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The Best Place To Live In The UK

It will come as no surprise to current residents of Leamington Spa that the historic town was voted the happiest place to live in the UK in Rightmove’s Happy at Home Index in 2017 and maintains a position in the top three in 2020.

Whether you are a resident of many years or a newcomer to the area, Leamington’s charms are hard to miss and as local Leamington Spa estate agents, at Charles Rose Properties we feel incredibly privileged to help people find their dream home in the best place to live in the UK.

So, what exactly does Leamington Spa have to offer that earned it the top spot in 2017? We discuss some of the highlights of our town and how we believe they contribute to the happiness of its inhabitants.

Leamington Spa Best Place To Live

One of the factors that Leamington Spa scored notably high on in Rightmove’s Happy At Home Index was the accessibility to local green spaces. Home to a number of parks that are easily accessed from the centre of the town, such as Jephson Gardens, Victoria Park, and the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa has no shortage of green spaces to choose from to relax in and spend some time close to nature.

Jephson Gardens, and Mill Gardens opposite, have won fourteen Green Flag Awards, a recognition of a quality green space or park. The Pump Room Gardens, which hosts events and community activities year-round such as fun fairs and festivals, are listed as Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

Spanning the eastern edge of Leamington Spa is Newbold Comyn, accessible from three separate points in Leamington Spa: Radford Road; Newbold Terrace East; and Campion Hills. Newbold Comyn is a 300-acre country park ideal for nature walks and cycling, and is also host to play areas, a skate park, a pub and football pitches.

Properties For Sale In Leamington Spa

You need only take a short walk through any of the residential areas in Leamington Spa to see the diversity in property types available – when buying a house in Leamington, you really are spoilt for choice. From terraced Victorian houses to modernised family homes, and an array of character properties including centrally located townhouses and gorgeous apartments in the iconic Clarendon Square, there are a wide variety of properties for sale in Leamington.

Not only is there a great amount of choice within Leamington’s neighbourhoods, but there is also a lot to be said for the warmth of these areas. Leamington Spa scored highly on Rightmove’s Happy at Home Index for having friendly neighbours, meaning no matter which area of the town speaks to you the most, you will be welcomed by some friendly faces.

Supporting independent businesses

Rather than being faced solely with nation-wide chains when you visit Leamington’s central shopping district, instead you will find a healthy balance of both familiar brands and local independent businesses. Leamington Spa is fortunate to be home to a number of local businesses spanning various sectors, including but not limited to homeware, clothing and accessories, bakeries, and a number of locally run cafes and restaurants.

Another factor highlighted by Rightmove as contributing towards happiness in Leamington Spa is a strong sense of belonging. With the Leamington Business Awards (who not only celebrate local businesses, but also work to support local charities!) championing independent businesses and BID Leamington’s 2020 Spa Stars campaign celebrating the positivity of the local people, it is not hard to see how this focus on local businesses (and the local people both running and supporting them) could contribute to this feeling of community spirit.

Buying A House In The Best Place To Live

Need help finding the perfect Leamington Spa home? Browse our houses for sale in Leamington.

Looking to move to a nearby area instead? We also have a wide variety of Warwick homes for sale.