The word is out - the Sunday Times Best Places To Live Guide revealed this weekend Winchester is the best place to live in Britain.
Among its many attributes it was discovered the Hampshire city provides the best quality of life to a wide range of people, having a positive community spirit, good shops and attractive outdoor spaces. This is echoed by Winchester City Council leader Stephen
Godfrey who states "Winchester has a fabulous mix of history, culture, shopping, countryside and accessibility that adds up to a highly-prized quality of life."
The Times guide referred to Winchester as a "historic, cultured, foodie city", with excellent schools, top restaurants and friendly residents making it "practically perfect." In addition to this, Helen Davies Sunday Times home editor suggests it also benefits from “great transport links, fine schools” as well as “an irresistible mix of food, festivals and feel-good factor."
Winchester has a diverse community with two thriving universities, a bustling city centre with historic attractions, excellent schools and easily commutable into London, making Winchester a wonderful place to live.
The guide is published yearly and data on crime rates, house prices and school performance is combined with local knowledge establish Britain’s best towns and cities.
James White, Lettings Manager of Winchester Your Move branch says “What I love the most about the area is the array of restaurants and pubs the city has to offer. I probably eat out too much, but with so many lovely places to visit on your door step it is hard not to. There is nothing better than taking a walk around the city and the river on a Sunday afternoon with the many markets to explore. There are also festivals that take place during the year!”
Research by website Home has established a huge increase in Winchester property prices in the last 10 or so years, with the average price for a 3 bedroom property is currently at £400,000.
Rental prices range from an average of £850 per calendar month for a one bedroom apartment located in the city centre to an average of £1100 per calendar month for a three bedroom house in Badger Farm, located on the outskirts of Winchester.
So there you have it. If you seek the abundance of amenities a city has to offer, want to access places such as London and Southampton, as well as the coast, while still enjoying the community spirit and having a foot in the countryside, then Winchester may be the place for you.