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Reading in the eyes of an estate agent

Prospect Estate Agent in Reading, Berkshire

We often get asked the question; “what is it like to live in the local area?” With most of our agents living locally, we’re able to tell you about our favourite places and give you a true insight on living and working in the area.

This week, we sat down with the Assistant Branch Manager of our Reading office, Ryan, to have a chat about Reading...

Why did you originally want to buy your home in Reading?

We chose to move to Reading a couple of years ago, having found that it offered us really good value for money, after considering a number of other towns locally. I work in our Reading office which is in the town centre and my girlfriend works at Nirvana Spa, so the journey into work is straightforward for both of us. The Oracle is great for shopping and eating out and having the convenience of the M4 nearby was another bonus.

What are the benefits of living and working in Reading?

It’s great to be able to share my local knowledge with my clients, whether it’s the nearest schools, distance to the train station or simply sharing my own genuine experiences from living in the town with my family - it’s invaluable.

What is the Reading property market like right now?

Reading is such a big town, its high volume and fast paced which is why I enjoy working here so much! Buyer registration has been consistent all year and we’re selling 75% of everything we bring to the market year-to-date. Buyers are spoilt for choice currently as there is such a wide selection of properties available in all price ranges.

Is there anything new or exciting you are looking forward to in Reading?

Lemoni - a Greek restaurant has just opened on the riverside at The Oracle so I’m looking forward to trying their food. Crossrail will be massive when it arrives late 2020/early 2021 as it will put Reading on the underground map and provide a fast line through central London.

If you have children, where is your favourite place to take them in Reading?

There’s so much to do with my daughter in Reading – she loves anything from RedKangeroo, the trampoline park, to lambing days at Amners Farm in Burghfield.

Ryan’s favourite…

…coffee shop: Workhouse Coffee

…restaurant: Coconut Bar & Kitchen

…place to grab a drink: The Black Boy

…walk in the area: Dinton Pastures Country Park

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