The Shelfords. Village life in the shadow of the city.
Rated as one of the best villages to live in by The Sunday Times, and situated just five miles south of Cambridge, sits the beautiful village of Great Shelford and Little Shelford. For the buyer looking for village life with access to the city, The Shelfords are the perfect option. Many young families and professionals move to the area to take advantage of its abundance of local facilities, good schools, access to open space and its good transport links.
The Shelfords have everything, making it a popular choice for all purchasers. For the professional, the mainline train station to London Liverpool Street is within easy distance, plus there is access to major road networks including the M11, A11 and A14. For those who work more locally, a peddle into Cambridge city centre takes just 23 mins!
On your village doorstep, a selection of shops can be found in the vibrant Woollards Lane area, plus the village has its own family butchers, a baker, and the acclaimed Shelford Deli. And not to forget, a couple of welcoming village pubs, a superb Indian restaurant and wine bar. Scotsdales Garden Centre, ticks the box for garden lovers. Plus, not to forget all the wonderful countryside walks right on your doorstep, including Wandlebury Country Park and The Gog Magog Hills, plus the award winning The Gog farmshop and deli.
For families, schools are always near the top of a move list. The village has a local primary school, Great and Little Shelford CofE which is rated good by OFSTED. It is also in catchment for Sawston Village College at secondary level. In addition, there are many private school options in the Cambridge area available for consideration.
Having such an abundance of facilities, the community plays a big part of living in The Shelfords. The local Shelford Rugby club really is at the hub of the community and very close to my heart. I have personally been involved with the club for over 20 years, starting as a junior and still playing now in the seniors. The club has really evolved over the years and new members are always welcome.
Another community favourite that runs the second week of July each year, is The Shelford Festival and Feast. The festival was a regular fixture on the village calendar up to the second world war, with the last event taking place in 1938. It was revived in 1994 and returns this year following the pandemic. To date the event has donated £338,000 to local good causes. A great community effort and I am sure this years event will not disappoint!
With so much on offer, it is understandable why people want to live here and why I am so passionate about the area. It’s proximity to Cambridge, excellent facilities and village life really make it a hotspot property area in Cambridgeshire.
Typically, properties available are varied in style and size and range from period homes, thatch, luxury executive homes, quaint village cottages and new builds, attracting last year, an average house price of approx. £725k. However, there are always properties to suit every price bracket, examples include executive homes selling for over £1m and smaller terraced properties selling on average for £418k.
If this is an area you wish to consider a move to, please give me a call and we can start your search immediately. I am sure you will love the area just as much as I do.