About Berkshire and Its Housing Market
Berkshire is a ceremonial county in South East England. It was governed by the Berkshire County Council until the late 1990s when the Council was dissolved and the governance transferred to six unitary authorities: Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire.
The county of Berkshire is one of the oldest England’s counties. Its history dates back to at least the mid-9th century. First mentioned by written sources in 860, Berkshire was created by the unification of East Berkshire and Berkshire Downs with the Kenneth Valley. Welsh monk Asser (died in the early 10th century) notes that the name Berkshire derives from “Bearroc”, a box tree forest.
The county’s location, more specifically its proximity to London and important routes played an important role in its economic development and population growth, especially from the 19th century onwards – first in the town of Reading and later in Slough, Bracknell, Newbury, Maidenhead and Wokingham. All towns went through dramatic changes in the second half of the 20th century, especially the centres of the heavy industry although the decline of the latter stimulated the growth of other sectors, most notably high-technology, office/corporate headquarters, retail, etc.
Excellent employment opportunities and London’s proximity have made Berkshire one of England’s most desirable counties, resulting in population growth and residential development to the westernmost corner of the county. Berkshire has a very diverse housing market but terraced homes account for the majority of properties sold last year. Average prices exceed the England’s average; terraced properties sell for about £270,000, while the prices of detached houses are twice as high.
A Quality Loft Conversion to Create Space and Add Value to Your Home
Considering the house prices in Berkshire, adding a quality loft conversion is a good idea to create space and add value to your home. So call us today to send you one of our consultants to do a free survey of your property and for us to provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your project. We are available on the phone number 0800 907 8575 but you can also reach us via online contact form.