4 Berkshire towns named the best places to live in the UK

Now that we are spending more time at home in confinement, more and more people are reconsidering the areas where they live.

YOPA real estate agency has launched a new map revealing where the best neighborhoods are to buy a home.

Yopa’s Love Where You Live guide uses a color-coding system of specifically selected cities to indicate whether they are a good place to live or an area to avoid.

The guide takes into account access to green spaces, employment opportunities and average local salaries in the ranking of municipalities.

Four regions of Berkshire have been given the green light, considering them to be some of the best places to live.

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Here are the best places to plant your roots and start looking for properties:


The River Thames is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center
The River Thames is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center

It’s no surprise that Reading made the list. It is one of the largest cities in Great Britain and is well served by public transport to London.

The Thames and the River Kennet flow through the city, providing the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.

According to YOPA, the average house price in Reading is £ 418,341. Over 80 percent of nearby elementary schools and 70 percent of secondary schools have an OFSTED rating of “good” and above. There are two high schools, Reading School and Kendrick School. Crime rates are given a relatively low score of 102 per 1,000 people.

However, there is a high prevalence of drugs in the area, according to the website. Alcohol consumption is average.

Final score: 173/200.


Kidwells Park in Maidenhead
Kidwells Park in Maidenhead

Maidenhead wins over Reading with an incredibly high score.

Also located next to the Thames, its recently renovated waterways provide the perfect location for a riverside stroll.

The average house in Maidenhead will set you back £ 560,532, but the area is home to some exceptionally good schools.

89% of primary schools and 72% of secondary schools have an OFSTED score of good or better.

Although there is only one high school, the average salary in Maidenhead is considerably higher than in Reading.

Crime rates were an admirable 64 per 1,000 people.

The city boasts of lower than average drug and alcohol use, compared to the county’s largest city.

Final grade: 185/200


Bracknell Town Center

Bracknell is linked to Reading in its overall score, the city center has undergone a huge regeneration and is now a bustling place to shop and eat out.

It has beautiful open spaces, including Lily Hill Park and South Hill Park.

The area had the lowest house prices of any other most popular location in the area, averaging £ 385,860.

Schools in the area don’t meet the same standards as Reading and Maidenhead, but they are good. 60 percent of primary schools had, or exceeded, an OFTED score of “good”. 57 percent of high schools did the same.

The district has no high schools and a very low crime rate of 50 per 1,000 people.

He also has below average drug use and low alcohol levels.

Final score: 173/200.


Michel Bridge, Slough

Although still considered one of the best areas in Berkshire, Slough was rated the lowest of the four green light locations.

An average house in Slough will set you back £ 404,330 which is more than Bracknell but cheaper than Reading and Maidenhead.

81% of primary schools were rated “good” or better by Ofsted, and 66% of secondary schools do the same.

Slough has the most high school numbers of the four cities, along with Langley, Upton Court, Hershell and St Bernard’s.

Crime rates were only slightly higher than in Reading, with a score of 103 per 1,000 people.

The city has average drug use and, unfortunately, above average alcohol consumption.

The average wage in the region is £ 594 per week.

Final score: 167/200

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