Earlsdon is a suburb in the south west of Coventry and has the area's watch making industry to thank for its creation. As late as 1850, the area was prime farmland but overcrowding in Coventry city centre and a boom in the manufacture of time pieces meant more housing was needed. Concentrated around a farmhouse owned by John Moore, development was rife from 1853, especially after 1898 when the Albany Road was opened up as an access route to the city. The new suburb was soon big enough for its own name and was christened Earlsdon. Despite a decline in manufacturing, the suburb retains its title as one of Coventry's most sought-after suburbs, with a village-like feel that has families and young professionals flocking.
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Living in Earlsdon
Earlsdon - lying approximately one mile from the centre of Coventry - has a CV5 postcode and is a favourite haunt of home buyers and tenants across the board. Our Coventry estate agents say the suburb has a self contained feel to it, with Earlsdon High Street (more accurately called Earlsdon Street) a hive of retail and leisure activity. The pubs, shops and restaurants that line the street allow Earlsdon residents to mingle and foster a true sense of community spirit. Earlsdon also has one of the largest libraries in Coventry and it's a much-loved facility with a popular programme of creative and child-led events. Societies and clubs active in Earlsdon are as diverse as they are popular - ranging from morris dancing and Tai Chi to rugby and tennis.
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Top Attractions in Earlsdon
Criterion Theatre - Earlsdon is lucky enough to have its own theatre - a 120-seat privately-owned venue on Berkeley Street South. The theatre puts on eight main house productions annually, and is home to the Criterion Players. Additional performances are provided by touring theatre companies and musical groups. The Criterion holds a Saturday morning drama workshop for children, as well as a hosting other events, including coffee and cake mornings, local artists' exhibitions and the popular Christmas carol evening.
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The Earlsdon Festival - The annual Earlsdon Festival really brings the whole CV5 community together, as well as pulling in participants from across Coventry. Held around the May Day Bank Holiday, people gather on Earlsdon Street and the surrounding roads to enjoy sporting activities, face painting, dance displays, live music and food stalls. Many of the local businesses hold special events in aid of charity too.
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Live music scene - With a large student contingent, you would expect Earlsdon to have a thriving music scene. Look no further than The Albany Club at No. 10 Earlsdon Street, which hosts great tribute acts and up-and-coming bands. Millsy's Café Bar & Bistro just a few doors down is the place to head for Coventry's best DJs, as well as the popular open mic Mondays.
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Earlsdon Transport Links
Earlsdon is favoured by those working or studying in Coventry as the city centre is within walking distance - around one mile depending on where you are in CV5. In terms of public transport, Coventry train station is 0.7 miles away, while Canley is 0.9 miles. There's also a fast and frequent bus service serving the area. Road users are close to Coventry's ring road as well as the A45.
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Earlsdon Primary School serves the local community and was deemed 'good' by Ofsted inspectors after their last visit. For parents looking for a private primary education, King Henry VIII independent preparatory school offers education for children between 3 and 13. A private education can be continued post 13 at King Henry VIII independent senior school, while Finham Park School is the closest secondary.
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Earlsdon Property Profile
Many of the properties for sale in Earlsdon are bought by academics working at Coventry University and the University of Warwick, while there's always a keen audience of students looking for house shares and flats to rent in Earlsdon. Despite a younger demographic in some parts of CV5, the property stock isn't confined to flats and conversions, by any means. Some of the most impressive and expensive houses for sale in Coventry can be found in Earlsdon, with premier roads like Warwick Avenue, Davenport Road and Beechwood Avenue often yielding six and seven-bedroom properties.
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Buying and selling property in Earlsdon
Despite media reports that the best price appreciation has been seen in London and the South East, properties for sale in Earlsdon have been fetching increasing amounts. Rightmove statistics show that house prices in Earlsdon were up 14% on the year before, and 8% up on 2009. The overall average price for a property in Earlsdon is £197,855. Allsopp & Allsopp Coventry estate agents confirm that buying and selling activity in CV5 has remained brisk during all economic and property market conditions. People often move to Earlsdon to put down roots and they see their property as home rather than an asset to try and make money from. The village vibe attracts a broad cross-section of Coventry people, although the market tends to be underpinned by landlords buying HMOs (houses of multiple occupation) and working professionals who enjoy the quick commute into Coventry city centre.
If you are interested in buying or selling property in Earlsdon and CV5, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Coventry estate agents office.