Why live in Hungerford?

on 27 January 2017.

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Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere. It's good, comfortable living with a touch of class. But if you were say, considering leaving London, or moving to the South East from another part of the country for work, or to be near family, what would be the convincer? It has good road and rail links for sure and is comfortably within commuting distance from London, but that would be true of anywhere an hour from London. So what else would make you want to make this place your home?

For starters, it's gorgeous. A handsome country town comprised mainly of Georgian and Victorian architecture, Hungerford prettily straddles the Kennet and Avon Canal in the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.bridge street shopping hungerford west berkshire sml Commercially the town is a great mix of rustic and swank, primarily populated by independent traders selling original and useful items you will not find in the larger shopping centres. Hungerford has long been a centre for the antiques trade and the town is crammed with interesting and unusual shops, arcades and yards selling treasure from yesteryear. Bridge Street, just before the canal, is known as the Bond Street of Berkshire, with its upscale boutiques, jewellers and interior design shops. And if you just want a pint of milk, there is both a supermarket and several convenience stores in the middle of town.

With five state primary schools within a three mile radius - all rated as Good by Ofsted - the town is a natural fit for families. There are some eight secondary schools, a mixture of state and independent, all within a ten mile radius,

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giving you plenty of choice for the next stage. Crime is low and employment high. It's a healthy, wholesome place to live; a five minute walk from the town centre brings you to the Marsh and Hungerford Common where both dogs and children can run free. And when you're feeling less wholesome, there are some great pubs..

 

A good selection of restaurants, cafes and a lively local arts scene which includes its own literary festival, a long summer arts festival and a year round calendar of music and films in the local Croft Hall mean that you will never be short of things to do on evenings and weekends. The town is superfast broadband enabled and has a large number of people who run their businesses from home. Not all pretty rural communities are so fortunate. Estate agents and those who relocate here agree that in Hungerford you get a lot for your money. Come and have a look.

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