The bridge currently being built in Market Harborough from the Harborough arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Airfield Farm site that is earmarked for 924 homes, shops, a primary school, a hotel and recreation facilities is a sure sign of this East Midlands market town’s increasing popularity as a location for families to relocate to, often from the significantly more expensive South East.
The last census in 2011 showed Harborough District as having a population of 85, 000. This number is estimated to surpass the 100, 000 mark in the next 5 years. The projected increase in population of 16, 427 from 2012/13 to 2022/23 is nearly equivalent to two new towns the size of Lutterworth.
So what makes Market Harborough so attractive as a place for families to settle down?
It’s true that Market Harborough is a very different place to the traditional rural market town many older residents still remember, however that has not come at the detriment of its community links. With groups and events in the town including Parkrun, Race Harborough, WI, Rotary club, Round Table, choirs and a myriad of other sports and special interest clubs, Market Harborough has many options when it comes to exploring interests and making friends – something that is not always easy to do as an adult moving to a new area.
Market Harborough has a good selection of well-regarded primary and secondary schools and does not suffer from the issues found in other areas of UK where house prices are inflated or negatively affected by their proximity (or lack of it) to what is locally regarded as one of the few good options for schooling.
The town also offers a huge range of extracurricular options for children who are interested in dance and sports. Indeed, Harborough Town Football Club, which caters from the under 5s all the way through to walking football for seniors, has just been singled out by the Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn as a “model club” that others can learn from when it comes to forging strong ties in the community through grassroots football. Indeed at Andrew Granger & Co, we are proud to support this self-sustaining, not-for-profit club with a new two-year kit sponsorship for the U9 Rangers team.
With its historic old Grammar School and Georgian buildings, Market Harborough town centre retains much of the old world English market town charm that first attracted newcomers. Upmarket high street chains of shops and restaurants rub shoulders with traditional pubs and cafes and independent traders, creating a good balance of the modern and traditional.
However, a major reason why Market Harborough is proving a more and more popular place for families to settle is its versatility as a place to commute from. With direct trains to London in under an hour, regular rail services to cities including Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield and great links to the A14, A6, M1, M6 and M69, Market Harborough is a convenient base to access a variety of locations.
Market Harborough offers a wealth of accommodation options for families ranging from character-filled and surprisingly spacious Victorian terraced houses, to large detached period homes in the picturesque surrounding villages. It is particularly popular with families looking for modern detached homes in family-friendly developments such as this large detached house situated in a lovely cul-de-sac close to a highly-regarded primary school.
Our award winning lettings department also offers a range of family-friendly properties to rent in Market Harborough.
Every year we help families from all over the UK find their ideal home in Market Harborough. If you would like to discuss the properties we currently have available to buy or rent, please call our Market Harborough office on 01858 431 315 (sales) or 01858 439 080 (lettings).