Why Move to St Neots?
St Neots is riverside town with a real charm and a friendly character. It’s one of the largest towns in Cambridgeshire (located 18 miles west of Cambridge) with a population of around 30,000, and continues to grow year on year. St Neots still retains its rich heritage and history, with plenty on offer for residents and visitors. The centrepiece is the old Market Square, which hosts fortnightly farmers markets, which is surrounded by fine Georgian buildings and a good choice of restaurants and pubs.
A Quick History Lesson
Growing up around the Medieval Priory, St Neot (as it was originally known) was built along the River Ouse and continued to expand south-east around the 12th Century market square and across the western side of the Ouse, forming the surrounding areas of Eynesbury, Eaton Ford and Eaton Socon.
Today, St Neots is a vibrant country market town and the Market Square is one of the largest and most ancient of its kind in the country, dating back to the 12th century. A market has been held upon this square every Thursday since its foundation.
Out and About
St Neots has a wealth of leisure activities on its doorstep, both indoor and out. For messing about on the water there’s a well-represented rowing club, 2 marinas and nearby Wyboston Lakes, which offers a multitude of adrenalin focused water sports.
Back on land, St Neots has plenty of greenery across 2 charming parks (Riverside and Priory), 3 golf courses and the Common, home of the Town’s Rugby, Cricket and Table Tennis Clubs. St Neots Town FC also has a strong following as it pushes for promotions through non-league football.
The operatic society, the St Neots Players, stages regular productions at the Priory Centre throughout the year.
A major pull for people moving relocating to St Neots is the connectivity. Located just off the A1 and a few miles from the A14, by car both London and Birmingham are just an hour drive away; whilst Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Peterborough are under a 30 minute drive.
St Neots train station is on the London-Edinburgh East Coast Mainline. For commuters to London, St Neots is very popular – providing 4 trains an hour, which take 40 minutes during morning and evening rush hour (53mins at other times).
There are plenty of local and regional bus services in operation, the most popular being the X5, which operates a route between Cambridge and Oxford.
The nearest airports are London Luton and London Stansted, both a 40 minute drive. Birmingham and East Midlands airports can also be reached in just over an hour.
Whilst homes are currently at a premium in St Neots due to low supply, sale prices remain far more palatable in comparison with market towns a few minutes further down the train line. The lettings market is extremely buoyant, with huge demand for rental properties of all sizes. Buy to let investors in particular are drawn to 1 bed homes that can offer good yields in return.
The town has something for everyone, with a mix of character period properties, post-war housing and new-build developments – including the 1,200+ home Loves Farm development, just a few minutes’ walk from the train station.
Further large-scale development has been proposed to the east of the town at Wintringham Park, as demand grows from Cambridge and London residents looking for more bang for their buck.
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