<strong>Basingstoke</strong> is a <strong>large market town</strong> located halfway between London and Southampton. (Basingstoke is often nicknamed "Doughnut City" or "Roundabout City" due to the number of roundabouts.) It is a <strong>prosperous town</strong>, with an <strong>above-average standard of living and very low unemployment.</strong>
Basingstoke has <strong>excellent road links</strong> via the M3 motorway to the capital and London Waterloo is only 39 minutes away by train. Though significant proportion of Basingstoke s population will commute to London for work, <strong>many are employed in the local area</strong>. Basingstoke is home to numerous blue chip companies such as; The Automobile Association, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Motorola, Sony, Sainsbury s Distribution Centre and many more. Martin & Co Basingstoke have <strong>established an excellent reputation amongst their corporate clients</strong> and in fact many landlords and tenants contact Martin & Co because they have been specifically recommended by existing clients.
Martin & Co (Basingstoke) deal with a range of landlords and <strong>work hard to tailor their service according to the individual landlord s requirements</strong> whether their portfolios are large or small, and whether a seasoned property investor or new to the lettings market. They offer <strong>excellent value for money</strong> with consistently higher than average rents for a wide range of property types.
Martin & Co attracts good quality tenants ranging from young couples, to retired people, aswell as individuals who are very new to the Basingstoke area, often having been relocated for work. In fact, one and two bedroom furnished properties are always in high demand from our corporate clients, and good quality family properties are also popular too, especially in the catchment areas of the schools.
Standards of education in the Basingstoke area are high with Oakley Village Infant School for example receiving an <strong>outstanding OFSTED report.</strong> The junior school also in Oakley village has received the Best State Junior School . Located in the town of Basingstoke itself is the award winning secondary school Bishops Challoner. The area also has a number of highly regarded private schools and also for higher education Basingstoke College of Technology (BCOT) attracts both UK and overseas students who attend courses in a variety of subjects.
Being located almost halfway between London and Southampton, Basingstoke is not far from the south coast, or the UK's capital city, however there is plenty on offer in the town itself. The Festival Place shopping mall is in the heart of town with a wide range of shops and restaurants on offer.
Festival Place also hosts a number of regional festivals and exhibitions. Keeping with tradition, a market still takes place in the older part of town on a Wednesday and Saturday.
The local borough of Basingstoke and Deane offers a variety of town bars, wine bars and country pubs. There are plenty of other opportunities to relax since the area is served well by cinemas, the Aquadrome and the Planet Ice Arena which is home to the ice hockey teams Basingstoke Bisons and Basingstoke Hyenas.
All things considered, Basingstoke and the surrounding area is a great place to live and work !