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  • Town house for sale

    Castle Hill, Reading, Berkshire RG1

    5

    This stunning five double bedroom townhouse offers substantial accommodation spanning three floors in excess of 5,000 sq. Ft. The property has been sympathetically restored by the current ... read more

    Premier Homes of Distinction - Reading

    Premier Homes of ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Manor House Court, Heath Road, Reading, Berkshire RG6

    5 3 3

    Parkers: A five bedroom detached family home located in an exclusive development of only three family homes situated on large individual plots, less than 1 mile from Earley Train Station. ... read more

    Parkers Estate Agents

    Parkers Estate Agents

  • Land for sale

    Highgrove Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1

    Development Opportunity - Site With Full Planning. Offered new to the market this site with full planning permission. The proposal is for 8x C3 use class dwellings, including landscaping and ... read more

    The Flatman Partnership

    The Flatman Partnership

  • Detached house for sale

    Reading, Berkshire RG2

    5 1 4

    A magnificent and stunning five bedroom detached family home built in 1998 by Westbuild, designed in the flint farmhouse shires cottage style. Set in a quiet residential position within a ... read more

    Carson & Co. - Bracknell Sales

    Carson & Co. - Bracknell Sales

    • Premium Listing
  • Land for sale

    Berkeley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1

    Development Site Offered new to the market this site in a prominent RG1 location, with excellent access to the M4, Reading town centre and both Reading & Reading West Stations. The site can ... read more

    The Flatman Partnership

    The Flatman Partnership

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Castle Crescent, Reading RG1

    6

    Property Description Chancellors proudly present to the market this exquisite six bedroom Victorian property offering well over 3500sqft of living accommodation. Property Details An ... read more

    Chancellors - Reading

    Chancellors - Reading

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  • Property for sale

    Thames Side, Reading RG1

    5 2 1

    Victorian villa on the thames! A very rare opportunity to acquire this substantial period 5 bedroom property. Enjoying a stunning view of the Thames, huge glass fronted viewing terrace plus a ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

  • Flat for sale

    Kings Road, Reading RG1

    3 2 1

    You’ve reached the top, and deserve the best. This outstanding brand new apartment boasts a a luxurious master bedroom suite, dressing area and a family sized en-suite, while 2 further ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

  • Block of flats for sale

    Western Elms Avenue, Reading RG30

    Located on a popular road near Reading town centre. A block of 2 x two bedroom flats and 2 x one bedroom flats with off road parking. All flats have been successfully let for many years and ... read more

    Samuel James

    Samuel James

    • Close to Train Station
    • Investor Opportunity
  • Detached house for sale

    Basingstoke Road, Reading, Berkshire RG2

    7 2 5

    A substantial detached house, offering a rare and fantastic development opportunity. Benefiting from a detached triple garage and sat on a generous plot within easy access of Reading town ... read more

    Romans - Reading

    Romans - Reading

  • Detached house for sale

    Basingstoke Road, Reading RG2

    7 2 6

    Sansome & George Reading - priced to sell. Known locally as the former ‘Post Office’ this detached property with large Garage / Outbuilding offers over 3300 sq ft (313 sq meters) of ... read more

    Sansome & George Residential Sales and Lettings

    Sansome & George ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Coningham Road, Reading RG2

    5 4 3

    Offered to the market in superb decorative order is this extended family detached home situated in a much sought after location in Shinfield Park. The flexible accommodation includes four ... read more

    WhiteKnights - Reading

    WhiteKnights - Reading

  • Detached house for sale

    Earley Hill Road, Reading RG6

    4 2 3

    Located in a quiet backwater close to the University campus on the Earley and Reading border is this detached family home. The property is located on a sought after unmade road and the house ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

  • Town house for sale

    Cadugan Place, Reading RG1

    4 2 1

    Offered for sale with no onward chain complications is this rarely available town house forming part of a very attractive neo-Georgian crescent in a highly sought after location close to ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Kendrick Road, Reading RG1

    5 3 3

    A fine period home built in 1908 and situated on the ever popular Kendrick Road. The property features a sitting room with dual fuel burner, two further reception rooms, a re-fitted ... read more

