Why We Love Northampton
Despite being a mere hour’s commuting time from London, house prices in the town of Northampton are 50 per cent less on average to rent than in the UK capital.
The revelation – although it’s been like this for some time – comes from Zoopla’s June 2019 statistics. These show the average two-bedroom property to rent is £747 per month compared to £2852 in the capital. And it’s not as if you’ll earn twice as much salary in London as you would in Northampton either. The average two-bedroom property in Northampton, meanwhile, sells for around £246,580 on average.
Of the property available to buy in the town and its surrounds, you’ll find beautiful centuries-old thatched cottages, Gothic-style villas, splendid big Victorian semis and large, modern, detached homes.
So, property renting and buying of course – aside,what else does Northampton have going for it? Well, here’s a quick list of just some of the reasons we love this East Midlands town:
- The Cultural Quarter.An area of town that is positively bustling, the Cultural Quarter’s popular Royal & Derngate theatre complex offers opera, comedy, musicals and theatre performances. There’s also the tiny Errol Flynn Filmhouse (just 88 seats available) for those interested in arty as well as commercial film.BYOB of wine!
- Cycling along the Grand Union Canal.Plan a cycle and picnic to Milton Keynes along this beautiful waterside stretch. Cycle activist group Sustrans have created a dedicated cycle path so there’s no need to worry about speeding motorists, fumes or even noise. Perfect!
- Salcey Forest. A green and fascinating retreat a mere seven miles from Northampton city centre, this ancient woodland has a touch of the Medieval about it – all the better for creating childhood fantasies. There’s also a children’s adventure area and café with home-made goods. Try out the 15-metre high Tree Top Way for excitement and great views across the region.
- Fab schools. Families will be keen to know that 11 schools within five miles of Northamptoncan boast the top Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding.’ There’s also a further 105 nearby with varying Ofsted ratings.
- High Street boost. A £25m grant from the government’sFuture High Streets Fundwill see the town centre rejuvenated in the hope of attracting big name brands back and encouraging increased footfall.
- Super cities nearby. It’s easy to plan a day trip to Birmingham and Nottingham considering they’re only an hour and 90 minutes’ drive away respectively. All the attractions the capital city of London has to offer is just an hour away by train.
- Historical richness. Northampton Castle and The Holy Sepulchre are landmarks worth visiting to get a feel for the town’s Medieval history. Meanwhile, the site of the Battle of Naseby from the English Civil War, can be found in the town surrounds. Sulgrave Manor gives an insight into Tudor and Georgian times.
- The Waterside Enterprise Zone. The redevelopment of the waterside area from Sixfields into the town centre had led to a big jobs’ creation boost thanks to the building of many new commercial and office spaces there.
Featured photo by Northampton Borough Council.