Oundle is one of Northamptonshire’s best-known market towns, with a rich history, strong cultural scene and proximity to many other popular cities and towns, including Peterborough, Corby, Kettering and Northampton. It was recently named one of the best places to live in the Midlands (Sunday Telegraph), thanks to its community spirit and attractive properties – and was the only place in Northamptonshire to make it into the top 12.
Unsurprisingly, this brings plenty of tenants to the area, often seeking long-term accommodation for their families. If you’re thinking of moving to Oundle, here’s a guide to the property rentals market and where to look for the best houses.
Oundle’s rental market is perfectly geared up for families, with a significant number of properties being detached or semi-detached homes. In fact, detached houses make up 44.9% of all housing stock in the town, and these tend to be the homes most sought-after by tenants. If you’re searching for a one-bedroom apartment, Oundle might not be suitable to you for now, as only 4.6% of properties in the town are flats. However, apartments do occasionally appear on the market, and with more developers building new houses in the area, more smaller properties are set to become available soon.
This historic town has its fair share of great period properties, particularly Georgian terraces in the town centre, and attractive limestone character houses. Although the town-houses don’t tend to offer much outdoor space, they make up for it with period features, including original fireplaces, sash windows and high ceilings. These sought-after properties don’t come onto the rental market very often, and when they do, they’re usually taken fairly quickly.
In addition to the older houses, Oundle has several modern properties in a wide range of styles, from generously proportioned bungalows to semi-detached properties which often have a private driveway and garden. There are also some notable new developments in the town, such as Queen’s Court, which features new-builds designed to blend with Oundle’s distinctive Georgian style.
If you’re interested in renting period property, then the town centre is the best place to start your search, particularly areas like North Street (or indeed, anywhere close to the Market Place), with its attractive terraced houses.
Hillfield Road is an excellent choice for those seeking a modern property, as it’s got plenty of spacious detached houses, some with additional features, such as double garages, large driveways and additional reception rooms. For particularly luxurious accommodation, the new development in Whitwell’s Yard is worth exploring, with all houses finished to an exceptionally high standard.
If you’re searching for rental property in Oundle, it makes good sense to explore the neighbourhood yourself, to get to grips with the different areas of the town and find out where the rental hotspots are. A local letting agent can come in particularly useful here, and their in-depth knowledge can help guide your search.