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.

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Please don’t buy property through bloor. Flashy but very crap service.

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Review Date May 2021

I bought a property about 2 years ago and there was a massive leak. The company was carrying out the repair but a manager emailed and advised the work will be stopped in between and I will have to pay for the rest of the work. I explained her several times that the property was under warranty but she said the work was approved in error. I asked her contact details for the person above her to take it further but she never responded and left us in very messy situation.

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Design wise I have no issues but customer services is very unprofessional and they don’t treat you well after the sale. Property management is so unprofessional people do whatever they want as they know senior management wouldn’t even know. When a manager decided to stop work in between couldn’t understand her thought process.

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Please consider other builders the quality of the material they use is not good.

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Open plan kitchen , design. Location is ok. Until sales no issue at all but when it comes to repair worst company .

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Love it here!!

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Review Date Mar 2021

I love the bus service, and how close it is to get to the station. New Green park village station is due to open very soon too! Which will help with the London commute.

Bins can sometimes be an issue, as they only pick up the bins in Reading every 2 weeks (Once a week is normal bin, and the other week is recycling).

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The size of the houses is great, and it feels very private even though the houses are pretty close together (some even terraced.

Its beautiful to look at, and doesn’t feel like a new normal new build estate outside of London.

Facebook group is great, and the community around Green Park village is amazing..

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The delay in the train station!

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

Yes, always!! They have always responded very quickly, and are always able to be accessed via whats app or the Facebook page.

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Solid build, great location, even better service

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Review Date Feb 2021

– amazing location with easy access to the M4 and the A33
– good selection of shops within walking distance
– Lidl and Morrisons close by for groceries
– AMple parking and a very quiet neighbourhood

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-attentive management who have been very responsive
– surroudings and maintenance have been kept very clean
– security has been good
– 5 star customer care from Bewley Homes (special shoutout to Aly and Jeni)
– property has been managed to an excellent standard so far (waste collection, parking, scenery etc).

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– neighbourhood safety
– school catchment areas

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-attentive and fast response to queries
-maintenance has been kept well

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Location and ambience

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Review Date Jan 2021

A very well located area in Reading. There are a lot of local schools here. Gym facilities are literally walking distance. Very well-connected with the buses. Motorway in town center is literally 10 to 15 minutes away.One thing we noticed is that catchment areas of primary schools are very small so sometime you might find it difficult to get into your own preferred school.

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The development itself is nice clean and spacious. Lots of greenery around. Roads are wide. There is a local play area as well which is kept clean most of the time. Bus stop is literally walking distance from almost all the houses. There is a local grocery store within the development which helps a lot

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School catchment areas.

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We found them little bit slow in terms of answering the questions. However they were very helpful indeed

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