Leicester Forest East: A Haven for Commuters and Families
With its excellent transport links and a host of local amenities, Leicester Forest East is a property hotspot for commuters and families alike.
Straddling the M1 and with Leicester’s ring road on its doorstep, it is easy to see why Leicester Forest East (LFE) has become a prime location. Add to this the excellent value offered on some of the large housing estates in the area, and it may be time to add the area to your property hunting shortlist.
There is also the potential for longer-term financial gain if you choose to buy property in the area, as in the last year alone prices have gone up by six per cent compared to the year before and, according to Rightmove data, most of the homes sold were detached houses, fetching an average price of £304,356. Semi-detached properties, meanwhile, achieved an average of £187,212, while the average terraced house sold for £167,319.
As well as the price rises, it is also an exciting time to live in the LFE area thanks to projects such as the £1bn New Lubbesthorpe scheme, creating over 4,250 homes between the LFE area and Enderby. The 20-year initiative will result in the creation of a small town, complete with shops, parks, schools, a leisure centre and bus services.
Primary schools serving the area include Stafford Leys and Fossebrook Primary, while secondary options include the Ofsted ‘outstanding’-rated South Charnwood High School in Markfield and the ‘good’ Groby College sixth form. If you’re looking for an independent school for your children, there is Loughborough Endowed Schools.
LFE is equally as well served with leisure opportunities, and community groups meet regularly at Stafford Leys Community Centre and the Kings Drive Parish Hall. The latter is home to a children’s playgroup and also boasts its own playpark.
If you enjoy sport, there is a range of clubs on offer, from rugby union and tae kwon-do to tennis, and there is swimming nearby at Braunstone and golf at Kirby Muxloe. An interesting network of bridleways and paths leads out into the countryside, while the area itself boasts plenty of amenities to cater for everyday life. These include a dentist, optician, two medical centres, a vet and a pharmacy.
There are local shopping options, including a bank and post office, as well as a range of shops on the Hinckley Road. Here you will also find a range of popular eateries, including the Forest Park Table and The Red Cow thatched pub.
Just five minutes in the car, meanwhile, will get you to Fosse and Meridian Parks, where you will be spoilt for choice in terms of big brand shopping along with chain restaurants, a cinema, gym and bowling alley.
For travelling further afield, Nottingham East Midlands Airport should only take around half an hour to get to on the motorway, and there are also excellent links with the M6, Birmingham and the country as a whole.