The rather attractive town of Newbury enjoys a prime location on the Kennet and Avon canal. The idyllic setting is complimented by a number of attractive 17th century buildings, and the town's prominent racecourse.
The town is surrounded by North Wessex Downs, Watership Down and Greenham Common, making it the economic centre of a predominantly countryside area. This also helps it maintain a thriving economy, with the Vodafone operations being the areas biggest employer.
Transport links are good, and the Newbury bypass help to make the town feel more removed from the motorway than it really is. The St Barts and Wash Common areas are both very popular with families, due in part to nearby high achieving schools. These areas can be a little expensive, and those not concerned with the school catchment areas are likely to find more for their money in one of the newly developed housing estates towards the South and West of the centre. Several of the nearby outlying villages offer impressive larger homes, but prices creep higher, and public transport can be patchy in more rural areas.