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 House, could be amazing

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Review Date Aug 2021

Great houses, fantastic location, nice mix of properties, close to amenities and local transport. Ideal place to live.

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Overall the houses are well built, good space, lovely communal areas, fantastic sales manager for when buying. Only negatives would be the constant chasing of the customer service team to get snags completed and the general lack of follow up regarding if the works were ever carried out, also very much up to you to advise if you are happy with works or not and not the site team ensuring it meets their build standards. Biggest issue though is the windows and doors installed, you can sit in the sitting room of the house and literally hear peoples full conversations when they walk past with the window closed, not what I was expecting from a brand new house and after raising many times and the site team agreeing it was not normal, eventually receive a letter from the Managing Director for the Thames Valley area advising there was nothing wrong with the windows or doors.

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The quality of the windows and doors and how much noise would be let in.

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As advised above, everything has been resolved with time and chasing except the windows and doors which we now have to live with.

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The design is good but they need to pay attention to people who bought the houses and come and fix there mistakes.

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Review Date Aug 2021

Good local shops, restaurants. Bus stop is very close .Living on my street is very good, Parking availability, bin collection is on time. No anti-social behaviour. Little traffic noise. After five months of living in my property, the area is still not shown on google maps. When my husband was dyeing, ambulance barely found my address. It is already 1,5 year since we moved in the delivery still getting wrong adress.

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The design is good.
Customer services are not good. Staff are not turning up Worst brickworks. Charles Church promise and then refuses to resolve the problem. Massive amount of cracks on rendered wall and never rectified
Outstanding snags from the original 7 day list, 1,3 months after moving in to our property. Some snags have now been attended too up to 3 times and still can’t seem to rectify to a good quality standard…..I think you need to implement quality assurance. Charles church sourced the cheapest materials to build with to maximise on profit.
Don’t care about you after the sales. Very stressful journey.

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Get an independent inspection before moving into the property!

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The builders come to have a look at the issue and then never come back to actually fix it. If they are fixing anything, it is breaking again very easily or they damage something else.

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Would recommend moving here!

Review Date Jul 2021

living here is wonderful i really enjoy the neighbourhood and the area in general! i’d recommend to anyone moving in the area to try out this estate!

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i think the building management was beautiful, and so practical and very good design i love it, the flushing system is perfect and i have never ever experienced any problems with the house. definitely amazing house work!

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i wish i had known how amazing it was going to be i would’ve moved sooner.

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i have not had any issues but i know a friend of mine contacted the company and they helped straight away

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Happy home

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Review Date Jul 2021

Greenery, easy of commute to shops and schools. Good neighbourhood.

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Overall above average. Happy with our purchase. Don’t like the slope in my garden and parking area but I guess we had to compromise on that. Bit expensive as well. Could have been happy with a larger garden patio provided by them and garden levelled.

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

Yes they have but slow in getting the problem resolved may be because of the pandemic.

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