Earlsdon is located only a mile away from Coventry City Centre, which gives locals a great balance between living an urban lifestyle and getting away from the bright lights when needed. It also appeals to students and academics attending Coventry University and the University of Warwick due to the suburb’s proximity. Having recently been named one of the best places to live by the ‘Sunday Times’ the appeal to the area is growing from both local and national buyers.
Most famously, Earlsdon is recognised as the birthplace of aviation pioneer Frank Whittle, who was responsible for creating the turbojet engine in 1930. The watch-making industry also boomed here once, which is now represented in the roundabout at the top of Earlsdon Avenue North. More recently it was named by The Times as one of the best places to live in the UK and when you spend some time here it’s easy to see why.
Property Types in Earlsdon
Prime property in Earlsdon can be found in Beechwood Avenue, Davenport Road and Warwick Avenue, which offer houses with large numbers of bedrooms. Kenilworth Road is the location for superb, detached properties in a prime setting close to the Memorial Park. There are a good proportion of Edwardian-era properties too, as development was ongoing in the suburb primarily up to the start of World War I. Stareton Close features semi-detached houses and Rochester Road has large detached homes.
Demographics in Earlsdon
Those working at Coventry University and the University of Warwick often take up residency in Earlsdon as commuting times into the city centre are short compared to other areas. Earlsdon is perfect for families and those of a more mature age too. Its proximity to the city centre means there is a varied mix of people living in Earlsdon, making for a close-knit community that is more than inviting.
Upcoming Developments in Earlsdon
There is a lot of talk about development on Coventry’s green belt, with as many as 3,100 touted for development in nearby Keresley and a further 3,495 at Eastern Green. Earlsdon is a suburb which is on the up, and if some, or even part, of these projects are given the go-ahead, it will rapidly transform the area bringing new jobs and housing opportunities.
Schools and Colleges in Earlsdon
For parents of younger children, Davenport Lodge Nursery School offers early years education in a secure and stimulating environment. Local Primary schools include Stretton Church of England Academy, Sidney Stringer Primary Academy and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School which were all rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted during their last inspection. For secondary school children, Riverbank School, Finham Park School and Sidney Stringer Academy are also rated at the same level. All three of these senior schools cater for 16 to 18 year olds. Finally, King Henry VIII School is one of the most distinguished co-educational day schools in the Midlands offering education from age three through to 18.
The Criterion Theatre in Earlsdon has 120 seats and regularly puts on shows for people in and around the local area, with as many as eight productions shown each year. There is a lively music scene with The Albany Club and Millsy’s Café Bar & Bistro both being popular venues. The Earlsdon Festival takes place in May every year and attracts visitors from all around. It takes place on May Day Bank Holiday and features food stalls, music, face painting, dance displays and more. The War Memorial Park is a large park of approximately 48.5 hectares. Opened in July 1921, it is a tribute to the 2,587 Coventrians who died fighting in the First World War. The park has around 800 memorial trees which are dedicated to those who lost their lives in conflict.
Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Leisure
Most of the shops and restaurants located in Earlsdon are found along the famous High Street – widely known as ‘the best High Street in Coventry’ – which gives the area a self-contained feel away from the nearby city centre. Earlsdon Carnegie Community library is one of the largest in Coventry with plenty to offer all age groups. Earlsdon Cottage serves up artisan pizzas and Bombay Palace is a popular Indian restaurant worth visiting. The Broomfield Tavern and The Royal Oak are two nearby pubs, and for more entertainment there is even more going on in the city centre.
Getting into Coventry is easy, as it is approximately one mile away, taking anywhere between a 10 to 15 minute stroll, or a couple of minutes’ drive. Coventry train station can be found here, which heads directly into London Euston and takes around 60 minutes. For those wishing to travel into Birmingham, the average journey time to Birmingham New Street is 27 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 136 trains available.
The nearest airport is Birmingham International which takes just 13 minutes by train from Coventry Train Station. Gatwick is around three and a half hours away, Heathrow two and a half, Luton the same length of time and Stansted the longest at just over four hours.
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