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Where to Live in Swindon

Named one of the 20 best places to buy property in Britain and ranking within the top 30 best places to live in the United Kingdom for two consecutive studies by uSwitch, is it really that surprising you’re considering moving to Swindon?

Based on an analysis of data collected from each of the UK’s statistical regions, including the average cost of food, house prices, employment rates, even the local broadband speed and mobile signal coverage, uSwitch created a detailed picture of the quality of life in specific towns across the UK. Out of 138 cities and regions, Swindon ranked 27th in 2015’s Quality of Life Index, which is no mean feat.

With one of the highest averages of household incomes in the country, a below average house price to income ratio, a booming job market, close travel connections to neighbouring commuting cities Bath, Bristol, Reading and London, and surrounded by areas of natural beauty, Swindon is a popular choice with buyers spanning from young professionals, to families looking to lay roots.

The average property in Swindon usually stays on the market for around two weeks, but with Swindon’s increasing popularity the most in demand homes, specifically two and three bed houses, can sometimes sell in around 30 minutes. The average sale price in 2016 for a two or three bed home was between £140-175,000, with apartments going for around £105,000.

But without local knowledge or extensive scouting expeditions, how do you know where exactly to buy in Swindon?

We’ve collected together a survey of the best places to live in Swindon, straight from the mouths of local residents, covering everything from catchment areas to house prices to help you decide.

Swindon Old Town

Old Town is one of the most expensive, and also one of the most beautiful, places to buy in Swindon. Dating back to an early Roman settlement, Old Town is the historical centre of Swindon, and with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, remains at the heart of the town’s social life today.

A mixture of red brick houses, historical courtyards and bustling streets lined with independent cafes, restaurants and bars, Old Town isn’t short of places to go and things to do, including hosting its own mini festival in the summertime. The choice of commuters fed up with the prices in neighbouring cities but not wanting to give up urban living, Old Town strikes a great balance between city and small town living.

If you’re planning on driving to work, parking might be hard to find due to a lot of the newer estates in Old Town attempting to discourage car ownership, although there is road parking if you absolutely need it. Although the excellent public transport links in, and leading outside of Swindon, you can easily get by without one.

The median house price in Old Town is higher than the town’s average, with most 3 beds selling for around the £240-270,000 mark.



Witchelstowe, on the other hand, is the newest development in Swindon.

Since development began in 2008, over 4,000 new homes have been built outwards from the initial build in East Witchel, and with further development planned for the Canalside area over 2018, Witchelstowe is one of the most promising areas for buyers looking in Swindon.

Located close enough to walk and cycle into Swindon’s Old Town and town centre, via the old railway footpath; under three miles to the station, with frequent trains to Bath, Bristol and London Paddington; and with direct access to the M4 corridor, Witchelstowe is perfectly situated for easy commutes.

Although the estate is largely residential at the moment, with the construction of the Canalside development - which will include shops, schools and restaurants, alongside the large Waitrose store already up and running - it is set to become a vibrant community hub.  

Ideal for both families and commuters, Witchelstowe is in the catchment for several of Swindon’s primary schools, and Commonweal, which is generally regarded as the best secondary school in Swindon.

House prices, along with the range of houses themselves, in Witchelstowe vary, with sizes and prices to suit a multitude of budgets, families and ages. To find out more, your best bet is to arrange a consultation via the development’s website, here.


Wroughton Church

Wroughton, like Old Town, is great for those who want to strike a balance between living within close proximity to the amenities of the town, and the beauty of the rural countryside.

On the doorstep of a designated area of natural beauty, but only a short drive outside of Swindon’s town centre, as well as being only a small distance from the M4, with a couple of its own unique landmarks, Wroughton showcases some of the best aspects of living in Swindon. 

With the earliest evidence of human settlement dating back to the Mesolithic period, Wroughton gradually grew from a small Roman outpost to a market town. Although it still manages to retain a village identity and feel, avoiding the effects of the suburbanization of Swindon due to the construction of the M4 marking a barrier between the two.

Of Swindon’s numerous primary schools and 12 secondary schools, Wroughton is in the catchment for several, and has a number of local baby groups and preschools, making it an excellent choice for families with school age children.

Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College, Wiltshire’s first purpose built comprehensive school, opened in 1967 and remains in Wroughton today, teaching around 1,500 children between the ages of 11 and 18.

Wroughton is also home to the Science Museum at Wroughton. Built on the old RAF site, the science museum is largely used as a storage site for some of the larger wartime exhibits too big for the London museums but is occasionally open to the public.

If you’re considering moving to Swindon, and have any questions about the logistics of your move, or the place itself, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on 01793 619094.

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