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Caversham named as one of the best places to relocate in the country


A Thames-side village in Reading has been named as one of the best places in the country for city dwellers to move to.

The Compare My Move website has compiled data based on factors like average house price, median salary, hours of sunlight and downloand speed in more than 70 popular rural towns and villages.

It has come up with a top 10 of the best places people currently living in cities might consider moving to.

Caversham, which has already been named one of the best villages to live in in the UK, is in sixth place in the survey.

The chart says the average house price in the area is £444,421, and the mean salary £28,039. It has 1,522.9 annual average hours of sunlight and average rainfall of 635mm a year.

There are also 21 restaurants in the area.

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All this gives it an overall score of 77.44 out of 100.

In the top two were Guildford and St Albans, both of which are towns. In comparison, there are 253 restaurants in St Albans compared to the 21 in Caversham.

The highest placed village was Shere in Surrey, with 85.52 points.

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Dave Sayce, managing director at Compare My Move said: “The coronavirus pandemic has seen many people reconsidering their living situation, with a large number of city dwellers ditching urban living and relocating to rural areas for a slower-paced life in the beautiful English countryside.  “

“It’s easy to see why people are choosing a quiet life in the country as the UK is home to some of the world’s most beautiful rural towns and villages.

“However, relocating can come at a large cost, particularly with hidden fees, such as the cost of removals.

“It’s not surprising to see the top rural destinations are near London, with the likes of Guildford and St Albans proving popular places for Londoners to escape to, whilst having the benefit of quick and easy transport links into the city.”

BerkshireLive took a closer look at Caversham earlier this year comparing its high points, like the River Thames, and its low points, like the traffic.

We’ve picked out some of the best pictures (below) of the village to showcase why it’s one of the best places to live.





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