When Barclays published its latest research on the UK’s property hotspots, well-known property website Zoopla decided it would be a novel idea to ask its own users for their opinions on 2017’s leading contenders. It was no surprise to anybody at Dewhurst & Co that Swindon ranked highly as a great place to buy a home and invest in property.
Swindon was identified as a likely hotspot by 2021 with responses suggesting that now was the ideal time to snap up property in Dewhurst’s home town.
One Zoopla user from Swindon noted that property prices here were highly competitive and that “house values are bound to increase more than average, especially when faster trains start running from Bristol via Reading to London.” Another added: "Being so close to London, Swindon is already becoming a hotspot and major improvements are planned for the town in the next five years."
“These latest reports confirm what we have known for a long time,” says Chris Dewhurst, Director at Dewhurst & Co, “Swindon is a town where buyers get excellent value for money, regardless of the type of property they’re looking for, especially in comparison to other locations in the South West and along the M4 corridor.”
“Swindon boasts abundant new housing stock and an attractive range of older character properties that wouldn’t look out of place in the most sought-after areas of Bristol, Bath or Oxford. It also has plenty of competitively priced apartments and flats that represent genuine opportunities for first-time buyers and buy-to-let investors.”
It is not just about price, though; Swindon is also a great place to live. Two years ago comparison website uSwitch ranked the town as one of the top 30 places to live in Britain based on a detailed analysis of residents' quality of life.
“A couple of weeks ago I saw Alan Titchmarsh singing the praises of Lydiard Park in an episode of ITV’s ‘Masterpiece’,” says Chris. “He was bowled over by the fact that such a beautiful country house and park was to be found inside the boundaries of a town like Swindon.”
“That, I think, is very much the story of Swindon,” he continues. “It’s a place full of unexpected surprises and hidden gems. Wherever you live in the town you can enjoy a beautiful green space right on your doorstep – idyllic spots like Lydiard, Coate Water, Stanton Park, Lawn, Town Gardens and Shaw Country Park.”
But it is not just green spaces that make Swindon a property hotspot in a privileged location.
The Designer Outlet Village is a shoppers’ delight embedded in the lovingly conserved Great Western Railway heritage site, Old Town has as many funky bars and upmarket restaurants as Bristol’s Clifton or Oxford’s Jericho, and there are more major employers in town than you can shake a CV at – Honda, Nationwide, Intel, Dyson, WH Smith, Npower, National Trust and English Heritage just for starters.
“First-hand knowledge accumulated over 21 years tells Dewhurst & Co that Swindon is an attractive place to live and an equally attractive place to invest in property,” concludes Chris, “so it’s nice to see outside experts getting on board with a similar verdict.”
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