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Introduction to Camberley
Given its serene and leafy surroundings, you wouldn’t think that Camberley was once more closely associated with highway robbers than its beautiful countryside! When the Royal Military Academy arrived in the 19th century that all changed, with the criminals chased away and the area given a new lease of life.
Today it is becoming something of a hotspot for commuters, with millions of pounds being poured into regeneration and new developments popping up all over the town. With its links to the capital, great house prices and glorious green surroundings, Camberley should be high on the list of any house hunter in Surrey.
With excellent shopping, good transport links and plentiful schools for children of all ages, Camberley is an undoubtedly one of Surrey’s most popular places to live.
Schools and Colleges
Parents should expect a high standard of education for their children in Camberley, with several schools rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. For younger children, the likes of Prior Health Infant School, Crawley Ridge Infant School and Ravenscote Junior School all stand out. Secondary schools that have achieved the same high rating include Tomlinscote School (which also has places for 16 to 18-year-olds), Henry Tyndale School (also for A-Level students) and Edgbarrow School. Farnborough Sixth Form College is another ‘Outstanding’ option for older children.
Sandhurst is one of Camberley’s main attractions, with the Royal Military Academy offering tours year-round. Watchmoor Nature Reserve is the ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts to visit while also enjoying a family picnic and there are two recommended golf clubs nearby - Pine Ridge and Camberley Heath. In town, there are monthly artisan markets, fetes, carnivals, open-air cinemas, annual car shows and a Christmas ice rink available during the winter.
Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Leisure
The Atrium is a relatively new construction offering cinema, bowling, bars and restaurants to enjoy, with Camberley Theatre also hosting events for the arts, music and comedy. Nando’s, Prezzo and Bill’s are all located here, with Chiquito’s and Mimosa offering Mexican and Asian food. For something a little sweeter, Creams serves up delicious desserts and ice creams. Pop along to the Arena Leisure Centre to make the most of the modern gym facilities, with spa and gym options also available at the Pennyhill Park and Frimley Hall Hotel. The central shopping hub is The Square, with the shopping precinct filled with high street chains, independent shops and take away food spots.
Camberley is a Victorian town and as such this era characterises much of the property. The most sought-after areas are Diamond Ridge and Crawley Hill with their larger detached houses, with more affordable terraced options available near Frimley Road or Yorktown, which is to the West of the town centre. Recently built developments sit close to the station. They include a gym, screening room and rooftop garden, and Old Dean is home to semi-detached and terraced properties originally built after World War II to accommodate Londoners bombed out of their homes. These properties often present an ideal opportunity for regeneration and redesign.
The changing face of Camberley is making it a much more attractive proposition to commuters. While the 30-mile distance takes just over an hour to complete, it is still a viable option for professionals of all ages, especially couples looking to start families and settle down. It offers easy connection to the beautiful Surrey countryside and compared to some parts of the county it is also more affordable. Camberley is also ideal for anyone looking for their last move, with a variety of property options to choose from.
Much money is being spent on the regeneration of Camberley from both the local council and via private developers. For example, the High Street will be receiving a multi-million-pound upgrade that will see new road surfaces, street lighting, trees, public art and bicycle racks installed, with part of the area made into pedestrian-only zones. An extensive development on London Road will see new homes being built along with retail and commercial spaces, with the project taking up to 10 years to complete. Ashwood House has been converted into 100 new apartments, and Pembroke House offers affordable housing options.
Train connections frequently run from Camberley into London Waterloo, taking just over an hour, a key reason why professionals in the capital are looking to snap up property in and around the town. Trains also run into Reading every half hour taking only 20 minutes, offering more opportunities for locals to shop and enjoy the entertainment. Guildford is also only 45 minutes away. Heathrow Airport is easily accessible from Camberley, being only approximately 30 minutes by car.
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