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    We are looking to move from sw London to Hampshire – anywhere London side of basingstoke but needs to be commutable. A nice house has come up in farnborough but keep reading bad things about the town – anyone got any advice?



    Hello, we have been doing lots of searches in this part of Hampshire this year and most of our clients tend to steer clear of Farnborough to be honest. Alton, Hook and Farnham are good area’s to consider near to Farnborough however they will be slightly more expensive, but good commutable towns with good schools, community and amenities!

    Kate – Goosechase Property Search


    Hi Harriet.

    Farnborough is very commutable but people need different things from their home town – and what’s great for some is bad for others. There are certainly “nicer” places to live in the area you mention but they may not suit you as well for whatever reason. Have you visited Farnborough yet?

    I am a buying agent based on the Surrey/Hants border, and know the area you are looking in very well. If you would like a no-obligation chat about the area based on your needs, aspirations and budget please feel free to get in touch.

    http://www.SanderlingHomesearch.com ~ 0800 999 5758 / 07769 32 5758



    Hi Harriet,

    Life after london tweeted me asking if I could help with your post as I have lived in Farnborough for 7 years. So here’s my opinion of the town, I hope it’s useful!

    1. If you need to commute into London, then Farnborough is on an excellent line. It takes me about 35 minutes to get straight into Waterloo. However, rush hour trains are jammed packed so be prepared that you might not get a seat.
    2. Whilst Farnborough town centre is very small, it has everything you need if you just need to pop in quickly to get something. The parking is easy and often only half full and it is cheap. It’s already improved since I have been here and they are currently building a cinema and restaurants.
    3. You are ideally positioned to visit other towns, such as Camberley, Basingstoke and Guildford.
    4. Schools – There are more primary schools that are good/outstanding than secondary, and to be honest the secondary schools are shockingly bad, with two in our immediate area recently getting a 4 – requiring special measures – in their ofsted report this year. Having said that, if you have the money and are willing to pay Hawley Place school is an excellent private school.
    5. You will get a lot of house for your money. It depends what is more important to you: Location or the house? If location is important rethink Farnborough. Farnham, Alton, and Hook are all lovely but massively expensive, Fleet is also commutable to London and is a lovely town but again very expensive.

    At the end of the day, Farnborough is just another small town. There is nothing dreadful about it (although I’d avoid market day on a Tuesday and avoid ASDA at all times) but then again there is nothing amazing about it either.

    Feel free to PM me if you’d want any more info!



    A comment via Twitter:

    “I agree with the lady who said that would be worth visiting the area, there are some nice places”


    “I agree with the lady…” I think that lady would have been me – but I ain’t no lady! 🙂


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    The best areas and houses are found in Empress Park and Farnborough Park, both established areas with parks and easy access to the mainline station (38 minutes) and the town centre which is undergoing a multi-million investment. Prices can be 10-15% cheaper than Farnham and Fleet.

    Contact me if you need any further assistance, pleased to help

    Richard Day
    Hamptons International


    Farnborough can be a bit mixed to be honest, but it depends what works for you. There are some good roads, and some decidedly less good roads. It certainly ticks the “commutable” box though. Train service is very good – but I understand the car park isn’t big enough even though it has just had another level added.
    There are other locations around that also tick the commutable box – but depends what you are looking for regarding facilities, neighbours, pubs, schools etc etc. If you want to share a little more about what you are looking for, I (and I’m sure probably many others) will provide some thoughts!
    Richard ~ Sanderling Homesearch ~ http://www.SanderlingHomesearch.com ~ 0800 999 5758

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