What it's like to live in Wareham
PUBLISHED: 11:05 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 08 August 2017
With its picturesque riverside location, eclectic range of shops and restaurants, and easy access to coast and countryside, Wareham is a very popular location with home buyers, says Andy Greeves
Wareham offers a relaxed pace of life with easy access to the glorious Purbeck coast and countryside, including RSPB Arne nature reserve and the wonderful golden beaches of Studland and Swanage. It’s a great area to explore on foot or bike, with various circular trails and quiet roads alongside the town’s two rivers. And if you want to take to the water you can do so via motor boat, kayak, canoe, rowing boat or paddle board.
The civil parish of Wareham encompasses the ancient walled town, situated between the rivers Frome and Piddle, while its sister parish - Wareham St Martin - covers much of the rural area to the north of the town, including the delightful village of Sandford.
Wareham is just a short drive from the A35, connecting you to Southampton and its international airport and ferry terminal. Wareham Station offers direct services to London Waterloo (2 ½ hours), and throughout the summer there is a diesel service to Swanage and its seaside via Swanage Railway, the award-winning heritage railway line (swanagerailway.co.uk).
“Wareham is a warm and friendly town that still thinks its village,” says Trisha Ashby Rudd, an Associate Director of local estate agent DOMVS. “Wareham has so much to offer, it is a wonderful place to bring up a family or to retire to. The area has lots of history including the Saxon church of St Martin’s with its effigy of T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy including forest and heathland walks and bike routes.”
Due to its popularity Wareham’s property scene is a pretty lively one. “Properties do not tend to sit on the market for long,” adds Trisha. “Our advice to anyone wishing to move to our lovely town is to be in a position where you have a firm offer on your own property or, better still, be in rented accommodation so you can snap up that dream home in Wareham when it comes onto the market.”
In 2016, the majority of property sales in Wareham involved detached properties, which sold for an average price of £409,165. Semi-detached homes typically went for £280,000, while terraced properties went for an average of £271,154. The overall average price in the town was £332,685. In the last 12 months, there have been around 230 sales in the area, with Zoopla estimating a 1.15% rise in local property prices in that period.