The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Andover
Thought to have been around as early as 955 AD with the Old English name of Andeferas, Andover is thought to be a Saxon settlement that has flourished into an English countryside town with strong connections to the RAF.
Where is Andover?
Andover is a town that sits on the River Anton in the English county Hampshire. Twinned with Redon in France, Goch in Germany and Andover, Massachusetts in the US, the Hampshire town has been present in England since the time of Celtics and has a wealth of rich history.
What is the population of Andover?
Andover, Hampshire is estimated to have a population of 46,906 as of 2019 and is largely dominated by those who fall within the 18-64 age bracket, which accounts for an estimated 60.6% of the Andover population. The town’s population is also evenly split between males (49.2%) and females (50.8%).
What is the average house price in Andover?
The average price for a property in Andover is an estimated £328,466 as of March 2021, which is a rise of 5.74% compared to the March 2019. However, the average price paid for a property in Andover was only £312,974.
The average price for a detached house in Andover stands as £384,541 (March 2021) which a 1.44% yearly increase compared to March 2020, however the price paid is an average of £454,035.
Semi Detached Houses
The average semi-detached house price in Andover is currently £276,284 but the average price paid is £287,902.
The average terraced house price in Andover is as of March 2021 £261,839 but the average price paid way only £232,403.
What is the average flat price in Andover?
The current price for a flat in Andover is £158,190 (March 2021) which is a 0.44% increase compared to the last 12 months.
What is the average rent in Andover?
The average rent price for a property in Andover is £826 per calendar month.
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Is Andover a safe place to live?
Andover is considered to be a fairly safe place to live and is said to have a crime index of 40.44/ 100 and a safety index of 59.56/100. With the crime index the lower the score the less crime, whereas with the safety index it is the higher the score the safer the location. Therefore, we can see that Andover has very similar scores to other Hampshire locations and is considered a relatively safe place to live.
Andover crime rates
Between January 2020 and January 2021, there were 472 reported crimes within the Andover area, with the highest average seen in the summer months. Violent offences accounted for 31.4% of crime within the last 12 months and are the largest contributor to the reported crimes. The second largest category was burglary which accounted for 19.5% followed by vehicle crime which accounts for 11.2% of the overall crime.
Find out more about Andover crime rate here.
Is Andover a nice place to live?
Andover is thought to be a lovely place to live, with well-connected transport, neighbouring family villages and affordable housing for those looking to live in the city centre. The market town has many different museums lining its borders detailing its Iron Age and importance in the world wars. A lovely place to settle down with a family with its easy access to the countryside and the coast whilst also being an attractive choice for those looking for an easy commute into London.
What are the best neighbourhoods in Andover to live in?
Rosewood Gardens and Saxon Fields
These housing developments in Andover have been highly sought after since the early 90’s due to the housing being the perfect size for both growing families and families with older children and their central location to amenities. This area offers access to Anton Lakes Nature Reserve, perfect for daily exercise and walking, likewise the commonly placed playgrounds, football pitches and green areas offer great amenities to all shapes of families.
North of Andover town centre, these family developments are close to both the town centre and the neighbouring town of Charlton which offers shopping, dining, and a post office.
Home to a smaller population, a primary school and 14th Century Church, this little village on the edge of Andover is patterned with cottages and a wide variety of different walking lanes. Perfect for families looking for a more rural lifestyle and individuals looking for a place to retire.
Living in Andover
Andover Train Station provides direct links to London and Salisbury, provided by Southwestern Railway, ensuring that for commuters to London there are trains every 30 mins reaching waterloo in just over an hour.
With strong bus links within and around Andover, the bus services are operated by stagecoach to offer easy transport links between other locations in Hampshire. More destinations can be reached by use of the National Express which can be used to reach London, Southampton, Bournemouth, and other UK locations.
Schools in Andover
There are 10 primary schools within and near Andover, including 2 with an inspection rating of ‘Outstanding’ and the other 8 receiving ‘Good’. The most central primary school in Andover is the Andover CoE Primary School which educates children aged 4-11 and can be found to the south east of the town centre.
