Hart has reclaimed its crown as the best place to live in the UK, for the fifth time in six years.

When considering the best place to relocate or settle with the family, factors such as schools, commuter links, job prospects and the neighbourhood usually top the list. Yet, Halifax’s Quality of Life survey sets light over the bigger picture, scoring regions across the UK in areas of health, life expectancy, employment and earnings, crime rates and their social offerings. This nationwide survey, now in its 11th year, contemplates the stats to offer a consolidated overview of the UK’s top fifty places to live.

Hart has topped the chart this year, for the fifth time! This tranquil district, named after the River Hart, is made up of many prospering towns and quintessential country villages, including the likes of Fleet, Odiham, Hook and Hartley Wintney. Hart provides residents with everything from history, rural charm and, best of all, conveniences.  The district’s distinct appeal is the excellent commuter links that provide residents with the aspired ‘Best of Both’ worlds. There are a plethora of woodland walks and selection of nature reserves for recreational activities, while the local schools are often well-regarded. 

So, what makes Hart the ‘best place to live’? 

Fit and well – 97% of residents report good or fairly good health
High life expectancy  – Averaging at 86.7 years for females, which is the longest UK average
Highest employment rates – Eight in ten work and earn a weekly average of £844
Positive vibes – Adults are amongst the happiest, satisfied and content in the UK
Safe – Some of the lowest crime rates in the country
Good climate – 32.5 hours sunshine per week 

Russell Galley, Managing Director, Halifax, says,

“Hart seems to have been offering residents an unrivalled mix of living standards for five of the last six years, seeing employment rates, average earnings and ONS personal well-being rankings bounce back.”

How did Hart catapult back into the top spot?

The leader of Hart District Council, Councillor David Neighbour, credits this achievement to the

“…. continued investment in our residents’ well-being. Our new £23million state-of-the-art Leisure Centre and new Bramshott Country Park are testament of this.”

The district has stringent plans for future progression in a bid to hold onto the top spot, Councillor David Neighbour, details, “Through our new Corporate Plan we will continue to deliver our key activities and priorities to encourage a thriving local economy, maintain a clean, green and safe environment, keep our communities healthy, and make sure we become a more efficient and effective Council… we will remain committed to delivering services that continue to keep Hart as the best place to live.” 

So, what’s in it for the kids?

Children and a growing family are often causes for moving, whether it’s more household space, better schools or simply a safer neighbourhood. In October, Halifax conducted a children’s Quality of Life Survey, which ranked Hart as one of Britain’s top five areas to bring up children. This survey related to the environment in which young ones are brought up and rated areas in terms of employment levels and house sizes – where children are more likely to have their own bedroom, with better broadband speeds, lesser traffic, population densities, with consideration given to the personal well-being of the parent.

What do the homes offer?

While the area is certainly paramount, ultimately it is the home you are buying, so what can the homes here offer you? There are a real mix of properties available across the district, from character homes and listed residences to modern and energy efficient new builds.

Here is a selection of homes currently available:

Blackwater | £340,000

This tastefully presented home has been modernised throughout and offers two reception areas, a contemporary kitchen with integrated appliances, a downstairs cloakroom, bathroom, garage and a private rear garden. Set within a cul de sac, near a central green, the station and reputable schools.



Church Crookham | £430,000

With three double bedrooms, all with built-in furniture, a spacious 18ft living room, kitchen/dining room and utility room, this home offers versatile spaces with modern neutral tones throughout. Plenty of parking is provided along with diverse grounds including a selection of outdoor solutions.



Elvetham Heath | £480,000

This modern townhouse offers bright and spacious accommodation in a desirable location, complemented by reputable schools, amenities and a nature walk. The home itself features two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility, en suites, a garage, driveway and an enclosed rear garden.



Fleet | £459,950

This modern home has been updated and refreshed to a quality specification, offering two reception areas, a refitted kitchen, cloakroom, bathroom, entrance porch, garage and a private rear garden. Ideally located within the Pondtail area, near road links, the station and town centre.  



Hartley Wintney | £805,000

A stylish family home, located in a gated private drive within St Mary’s Park; near the M3 and Winchfield station. This versatile home features three reception rooms, a spacious kitchen/dining room, conservatory, utility room, cloakroom, three bathroom suites and a double garage.



Hook | £399,950

A modern home set in a sought after cul de sac near the village centre, reputable schools and station. The bright and spacious property has been attentively enhanced to offer two reception rooms, a spacious kitchen/diner, refitted master en suite, a downstairs cloakroom, a rear garden and parking.



Rotherwick | Guide Price £999,950

**NO CHAIN** An exceptional home with a rural outlook, set near the M3 and reputable schools. Recently extended and refurbished to offer high specification, contemporary finishes with two reception rooms, a 34ft kitchen/breakfast/dining room, utility room, bathroom, two en suites and a private garden.



Yateley | Guide Price £850,000

Located within a minutes’ walk of local shops, close to amenities, yet tucked away from traffic, this substantial detached bungalow offers spacious and flexible accommodation totalling over 2,000 sq ft and is set on a plot of around a quarter of an acre with private enclosed garden areas.




So, could Hart be your next home? If you would like to know more about the Hart district, or the properties that we currently have available, our team are always on hand and happy to assist. 



Yateley – yateley@mackenziesmith.co.uk  – 01252 597900

Fleet – fleet@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 812121

Hook – hook@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01256 764666

Hartley Wintney – hartleywintney@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 844015

Lettings – lettings@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 514000

Land – land@mackenziesmith.co.uk – 01252 762007