customer services who normally pick up very quickly when you ring up. Different staff have been sent out to respond to queries raised and they have always been polite and professional

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I wish I had known that there was going to be a lot of dust from the ongoing construction of other houses that were going to continue to be built

What is the best feature of your home:

The bathrooms are a very good size and there is plenty of space

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