Tagged: Maidenhead Crossrail
March 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm #20143
We’re just starting to think about making ‘The Move’ out of London. All our extended family are based down the M4 / M3, so we’re thinking of Maidenhead area. My husband and I both work in London, so will need relatively easy access into town.
With 2 children, we’re obviously thinking about schools too.
We’re currently living in Chiswick, so we’re really spoilt at the moment and if we could afford a house in Chiswick, we would potentially stay, but we just don’t have the budget.
If anyone has any experience of moving to the Maidenhead area and can advise, I’d be really grateful.
Many thanksMarch 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm #20192
I’ve lived in the Furze Platt area of north Maidenhead since 1995. We are a 7 minute walk to fields and footpaths, that lead up to the National Trust land at Pinkneys Green, and about a 20-25 minute walk, or 7 minute drive to the town centre and station; which, as you probably know, will have Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) trains from December 2019. Maidenhead doesn’t currently have the most beautiful town centre, but redevelopment is finally underway and I have high hopes that it will be transformed in the next five years. There’s a multi-screen cinema, leisure centre, range of shops and cafes, and of course a Waitrose and M&S!
Housing in Maidenhead is a sometimes curious mix of styles and period, with changes evident along a given street. The core stock, I would say, is Victorian and Edwardian, but there are some modern new developments as well. There should be something to suit your style and budget, but the best houses don’t come to market very often. It’s a good family town and people tend to stay put (as we have done whilst children have grown). It’s also a great hub for getting to other parts of the country – M4, M40, trains – and internationally via Heathrow. If you want something a bit more rural, then there are good villages and individual houses around Maidenhead. Taplow is a small village, with a primary school and pub and varied housing stock. Burnham is larger, with a high street and reasonable range of shops, and a wider range of housing. Both will have stations on Crossrail, but currently not great station parking.
Schooling is a good mix of State and private, and there’s choice in the wider area (my girls went to a Prep in Maidenhead and then senior schools in Wokingham and Reading, with school buses laid on).
The best way to find out what’s what is clearly to come and take a look around. If I can be of any further help, just let me know.
07775 724990March 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm #20299
Thanks Nick – that is such a really useful summary of the area. Really appreciate you taking the time to write. It sounds like it could be a good area for us, so I’ll just keep looking around.
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