Rewind a few hundred years and you’ll find that Bracknell was just a tiny village on the outskirts of London. These days, it’s a thriving town that offers its residents the best of both worlds; a strong sense of community and a laid-back lifestyle, combined with convenient proximity to the Capital.
If you’re considering relocating to the area, here are a few great reasons to purchase a home here.
Most savvy homebuyers know that regeneration means one thing – property prices are likely to rise soon after. Bracknell has undergone extensive redevelopment in recent years; particularly in the town centre. The Lexicon has brought new shops, restaurants and bars to the area; not only making it more pleasant to visit, but more profitable for investors too.
When you’re living close to London, natural landscapes can feel a bit limited. However, Bracknell has plenty of parks close by, which are ideal for taking afternoon strolls or going on an energetic bike ride. Lily Hill Park is a popular place to enjoy a picnic, or alternatively, Swinley Forest is just a couple of miles away and has some excellent cycle trails. Windsor Great Park is another good option and is just a short distance by car.
The cost of buying a property in Bracknell is far more reasonable than purchasing in the heart of the Capital. There is a wide variety of available homes which are modern and spacious.
Family living. Bracknell caters well for families with children of all ages. The majority of houses on the market are reasonably priced family homes with two to four bedrooms, and there’s a huge array of attractions and facilities nearby that are designed to keep children entertained. The Look Out Discovery Centre is a big hit, for example, as is Coral Reef Waterworld.
As you might expect from a town with a history, Bracknell boasts some excellent pubs. The Bull is celebrated by locals for its roast dinners, and The Golden Retriever is a lively place to spend a Friday evening. The Cricketers in Warfield is a good bet if you’re looking for a special meal out with a loved one.
Transport links. Bracknell has its own train station and it takes just over an hour for travellers to reach London Waterloo. This is welcome news for commuters, or for those who want to indulge in a bit of retail therapy in the city. The town is also close to both the M3 and M4 and Heathrow Airport is just over half an hour’s drive away.
You’ll also find that Bracknell has a thriving cultural scene. South Hill Park is the town’s artistic hub, with theatrical performances, events and movies on throughout the year. There’s also a Cineworld and an Odeon cinema for film fans and various other gigs and events on in the pubs throughout the year.