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A Leicestershire village featured in the UK’s top 10 best places to live in your twenties

In an episode of ‘UK’s Best Places to Live’ aired on Channel 4 earlier this year, a Leicestershire village was featured as one of the UK’s top 10 places to live during your twenties.

Using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including data focused on housing, jobs, transport, wellbeing and happiness, the show featured the 50 most desirable places to live in the country, weighted by how important each focus was to people aged between 20 and 29.

The village of Blaby in central Leicestershire made it to the top three, coming in at third place.

Quoted in the Leicester Mercury, Councillor Terry Richardson, leader of Blaby District Council was extremely happy to see that Blaby was so highly regarded commenting: “We are fortunate to have major employers, high-profile retail outlets and affordable housing with transport links for residents to take advantage of.”

What makes Leicestershire a great place to live?

Bray & Bray Solicitors is one of Leicestershire’s longest serving law firms and we’ve been helping people to buy and sell their homes throughout the county and further afield for hundreds of years.  This means that we know a thing or two about the local area, including why it’s a great place to move to or to invest in a home!

The culture and history in Leicestershire

Everyone knows that Leicester is the final resting place of King Richard III following the discovery of his skeleton in 2013.   However, did you know that Leicester has the largest Jain temple in the UK, which also happens to be the first of its kind built in the West?  We also host the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India. Then there’s The Curve, the Highcross and Fosse Park shopping centres, The National Space Centre and the annual Leicester Comedy Festival – to name just a few of the things to do around here.

The sport in Leicestershire

I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t know that Leicester City Football Club won the Premiership in 2016, but just in case you weren’t aware – we have a very loyal fanbase for The Foxes.  The Leicester Tigers rugby team is also in the hearts of many Leicester sports fans – as arguably the biggest club in Aviva’s Premiership, every Tigers game draws in huge crowds of supporters and the players are often chosen to represent England internationally.

The countryside in Leicestershire

On the edge of the National Forest, you don’t have to go far to enjoy beautiful scenery.  Home to lots of open green spaces, parks and forests, there’s plenty of local natural beauty to experience.  One of the most popular all year round is Bradgate Park, with hills, trees, a river, ruins and of course deer to appreciate.

The companies in Leicestershire

Leicester is home to some excellent employment opportunities at some fantastic companies.  Next, Caterpillar, Dunelm, Europcar, Walkers, Topps Tiles, Joules, Jelson and Santander Asset Finance are just some of the large companies based here.

Leicestershire’s location

Leicestershire is relatively easy to get to from, well – anywhere!  It’s right in the middle of the UK.  And we mean that literally – the exact centre of England is marked with a sign just outside of Fenny Drayton in Leicestershire.

Add easy access to the M1, the M69, the A50 and travel by road is excellent.  Plus, we’re on the route for East Midlands Trains, ranked the highest performing UK train operator in a recent Customer Satisfaction Index.

House prices in Leicestershire

According to Rightmove, over the past year the average price for houses that were sold was £231,060.  This is a 4% increase on the previous year. According to the UK House Price Index, average UK house prices in January 2017 were £218,255, placing Leicestershire only slightly above average – making it relatively affordable for house buyers – and ideal for those commuting to London.

Advice about moving to Leicestershire

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property in Leicestershire or Leicester, speak to a conveyancing specialist today.  Our team is spread across each of our Leicestershire offices, so whichever is most convenient for you, there will always be several people qualified and available to help.

Contact a conveyancing solicitor in Leicestershire

If you’re moving house and a good service at a reasonable price is important to you, contact our conveyancing solicitors at any of our offices below: