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Bedford: Very Desirable Place to Live
Bedford in General
Author Name: Barbara
Bedford in General
Advantages: beautiful properties
Having decided to live in Bedford, against London, St Albans or Harpenden, I would just like to share the good things that this town has going for it. I am doing this because I really think that Bedford is somewhat of a secret at the moment and one that deserves to be shared and enjoyed by others.
The Telegraph recently declared Bedford a property hotspot for 2012, and, beyond the improved rail links that have just been announced, it is not difficult to get a sense of why when you know the finer details of this town.
It has many beautiful parks, a picturesque embankment along the River Ouse, it has good state and private education facilities, it is home to the Philarmonia Orchestra, who regularly host classical concerts, it is a market town with an excellent weekly market of good and fine food stuffs, it has an annual regatta, one of the biggest in the UK, it is seeped in history, it has an abundance of character houses, including many elegant Victorian terraces, and actually, in my experience, the people are very friendly and community minded. It is only thirty five minutes or so on the fast train into London. Just the other day, it only took me one hour and ten minutes to get from outside my door to Highbury tube station. The only down side is the town centre shopping area which really could be updated and replenished with new shops, which apparently is a priority of the Council and this is something that will only happen the more people move to the area and invest in it.
There are many nice areas to chose from (and, like anywhere else, some not so desirable). Perhaps the nicest area is Castle Road Area. This runs parallel to the embankment and Russell Park. All the houses are stunning, Victorian houses, (think Crouch End but without the prices) and there are many interesting local facilities, including a great tapas bar, a deli with fine wines and cheeses, etc, an Italian supermarket, an organic fruit and veg store, lovely coffee shops, a cupcake shop, a Waitrose that has opened five minutes away, and lovely salvage shops, great for finding interesting bits and bobs for the house. Another area that is full of character is Prime Ministers, it is next to the stunning Bedford Park, and is close to the train station, and has a couple of coffee shops, including a wonderful Italian delicatessen that makes the best Italian cakes ever!
Please visit for yourself and see. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Summary: Thinking of Living In Bedford. Here is a review of why it is a good idea.