Best areas to live in Reading
A commuter’s haven, Reading is a firm favourite amongst those who are working in London. With all of its areas easily accessible from the capital, choose between bustling locations with busy high streets, to sleepy villages that offer a slower-paced life.
Three miles south of Reading, while it’s technically in Wokingham, it’s still an extremely popular place to live for both families and young professionals. Average property prices stand at £474,364 – which is probably due to the fact it’s home to a range of shops, has good schools, and lots of green space, including the beautiful Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve. Earley is also an ideal location if you’re commuting to London, with public transport getting you to the capital within the hour.
Located 4.5 miles outside of Reading town centre, Woodley is the largest suburb in the area. The river Kennet and river Thames are both on your doorstep, offering plenty of picturesque walks. Crockhamwell Road is home to a range of shops and other amenities, and the centre of London is just a 40-minute train ride away. With average house prices costing £398,679, Woodley is one of the more affordable options in Reading.
20-minutes east of Reading town centre, Sonning offers a village feel, with beautiful 1750s cottages featuring original exposed beams. It’s one of the most expensive areas in Reading, with houses costing an average of £1,047,000, but you’ll be rewarded with stunning river walks and quaint pubs.
Reading town centre
Eldon Square is hugely popular because of its gorgeous regency houses, and Wilton Road offers plenty of Grade II listed buildings that have been converted into modern buildings. The town centre is ideal if you want to commute to London, with trains taking 30-minutes, but there are lots of great bars, restaurants, cafes and shops here too – great if you want to be in the heart of the action without living in the capital.
Declared as one of the best places in the country to live, Caversham is a great option for families, with three schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Located by the riverside, it boasts several shops, pubs and eateries, and is just a stone throw’s away from Reading town centre. With average house prices standing at £459,574, Caversham is pricy, but it’s easy to see why so many people decide to relocate there.