Cambridge – Best place to live in 2017

Finding the best places to live can be an extremely time-consuming challenge and one I am asked to help clients solve on a frequent basis. Recently, Cambridge was named the third best place to live in 2017 by The Times and to me this comes as no surprise!

Cambridge’s appeal is manifold, and its location is one of the keys. The easy commute to London King’s Cross and Liverpool Street attracts those working in London, but looking to move out of the City for a better quality of life. Whilst the proximity to towns such as Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds with its growing industry and hence jobs, attracts families and individuals alike looking to benefit from the huge amount of opportunities on offer.

The wide variety of excellent schooling options in Cambridge means that it is a much sought after location for families. Public senior schools such as The Perse and the Leys, are very popular and competitive to even get in to State senior schools, including Parkside and Comberton Village College are among those awarded ‘Good’ to Outstanding’ status by Ofsted. In the past few years alone, several new junior and senior schools have opened their doors to accommodate the fast growth of this City.

Cambridge is stunningly picturesque with a great mix of areas to choose to live in. To the East of the City is the Romsey or Mill Road area which is vibrant and eclectic. To the west side is the village of Newnham which is effectively now part of Cambridge and offers some great local resources such as a butcher and a delicatessen. The south and richer side of town offers a mix of older detached properties and the contrast of the brand-new developments around Addenbrookes hospital. The north side is still being developed and will now doubt experience an influx of interested buyers once the new station opens in May of this year.

The City is also home to all the high-quality retail outlets you would expect, as well as a wide array of Blue Chip companies and financial institutions.  It is highly praised for its diverse night-life and dining districts; including the CB1 development around the station, which has been regenerated into a modern core of residential properties, offices and eating establishments.

Cambridge truly is a wonderful location and its attractions haven’t gone unnoticed. With recent house performance showing that growth has risen by 6% since last year and 40% over the last 5 years, this has bettered both London and the broader market, and we anticipate continued outperformance in the future.

If you are considering a move to Cambridge, contact Garrington Property Finders today to find out how we can assist you in purchasing your dream property.

 

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