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Abington is a highly sought after area due to its close proximity to all major amenities and walking distance to the town centre. The main Wellingborough Road is a popular destination with a good range of small independent shops and a large assortment of restaurants and public houses. Both the Racecourse and Abington Park offer open spaces for leisure activities. To the east of Abington and easily accessed is the Weston Favell Shopping Centre and the Riverside Retail Park, which provide all daily needs with many high street shops, including a 24 hour Tesco supermarket. Schooling is especially popular in the area catering for pupils at every level. The A45 runs to the south of Abington and ensures residents have good access to the M1 and A43. The General Hospital is within the area close to the town centre.
Due to its popularity many of the properties in the Abington area are priced at the higher end when compared to the general Northampton market. Most of the properties are period with the older Victorian and Edwardian terraces being situated closer to the town centre. These start from around £150,000 and can rise significantly depending on the size and condition. The larger homes are generally situated further out from the town centre or found on the major routes. Most of the property in the area is well established with only a handful of recently constructed new developments. Modern family homes can be found in Abington Vale and Rushmere and a good range of mature traditional housing is available in the Headlands, Weston, Spinney Hill and Boothville. Due to its proximity to amenities, rental property is also highly sought after with prices starting from around £450pcm for a one bedroom flat and rising to £675 - £750pcm for a traditional family home.
Abington has many local residents whose families have lived in the area for many generations. The increased prosperity and popularity has attracted many new inhabitants taking advantage of the availability and access to all major facilities. The wide mix of property has meant this group is equally diverse with young adults, growing families and retirees all finding some reason and appeal to set up home in the area.
Traditional Victorian/Edwardian terrace properties are mainly situated within walking distance of the town centre. Many of these roads have traffic controlling systems and are predominantly accessed by residents. Many former industrial/commercial properties have been converted into tasteful residential accommodation. Streets close to the parks are particularly popular. Post war three bedroom semi-detached homes, many occupying generous plots, continue to be sought after and a good range is available in Headlands, Spinney Hill and Weston. Abington Vale has a range of more modern properties and is especially popular with families. Bungalows can be sourced in Weston, Boothville and Spinney Hill. Considered to be a very well-established area, Abington has some modern developments but the majority of homes are mature and generous in size.
Abington was formally a village outside Northampton town. The modern day history is closely linked to the boot and shoe industry and this is evident in the local architecture. Abington Park was gifted to the town by the Wantage Family and remains a popular destination for local residents, as does the nearby Racecourse and Beckets Park. Abington is still the home of Northampton Cricket Club.
Negotiator Natasha who lives in the area moved down from Newcastle and says: “I’ve always liked living in town and enjoy the vibrancy and access to amenities, so this area is perfect. What makes it special is that I can still access open spaces to walk my dog and also jump on the ring road with ease, making travelling less time consuming.”
Abington is well-known for its range of public houses and restaurants especially those located on the Wellingborough Road. The Cricket Ground, which is home to the Northampton Steelbacks, is also used for high profile concerts. The parks are well-maintained and continue to be a popular venue for sporting activities, dog walking and family gatherings. As the town centre is within easy reach the Royal and Derngate Theatre, cinema, library and many small museums are utilised by Abington residents. Just to the south of Abington, fun and fresh air can be guaranteed by visiting Billing Aquadrome Leisure Park.
Abington residents enjoy unrivalled shopping options as it has the benefits of town centre shopping to the east, the Riverside Retail Park to the south and the Weston Favell Shopping Centre to the west. All of these venues host major brand shops and dining establishments which can be accessed in around 5 - 10 minutes. The main Wellingborough Road has a vast range of small independent shops as well as large high Street brands such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Aldi. Many of the terrace streets are also serviced by small corner shops.