Reading

Reading is a large market town and borough in the county of Berkshire. Located on the M4 motorway 40 miles west of London and within easy reach of both Oxford and Bristol, it has been described as having some of the best transport connections in England. The impending addition of the Elizabeth Line will further boost its appeal with London escapees lured by the scenery of the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs that surround the town.

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Dee Park RG30

Reading town centre

The centre of Reading itself may a little too heavy on bland office blocks and chain cafes for many tastes, but things are changing. Crossrail has brought with it a major overhaul for the town and its dowdy image.

Upmarket stores, hotels and housing developments have sprung up to meet the demand of London commuters who see Reading as the perfect balance of distance and proximity to the big smoke. Now also a leading tech hub in its own right, Reading is also home to a large student population jostling for space in the town’s more central areas.

Family neighbourhoods in Reading

As you’d imagine, Reading and its environs offer families plenty of property options. The suburb of Caversham north of the town is highly sought after for its country feel and beautiful period homes. Just to the east of Reading, Earley is another popular area for families looking for good-sized homes with great local amenities.

A little further east, Woodley offers a relaxed family neighbourhood at a lower price point. Around 4 miles to the southeast of Reading, the village of Winnersh is another popular option close to Reading but offering plenty of rural charm. Norcot and Tilehurst lie to the west of the centre of Reading, and offer good value terraced and semi-detached housing on the doorstep of the North Wessex Downs AONB.

Kennet and Avon Canal

North Wessex Downs

A large Area of Natural Beauty sitting to the west of Reading, the North Wessex Downs spans the counties of Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Visitors can explore historic villages and towns like Marlborough, with its beautiful market square and renowned school.
The Kennet and Avon canal runs though the Downs, offering miles of towpath walking trails and bike rides. Savernake Forest offers 4,500 acres of woodland that dates back over 1,000 years, while Highclere Castle will be instantly recognisable to fans as the location of the TV series Downton Abbey.

The Bronze-Age Uffington White Horse is another major visitor attraction. It is thought to be the oldest chalk hill figure in the UK, and is dated at over 3,000 years old. Dated to around 500 years later is the World heritage Site at Avebury – the remarkable stone circles that visitors can walk amongst, unlike those of nearby Stonehenge.

Transport in and around Reading

Reading station is one of the busiest rail interchanges in the UK. Services depart from reading for most parts of the country, including GWR services west to Bath, Bristol and the South West and eastwards into London Paddington. South West Trains run into London Waterloo and Basingstoke while Cross Country Trains run south towards Bournemouth and north up to the Midlands and beyond.

Once the Elizabeth Line is fully operational, services will run four times per hour directly into central London. Reading Buses operate extensive services around the town and out to many of the surrounding suburbs and villages. Newbury Buses, Arriva, First and Thames Travel also operate local bus services.

Reviews in Reading

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Overall can’t complain

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Review Date Nov 2020

Noise disturbances from non development people going through good shop and cafe could do with a bar or pub

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Design is great lots of residents and don’t feel cramped good amounts of parking facilities do lack though and could do with more amenities and management being easier to contact. Need assistance with cladding but that hasn’t been updated in a long time

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There neighbours had a pet elephant upstairs

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Yes but not in the most helpful way often to tell you they need access during the week with little notice prior or giving incorrect info

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Recommend Development

Review Date Nov 2020

The biggest advantage is Near to motorway. 10 mint away from town centre so never stuck in traffic. Food deliveries is easy available. Grocery shops are on walking distance. Biggest advantage, there is a gym In holiday Inn hotel. Few minutes drive to train station.

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I will give 10/10 for design & facilities.
Building & property management are cooperative take immediate action on all complains.Kids playing area Are very well managed. Very well ventilated apartment. I love kitchen design & style. Very wide windows. Over all good quality material I used.

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Gated parking is not secure from all sides.

What is the best feature of your home:

Apartment building is very beautiful from inside its look like a hotel lobby.
Size of apartment
Outside open gallery
Well ventilated kitchen.

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Kennet Island – safe and convenient location

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Review Date Nov 2020

For me personally this is very convenient location , reducing the commuting time. There is easy walking distance to Morrison and Aldi supermarkets. Also Pure Gym is in a nearby area.
There is also small coffee shop near water fountain with very friendly staff, serving all day breakfast and you can buy also fresh bread twice a week from a local bakery

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The development has a modern design and good energy efficiency rating B and C, very pleasant to leave during winter months with minimum heating required. There are also good bus services to city centre . The property management is responding fairly fast for reported issues.
The missing elements for me are trees around small park, during hot summer, its difficult to find any shadow outside.

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I was aware of bus stop located on the main street of development, but an unpleasant surprise for me was little tremors inside apartment when buses are going fast. Occasionally disturbing is also a smell from recycling side located nearby.

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature of my home are location and energy efficiency

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Amazing Location and community

Review Date Nov 2020

Good

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Overall Good size in bed rooms,Bathrooms, kitchen and living room can be more bigger. Facilities are good. However, the quality of construction can be a bit more better than now.
Building and property management is great.
Then community is very friendly and polite.

Expecting some more protection from buglers.

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Good size bed rooms, Good Location

What is the best feature of your home:

The Bed Rooms and Bathrooms size are great.
Garden size is good.

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