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  • Block of flats for sale

    Whitley Street, Reading RG2

    Attention investors Samuel James presents a block of fifteen flats for sale in a perfectly positioned location, offering excellent access to Reading Town Centre, International Green Park ... read more

    Samuel James

    Samuel James

    • Investor Opportunity
  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Crown Street, Reading RG1

    14 1 14

    Situated in the heart of Reading is this two floor bay fronted property which is currently being converted into 14 self-contained studio apartments. As you will see from the photos and the ... read more

    Windrush Properties

    Windrush Properties

    • New Listing
    • Investor Opportunity
  • Town house for sale

    Coley Hill, Reading RG1

    7 3 4

    Arguably the finest Georgian townhouse in Reading, this great family home is on the market for the first time in 25 years. Set over 4 floors and offers approximately 3000 sqft of ... read more

    Davis Tate - Reading

    Davis Tate - Reading

    • Garage
    • Close to Train Station
  • Detached house for sale

    South Reading, Berkshire RG2

    5

    Property Description This detached property is located in one of Reading's most sought after locations, offering good access into Reading Town Centre and M4 J11. read more

    Chancellors

    Chancellors

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Eldon Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1

    5

    The Express Estate Agency is proud to offer this realistically priced opportunity – all interest and offers are invited. Semi Detached House Grade II Listed 3 Reception Rooms Kitchen 5 ... read more

    Express Estate Agency

    Express Estate Agency

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Kenilworth Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG30

    4

    Situated on a private road within a very popular location in Southcote, is this extended four double bedroom semi detached home. The property has good access to Reading town centre, is on a ... read more

    Arins Property Services

    Arins Property Services

  • Detached house for sale

    Tilehurst Road, Reading RG30

    4 2 2

    Sansome & George Reading - Built in 1894 with additions since, this attractive late Victorian Detached House retains a wealth of character and boasts panoramic far reaching views to the rear. ... read more

    Sansome & George Residential Sales and Lettings

    Sansome & George ...

  • Semi-detached house for sale

    Eldon Road, Reading RG1

    4 1 4

    A fine period property located on a sought after road in the Eldon Road Conservation area located on the outskirts of Reading town centre. The property retains many original features and ... read more

    Davis Tate - Reading

    Davis Tate - Reading

  • Detached house for sale

    Lacewood Gardens, Reading, Berkshire RG2

    5

    An opportunity to acquire this substantial detached family home offered to the market for the first time since construction. The property provides 1868 sqft of accommodation set over two ... read more

    Romans - Reading

    Romans - Reading

    • Premium Listing
  • Detached house for sale

    "The Harley" at Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1

    4 3

    The Harley is a 5 bedroom home that comes complete with a downstairs cloakroom, separate living room, open plan family and breakfast area and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom and an en suite ... read more

    Charles Church - Wellswood Park

    Charles Church - Wellswood ...

  • Detached house for sale

    "The Harley" at Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1

    4 3

    Special Deal. The Harley is a 5 bedroom home that comes complete with a downstairs cloakroom, separate living room, open plan family and breakfast area and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom and ... read more

    Charles Church - Wellswood Park

    Charles Church - Wellswood ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Woodlands Avenue, Earley, Reading RG6

    4 3 1

    Part-exchange available Situated close to Earley and Reading town centre, this four bedroom detached home is convenient for a range of schools as well as excellent road and rail links. The ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

  • Detached house for sale

    "The Harley" at Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1

    4 3

    The Harley is a 5 bedroom home that comes complete with a downstairs cloakroom, separate living room, open plan family and breakfast area and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom and an en suite ... read more

    Charles Church - Wellswood Park

    Charles Church - Wellswood ...

  • Detached house for sale

    "The Harley" at Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1

    4 3

    The Harley is a 5 bedroom home that comes complete with a downstairs cloakroom, separate living room, open plan family and breakfast area and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom and an en suite ... read more

    Charles Church - Wellswood Park

    Charles Church - Wellswood ...

  • Detached house for sale

    Southcote Farm Lane, Reading, Berkshire RG30

    5

    The Express Estate Agency is proud to offer this 4/5 Bedroom Detached House. – all interest and offers are invited. Ground floor:- Entrance Hallway – Under stairs storage cupboard. Utility ... read more

    Express Estate Agency

    Express Estate Agency

  • Detached house for sale

    Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1

    4 1 3

    Located in a sought after University area address close to Whiteknights lake and the University campus is this detached gable fronted home which offers the opportunity for individual ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

  • Detached house for sale

    Whitley Rise, Reading, Berkshire RG2

    5 2 1

    This impressive five bedroom detached family home is located just a few minutes from the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Reading Town Centre. The property is positioned within a quiet cul de sac ... read more

    Parkers Estate Agents

    Parkers Estate Agents

  • Terraced house for sale - Just added

    Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1

    4

    A spacious four double bedroom terraced house located within a short walk of Reading mainline station, offering great hmo potential with the potential of six bedrooms. The property is ... read more

    Romans - Caversham

    Romans - Caversham

    • Close to Train Station
    • Investor Opportunity
  • Semi-detached house for sale

    12 Alandale Close, Reading RG2

    7 3

    We are pleased to bring to the market this newly refurbished 7 bedroom semi-detached house in Reading. A must see for any family seeking comfort and peace of mind. First floor: 5 bedroom ... read more

    Iwaan Property Management Ltd

    Iwaan Property Management Ltd

  • Detached house for sale

    Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading RG6

    5 2 3

    Home of the month (plot 104) - £5,000 Landscaping Package, £5,000 contribution towards stamp duty, £1,000 towards legal fees and carpets (T&Cs apply). Help to buy is also available. The ... read more

    Haslams Estate Agents

    Haslams Estate Agents

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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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