Those who would like a Guildford home search are generally looking for a balance of convenient lifestyle, a more spacious property and top-flight schooling for their children. Many young families see a move to the Guildford area as a natural progression from their existing home in South West London.
A Guildford home search is often a difficult process as it is a competitive market in which to find a home. Its amenities and immense character attract buyers from across the UK. The wonderful cobbled High Street has a plethora of national high street brand shops and is best known for its famous black and gold clock which hangs from the Guildhall and is often used for TV adverts and recognised as a local landmark. There is a thriving community in Guildford together with a renowned academic culture through the University of Surrey, the Academy of Contemporary Music and the famous Guildford School of Acting. It is also a historical town featuring a castle which is now a protected ruin, but was thought to have been built just after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Nowadays, open air theatre productions are staged in the grounds throughout the summer months.
Recreationally, there are a large range of leisure amenities, with a large leisure centre with athletics track, ice rink and bowling lanes, traditional Guildford outdoor Lido, and with number of sports centres and active clubs.
Those undertaking a Guildford home search will be drawn to the surrounding villages to the south which include Shalford, Bramley, Wonersh and Shamley Green, all of which are very popular with commuters and also families given their accessibility to some of the best schools, both state and independent, primary and senior, in the area. Many clients end up expanding their Guildford home search to encompass these villages as they have a range of properties from Grade II listed 17th century cottages to larger character properties. The area is traditional and semi rural in feel, with each village having a village hall and cricket green, providing the hub of village life. Cranleigh, approximately 8 miles south of Guildford, is best known as the largest village in England and is charming, boasting both boutique independent shops and some high street brands.
Those who extend their Guildford home search to the east of the city are attracted to the Horsleys and Clandons, again very popular with commuters given the accessibility to direct train services and the A3 and M25. The very popular Surrey Hills village of Shere, is very picturesque and famous for its frequent use for filming notably the Hollywood film “The Holiday”. The other Surrey Hills villages of Abinger Hammer, Albury, Abinger Bottom and Gomshall offer a more rural feel and again are picturesque and an example of traditional village life at its best, with yearly village fetes, cricket on the green and thriving local culture together with beautiful scenery.