Living in Oakham
Buying a new house in Oakham is perfect for homeowners looking for a life in a charming, pretty and traditional rural town.
Oakham hosts open air markets twice a week as well as monthly farmers’ markets to tempt new homeowners. It boasts many beautiful buildings, historic sites and traditional, independent shops.
There is plenty to explore including the museum, Oakham castle and the market place with its buttercross and stocks.
House prices in Oakham*
The average house value is £331,680. Terraced properties sell for a current average price of £212,594 and semi-detached properties for £246,596. In the past year property prices in Oakham have increased 0.59 per cent.
*Housing statistics taken from Zoopla in June 2017
Things to do and see in Oakham
There is plenty going on in Oakham so, once you have brought your new home in the town, you will never be bored or lacking things to do.
Oakham has a busy calendar of events and festivals. It also has a thriving artistic community which welcomes new members and holds regular exhibitions at local venues.
Christmas is a special time for Oakham residents with unique events, live performances and entertainment. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Oakham appeals to those who enjoy exploring on foot or bike.
Transport links in Oakham
If you are looking to buy a new home in Oakham and need to commute for work, you will be pleased to hear that the town has great transport links.
The Birmingham to Peterborough railway line runs through Oakham providing links to both of these cities and to Leicester, London and Cambridge. Road users are also catered for with excellent links across the country.
Education in Oakham
Oakham is home to Oakham School, one of the major English public schools, which was founded along with the nearby Uppingham School in 1584.
Oakham also supports a number of primary and nursery schools – within both the private and state sectors – and the Catmose College secondary school, making it a perfect location for families looking for a new home.
A brief history of Oakham
Oakham grew up in the shadow of the Norman castle of which only the banqueting hall survives. The hall is the oldest surviving English castle hall and its walls are decorated with over 200 horseshoes left by visiting dignitaries and royalty.
Another notable building is the unique buttercross. Built in the 16th or 17th century the cross lends a wonderful old-world feel to Oakham, especially as the ancient five-hole stocks are still displayed in the market square!
*Housing market statistics taken from www.rightmove.co.uk/house-prices/Oakham.html in June 2017