Why you should move to... Twyford
PUBLISHED: 10:19 24 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 February 2013
With the spirit of a large village and the benefits of a small town, Twyford has always been high on the list for home buyers, says Danusia Hutson...
When locals were asked last year what they liked best about Twyford, "atmosphere, community spirit, good schools and community events" came at the top of the list. These views will now form part of what will be a major plan to protect and enhance the character of the area, entitled Vision for Twyford 2020 Community Action.
People have been settling here since before 'Twyforde' was recorded in the Domesday Book, and tradition maintains that a druidical temple stood on the site of what is now the Parish Church of St Mary. The village has almshouses and cottages dating back to the 1600s and listed buildings from when it was a staging post on the Old Bath Road coaching route. Impressive Victorian properties were added once the railway came through in 1839, and Twyford was on its way to becoming the popular commuter town it is today.
Impressive Victorian properties were added once the railway came through in 1839, and Twyford was on its way to becoming the popular commuter town it is today.
Just six minutes by train from Reading, eight from Maidenhead and 35 to Paddington, it is also just minutes from the A4 and M4, and within easy reach of the Thames Valley Business Park. The future London Crossrail link to Maidenhead and the multi-million pound regeneration of Reading Railway Station will further enhance the
"With rumours of the possibility of a Paris link from Reading, the prospects are even better," says Lee Russell, manager at estate agents Hunt and Nash. But he reflects what other estate agents everywhere are saying, there aren't enough properties coming up for sale and when they do sellers are still not convinced about reducing prices to more
"Because this is an affluent area, many potential sellers feel they can afford to wait. So we have buyers but we don't have enough properties to meet the demand." Lee also advises that this could be a good time to buy properties in the area as an investment.
Fiona Morrison, branch manager at Stuarts says: "It's a very nice place to live. It's got a lovely atmosphere, a friendly village feel to it and there's always been a great demand for homes, but at the moment people are selling when they absolutely have to move rather than because they want to."
Current prices at the top end, for a large detached are around £850,000 and up to £1m, with some brand new homes in the Wargrave Road priced at £240,000-£250,000. For those looking for a semi rural spot then it's worth looking in the hamlets and villages of Ruscombe, Charvil, Hurst and Wargrave, where prices can sometimes be slightly lower than in Twyford, but on the other hand in Hurst the larger homes can fetch several million.
Andrew Yapp, manager at Parkers, which recently incorporated Simmons and Lawrence, has lived here most of his life and he's been an estate agent for the past 25 years. He sums up: "Apart from being ideally placed for commuting, it's always had a good atmosphere and is ideal for bringing up a family."
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY...
What: Built in 2007, four-bed property in a small, courtyard development within walking distance of the station and village.
How much: £450,000.
Tel: 0118 934 4222.
What: Wargrave Road, three-bed, three reception family home in a desirable location and set in a good-sized plot.
How much: £565,000.
Tel: 0118 934 4444.
What: Autumn Walk, four-bed, with two reception rooms and study, situated in quiet cul de sac in Wargrave.
How much: £595,000.
Tel: 0118 934 4444
What: Hermitage Drive, three-bed semi-detached family home, that is
close to station, shops, schools and playing fields.
How much: £235,000.
Agent: Hunt and Nash.
Tel: 0118 934 1000.
FOR THINGS TO DO IN TWYFORD SEE THE APRIL 2009 EDITION OF BERKSHIRE LIFE