Living in Northamptonshire
If you are looking to move to the East Midlands, then buying a new home in Northamptonshire is a great option if you want a rural lifestyle combined with vibrant city life and a central location.
It is a well-settled area with a number of good-sized towns including Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden and Daventry. Several smaller towns; Brackley, Burton Latimer, Desborough, Higham Ferrers, Oundle, Raunds and Towcester among them – create more lifestyle options. New house building in Northamptonshire is creating a mixture of different types of development, from small groups of new homes through to relatively large new estates.
Northamptonshire is a quintessentially English county. A rolling lowland landscape of fields, hedgerows and woodlands creates the watershed between the River Severn and The Wash. Several rivers rise in Northamptonshire including the Nene, which flows to The Wash, and the Warwickshire Avon which flows into the Severn. There are also a few man-made waterways including the Grand Junction Canal, the last of the major canals to be built and an arm of the Grand Union Canal.
Corby and Northampton are growing towns providing a wealth of new housing developments and employment opportunities. Named as the manufacturing hub of the UK in 2013, Corby offers significant employment opportunities and is home to international brand names such as Avon, Joules and Weetabix.
House prices in Northamptonshire*
Anyone looking for a new house in Northamptonshire has a wide choice of price points to suit them, whatever their budget. The average price of a house in Northamptonshire is around £246,000. A detached house in Northamptonshire will cost on average around £345,000 while a semi-detached property will cost about £219,000. A terraced house in Northamptonshire is priced around £178,000 on average.
House prices vary between town and country. The average house price in Corby is around £198,000 while in the market town of Oundle the average jumps to about £328,000.
If you are looking for value for money, new housing developments on the outskirts of Corby such as Oakley Rise are well worth considering.
*Housing marketing statistics taken Zoopla in September 2018.
Things to do and see in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire is chock full of museums, family attractions, historic sites and houses and breath-taking countryside. They’ll never be a dull moment if you buy a new home in Northamptonshire.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy theatre and the arts, music, shopping and sport. The Royal and Derngate theatre venues and the Corby Cube host world class entertainment. Major towns, market towns and villages offer a wide variety of national chain and independent shops and eateries to choose from. St Giles Street in Northampton has been voted Britain’s Best High Street.
With Silverstone, Santa Pod and Rockingham Speedway on the doorstep Northamptonshire is home to motorsport in the UK.
If you prefer something a little more sedate why not go for a walk in the beautiful Nene Valley countryside or enjoy one of the many country parks that Northamptonshire has to offer?
Transport in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire benefits from excellent road links North/South via the M1 (London to Leeds) and East/West via the A14 (Rugby to Felixstowe). The A43 connects the M1 to the M40 in the South of the county while the A45 links Northampton with Wellingborough and Peterborough to the North East.
Two major rail routes run through Northamptonshire, the Midland Mainline and the West Coast Mainline. The station at Northampton on the West Coast Mainline hosts services to London Euston and Birmingham New Street stations. There are hourly services between Corby and Kettering on the Midland Mainline with most services continuing to London St Pancras. There are local services to Oakham and Melton Mowbray.
All the major towns have bus services which operate in urban areas and connect smaller towns and villages in the rest of the county.
Education in Northamptonshire
Families looking for a new home in Northamptonshire have a wide range of education options for primary and secondary school children from which to choose.
All the towns in Northamptonshire provide a choice of academies, schools and college. There is also a range of further and higher education options available in Corby, Kettering, Northampton and Wellingborough.
Health services and amenities in Northamptonshire
Anyone buying a new home in Northamptonshire will be well-served by healthcare professionals.
Acute care in Northamptonshire is delivered via NHS hospitals in Northampton, Kettering and Daventry. Towns in the south of the county are served by the hospital in Banbury, Oxfordshire, while North East Northamptonshire is served by Peterborough City Hospital.
Health services including doctors’ surgeries and dental practices are provided in towns and villages throughout Northamptonshire. According to Care Quality Commission data, there are over 70 GP practices throughout the county, 92 percent of which are rated as either good or outstanding.
In 2017, the Care Quality Commission assessed the provision of services across the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as good for safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and leadership and outstanding for caring.
In line with national trends, crime rates are falling in Northamptonshire according to the latest figures from the police. There were 5,569 reported crimes in February 2018, down from 6,473 in January and part of a trend of decline. There are 16 neighbourhoods covered by 10 police stations across Northamptonshire which means that families can feel safe when considering purchasing a new home in the county.