Andover is a vibrant, up-and-coming town in the heart of the test valley. With large scale renovation of the town centre on the horizon, Andover’s future is looking bright. Below, we detail some of the top reasons to move to Andover and why now is the time to buy here.
Andover Transport Links
Andover boasts excellent transport links. A direct train to London Waterloo runs almost 40 times a day, taking a little over an hour, which makes Andover a great place to live for commutability.
Road links are also good, with the A303 to the south leading to the M3 and the A34 to the east linking to the M4.
Andover’s proximity to Southampton, Salisbury, Basingstoke and Winchester makes it ideally placed for employability prospects – plus, it is a more affordable place to buy than neighbouring centres.
Good Schools in Andover
Andover has an impressive school offering at all levels of education, from primary to secondary and beyond.
There are 10 primary schools in Andover, five of which are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, including the sizable Anton Junior and Portway Junior Schools.
There are three secondary schools in Andover, Winton Community Academy, Harrow Way Community and John Hanson Community – all of which are rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.
There are also two independent schools, Rookwood, near the town centre, and Farleigh, a Catholic co-educational prep school a short drive out of Andover.
For school leavers, Andover College is conveniently located in the town centre, and plentiful transport is provided for the renowned Peter Symonds College in Winchester and Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke.
Andover Town Centre Redevelopment
Andover’s town centre is set to undergo some major redevelopment in the coming years. Celebrated planners Hemingway Design and NEW Masterplanning have produced a regeneration masterplan for Andover’s town centre, replacing the dated Chantry Centre with a new cultural quarter featuring independent shops, bars and restaurants with The Lights theatre taking centre stage.
The phased redevelopment, approved by the town council, will also include a new Wellbeing Quarter incorporating a regenerated campus for Andover College and a green corridor linking the River Anton to Vigo Park.
Sport and Leisure Facilities in Andover
Andover is a hub of impressive sport and leisure facilities. The brand-new, multi-million-pound leisure centre features state-of-the-art sports facilities including a gym and swimming pool.
The town also has a newly built tennis centre, a great selection of gyms and a host of outdoor parks and green spaces with exercise facilities.
Beautiful Villages Surrounding Andover
Surrounded by beautiful Hampshire countryside, the outskirts of Andover are dotted with idyllic country villages.
Local pubs, quiet river walks and endless countryside views are just a stone throw’s away from the town, making it an ideal location for those looking for the perfect blend of urban and rural.