Wokingham UK Happiest Place To Live In Rightmove Survey
Each year for the past twelve years, Rightmove has published a Happy at Home index, which ranks UK cities, towns, and villages according to what residents truly think of them. From community spirit and a sense of belonging to the amount of local green space, each factor considered by the survey’s 26,000 respondents helps to ensure your next move is a happy one.
With 150,000 households leaving London for the commuter belt and beyond in 2022 alone, according to estate agent, Hamptons, it’s only natural for those keen to replace the hustle and bustle of city life with more space or peace and quiet to look to the index to find their ideal location. And it seems Wokingham, which ranked an impressive fourth in the table after Monmouth, Winchester and Richmond upon Thames, may be the answer – particularly if you’re looking for a more relaxed way of living or a healthier environment in which to raise a family.
Voted best in Berkshire, Wokingham is the ideal South-East location. The market town offers the best of both worlds: the beautiful landscapes and close-knit community that come with rural living, combined with a quality selection of schools, shops and other amenities that you would expect to find in metropolitan life.
Named the most prosperous place to live by the Legatum Institute in 2021, Wokingham boasts some of the country’s best living conditions when it comes to both personal health and business opportunities alike. The town is also great for commuters, given that it’s just an hour and a half’s drive away from London, with excellent public transport links to boot. In other words, economic and employment prospects in the area are good.
With an abundance of excellent schools – many of which have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – Wokingham proves equally as promising for families, who will benefit from the huge range of activities on offer, whether you want sports clubs and cinemas or wholesome days out. Indeed, Wokingham is home to wonderful swimming spots at Carnival Pool, in addition to boasting a wonderful, 100-acre country park.
The town is incredibly safe, having been listed as one of the safest places in the region, too. Indeed, it boasts a crime rate 24% lower than the rest of Berkshire, according to public safety data reports. As such, you’ll have no qualms exploring the many pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops it has to offer.
Those interested in the town must move quick, however, as popularity is likely to soar, increasing the competition for the much-coveted properties currently available for a reasonable asking price. In fact, according to Rightmove, sold prices in Wokingham were 3% lower in 2023 than they were last year, despite Saville’s predictions that property prices will soon rise, making now the ideal time to buy.
Ready to make the move?
If living in Wokingham or any of the towns in the surrounding areas feels like the right move for you, we strongly advise you to invest in both professional movers and professional self storage once you have found your ideal property. This will take a lot of the stress out of an already pressure-packed process, particularly given that most people purchasing new property will also be involved in the selling chain.
If your own house has been sold but you’re still waiting for the get-go on your move-in date, for example, you could find yourself needing to rent out temporary accommodation. Rather than spending an extortionate amount of money on a large space big enough to accommodate all of your belongings, you can limit any transitional expenses by taking out self storage on a flexible lease, instead. This will save you a lot of money in the long-run, which can later be spent on new-home renovations.
Ideally, the right self storage company will be near your new home, ensuring that it is easily accessible whenever you need it. It’s also a good idea to look for storage with good lighting and security measures – and you’ll also want somewhere clean and well maintained.
With dedicated, secure units on Molly Millars Lane in Wokingham, Ready Steady Store offers a variety of different unit sizes and contracts to meet your unique storage needs. With flexible storage options, 24/7 access, guaranteed security and safety measures in place, and an exceptional customer service experience- you can rest assured that you’re in good hands, particularly when you take out one of our insurance policies to further protect your belongings.
A new pace of living
If your aim is to live a more stress-free life, without compromising on amenities or transport access, Wokingham may be the perfect place. And what better way to begin your new, laid-back lifestyle than by easing into the moving process, using self storage to navigate your move at your own pace.