The lowdown: Maidenhead
The once-pretty town of Maidenhead has suffered in recent years yet the countryside's natural beauty and exciting new developments - including the arrival of Crossrail - are attracting families to the area.
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Average house prices in Maidenhead
One-bedroom flat: £224,000
Two-bedroom flat: £368,000
Two-bedroom house: £382,000
Three-bedroom house: £504,000
Four-bedroom house: £772,000
Average rental prices in Maidenhead
One-bedroom flat: £909 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,286 a month
Two-bedroom house: £1,273 a month
Three-bedroom house: £1,388 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,180 a month
Most of Maidenhead's state primary schools are judged to be "good" or better by Ofstead. Oldfield, Boyne Hill CofE Infant and Nursery, St Edmund Campion RC, and Lowbrook are all judged "outstanding". Most of the comprehensive schools are judged to be "good". See our full list here.
Maidenhead’s town centre has a downtrodden appearance, however the local council is attempting improvements in eight key development areas. Nicholsons is the town centre shopping centre, where there are branches of Argos, Clarks, Dorothy Perkins, Iceland, Next, Superdrug, Topshop and Tesco.
Maidenhead is close to junctions 8 and 9 on the M4. There is easy access to the M25, M40 and A404. Fast trains to Paddington from Maidenhead station take around 25 minutes and an annual travelcard costs £2,908.
The riverside village of Bray is a gastronomic paradise. Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck is closed for refurbishment until later this year but also in the village are The Waterside Inn; The Hinds Head; The Crown; and Caldesi in Campagna which specialises in food from Tuscany. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
The Norden Farm Centre for the Arts puts on a busy programme of comedy, films, plays and children’s shows; the Stanley Spencer Gallery in the village contains many of the painter's greatest works; and the Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze is the council-owned swimming pool. See our full list here.
Once the haunt of highwaymen, the wild area of Maidenhead Thicket is now owned by the National Trust. The Cliveden estate, also owned by the National Trust, is set high above the Thames with formal gardens and woodland walks. The 540-acre Burnham Beeches is an area of ancient woodland.
£175,000: conveniently located for Maidenhead town centre and the train station, this first-floor one-bedroom apartment has a small balcony that overlooks the front garden.
£650,000: this detached, three-bedroom family home is located within the catchment areas of some of Maidenhead's highly regarded state primary and secondary schools.
£895,000: a detached four-bedroom home that has recently been refurbished and extended to a high specification, including a walled garden.
£1,950,000: located on a private road, in the sought-after village of Bray, this five bedroom home offers direct access to the River Thames.