Hook has long proved a popular destination for home-buyers, with its great schools, good commuter connections, proximity to larger towns and easy access to countryside spaces, you can certainly see why.
Hook is a large village situated in North Hampshire, approximately six miles east of Basingtoke. Initially a very small settlement, the construction of Hook railway station saw the village grow with an influx of workers. The village is surrounded by swathes of countryside and farmland with smaller villages and hamlets nearby, such as Nately Scures, Rotherwick and Newnham.
In the 18th centry, Hook was an important stop for travellers on the route from London to Exeter. Whilst the rail line arrived in the 1830’s, the station didn’t follow until 1883, this propelled Hook into the modern world, and residential development sprung up around the tracks. Hook was originally earmarked for further development, with Basingstoke chosen instead, which has allowed Hook to become a charming suburb in the heart of Hampshire’s countryside.
The train line continues to draw people to the area today, offering an easy commute to London in under an hour, along with services to Woking, Farnborough, Fleet and a short 10 minute journey to Basingstoke. Along with public transport, the local roads also draw in commuters, with easy connections to London, Reading and the wider road network with Junction 5 of the M3 nearby.
For commuters looking to regain a stronger work/life balance, the surrounding countryside proves a huge asset, with Bassett’s Mead Country Park, Basingstoke Canal, Bartley Heath and the River Whitewater offering rural spaces.
When it comes to local amenities and shopping, Hook has it all, from a butchers to Boots, Tesco and a great selection of local pubs and restaurants. Heading a few minutes down the road into the villages of Odiham and Hartley Wintney, there is a great selection of boutique, independent retailers, with Basingstoke offering a large shopping centre featuring many High Street brands, along with two multi-plex cinemas and plenty of restaurants.
Ideal for families, Hook offers high calibre schools, including Hook Infant School, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, Hook Junior School and Whitewater Primary School at Rotherwick, both ‘Good’, and Robert May’s Secondary School in Odiham which is also ‘Outstanding’.
There is a significant business community, with Bartley Wood Business Park, situated less than 1km from the village centre, home to businesses such as Virgin Media and Serco.
Whilst Hook has everything you’d expect from a medium sized town, it retains the spirit of a village, with village halls and many local activities; from Brownies to ballroom dancing, and groups such as Hook Players and Hook Eagle Morris Men.
With Hook offering so much, it’s not entirely surprising that property values have seen consistent growth over the last five years, with an increase of 25.95%, approximately £62,692 in added value.
For those looking to invest in the area, rental yields can vary between 2.6% and over 4%, with the top end possible on brand new apartments, right in the heart of the village.
Our Hook Branch Manager, Simon Dredge, has a great level of knowledge of the area, having grown up and worked in Hook.
“The majority of buyers moving to the area are indeed young families and commuters, thanks to the good transport links. I’ve seen an influx of London buyers during my time as an agent, who chose Hook for the pleasant community and surrounds, without adding much time to their commute.
Many buyers also choose the area for the local schools, which I can say from personal experience are superb. It’s often a major factor in the decision to relocate to the area.
With the main bulk of development taking place in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the village mainly offers modern houses, but head out along the A30 and the surrounding villages and there are some stunning character properties available. New developments such as Providence House and Pembroke Manor are in my mind great for the area, they make it affordable for the younger generations to stay local, and offer potential for First Time Buyers, be that locals or commuters, along with Buy-To-Let opportunities which help to support the growing need for rental properties in the area.
Having grown up in Hook myself, it’s great to be selling houses in the area that I know and love so well. It’s also been fantastic to see how the village has evolved over the years, but the core reasons why people live in Hook have not changed at all. I have seen the village experience some development in that time, but the feel of the village remains the same.”
If you’re considering investing in Hook, give Simon and our team at the branch a call, they’ll be happy to help. We’re also hosting a Buy-To-Let event on 28th September (4pm-8pm), offering some independent financial advice, lettings advice and unique incentives on local new builds. Phone (01256) 764666 or e-mail email@example.com.