    Davis Tate - Reading

    Davis Tate - Reading

    • Character
    • Chain Free
  • Semi-detached house for sale

    College Road, Reading RG6

    5 2 3

    An elegant Victorian three storey five bedroom semi-detached house situated within a very popular established road. The property has been sympathetically improved throughout but still ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    New Road, Reading RG1

    3 3 3

    Situated in a much sought after road close to Reading University is this substantial extended Victorian semi detached home. Accommodation includes three large double bedrooms, three reception ... read more

    WhiteKnights - Reading

    WhiteKnights - Reading

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Haden Square, Reading RG1

    4

    Property Description In immaculate order, offering superb accommodation in highly sought after location. The property is offered with No Onward Chain! read more

    Chancellors - Reading

    Chancellors - Reading

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Kenilworth Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG30

    4

    Key features: 4 Bedroom Semi-DetachedOff Road Parking2 En-Suite Shower RoomsDecked AreaFront And Rear GardensDouble GlazedCentral Heating Full description: The Express Estate Agency is proud ... read more

    Express Estate Agency

    Express Estate Agency

  • Detached house for sale

    Greenidge Close, Reading RG1

    5 1 2

    5 bed detached! Presented in great condition this flexible accommodation will suit a large family who perhaps work from home. Set in a quiet cul-de-sac there are 4/5 bedrooms with 1/2 ... read more

    Purplebricks, Head Office

    Purplebricks, Head Office

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Reading Area Guide

The Maiwand Lion, Forbury Gardens, Reading. Image courtesy of Flickr user Jim Linwood

Reading was built where the Thames meets the River Kennet back in the 8th century, and by the 16th century, it was already the largest settlement in Berkshire. By the 18th century, it became famous for brewing, and it soon became a hub for manufacturing the three Bs, beer, biscuits and bulbs (as well as seeds and other horticultural products). It has continued to grow steadily from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, and it is now one of the largest settlements in the UK to be without city status.

Reading is a commercial hub, with several UK and international companies setting up their UK headquarters in the town. Some of the major companies based there include ING Direct, Microsoft, PepsiCo and Ericsson.

Demographics

Reading has a population of about 155,700, and its population is younger than the population of England as a whole. It has a smaller population of older people: 11.4% of Reading's population is aged 65 and over, compared to 16.4% in England. Moreover, it has a slightly large population of younger people, as 19.4% of Reading's population are aged 15 and younger and 18.9% of England's population are of the same age. The largest proportion of Reading's population is those aged 30 to 44, which makes up almost one-quarter of the population. Though this is the same for England, only one-fifth of the population of England is aged 30 to 44.

Reading is more diverse that England as a whole, perhaps because of the University of Reading. Almost 75% of the population of Reading describe their ethnic background as white or white British, compared to 85.5% in England. The largest non-white ethnic group is made up of Asian and Asian British people in both Reading and England, but the proportions are very different. In England, 7.7% of the population describe their background as Asian or Asian British, and in Reading, that almost doubles to 13.6%.

There is one way Reading is similar to England, however. Unemployment figures are largely in line with England's. Reading's unemployment rate is 4.6%, just a little more than England's 4.4%.

Education

Reading has a good mix of primary schools rated from satisfactory to outstanding by Ofsted, but outstanding primary schools include Wilson Primary School, Caversham Primary School and Emmer Green Primary School.

There is also a great selection of outstanding secondary schools, but most have converted to academy status, including Kendrick School, Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre and Reading School, 16th oldest in England. The exception to this is the state-run Addington School.

Good secondary schools include Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School and Reading Girls' School, and there are also lots of independent schools with good reputations.

Colleges include Impact International College, which serves international students from over 70 countries, and Reading College, which has been operating since 1955. Other colleges include Bracknell and Wokinham College, ABI College and the College of Estate Management.

One of the top 200 universities in the world, the University of Reading was established in 1892. It emphasises research in environmental sciences and health and food security, and it has recently invested in a new biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences centre.

