Guide to Living in Luton
With impressive house price rises, large scale regeneration plans, ideal location and excellent commuter connections, Luton is an excellent prospect for those looking for new homes in London.
Luton is a large town, borough and unitary authority area of Bedfordshire, situated in the south of England, with a population of 213,052. In the 1700’s, Luton was famous for its hat-making, which became one of Luton’s largest industries.
Property prices in Luton
One of the UK’s fastest-growing residential property markets, Luton is a modern area with beautiful countryside. Considering its attraction, house prices in Luton are rising, yet still remain low compared to London (half the price), with the average price at £270,331 in November 2020. With plenty of developments in Luton, it offers first-class infrastructure and is a commuter hotspot.
It certainly offers an alternative to London-based workers — including first-time buyers and families who cannot progress up the property ladder due to the capital’s prohibitively high house prices.
It is not only a place for commuters to nest, it is a prime location for people at the end of the day coming back to Luton to enjoy their leisure time.
Things to do in Luton
Located on the River Lea, there are plenty of walks and numerous areas of greenery in Luton in the form of nature and parks, including Wardown Park, Wrest Park and the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve.
For your history fix, head to the Stockwood Discovery Centre, and Wardown House, museum and gallery. For shopping, visit Luton’s Indoor Market, and be sure to catch the annual St. Patrick’s festival and Luton Carnival.
Kenilworth Road Stadium is home to Luton Town F.C, founded in 1885. The football team has had several spells in the top flight of the English league, and thanks to Luton’s famous hat-making, the club is nicknamed “The Hatters”.
An array of restaurants and cafes are nestled alongside a diverse selection of bars and pubs in Luton town centre. From pub food to Asian cuisine, fish and chips, Italian, and much more, you can take your pick.
In 2016, a £1.5billion programme was announced to improve the town over the next 20 years, with regeneration, upgraded cultural quarter, an improved football stadium and revamped shopping mall amongst the changes.
Schools in Luton
Those looking for properties to buy in London will always be keen to find out about the schools in the area, and fortunately, schools in Luton are another major highlight.
Among the best primary schools are Tennyson Road and Hillborough Junior School, which receive the highest ratings from Ofsted. At KS2 level, 61% of pupils in Luton are meeting the expected standard.
Denbigh High and Challney High School for Girls are among the favourite secondary schools in the area. At KS4 level overall in Luton, 94% of students are staying in education or entering employment.
One of the best Universities in the area is the University of Bedfordshire, which earned a place in the World University Rankings, after claiming the 67th spot out of 130 UK universities.
Luton transport links
As well as being a wonderful place to live, Luton has great high-speed travel into Central London, access to key roads, and easy access motorways and Luton Airport – ideal for international transport.
There are lots of ways to get around. Luton railway station runs regular services on the Thameslink line, and can take you to London St Pancras International in roughly 30 minutes.
To the west of the town centre is the M1, which connects commuters to London in the south, and other roads nearby include the A6 to Bedford, and the A505 to London Luton Airport.
There are plenty of properties to buy in Luton if you want to benefit from excellent road and rail links to London, high-performing schools and a great choice of executive and family homes.
We recommend keeping an eye on new developments through London estate agents, to ensure you don’t miss out on contemporary houses in the sought after area of Luton.