Great properties, high employment and brilliant transport links mean Reading is highly sought-after by buyers.
Property prices in the town have also been boosted by the forthcoming arrival of Crossrail, which will add a much-needed layer of convenience for commuters from Berkshire into London.
All of which means Reading has some great properties to rent currently, regardless of whether you are working in the town or commuting east to the capital.
And not only that, Reading also has many hugely desirable small towns and suburbs with great properties, superb schools and great commuter links.
Property for sale in Reading
Traditional Victorian and Edwardian homes are being joined by a raft of more modern, new homes in Reading that have been granted planning permission in recent years.
And with many other developments proceeding these, there is no shortage of great flats in Reading.
The town is also well equipped for buyers seeking the additional space of a house.
Whether you are a family or one that is set to grow, there's a strong chance that Reading will have a property for you.
We've taken a look at some of the best houses to buy in Reading and drawn a list of our top-five favourites...
Tilehurst, four-bedroom house
Three miles west of Reading town centre, Tilehurst is a popular suburb offering a variety of property and good transport links into Reading and London Paddington from Tilehurst station.
Once home to actor Kenneth Branagh and Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Tilehurst buyers are attracted by the area's 1930s and 1950s family homes, as well as more traditional period properties constructed from Tilehurst kiln bricks.
Our favourite property on the market currently is this large four-bedroom family home, close to Tilehurst station and the green space of Arthur Newbery Park.
Three-bedroom house, Earley
Earley lies three miles south east of Reading and is a commuter's dream.
As well as the M4 motorway to London and South Wales being close by, Earley station is on the London Waterloo line with trains into the capital taking one hour and 15 minutes.
The Thames Valley Business Park, meanwhile, home to the likes of Microsoft and ING Direct is just north of Earley, making the area an ideal spot for those working locally.
Ideal for a growing family, this three-bedroom house in quiet cul-de-sac Kingsdown Close is among our favourites currently on the market.
Three-bedroom house, Spencers Wood
Despite Reading's reputation as a burgeoning employment town and commuter haven, it's possible for buyers to purchase a bit of the village life within five miles of the town centre.
Spencers Wood sits just south of the M4 and close to the A33 directly into town and is in the catchment for three 'Good' rated primary schools in Lambs Lane Primary, Grazeley Primary and Shinfield St Mary's Junior.
This modern three-bedroom house is only four years old and in immaculate condition - perfect for a growing family.
Five-bedroom house, Earley
Located in the northern part of Earley between the University of Reading and Woodley, this substantial five-bedroom home is close to the M4 and has easy access to both the university and Thames Valley Business Park.
'Good' rated Earley St Peter's CofE Primary School is a short hop down Church Road and close to the green space of Sol Joel Park.
Four-bedroom house, Woodley
The garden of the property on Cornfield Road is enclosed, with lawn and a decked entertaining area complete with lighting and power - perfect for a celebratory barbecue during the summer!
Woodley is a popular hunting ground for buyers looking for a quick jaunt to work via the M4 or into the Thames Valley Business Park which is just three miles to the north west.
Cornfield Road also sits in the catchment for Willow Bank Infant School and Willow Bank Junior School, both rated 'Good' by Ofsted.
If you're searching for your dream home in Reading, contact one of our local Parkers branches today and we'll aim to get you moving...