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Fleet is believed to have taken its name from the French word “Le Flete” which means shallow water, and refers to the Fleet Pond and Nature Reserve, which is Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake. The town expanded rapidly between the two World Wars, with more residential development taking place through the 1970s into the mid-00s.
For many years Fleet has been viewed as one the best places to live in the UK by independent assessors. Primarily this is thanks to its high quality of life, strong commuter links, good standard of education and of life expectancy. It’s a family-friendly environment that will appeal to house-hunters of all demographics.
Being near to London, commuters take advantage of the superb road and rail links yet still enjoy the relaxing lifestyle offered by Fleet and its surrounding idyllic villages.
Schools and Colleges and Fleet
There is an extensive list of schools rated as ‘Outstanding’ in Fleet, particularly at primary level. Choose between Heatherside Infant or Junior Schools, Elvetham Heath Primary or Fleet Infant School. For older children going on to secondary, Calthorpe Park School and Court Moor School are both rated as ‘Good’, while The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Henry Tyndale School and Farnborough College of Technology all cater for 16 to 18-year-olds.
Local Attractions in Fleet
The Basingstoke Canal runs through Fleet. Its tow path provides a tranquil place to walk the dog, go for a run, or take a stroll. You can access many beautiful Hampshire countryside walks from the Basingstoke canal. The Fleet Carnival and Fleet Food Festival are notable local events and arts and drama can be found at The Harlington Theatre. Odiham Common features 284 acres of land to explore, while Edenbrook Country Park offers another 83 acres including woodland and wetland to venture into. Fleet Pond is another outdoor spot to visit, featuring Hampshire’s largest freshwater lake and 53 acres in which to stretch your legs.
Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Leisure in Fleet
The Hart Shopping Centre on Fleet Road features an array of top brands, with local shops and other recognisable names located on Fleet Road and Reading Road North. Fleet Market is popular with locals on a Saturday, selling local foods and produce. Daisy’s Tea Room is renowned for its tea and cake selections and for a traditional country pub experience nip along to The Exchequer in Crookham Village, with its fireplace and a good selection of ales, gin and wine. MooMoo also has an excellent reputation for serving up delicious cocktails and providing a fun night out.
Property Types in Fleet
The ‘Blue Triangle’ in Fleet runs from Reading Road North to Fleet Road and Elvetham Road and contains some of the best properties on the local market. Period cottages and detached homes are located in Reading Road North and sit back from the street, while Elvetham is also home to detached properties and inviting cottages in hidden cul-de-sacs. Grand Victorian homes are present on Victoria Road, while modern housing can be found in and around New Barn Close and The Cedars. Elvetham Heath has multi-storey contemporary semis complete with balconies. Church Crookham and Crookham Village are also highly sought-after areas.
Demographics in Fleet
Thanks to its strong travel links to the capital, good schools and high standard of living, Fleet offers an array of benefits to people of all ages. The general view is that once people move to Fleet, they tend to stay here, with new and established families finding it offers everything they need. Professionals and younger people can reach London with ease, while those of a more mature age looking for a quieter place to settle down will enjoy the vast acres of greenery and generally slower pace around town.
Upcoming Developments in Fleet
Hartland Village is the most notable new property development being planned in Fleet. 1,500 new homes will be built within a 70-acre county park, with apartments, cottages, semi-detached and detached houses all in the property mix. There will also be 20,000sq ft of village centre space and 28 acres of open areas in a site covering a total of 135 acres. The project will take a total of 15 years to finish, with the first of three stages already complete.
Travel Connections from Fleet
Connections to London Waterloo can be accessed via Fleet train station, which also offers services into Basingstoke and Southampton. Journeys to London take just under one hour, with faster options taking 40 minutes available hourly.
Gatwick airport is just under two hours away by train, with Heathrow taking a similar amount of time. Heathrow is easily accessible by car, with driving there taking around 30-40 minutes from Fleet.
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