Whitley was formerly a quarry site, with tons of red stone being excavated to build some of Coventry's oldest buildings. Today Whitley is a pleasant Coventry suburb in the CV3 postcode district, lying to the south east of the city centre.
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Contrary to popular belief, the neighbourhood has never been home to a monastic abbey. Whitley Abbey was actually the name given to a grand 14th century dwelling. Sadly the house no longer exists and the Whitley Academy stands in its place. Both the River Sowe and the River Sherbourne flow through Whitley.
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Living in Whitley
The job scene is an attractive facet of Whitley. The area's close proximity to Coventry Airport is a big plus point for current residents and home movers as it offers a number of direct and associated employment opportunities. Jaguar Land Rover has its headquarters and engineering centre on Abbey Road and South Whitley is home to an Ibis Hotel, creating a positive job market. Also presenting future opportunities is the Whitley Business Park, due for completion in June 2015.
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Top Attractions in Whitley
Virgin Active - more than just a gym, the Virgin Active Warwickshire Health and Racquets Club on Abbey Road is a hive of social and wellbeing. Expect squash, tennis (indoor and outdoor) and badminton, as well as a fully equipped gym, varied classes programme, indoor pool, spa, hair salon, club lounge and crèche.
Whitley Grove Wood - this beautiful spot is on the Sowe Valley footpath and sits on a former quarry that supplied the sandstone for the original Coventry Cathedral. Discover the remains on an old ice house (used to store ice for the old Whitley Abbey); admire the bluebells in the spring; bird watch among the trees and dip into the two natural spring-fed ponds.
Whitley Common - a vast expanse of open space that was once used for public executions up until 1831, when Mary Ann Higgins was the last person to be hanged there. Thankfully, the common's gruesome past is consigned to history and today you're more likely to find children kicking a ball around the formal park and area of grassland.
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Those travelling by car can access the A45 and the A46 to the south east of Whitley from the Toll Bar End roundabout, while the A444 lies to the north west of the neighbourhood. Coventry Airport is less than three miles from Whitley, although for the time being the airport concentrates on cargo and not passenger flights.
There are three primary schools to choose from in the Whitley area: St Anne's Catholic primary school; Stretton Church of England primary school and Whitley Abbey primary school. Secondary education can be found at Babington Fields, Alice Stevens and at the Whitley Academy.
Whitley Property Profile
A quick search of the Coventry government city council reveals an unusual curiosity about Whitley - there are no streets! There are records of roads, avenues, closes, ways, lanes, a drive and even a corner but it seems there is no residential address with the word 'street' in it. According to property search portal Zoopla, the highest value roads in the CV3 postcode are: Kenilworth Road; Kings Hill Lane; Regency Drive; Stivichall Croft and Armorial Road, where prices can rise to over £800,000. Elsewhere, Whitley Village in CV3 is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods. Expect a good mix of property types, say our Coventry estate agents, including bungalows, family-sized post-war terraced houses - notably on Tonbridge Road and London Road - 19th century cottages, purpose-built apartments (on The Avenue, Bankside Court and Whitley Court, among others) and semi-detached homes.
Buying and selling property in Whitley
In line with the rest if the UK, Whitley has seen house price rises over the last year. The rise has been healthy but not unsustainable, with uplift of 8% between October 2013 and October 2014, according to property portal Rightmove. The majority of sales transactions over the last 12 months were flats, selling for an average of £71,886. The Whitley area as a whole remains resolutely affordable, with houses prices cheaper than neighbouring Earlsdon and Binley - with an average semi-detached house selling for £132,818. Carl Allsopp, founding partner at Coventry estate agents Allsopp & Allsopp, says the affordability combined with employment opportunities in Whitley is a popular mix: "With Jaguar Land Rover in Whitley and Coventry Airport on Whitley's doorstep, you would expect house prices to be astronomical yet you can still buy an entry-level flat for less than £70,000, with even the most spacious family-size properties for sale in Whitley in the 1% stamp duty bracket (under £250,000).”
If you are thinking about buying, selling or investing in Whitley property, contact Allsopp & Allsopp estate agents today for home moving, investment and property market advice.