There are 9 different secondary schools in and around Andover, including 2 with an ‘Outstanding’ rating and 7 with a ‘Good’ rating. One of the ‘Outstanding’ schools is the Testbourne Community School who caters to children ages 11-16 and has not got a particular focus on a single religion.
One of the only independent schools within the Andover vicinity is Rookwood School, which educates children from 2 – 16. This school is to the west of Andover town centre.
Special Educational Needs Schools
Within the Andover vicinity, Icknield School caters to children aged 3-19 with special educational needs or those with learning difficulties, with the support available all through the education years, it ensures a safe learning space where children can be educated to a high standard. The school recently received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
Andover was first recorded in history when King Edred built a royal hunting lodge there in 952 and subsequently when King Edgar called a meeting of the Saxon parliament there in 962. Throughout history Andover has retained its market town status and in the early 12th century was best know for processing wool which was then traded to other parts of the country and within Andover itself at the weekly market and annual fair.
First and second world war
RAF Andover was opened within the Andover Airfield and became the site of the RAF Staff College during the First World War which then later became the RAF Maintenance Command during the Second World War. RAF Andover also holds a prominent place in British military history by being the first helicopter training school in the UK and home to the first British helicopter unit.
In 2001, Andover became one of the major sites of the newly formed Defence Logistics Organization and since 2012 has become the headquarters for the Army.
Nightlife in Andover
Andover is no stranger to a wide variety of pubs and bars, from cosy traditional village inns to modern refurbished bars.
Dating back to the 18th century, Town Mills pub is considered one of the best in the Andover area and still retains much from its watermill heritage including the original water wheel which is powered by the River Anton.
The Fox Inn
A slight drive from the town centre, this rustic pub features a large open fire; beer garden and terrace offer a wide variety where everyone will find something suited for them.
The Poplar Farm
Known for its healthy, hearty food, including a range of vegetarian and vegan options, this pub is a popular spot for dog walkers and adventurers alike as a pit spot alongside those looking for some grub from the Army Flying Museum next door.
Top 10 places to eat in Andover
- The Old Bell & Crown; British cuisine
- Light of Asia; Asian cuisine
- Siam Orchid; Asian cuisine
- The Lion at Clanvillie; British cuisine
- George and Dragon; British cuisine
- The Clatford Arms; British cuisine
- Captain’s Mezze Bar & Fish; Mediterranean cuisine
- The Fox Inn; Asian cuisine
- The Hare & Hounds; British cuisines
- Curry Leaf; Asian cuisine
Best places to stay in Andover
There are many different places to stay in Andover, ranging from quaint country houses with view of the vast countryside to town central hotels that offer easy walking distance and accessibility.
Rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor this hotel is the highest rated in the area and offers up a stay within a 100-year-old manor house. Perfect for those looking for a country retreat with access to the English countryside, the Esseborne combined luxury and comfort with idyllic natural surroundings to offer a peaceful stay.
The Star & Garter
Situated in central Andover, The Star & Garter was built in 1770 and whilst retaining its original charm it has recently been completely refurbished. With an overall Trip Advisor rating of 4/5, it is the ideal location for those who are looking to wonder round the streets of Andover and then come back to a large comfortable bed. With 47 restaurants and 8 attractions within 0.3 miles, this hotel has a walker rating of 81/100.
Premier Inn Andover Hotel
The popular hotel chain that offers a comfort many are familiar with, this Premier Inn is central to the market town, with many of the town’s hottest spots within walking distance. Perfect for adventurers, holiday makers and business individuals alike, this hotel can conform to whatever your needs and see them sorted to.
What is the closest airport to Andover?
The closest airport to Andover is Southampton airport, which is just over 28 miles, which is an estimated 33 minutes by car via the A34 and M3.
What is the closest hospital to Andover?
The most central hospital to Andover is the Andover War Memorial Hospital, which is located in the town centre but other hospitals such as BMI Sarum Road Hospital and Royal Hampshire Country Hospital are also close.
Top 10 things to do in Andover
- Finkley Down Farm Park
- Thruxton Motorsport Centre
- Anton Lake Local Nature Reserve
- The Lights Theatre
- The Museum of the Iron Age
- Cottonworth Vineyard
- Hawk Conservancy Trust
- Rooksbury Mill
- All Saints Church
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