Stoke is an up-and-coming suburb of Coventry located in the CV2 and CV3 postcodes. It sits to the north east of Coventry centre, just over one mile from the city's mainline train station. Falling under the Stoke geographical catchment include Upper Stoke, Lower Stoke, Stoke Village, Gosford Green, Stoke Park, Stoke Green, Stoke Aldermoor, Stoke Heath, Copeswood, Ball Hill, Barras Heath, Courthouse Green, Wyken Green and Charterhouse.
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According to the Coventry Society, the name Stoke is from the Old English 'stoc', meaning 'village' or 'fenced in' place. The River Sowe lies to the Binley side of Stoke, while Gosford Green and Coventry Canal border the west. The area's rich clay soil paved the way for brick, pipe and tile making industries. Later, ribbon making and weaving became popular occupations.
Living in Stoke
Stoke covers a wide part of north east Coventry and each neighbourhood has its own quirks and character. Karl Allsopp, a Director at Coventry estate agents Allsopp & Allsopp, says Stoke is gaining in popularity due to its value-for-money housing stock: "House prices in Stoke have been rising but the affordability remains good, especially given the area's close proximity to the city centre. Stoke is a good bet for buy-to-let property investors as there's a steady stream of students from Coventry University and the University of Warwickshire."
Top Attractions in Stoke
The Co-operative Theatre - this intimate 100-seat theatre on Watersmeet Road in Wyken is home to the Wheatsheaf Players - a theatrical group of actors, writers and producers whose roots can be traced back to 1930. A regular programme of productions keeps the local community entertained.
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Gosford Park - located on the corner of Binley Road and Humber Road is a wide expanse of open grass parkland crying out for a game of football, a dog walk or even a spot of kite flying. It's known by Stoke locals as Gentleman's Green.
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Stoke Green Park - this recreational area received a boost in 2013 when a campaign to secure lottery money to build a children's park was successful. An award of £56,000 saw the addition of play equipment, which is now well used by the children in the local community.
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Road links in Stoke include the A444, the A4600 and the A428, which take travellers to the east side of Coventry city centre and to the M6 and M69. The closest rail station to Stoke is Coventry city centre, just over a mile away.
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Stoke has a good selection of schools, many with glowing Ofsted reports. Primary schools include Sacred Hearts Catholic Primary School; Stoke Primary School; Gosford Park Primary School; Frederick Bird Primary School, Southfields Primary School and St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School. Secondary schooling is provided by Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, The Coventry Blue Coat CoE School and The Sidney Stringer Academy. Pattison College provides Stoke's independent schooling choice.
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Stoke's Property Profile
Stoke Green's roots as an affluent middle-class suburb can be traced back to 17th century when wealthy ribbon manufacturers built large houses in the neighbourhood. Many of these magnificent Georgian and Victorian properties remain today and they are some of the most sought-after properties for sale in Coventry. Stoke Park was the site of a race course up until 1849, when it was replaced by a private housing estate. The area remains a popular choice among young professionals and families. The period-style houses in this conservation area - especially in South Avenue and Brays Lane - are quick to change hands. Stoke Heath saw the addition of new housing estate between 1899 and 1928.
Buying and selling property in Stoke
As with all Coventry suburbs, there is a steady supply of buyers from the city centre, especially among young professionals looking for bigger properties and families looking to be closer to the Warwickshire countryside. Stoke has also been flagged up by The Complete University Guide as a 'better value' area in the city for students, so the suburb naturally attracts landlords and tenants. According to property search portal Rightmove, overall sold prices in Stoke over the last 12 months were up 6% on the previous year (2013), and up 16% on 2007. Stoke's overall average house price is £140,332, according to Rightmove data taken in January 2015.
If you are thinking of buying, selling or investing in Stoke should contact Allsopp & Allsopp estate agents today for home moving, investment and Stoke property market advice.