Being close to Coventry - the West Midlands' second largest city - is of paramount importance for many professionals and students in Warwickshire. Here Coventry estate agents Allsopp & Allsopp take a look a Coundon - a popular suburb to the north west of the city.
Living in Coundon
Coundon in Coventry is located in the CV6 postcode. Originally a village in the Warwickshire countryside, it became an extension of Coventry City when the mass house building programme of the late 1920s and early 1930s took place. Popular with working families who strive for a less urbanised alternative to the city centre, and students attending Coventry University, Coundon is known for its great schools and travel connections to Coventry and the rest of the county.
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Living in Coundon
Coventry was the first place in the world to have a twin city after it formed a relationship with the Russian city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) during WWII. It was this war that saw extensive damage to the city, with the Luftwaffe air raid known as the "Coventry Blitz" wreaking havoc on 14 November 1940. The Germans even coined the term 'Coventrate' to describe the tactics of complete urban devastation developed for the raid.
Top Attractions in Coundon
Coundon Wedge - grab your walking boots and head for Coundon Wedge - a historic area of countryside within Coventry's Green Belt. Make sure you visit Wedge-Wood Community Woodland - a five-acre planted area on land adjoining Coundon Court School.
Coundon Hall Park - whether it's to burn off some energy at the weekend, to stage a full-scale football match or to keep the kids amused after school, Coundon Hall Park is a must-visit for families and football fans. A children's play area, a woodland corner and 14 football pitches form this park on Coundon's Waste Lane.
The Coundon Hotel - this is the local pub for residents in Mosley Avenue, Holyhead Road and Coundon Road but the choice of tipples and sizzling menu draws people in from across Coundon. Check out the quiz night on Thursdays.
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There are two direct bus routes running from Coundon to Coventry city centre, although many spritely CV6 residents - especially those in Lower Coundon - take the free option and walk into Coventry city centre. Depending on which part of Coundon you're in, Canley, Coventry and Tile Hill are the three closest train stations. The A444 and the A4114 provide a direct road link into Coventry city centre and out to the M6 motorway.
There is no shortage of schools in the suburb. Hollyfast and Christ the King primary schools are a first choices, each having a 'good' Ofsted rating, with Coundon primary school providing an extra option. Families looking for private secondary tuition often buy property for sale in Coundon to be near the independent Bablake School for Boys and Girls. Other secondary schools include Barr's Hill, Sherbourne Fields, City College and Coundon Court.
Coundon Property Profile
Most of the flats and houses for sale in Coundon can be divided into two camps - large Victorian dwellings - many of which have been subdivided into flats - and post-war family homes. "Houses of multiple occupation - providing excellent accommodation for students at Coventry University - dominate roads such as Meriden Street, Coundon Road, Middleborough Road and Gloucester Street," says Nikki Eaton, Branch Manager at our Coventry estate agent office. "As Coundon estate agents, we're always helping landlords looking to add a student let to their portfolio." Families looking for more spacious accommodation often plump for houses for sale in Coundon's best residential roads, such as Newington Close, Holyhead Road, Mosely Avenue, Crandford Road, Southbank Road and others in the Barker's Butts Lane area of CV6.
Buying and selling property in Coundon
According to a leading property search portal, prices in Coundon have been rising over the last 5 years, with the biggest appreciation seen in the last 12 months. The CV6 postcode presents excellent value for-money for home movers: "Many flats or houses for sale in Coundon will be exempt from stamp duty as the average property price in the area is just over £113,000. Even houses for sale in Coundon in the smarter streets sometimes fall in the 1% stamp duty bracket - with three-bedroom examples selling for less than £250,000. This is great news for those who want to use all their savings to put down a big a deposit as possible," says Nikki Eaton. Anyone thinking of buying, selling, renting or investing in Coundon should contact Allsopp & Allsopp estate agents today for home moving, investment and property market advice.