Best things about living in Ashley Cross
PUBLISHED: 10:38 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 21 September 2015
Situated around the main road linking Bournemouth and Poole, this delightful leafy suburb has a friendly village-like atmosphere, great shops and a vibrant community spirit as Andy Greeves discovers
Ashley Cross is part of the suburb known as Parkstone: Lower Parkstone, better known as Ashley Cross, is situated on the A35 between Bournemouth and Poole, while Upper Parkstone, to the north east of Poole town centre, has Ashley Road running through its centre.
Around 100 independent shops, restaurants and cafes can be found around Ashley Cross Green including Mark Bennett Patisserie (33 Church Road), Little Red Roaster (18 Station Road) and local vintner The Village Vine (23 Bournemouth Road). Popular dining venues with live music include Camden Bar (6 Bournemouth Road) and the OX Hotel, Bar & Grill (81 Commercial Road).
Many properties in the area date back to the area’s rapid growth during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, this combines with stylish modern builds. It is this eclectic range of architecture that gives the area its particular appeal. Many of the area’s residential streets consist of charming red brick terraces, while the local library is housed in the old fire station.
Parkstone railway station offers direct services to and from London as well as Southampton, Winchester and Weymouth, making Ashley Cross an ideal location for commuters. Local schools include Baden Powell and St Peter’ Junior School, Poole High School, Poole Grammar School and Parkstone Grammar School.
Located at southern of Lower Parkstone is Parkstone Golf Club, one of the top 100 courses in the UK. The homes that overlook it, such as those located on Links Road, command a premium. The prices are also boosted by the areas proximity to the exclusive BH13 (Canford Cliffs) postcode.
The property market in Ashley Cross
Properties in Ashley Cross sold for an average price of £295,522 in 2014 up 6% up on 2012. The majority of those sales involved flats followed by terraced properties.
The average sale price in 2014 was:
• Flats: £198,210
• Terraced property: £277,480
• Detached house: £527,111
• Pricing information rightmove.co.uk
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