Bourn and Chesterton in Cambridgeshire are among the UK’s ‘best places to live’ according to The Sunday Times
Both were on the list of 12 in the Eastern region – a list that was topped by Chelmsford in Essex. York was named the best place to live in the UK overall.
Whittlesford was also given a mention as one of “eight places to live with country views and city buzz”.
Bourn was called “an unlikely cultural hotspot”, while Chesterton was described as “an area on the up”.
Carla McQueen, ward councillor for East Chesterton, was delighted at the inclusion, saying: “That’s really nice to hear. I think it must be the community spirit. It’s a lovely area as well and we’re right by the river, so there are really nice walks.
“I live here myself, in Fallowfield, and people come together. Maybe that’s why. It’s really great news.”
The highly-rated Chesterton Community College and the addition of the nearby Cambridge North station also add to the attraction of living in Chesterton.
Richard Freshwater, director at Cheffins, said: “Areas around Cambridge North are still relatively up and coming and will cost approximately 15-20 per cent less than some of the more sought-after parts of Cambridge city centre.
“Chesterton also has the added advantage of being close to the new Cambridge North train station and all of the inward investment which will come about as a result.”
“Chesterton also has Jesus Green, Midsummer Common and the river, as well as a number of new bars, restaurants and shops.
“The Waterman on Chesterton Road has been revamped and now is a smart gastro-pub, while Thirsty wine bar and shop remains a firm favourite. There is also the Radmore Farm Shop and Stem + Glory café.”
He added: “Bourn has always been a popular village as it has got some great amenities, including a post office, shop, pub, primary school and also access for children to attend Comberton Village College.”
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