Luton is a large town and borough in Bedfordshire, South East England. With a population of 213,052, Luton is one of the most populous towns without a city status in the United Kingdom.
Luton is renowned for its multicultural vibe and being right on the doorstep of the picturesque Chiltern Hills and being close enough to visit London and enjoy the hustle and bustle but without the price tag and an easy commute. It’s also the home of our big sister easyJet with the first flight taking place in 1995 from London Luton Airport.
Best places to live in the area
We have explored some of the best areas to live within the Luton area, giving you a head start when beginning your property search, as relocating to a new area can appear daunting at first:
Toddington: Toddington is a superb place to live. It is a large village and civil parish in Bedfordshire. Throughout the village, you’ll find many opportunities to get fresh air in the local parks and green spaces, for example, Luton Road Park or Toddington village pond and memorial are some perfect places to take children or for a quiet walk. You will also find many places to eat and drink – from takeaways, dessert parlours, restaurants, and bars such as bistro twenty-four, a recommended cafe in the area. According to Rightmove, homes in Toddington average at £385,047.
Challney: Second on our list is Challney. This area features both 1920s semi-detached properties, new builds and terraced houses which average at £270,896. Walking through this area, you will find lots of well-known shops and supermarkets and several schools, which is always important if you are looking to move to the area with children. You will also have access to a variety of eateries, such as the Leicester Arms pub – which is thoroughly enjoyed by locals.
Putteridge: Another recommended area is Putteridge. Properties in this area are known for being very spacious – with garages, driveways, and generously sized gardens – houses in this area have sold for an average of £313,109 according to Rightmove. Within Putteridge, you’ll find many amenities. For a start, there are several schools close by, which is a plus for those planning on moving with a family. Just along from there is Inspire Sports Village, which comprises swimming pools, a gym, and sports halls, which is an excellent amenity to have nearby. Not only that, you will find several parks in the area, such as Wandon Park, great for taking children for a run around or walking the dogs, followed by a visit to the Hansom Cab, a pub loved by locals.
Barton Hills: Finally, on our list of best places, is the Barton Hills area. According to Rightmove, homes here average at £305,493 – but this varies as the properties vary from average detached homes, semi-detached properties, and larger detached homes. As well as being in easy reach of the Barton Hills Nature Reserve, the area is full of well-recommended pubs and restaurants and cafes such as the Shack café, it also has several schools in the area which is great if you have children as well as having many boutiques and supermarkets to choose from.
Luton has many transportation links to offer that make it a very appealing place for locals and commuters. Firstly, is Luton train station, which runs regular services to London and many other major cities. Just outside of the town centre is the M1, which connects commuters to London. As well as other important links in the area, such as the A505 to London Luton Airport.
Luton is lucky to have had its own for decades and is an excellent additional transport to have. With over 70 destinations to fly to you’ll be spoilt for choice, Luton Airport is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment, which will increase its services even further. Also, throughout Luton, there are many cycling routes for those advanced, with destinations to reach or just enjoying time outside on a bike.
Things to do and places of interest
Having attractions in your local area is always important, so here’s our hotspots local to Luton.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Imagine being just over a 20-minute car journey away from the UK’s largest zoo! Living in Luton means you will be just that. The Zoo offers 205 different species along with 600 acres of scenery to explore. Look around by foot or jump on the express steam train to experience animal territory or sit and enjoy the daily animal shows – this is without a doubt an attraction to visit if you are in the area.
Barton Hills National Nature Reserve
For a more relaxed day out, head to the Barton Hills National Nature Reserve for a look at the wonderful scenery. Vast hills and stretches of land that look out on the horizon. This is a perfect walk for those who love hiking or simply those walking with the family or the dog – with plenty of on and off-lead walks for your furry friends. Admire stunning views at sunrise or sunset. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this, as it’s just on your doorstep.
Festivals & Carnivals
Luton has lots to offer when it comes to community spirit. One example is the Luton carnival – a yearly festival full of fun and elaborate costumes celebrating culture, the arts, and the people of the area, something great to be a part of.
One of the more recent festivals starting in 2000, is the St Patrick’s festival which is said to be another fantastic day full of celebrations, parades, colour, and spirit and is highly recommended as a fun family day out.
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