The best areas to buy a house in Berkshire and what you can get for your money

The best areas to buy a house in Berkshire and what you can get for your money
There are a multitude of benefits that come with living in Berkshire.

Whether you are a commuter looking for more value, a family seeking space and great schools or a professional looking for your next rental property, the towns and villages of the Royal county really do have something for everyone.

Houses for sale in Berkshire range from quaint, characterful period homes to modern flats, with big 1920s and 1930s family homes and new developments in between.

Buying a house in Berkshire

Berkshire house prices

House prices in Berkshire have held up well despite the political and economic fallout from the UK's Brexit negotiations.

Berkshire's overall average price of £431,540 is almost on a par with the previous year but 4% up on 2016 levels, according to Rightmove.

The areas around Reading, which has an average property price of £363,688, vary in price, as below:

  *  Earley: £384,642
  *  Woodley: £383,549
  *  Theale: £336,498
  *  Twyford: £539,575
  *  Tilehurst: £353,035
  *  Burghfield Common: £453,125

Houses for sale in Reading

Many property searches begin around Berkshire's county town, Reading.

And thats a pretty good place to start.

The town is home to a wide variety of properties, including some stunning Victorian houses that are highly sought-after, as well as many more modern developments of flats popular with young professional commuters to London

A typical example of the kind of terraced period homes available close to the town centre is this three-bedroom mid-terrace in the popular New Town area.

And those seeking a more modern flat close to Reading station, for 30-minute links to London Paddington, can expect to find examples like this two-bedroom apartment on Fobney Street.

reading apartment

Houses for sale in Woodley

Four miles east of Reading and close to neighbouring Earley, Woodley is a popular area with families thanks to some great post-war and modern houses and superb schools.

Among the best schools are St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, Rivermead Primary, Woodley CofE and Willow Bank Infants, which are all rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

South Lake Primary School, meanwhile, is rated 'Outstanding'.

In terms of properties, buyers in Woodley are offered great space from modern and post-war properties.

A good example of what's on offer in the area is this spacious four-bedroom detached family home in North Woodley.

woodley house

Meanwhile, this modern house shows the kind of space that can be found for less than £600,000.

Houses for sale in Earley

Just west of Woodley and three miles from Reading town centre, Earley is home to the Thames Valley Business Park which is a base for the likes of BG group, Microsoft, ING direct and SGI.

As such, the area attracts families of workers based at the park looking for the same kind of space and great schools offered by neighbouring Woodley.

Maiden Erlegh School for 11-18-year-olds is rated 'Good' by Ofsted, while Aldryngton Primary School is classed as 'Outstanding'.

Earley station also offers great commuter links and this five-bedroom house is within a stone's throw as well as being close to the M4 motorway.

earley house

Houses for sale in Theale

If you're after a taste of village life close to Reading and great transport links then be sure to check out Theale.

Five miles south of Reading, Theale also sits alongside the Kennet and Avon Canal and is close to the M4 for great road links to South Wales and London.

Theale's mix of post-war and modern homes is hugely appealing to families and, as such, they flock here for a good old fashioned house hunt.

What they can expect to find are properties like this modern four-bedroom house on Cavalier Close, which has been modernised to an extremely high standard.

theale house

Houses for sale in Twyford

Period homes and large detached family houses are all present and correct in the village of Twyford halfway between Reading and Maidenhead.

It may be a village, but Twyford also punches above its weight on the transport front with direct trains from Twyford station reaching London Paddington in a very pleasant 52 minutes.

A variety of flats are also available to buy in Twyford, popular with professional commuters to London seeking some peace and quiet away from the city.

Tilehurst and Burghfield Common

When it comes to modern family homes, there are few better spots in Berkshire than Tilehurst.

This four-bedroom family home has everything for modern, open plan living and is close to the 'Outstanding' - rated primary school Birch Copse.

tilehurst house

Burghfield Common, meanwhile, is south west of Reading and the M4 and boasts some truly huge (and stunning) family homes among its stock of property.

This three-bedroom property has an enormous living space across three reception rooms and a family room, while this four-bedroom house is a typical example of the kind of property on offer in Burghfield Common.

burghfield house

You can view all properties in Berkshire and the surrounding areas here or get in touch with your local Parkers offices for more information on any of the properties listed above.