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New homes in Reading

Whether you’re shopping in the town centre, visiting museums or enjoying a walk in the local countryside, there’s plenty to see and do close to your new home in Reading. With great transport links into London and beyond, Reading could be the perfect place for you and your family to settle.

A quick history

Reading started to grow in Saxon times, around the 6th century, and in 871 it was captured by the Danes. In the Middle Ages, a market was set up in the town, with goods transported to London via the River Thames. The town prospered thanks to the large numbers of travellers who passed through on their way to Bristol, and pilgrims visited to see the abbey.

Industry in Reading grew around cloth and wool-making, but the 18th-century wool-making had declined and was replaced by nail, silk, brick and tile making. The town was rebuilt in a more elegant style, and the streets were paved. Later, brewing and biscuit-making became major industries in Reading.

By the 1900s, the town was thriving. Many evacuees arrived in Reading during the Second World War, but it was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in 1941. The M4 opened in 1971, putting Reading on a major transport corridor in and out of London.

Business and industry

Reading has a thriving economy, with a number of major employers headquartered in and around the town including Microsoft UK, Thames Water and Oracle UK. Other employers in the local area include Prudential, the University of Reading, 3M and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Things to do in the area

If you enjoy discovering local history and culture, there’s lots to see in Reading including the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Reading Museum, the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and REME Museum of Technology. There are lots of historic sites nearby include the 12th century Reading Abbey and the Georgian manor Basildon Park, which is run by the National Trust.

For families moving to the area, there are lots of great kid-friendly attractions in and near the town including Forbury Gardens and Dinton Pastures Country Park. Reading Climbing Centre, Central Swimming Pool, Skiplex Endless Indoor Ski Slope and Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre are also popular with youngsters.

If you’re a sports fan, you can watch London Irish play their rugby matches and Reading F.C. play football at Madejski Stadium. In the evening, The Hexagon hosts drama, comedy, music and dance, while iconic rock bands visit the town every August Bank Holiday weekend with the arrival of Reading Festival.

Travel and commuting

Whether you’re visiting friends or commuting each day for work, you’ll benefit from Reading’s excellent transport links by both road and rail. The town is just off junction 11 of the M4, while Reading train station has services to London, Bristol, Cardiff and more.

If you’re venturing to London, the journey takes just 30 minutes by train to Paddington or one hour by car. Oxford can be reached in 45 minutes by car or train, while Swindon is a 45-minute train journey away or 50 minutes by car. Southampton is a 50-minute train journey or one-hour 10-minute drive from Reading, while Birmingham is one hour 30 minutes away by train or one hour 50 minutes by car.

When you’re going on holiday or taking a business trip, Heathrow Airport is only a 30-minute drive away.

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Croft Gardens

Hyde End Road, Spencers Wood, READING, RG7 1DG
  • £ £408,000 To £685,000
  • 3 & 4 bedroom homes
  • 4.3 miles from your search location
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Oakwood Grange

Griffin Way North, Hook, HAMPSHIRE, RG27 9RA

Welcome to Oakwood Grange, a brand new development of contemporary 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes located in the village of Hook. With excellent transport links to London and Basingstoke and with well performing schools nearby, Oakwood Grange is an ideal location for both families and professionals alike. Register your interest now and receive the latest information regarding the launch.

  • 11.5 miles from your search location

Montague Park

London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1GE
  • £ £295,000 To £340,000
  • 2 bedroom homes
  • 8 miles from your search location

The Maltings

Borough Avenue, Wallingford, OXFORDSHIRE, OX10 0SP

There is only 1 Home left available on The Maltings, Plot 21. This is one of our impressive Stowford homes that offers living accommodation at 1545sqft. You could be moving into this impressive home in time for Easter. The Maltings is a development of mainly 3 & 4 bedroom homes set in the market town of Wallingford and provides easy access to a range of local facilities. <b>This remaining home is build complete and ready for early completion for further information please contact Allen & Harris on 01491 835135. They are based at 6 St Mary's Street, Wallingford, OX10 0EL.<b>

  • 12 miles from your search location

Spiers Meadow

Carter Drive off Appleton Drive, Basingstoke, HAMPSHIRE, RG24 9RX
  • £ From £389,000
  • 3 bedroom homes
  • 12.4 miles from your search location

Gillies Meadow

Park Prewett Road, Basingstoke, HAMPSHIRE, RG24 9RG
  • £ £210,000 To £385,000
  • 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes
  • 13.5 miles from your search location

Newbury Racecourse

Racecourse Road, Newbury, RG147PN
  • £ £231,000 To £930,000
  • 1, 2 & 3 bedroom homes
  • 14.4 miles from your search location

The Chase @ Newbury Racecourse

Racecourse Road, Newbury, WEST BERKSHIRE, RG14 7PN
  • £ £389,950 To £516,000
  • 3 & 4 bedroom homes
  • 14.4 miles from your search location

Swan Mill

Mill Lane, Newbury, WEST BERKSHIRE, RG14 5QW

Swan Mill now have one last apartment available, If you are interested in purchasing this home please <b>book an appointment with our Sales Advisers at Newbury Racecourse<b> who will be happy to help you find out what purchase scheme is best for you. There are also a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available at Newbury Racecourse. <a href="https://www.dwh.co.uk/new-homes/united-kingdom/H654101-Newbury-Racecourse/"><b>Click here to view our availability.</a><b>

  • 14.9 miles from your search location

Abbotts Meadow

Barnett Road, Steventon, ABINGDON, OX13 6AJ
  • £ From £355,000
  • 2 bedroom homes
  • 19 miles from your search location
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