Thinking of buying a new home in Peterborough
Living in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
The city of Peterborough is a great place to buy a new home if you want to spend your time in a vibrant and thriving community with easy access to countryside and other major cities such as Birmingham, Cambridge, York and London. Peterborough is situated in the heart of rural East England, bridging the Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire borders, and is well known for being one of the East of England’s most important historical centres.
The city strives to be the UK’s environment capital and boasts a growing ‘green’ business sector, whilst also hosting many large international businesses offering excellent employment opportunities. The city makes an excellent home of choice for London commuters due to its transport links being only 45 minutes away on the GNER trainline from London Kings Cross. It’s actually quicker to reach London from Peterborough than it is from many areas within the M25! With housing significantly less costly than in London, it offers a practical alternative. Thinking of buying a new home in Peterborough?
If that wasn’t enough to whet the appetite, Peterborough was recently named one of the UK’s top five most thriving communities in a report published by the Sunday Times in October 2019. Helped by increasing job prospects in the city and the large amount of leisure and lifestyle opportunities available, Peterborough makes a popular living location for buyers.
Peterborough contains all the key amenities needed day-to-day. The city has its own hospital, as well as a number of doctor’s surgeries, libraries and supermarkets.
The city centre is also made up of a number of different stores and services, such as opticians, dentists and banks, making it easy to find every you need within a comfortable reach.
With its city status, there is plenty of work opportunity to be found within Peterborough. The city is home to well-known employers such as BGL Group, IKEA, RSA, Coloplast, Bauer Media, Ideal Shopping, Perkins Engines, Cummins, Amazon, Tesco, Hotpoint, which form some of the largest companies within the area.
Work is available in almost every sector, from marketing and business to food and retail, making it possible for every skill set to find a match in Peterborough’s thriving job market.
Despite being a city, Peterborough still has a welcoming, community feel. The local council take part in a number of community projects, with the aim of providing support and improving the lifestyles of local residents.
Peterborough is home to several community centres, covering each of the areas of the city. These centres are used as meeting locations for local committees and other functions, as well as providing talking space to residents who want to have their say on local issues.
Many new homeowners opt to buy their new home in Peterborough because of its fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK.
Peterborough is on the East Coast main rail line and the station has benefited from substantial recent investment. Services to King’s Cross take less than an hour and there are direct trains to Cambridge, Stansted Airport, Scotland, the Midlands and North of England.
The A1M motorway from London to Scotland skirts Peterborough, giving easy road access to London, Cambridge and beyond.
Peterborough offers a great selection of schools, colleges and a university - perfect for families of all ages looking to buy a new home in the city.
In the state sector, a large number of high-quality primary schools feed into 12 secondary schools and there is also the independent Peterborough High School, and others situated within close proximity.
For further and higher education, students can choose between the regional college, the city college and the university centre – all in Peterborough city centre and easily accessible. A university is coming soon to Peterborough and will be sited near to the embankment.
There are plenty of recreational and sporting activities available for all age ranges in Peterborough.
One of many local gyms in the area, Vivacity, offers a range of exercise classes and personal training to local residents. They also provide swimming and other sports facilities, such as dance, basketball and even archery.
The city has a number of riding schools for those with an interest in the equestrian, as well as a trampoline park, a bowling alley, climbing centre, ice skating rink and a selection of nearby golf courses.
Peterborough’s football team is Peterborough United F.C, commonly referred to as ‘Posh’. The team currently pay in the Divison 1 and fans show their support at the team’s London Road stadium. There are also two rugby clubs – the Peterborough RUFC located in Fengate, and the Peterborough Lions RUFC based in Bretton.
Peterborough has a variety of entertainment and culture options for residents and visitors to enjoy.
In the city’s busy centre, a host of dining and drinking options can be found. These include chain restaurants, such as Wagamama’s and Carluccio’s, alongside a number of independent restaurants and bars. Food festivals can also regularly be found in the city, such as a cheese festival, gin festival and the long-standing beer festival!
The Showcase Cinema de Luxe is a popular destination in Peterborough, showing newly released films, as well as old favourites and offerings from the Royal Opera.
Peterborough has three theatres, The Key theatre, The Cresset and the New Theatre, alongside exhibition and eventing venues such as the East of England showground and the Peterborough United Football Stadium. Entertainment and performances from musicians and production companies are commonplace, and recent stars performing in the city have included Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Elton John.
Further entertainment can be found at Nene Valley Railway, an international steam railway attraction, and the extremely popular and expansive Ferry Meadows Country Park, located between the Ortons and the village of Castor, offering outdoor conservation and recreational activities along with relaxation.
New homeowners will love the shopping in Peterborough as it boasts thriving centres such as the purpose-built Serpentine Green in the Hamptons, and the Queensgate Shopping Centre in the heart of the city. National and independent stores also share space in the historic Cathedral Square with farmers’ markets and street entertainment.
The Queensgate shopping centre is home to almost every big brand name you can think of: H&M, Tiger, John Lewis, Next and Lush are just a few. This makes it a popular hotspot for local residents and those living further afield who want to enjoy a day of retail therapy.
What is now modern Peterborough began as a Saxon settlement and, throughout history, the abbey (now the cathedral) has remained one of its most important focal points along with the fascinating Bronze Age site at Flag Fen.
The cathedral was originally founded in 655AD as a monastery. It has gone on to have an extensive history, having been the burial ground for both Catherine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots. The grave of Catherine of Aragon can still be viewed at the cathedral today.
The city prospered greatly during the 18th and 19th centuries, following on from demand for Peterborough goods in the Napoleonic wars. In 1845, the railway was brought to Peterborough, marking a new stage in development for the city.
Wool sales originally supported the economy of the town. Brick manufacturing, corset making, and engineering took over this role in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, the city has a diverse and rapidly growing economy, supporting many different businesses.
The most stunning architectural work in Peterborough is undeniably the cathedral, with its Norman and Gothic design and grandeur.
Other notable buildings in the area include the popular Burghley House, a 16th century country house situated in the neighbouring town of Stamford, and Elton Hall, an ancestral home in the nearby village of Elton.
Due to its history and heritage there are a large number of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings in Peterborough and the surrounding villages giving it a really eclectic and interesting feel.
New homes are being built in Peterborough and the surrounding areas as the city continues to thrive and grow.
Larkfleet Homes are currently building 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom contemporary homes at Whittlesey Green, in the fenland town of Whittlesey just a stone’s throw away from Peterborough and providing the perfect location for those who want an ideal combination of countryside and city living.
Just 8 miles north of the city, Larkfleet Homes are building 2, 3, and 4 bedroom at their Deeping Meadows site in Market Deeping, a pretty and historical market town with excellent amenities, nestled alongside the river Welland, in Lincolnshire.
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