10th May 2021
The perfectly located market town has plenty going for it
“You could happily walk from one side of Brackley to another,” comments Ben MacIntyre of Macintyers in partnership with Alexander & Co. It may not initially seem an important point, but it does hint at the size and community feel of this family friendly market town in south Northamptonshire, with a population approaching 20,000.
Extending our coverage into Northamptonshire
Alexander & Co became involved in Brackley in March this year, extending our coverage and services into Northamptonshire. The well-respected team here is now part of a larger family of 120 agents, all dedicated to helping clients across a wide geographical area.
Right where you want to be
Brackley was an important old coaching town between Oxford and Northampton, and its links to breweries and inns are still evident today. Location is undoubtedly one of this town’s strong points. It’s halfway between the M40 to the south and M1 to the north; and you can be on the south coast in two hours, and Manchester in two hours. It’s close to the larger urban centres of Oxford, Banbury, Bicester and Northampton, while the gently rolling countryside is never more than a mile away.
You can hop on the train at Banbury or Bicester, getting on the London and Birmingham lines. Plus, it’s in the middle of several airports: Heathrow’s just an hour away, and you can also easily get to Birmingham, East Midlands and Stanstead airports.
Ben MacIntyre adds an extra fact about the area: “The source of the Great Ouse is just north of Brackley. A little stream trickles through the east side of Brackley, ultimately flowing through to the Wash at Kings Lynn.”
The unmistakable feel of a market town
Brackley has a nice, quiet feel to it, with the town hall and Georgian buildings in the centre helping to make this a conservation area. A good restaurant and cafe culture exists, along with several well supported pubs. Shops include an independent baker’s and butcher’s, plus Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s are all local. If it’s a shopping trip you want, you’re not far from Milton Keynes, with Oxford, Northampton and Bicester Village also good options for a spree.
Popular housing mix for families
The housing mix is good in Brackley, with older properties in the heart of the town. Housing has grown out from here to the east and north over the past 60 years, offering family-oriented properties with 3-5 bedrooms.
There’s also a high quality rental market with a good supply of properties (unsurprising when you consider Brackley’s easy links to surrounding areas): from one and two bedroom apartments to family homes.
Good schools on your doorstep
Live in Brackley and you’ll be living in a safe, friendly environment. The local schools are good, with one main secondary and several primary schools. Winchester House School is an independent school in the town, while Beachborough School is another preparatory and pre-prep school nearby, in Westbury (both schools going up to age 13).
High performance all round
Brackley is in the heart of ‘Formula 1 country’, a hotbed of engineering expertise. While the main employer here is the Mercedes Formula 1 team, the town is also very close to Silverstone race track, just five miles to the north. There’s even good quality, live football to enjoy. Brackley Town Football Club consistently punches above its weight in the National League North (the sixth overall tier of the English football).
Our teams are local people
Brackley certainly has a lot to offer: a market town large enough to have things going on, while being small enough for your family to feel part of an active, local community – something that struck Paul Abel of Alexander & Co: “When I met the team I soon picked up on how everyone’s involved in the community, either in local charities or local events.”
Brackley has joined our network of branches in offering the local knowledge, insight and community involvement that’s invaluable to clients when coming into a new area.