Looking for that perfect blend of history, character and culture alongside modern amenities and high-quality affordable housing? It’s increasingly hard to find in the UK, but the little town of Amesbury in Wiltshire is one of the best examples of this sought-after combination of qualities.
Nestled close in glorious countryside just a stone’s throw from Stonehenge and under eight miles from Salisbury, Amesbury is something of a hotspot for savvy house-hunters and families looking for the best of both worlds, within a reasonable budget. So, what makes houses for sale in Amesbury so special?
Heaps of history
Amesbury’s most impressive claim to fame is that it’s considered the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the UK, having first been settled around 8820 BC. But it has plenty more to satisfy history buffs and culture lovers as well, being within walking distance of Stonehenge, and close to the Neolithic site of Woodhenge as well.
Amesbury itself is home to an impressive museum that houses one of the UK’s largest Mesolithic collections, as well as the beautiful Abbey Church.
The traditional town centre retains plenty of charm and character, with thatched cottages, flint and stone chequered buildings and a high street lined with independent cafes, shops and pubs.
Amesbury may be rich in history and character, but it also has all you need for a comfortable modern life. The A303 is close by, providing easy road access to London as well as the south-west of England, while extensive investment and development has brought plenty of amenities to Amesbury itself.
Choose between shopping at the town centre’s independent butcher, bakery and weekly market, or make use of the great selection of larger superstores towards the outskirts of town.
Good schools are easy to come by here, with a wide selection of primaries rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, as well as the very popular Stonehenge School at secondary level, also rated ‘Good’. And with Salisbury’s extensive amenities just down the road, families won’t be short of things to do.
It’s well known in the UK that towns ticking all buyers’ boxes tend to carry a high price tag, but Amesbury property is great value when you consider all the town has to offer. Amesbury homes cost an average of £321,301 over the past year, making it a handy cheaper alternative to nearby Salisbury, and only just over the national average house price.
When it comes to houses to rent in Amesbury, the average cost is £1,531pcm, with a handful of Amesbury rentals coming in under £1,000pcm. And there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to Amesbury houses for sale or rent, with lots of newer builds on offer, as well as imposing town houses and cute cottages.
If Amesbury ticks your boxes, you’d better move fast. Unsurprisingly, demand for properties to buy or rent is high in Amesbury, with the current housing market staying consistently hot according to property market forecaster PropCast.