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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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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Good looking development, but lack of committment from the developer.

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Review Date Oct 2021

Near to the city center, but too much traffic

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Nice building, but the developer and constructors are not professional. We had a lot of issues, water leaks, poor communications about the deliveries etc.
Gym facilities are smaller than expected. Cleaning service must improve. Windows have not been cleaned for a year!

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quality of the construction.

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Much better than the previous one, but still they are behind a lot of issues in the building.

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Spacious bedrooms, however, the booster fan is in a awkward place, restricting wardrobes and other items to be placed in that surrounding.

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Review Date Oct 2021

Good aspects: the property is new build, the bedrooms are spacious, close to shops, transport and town centre
Bad aspects: limited parking spaces, no security, close to the main road causing noise

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Spacious bedrooms, however, the booster fan is in a awkward place, restricting wardrobes and other items to be placed in that surrounding. There’s no security in the entire building, which would have been beneficial as some visitors tend to smoke cannabis in the staircases.

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There’s very limited parking space and the area is very noisy.

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The building is new and nicely designed.

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Review Date Oct 2021

VERTO is only minutes away from City Centre and is very convenient as there are many shops, supermarkets, banks, restaurants, etc.. Bus stop is just opposite to the building and is also very convenient.

However, there are a lot of noises from the busy traffic on the neighbouring road, especially the siren noise from ambulances passing by almost ten times a day, perhaps due to the nearby hospital. You can still hear some noise even you have shut all the windows. Together with the noises is the dust from their emissions.

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The building is new and nicely designed. There is a concierge who will take care of the parcels when you are not home. The care taker is very nice and good in communication with tenants.

The flush button of the family bathroom is behind the toilet cover. You have to lower the board before you can flush the toilet. Besides, it takes quite long time to repair facilities in the building. For instance, the boiler was out of order 2 times in July-September. It takes an average of 2-3 days to get it repaired. Besides, one of the lifts was out of order for a couple of weeks in July / August and recently back to work. There is very minimal carpark space available for tenant’s use. Tenants have to go to the nearby car park to rent a place, which induces significant inconvenience.

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I wish I had known about the traffic noise before I moved in, particularly the busy ambulance.

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The concierge respond to every email tenant sent and will explain and address the problem. But most of the time, the maintenance work takes long time to complete.

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Verto Tower: excellent, modern place to live

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Review Date Oct 2021

Local shops have all the range you could desire, with Reading town centre a 5-minute walk and London a further 30-minute train ride away. The only drawbacks are noise from pubs next door and sometimes traffic noise.

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The design is very appealing and modern, and the facilities available for include a small gym, a communal room, and communal terraces on the 6th and 9th floors, which are particularly nice to have. Building management is the drawback here; they took 6 months to fix one of the elevators and even left both of the elevators not working for a couple of weeks at one point. Getting them to fix a small issue in our flat has been impossible, with them ignoring us continually. Despite this, the building is still an amazing place to live, and probably could contend for the nicest in Reading.

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Nothing really. The taps build up a lot of limescale and can block the shower if not maintained with limescale remover. I had this issue after a couple of months after moving in.

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As mentioned above, they have not been good. Some things they have done no problem, it is simply the ignoring over one of our issues that is a problem.

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