Andover is a market town in Northwest Hampshire with an ample supply of quaint surrounding villages. There is a range of perks to living in Andover: enviable transport links, direct trainline to London Waterloo, good schools and amenities, and lower house prices than neighbouring towns are just a few.
If you’re thinking of moving to Andover, here’s a handy guide to some of the surrounding areas.
On the outskirts of Andover, Picket Twenty was once a hamlet that has grown in recent years into a large suburb of Andover, thanks to extensive and ongoing housing development.
Construction began in 2010 and over 1,000 homes have been built since. Picket Twenty now boasts its own nursery, primary school and community centre whilst remaining a five-minute drive from Andover town centre.
Charlton is a village to the northwest of Andover. The expansion of both Andover and Charlton makes the two conjoined, although Charlton still boasts a quieter village feel. With its own church (which also functions as a village hall), sports centre, pub and shops, Charlton has adequate amenities for its residents.
Charlton is also home of Charlton Lakes – one of Andover’s largest parks. Charlton Lakes has a large playpark, a miniature golf course, pitch and putt, sports pitches and an athletics track.
The desirable location makes Charlton house prices slightly higher on average than those of central Andover.
Upper Clatford and Anna Valley
Upper Clatford and Anna Valley are neighbouring villages to the south of Andover. Unlike Charlton, the villages boast a primary school, in addition to a church, pubs and a village hall.
Properties in the villages command a higher price than those in Andover, with the average Upper Clatford property costing £660,429 in 2021.
Located in the Bourne Valley, part of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hurstbourne Tarrant is only a ten-minute drive from Andover but boasts a distinctly rural feel.
The village has a church, a primary school and a community centre, with a range of community events throughout the year.
House prices in Hurstbourne Tarrant average around £458,750.
St. Mary Bourne
Only ten minutes from Hurstbourne Tarrant, St. Mary Bourne also lies in the stunning Bourne Valley. The village has a shop and post office, village hall, primary school and GP surgery, plus a lake and plenty of countryside walks.
House prices in St. Mary Bourne are significantly higher than those in central Andover and neighbouring Hurstbourne Tarrant. Last year, the average St Mary Bourne property sold for £957,184.
A five-minute drive from Andover, Weyhill is a spread-out village with a church, village hall and historic fairground. It’s also home to one of Andover’s most popular spots, Rosebourne Garden Centre and Café.
Weyhill house prices are very similar to that of Andover town.
Whitchurch is a small town around 15 minutes east of Andover and 15 minutes west of Basingstoke. Surrounded by Hampshire countryside, Whitchurch has a more rural feel than Andover but with plenty of local amenities.
Whitchurch has its own primary and secondary school, along with an idyllic high street with shops, pubs and a bar. The town is also well-connected, with a direct train line to London Waterloo and close proximity to the A303 and A34.
Community feel is at the heart of Whitchurch, with annual events including the scarecrow festival and pub race. For gin-lovers, it’s also just a five-minute drive to the popular tourist attraction Bombay Sapphire Distillery.
Compared to Andover, you’ll pay more to live in Whitchurch. The average Whitchurch property cost £427,674 in 2021.
To find out more about Andover and its surrounding areas, contact the Graham & Co team today.