Transport

The A4, also called Old Bath Road, runs from London to Bath and Bristol via Reading. It was replaced by the M4, which just curves around the town, in the 1960s. The A33 connects the town with Basingstoke, and the A4074 goes to Oxford. Other major roads include the A327 and the A4155. Within Reading, the Inner Distribution Road is part of the A329, and it loops through the town to improve traffic flow.

Much of the travel throughout Reading is road based, and as such, buses are the major provider of public transport. Reading Borough Council run Reading Transport Ltd, which manages the frequent bus routes throughout the town. Service to surrounding suburbs and areas is less frequent, however.

Reading Station is a major national junction, so it has services to just about every major city and area in the country. Reading has two services to London, going to Paddington and Waterloo stations. It is also along routes to Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Plymouth, Birmingham, Southampton and Bournemouth. Other stations are Reading West, Tilehurst and Earley, with services to local areas.

Amenities and Shopping

A large and vibrant university town, Reading has plenty to do and to buy.

Museums and Galleries

The Museum of Reading has excavations of Calleva Atrebatum, a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry and the Huntley and Palmers Gallery looking at biscuit making. The Museum of English Rural Life, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, the Cole Museum of Zoology and the Harris Botanic Gardens are owned by the University of Reading. The Riverside Museum explores the history of the Kennet and Thames rivers, and the Museum of Berkshire Aviation looks at the history of Reading and flight.

Theatres and Venues

The Hexagon is the main theatre and arts centre in Reading. There, music concerts, plays, dance and comedy are all hosted. South Street promotes fringe and experimental theatre, music and comedy. The Town Hall complex has The Concert Hall, which focuses on classical, blues, jazz and folk concerts and lectures. The Reading Repertory Theatre are based in Reading College's Performing Arts Centre, and the Progress Theatre is the premier amateur theatre in the area.

The many music venues in Reading include Q-Club, the largest nightclub in Reading. The Facebar plays rock and alternative music. Oakford Social Club attracts some up and coming bands and DJs, and Sub 89 has comedy and music acts like Gary Numan, Ed Sheeran and Napalm Death. The Highlight also hosts comedy and musical acts, and they also have retro pop club nights.

Festivals

The Reading Festival is the world's most popular continuously running music festival. It usually features rock, pop and alternative acts, though it has gone through several musical phases throughout the years. The Reading Fringe Festival runs alongside the Reading Festival, and it was set up to encourage people under the age of 25 to engage with the arts.

The Reading Beer and Cider Festival is a four day event showcasing 550 ales, 150 ciders and perries (pear cider) and a number of foreign beers and English wines. Henley Festival celebrates classical, jazz, opera and folk, in addition to rock and pop. It also includes dance performances, comedy, visual arts and more.

Sport

Reading is home of the Reading Football Club, currently in the Premier League, and two non-league teams, Reading Town Football Club and Highmoor Ibis F.C. London Irish plays rugby union in the Aviva Premiership, and other teams are Reading Abbey R.F.C., Redingensians R.F.C. and Reading R.F.C.

Reading also has American football team the Berkshire Renegades and Australian rules football's Reading Kangaroos. The Reading Hockey Club are in the English Hockey League's Men's Premier Division and in Women's Division One.

The Reading University Head of the River Race and Reading Town Regatta are held in the town's waterways. The British Triathlon Association helped organise the country's first triathlon just outside of Reading, and the Reading Half Marathon is run in the town annually.

Shopping

Reading has two big shopping centres: the Oracle Shopping Centre and Broad Street Mall. The Oracle Shopping Centre has 90 stores and shops, including Debenhams and House of Fraser. It also has shops that can't be found anywhere else in Reading. Broad Street Mall has more than 50 shops, including most high street brands and bargain shops like The Pound Shop and The 99p Shop.

The Harris Arcade is a Victorian shopping arcade near Reading station. It has retro and vintage boutiques, record shops, a hat shop, a traditional tobacconist and much more. Broad Street is a pedestrianised high street in the town centre. The Walk is home to higher-end boutiques including Jaeger and Mari e Monti.

The Mall, in Garrand Street, has not been used as a shopping centre in so long, it has been taken over zombies, or more specifically, a zombie adventure experience company called Zed Events.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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