The Hampshire town of Basingstoke lies around 50 miles southwest of London. There is plenty of new building and post-war development in Basingstoke, which, together with its famous roundabouts, give it a "New Town" feel. Basingstoke is home to around 83,000 people. The town is served by the M3 motorway and has a rail link into London Waterloo.
Old Basing, to the east of the town, contains many architectural gems and is the place to hunt for more exclusive and expensive properties. Newer developments in areas such as Chineham to the east and in the west, Kemphsott and Hatch Warren, are also very popular and provide more competitively priced accommodation. If you're looking for a bungalow, try Basingstoke's Berg Estate, which was developed in the 1950s with low-level living in mind.
The west part of Basingstoke in particular has plenty of diversity in its housing stock, offering everything from small flats and apartments, to modest terraces, family-sized semis and larger detached houses.
The countryside beyond Basingstoke provides a wealth of picturesque village properties, in places such as Overton, Oakley and Sherford-on-Lodden. You'll find plenty of charming cottages and their appeal is reflected in the higher prices you would expect.