Properties for sale in Hook, Hampshire
Living in Hook: The Local Area Guide
Its existence began as a mere scattering of farms alongside the main route that took stagecoach travellers from London to Exeter. As the years rolled by, inns and hamlets sprung up to cater for the influx of nomads, and steadily the area grew into a small village by the name of Hook. Situated in the Hart district of Northern Hampshire, the small village became a home base for commuters in 1883 after the railway station was constructed, providing residents easy access to nearby areas such as Basingstoke, Reading and London. To this day, it remains a popular hub for commuters and businesses alike. Now, Hook offers its residents a winning combination of a great transport network, gorgeous properties, an excellent school system and a selection of quaint shops to peruse.
Aside from attracting a horde of commuters, the small town also lures in major corporations like Virgin Media and HP to its midst. The Bartley Wood Business park located near the town centre is home to such corporations and contributes to the town's significant business community. Of the 8,334 permanent residents who reside here, according to the 2011 Census, a majority either work at the companies in the business park or travel further afield to places like Reading, Basingstoke, Southampton or London for work. Thanks to Hook's strategic position near Junction 5 of the M3 motorway, road users can reach London and the south west of England with ease.
Though there are only two schools in Hook, they both set exemplary educational standards. Hook Infant School (serving kids between the ages of 5-7 years) and Hook Junior School (serving kids between the ages of 7-11 years) demonstrate illustrious pupil achievements and excellent Ofsted ratings. Upon completing their studies, children often travel to nearby Oldham to attend Robert Mays Secondary School. This secondary school is a popular choice with locals as it boasts an Ofsted rating of 'Good' and has pupils achieving exceptional GCSE results, well above the national average!
Towns such as Basingstoke, Southampton, Reading and, of course, the big smoke can all be reached pretty easily either via Junction 5 on the M3 Motorway or by train. When you take this into account, it's no wonder this charming town is such a hit with commuters! The South West Train Line serves this region and provides commuters with frequent trains and attractive journey times (it takes just over an hour to hit the bright lights of London Waterloo). Most residents, therefore, rely on these two modes of transport to get them swiftly from A to B. The local bus service is also more than sufficient at connecting residents with the nearby towns.
If you fancy a quick getaway or wish to bask in the glorious sunshine, Southampton and London Heathrow Airport are never too far away and both offer international and domestic travel.
Amenities and shopping
For a pocket-sized town, you have all the essential conveniences that one could wish for. Quirky art galleries, quaint florists and charity shops all have a strong presence here. But if it's name brand stores and chic independent boutiques that you lust after, pay a visit to nearby Basingstoke. This is where Festival Place Shopping Centre is situated. Inside, an assortment of over 160 stores and over 25 restaurants and bars aim to please. Southampton's WestQuay Shopping Centre is another excellent alternative. Stores like John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams entice the most determined and the most casual of shoppers. On top of this, the flagship stores of London's famed Oxford Street are just over an hour away by train.
After a tiresome yet well-spent day of shopping, you can refuel in a few of the charming pubs, restaurants and cafes dotted around Hook. The Hogget and The Café Terrace are particularly popular with locals. You can then keep your cupboards stocked with produce from the local Tesco superstore.
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