ks we are also looking to move to the reading area - we have done a lot of research and looked at some houses. The areas we have looked at include lower earley, earley and shinfield. Each area have there pluses and minuses. we are looking for good infant schools and easy access to motorways and train stations. We have been looking for over a year - prices are high and some areas are overpriced. Let us know how you do. Good luck
Well, as I was brought up in Old Early, and saw Lower Early being built, I think we were a bit snobby about it's newness. I used to call it Legoland. BUT that was a long time ago, and I think it has developed quite well really. Most of my school friends lived in Lower Earley.
CAM - your post made me laugh! I lived in Reading for a while, and my relatives reaction was one of horror, as they too only knew of it as a 'rough' place!
I can assure you that it has changed, and I really enjoyed living there. We only moved away because the rising house prices meant we couldn't buy anything we wanted in the area.
Only improved by the presence of Bobbins I'm afraid CAM. I'm currently lowering the tone in rural Berkshire, west of Reading but know it well as I've worked there for years (and had to get from north to south of it on a daily basis )
ks> we now have this beig monstrosity of a shopping centre called The Oracle . We are currentl fighting to keep the independent shops open in the town centre, of which, there are still a few really good ones, but a lot of there lets are nearly through and the owners are very tempted not to renew and get chains moving in. I do like living in Reading, yes it can be rough, but it also has a lot of individual culchur I think.
There are some lovely villages. Sonning is lovely, so are Whitchurch, Goring, Pangbourne, Shiplake, Purley and Mapledurham. I love Marlow, but its more near Maidenhead. All along the Thames. Twyford is OK, but my ex and his family live their, so I'd stay away. Where else erm...I think you should come for a drive around. The villages and countryside around Reading are lovely.
The Oracle is a monstrosity, but one nice thig is it is built over and around a pretty bit of the River Kennet.
so does Twyford, Caversham and even the Oxford Road (worst part of Reading, and funnily enough just round the corner from me). And Reading has the original Jonh Lewis in it's centre (since 1950's), it used to be called Heelas.