One of the highlights of any Warwickshire property search has to be Leamington Spa. Recently voted one of the Best Places to Live in 2017 by the esteemed Sunday Times, this vibrant town offers chic shopping, independent bars and restaurants. Formally known as Royal Leamington Spa, this gorgeous historic town made its name during the 18th century spa craze when people flocked to its medicinal waters. These days, it is young professionals who are increasingly looking to move into the area, attracted by brilliant job opportunities, good schools and a bustling atmosphere.
2017 saw Rightmove crown Leamington Spa the ‘Happiest Place to Live in the UK’, beating out the likes of Wirral, Harrogate and Richmond upon Thames. It landed the top spot thanks to a strong community spirit built upon friendly neighbourly relationships and a clear sense of belonging, as well as good access to natural spaces. Thanks to the close proximity of Warwick University, the town feels young and fresh as well as affluent.
For those with a vigorous appetite for cultural experiences, Leamington Spa is full of options. Now in its 10th year, the Leamington Food and Drink Festival is consistently rated as one of the UK’s top autumn festivals. Attracting over 25,000 visitors each year, this event is enjoyed by people of all ages. Throughout the year there is a whole host of fabulous foodie events, the details of which can be found on the ‘Taste Leamington’ website alongside a series of blogs, vlogs and reviews.
If music is more your thing, Leamington Spa’s The Assembly has previously been awarded the title of Best Live Music Venue, helping it to become one of the West Midland’s top music hotspots. Together with its smaller neighbour, the Zephyr Lounge, they cater to all music tastes and feature brilliant tribute bands alongside major artists past and present. Every June the town hosts a mini Glastonbury in the form of the Leamington Peace Festival, and in August competitors from across the country converge on Victoria Park for the National Bowls Championships.
Who would benefit from a Leamington Spa, Warwickshire property search?
Recently, Leamington Spa has seen an influx of young professionals from right across the country, drawn there by wonderful job opportunities. Major employers in the area include Jaguar Land Rover, numerous gaming companies (hence the Silicon Spa nickname) and Warwick University, including the University Hospital. Given the high-skilled nature of many of these jobs, it is not unsurprising that people are willing to relocate great distances. It is at this point the services of a property finder can prove invaluable. Their expert local knowledge means that they are perfectly placed to provide recommendations.
Aside from the great job opportunities, we believe that there are several other aspects of Leamington Spa which make it a fantastic place to live. For young professionals looking to purchase their first family home, it is certainly worth moving away from the higher priced major cities. The town has a more family orientated feel due to its outstanding schools, both state and private, and lovely open spaces. Leamington Spa is small enough that people feel comfortable and safe cycling around, and there is easy access to the surrounding countryside. Newcomers rarely have problems settling in because there are numerous local events and activities to get stuck into, making it easy to build new friendships and develop a local support network.
What type of housing is available in a Leamington Spa, Warwickshire property search?
Leamington Spa boasts a wide range of properties, ideal for a variety of audiences. The town is well-known for its smart Regency architecture and these rather large properties are increasingly being redeveloped into stylish, exclusive apartments, that are ideal for downsizers and young professionals.
The cliché is that people retire to the countryside, but Leamington Spa is actually the ideal location for a happy retirement. Close to Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Kenilworth, and all their many cultural and historical attractions, the area is jam-packed with things to do. As well as apartments, the town also has a stock of low maintenance town houses.
Other properties in Leamington Spa range from characterful Victorian terraces in the heavily sought after town centre to larger post-war detached family homes. Around the southern edge of the town there are lots of new build homes currently being developed which will have good access to the M40. The small nature of the town has given rise to a chic café culture and helped to create a ‘mini London’ atmosphere. It combines the positives of both city and town life in one.
How much does property cost in Leamington Spa?
Here is a rough estimation of the prices you can expect to pay for different property types in Leamington Spa:
- Apartments- £228,000
- Terraced Houses- £302,000
- Semi-detached- £300,000
- Detached- £550,000
- Regency Property- £500,000 to £1.5m
Jayne Horton is a highly experienced property finder who works in Leamington Spa and across the wider West Midlands area. Contact us on 0333 939 8300 to discuss how she can help with your Warwickshire property search.