Why you should move to Farnham Common
PUBLISHED: 16:45 19 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013
Welcome to an 'urban village' that has escaped becoming a backwater dormitory town despite having a location that gives quick access to major road and rail links.
Depending on what you are seeking, Farnham Common in South Bucks could easily be overlooked when it comes to finding somewhere to settle. Passing through by road on the A355 between Beaconsfield and Slough, its face, The Broadway, appears to be a stretch of pretty good shops, including independents, services, public houses and respected, good value dining spots.
But theres so much more to this area. Andrew Riley of Hamptons estate agency says: Farnham Common has really raised its game in recent years, when you consider how close it is to Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross. It now has desirables like a Sainsburys Local and Costa Coffee, but it goes much further. You can feel a thriving community, and Farnham Common has that.
Andrews spot on. Its not that many years ago that the village didnt have a cash machine, something those of us who chose to live in the handy halfway house between rural and urban consider a must have.
It also has a lot of high quality housing stock, and at the higher value end of the market there are some exceptional properties in quiet lanes off the main road. Professional first time buyers who cant quite stretch to perhaps somewhere like Gerrards Cross can also find a home.
There is one particular asset of Farnham Common that few can match. It is just minutes from access to both the M40 and M4. The rail choices include nipping down to Burnham or Slough to pick up the Paddington line, or quickly up to Beaconsfield for Marylebone.
If we leave the car behind, even the less committed walkers can find themselves in beautiful settings on foot, such as Burnham Beeches.
So take a little walk, head back to the centre and enjoy a bite to eat. People watchers will note that residents are a real mix of ages, those who have live there for years and newcomers whove found this place serves all their needs. Thats always a sign of a place people in which people are really glad theyve chosen to live.