Leamington Spa Property Guide

Leamington Spa is one of the more affluent market towns in the Midlands, situated in the county of Warwickshire. Leamington is a small town of around 50,000 people and its Victorian heritage has left the area with a wealth of grandiose Victorian and Georgian buildings, particularly in the north of the town.

Leamington Spa Area

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History of Leamington Spa

Leamington is first heard of in the Domesday Book of 1086, where a village called Lamingtone is mentioned. It was a 240 acre manor with two mills. The name of the village became known as Lemyngton Priors in the Middle Ages when it was owned by the nearby priory of Kenilworth. Leamington remained a tiny village until about 1800. The value of the mineral springs came to light in the Middle Ages but it was not until 1784 that the small village began marketing its saline springs and started building baths around some of them. The name Royal Leamington Spa was adopted by permission of Queen Victoria in July 1838.

Leamington Spa History

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Living in Leamington Spa

Royal Leamington Spa boasts dramatic Regency architecture, delightful parks and gardens, and a unique mix of top quality shopping, with a fantastic range of independents alongside high street brands. With an impressive array of entertainment venues, a rich choice of restaurants and some of the country’s best spas and salons, Royal Leamington Spa is one of the most appealing towns in the UK. Leamington Spa is often described as ‘the best bits of London, all in a ten-minute walk’.

Leamington Spa Living

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Top Attractions in Leamington Spa

Royal Pump Rooms - the historic Royal Pump Rooms have been redeveloped to create a cultural complex worthy of the 21st century. The multi-million pound restoration houses an art gallery and museum, assembly rooms, café, tourist information centre and library. Visitors can explore life in a Victorian spa town, relax in the magnificent Turkish Room and discover the water treatments that were used at the Royal Pump Rooms.

Leamington Spa Royal Pump Rooms

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Jephson Gardens - located in the heart of Leamington these gardens have recently been extensively refurbished offering a great day out. They offer a play area, boating, glasshouse, exhibitions, refreshments, floral displays, fountains, activities and events. They were voted 'Best Park in Britain 2004', and have now gained a Green Flag Award.

Leamington Spa Jephson Gardens

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Leam Boat Hire - the centre and shop lie within the beautiful setting of Mill Gardens. The gardens sit between Mill Road and the River Leam, and just the other side of the river to the famous Jephson Gardens. They have a large fleet of boats available for hire: including rowing boats, pedalos, electric motor boats, canoes, kayaks and more. They also have turbo paddlers, which are great fun for little people.

Leamington Spa Leam Boat Hire

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Transport Links

Royal Leamington Spa is located in the heart of England near major transport links, and is only 20-30 minutes’ drive from historical neighbouring towns, cosmopolitan cities and acclaimed universities such as Warwick, Coventry and Kenilworth. By train, you can travel directly to London Marylebone in only one hour and 15 minutes, and there are direct rail links to all neighbouring towns. Once in Royal Leamington Spa, every area of the town can be explored easily on foot.

Leamington is ideally situated only five miles from junctions 13 and 14 of the M40, four miles from the A46 and 11 miles from the M45. The town is also easily accessible from the North via the M6 (J4a), and clear signage makes travelling to Royal Leamington Spa simple.

Leamington Spa Transport

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Schools

There are a number of schools within Leamington, including the state secondary schools of North Leamington School, Campion School, Trinity Catholic School, and the independent schools of Arnold Lodge School and Kingsley School. Myton School in Warwick, although located just outside Leamington, includes parts of Leamington as being within its priority catchment area.

Leamington Spa Schools

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As well as these schools, Leamington children can attend Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls - a state run selective school; Warwick School - an independent school for boys; The King's High School for Girls - Warwick's twin school, and Princethorpe College - a mixed independent school in the nearby village of Princethorpe.

Leamington Spa Schools

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Leamington is the location of the first of Warwickshire College's six sites, and additionally another site is located just outside the town. The town is particularly popular with Warwick University students seeking properties to rent in Royal Leamington Spa.

Leamington Spa Property Profile

Our Leamington Spa estate agents say that the wide variety of property stock in Leamington Spa is one of its main attractions. This Victorian heritage has left Leamington with a wealth of period Victorian and Georgian buildings, particularly in the north of the town. South Leamington is the cheaper area of the town to live in, where the properties to rent are popular with students from Warwick University. If you are looking for a wise buy-to-let property investment in Leamington Spa, then this could be the area to focus on.

Leamington Spa Property Profile

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Buying and selling property in Leamington Spa

For the majority of semi-detached and terraced properties in Leamington Spa there has been little change in asking price rises over the last year, with buyers now paying on average the same for a three-bedroom home than they did one year ago, comment our Leamington Spa estate agents. The same type of houses to rent in Leamington Spa cost around £300 per week. Flats for sale in Leamington Spa have, however, shown a remarkable increase in value of around 35% in the last year alone.*

With a significant population of students from Warwick University the buy-to-let property market remains buoyant in the south side of the city. At the luxury end of the market there are some superb examples of the often flamboyant and roomy architecture of the Victorian era.

Leamington Spa property is part of a fast-moving market with an average time for selling at around 60 days. The majority of housing stock coming on to market are three- and four-bedroom houses, with an average price of £285,000 to £390,000.

*Figures from Rightmove March 2015