What’s Bray Road (Guildford) like to live in?
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Where is Bray Road?
Not far from the centre of Guildford in Surrey.
In a nutshell
A straight, residential road which ends behind Farnham Road hospital. Mostly semi-detached houses with a mixture of on and off-street parking.
Who lives in Bray Road?
This is a desirable area to live that’s popular with families. The average household is a white British family earning about £39k and working in the Property, Retail or Manufacturing sectors. This area is staunchly conservative with MP Anne Milton retaining her seat for a third term, with an increased majority, in the recent elections.
What are the schools like for people living in Bray Road?
The availability of well-rated local Primary Schools is pretty good, however only one is within (what we think is) a reasonable walking distance, the others are 5-10minutes drive away. There are two very well rated SEN schools a short drive away.
It’s a similar story for Secondary schools – plenty of options locally but only if you’re will to drive or take the bus. The Guildford County School is the only one on the doorstep, it’s rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED and is about 4 minutes walk away.
There are several options for mixed or single sex Private schools within 5 and 20 minutes drive from Bray Road. The closest of which is the boys Royal Grammar School under 5 minutes drive away.
Is Bray Road safe?
The statistics show that the neighbourhood around Bray Road suffers from a higher than average crime rate. Anti-social behaviour in particular seems far above the national and regional averages. It’s possible that these figures are due to some isolated crime hot spots within the local area or a low tolerance/high reporting approach taken locally, but the best way to investigate is on the local police site and to visit the area for yourself.
Any potential problems I should be aware of?
There are a few busy roads nearby – such as the A3 and A31 which (depending on the wind direction) you will probably hear when you’re out in the garden. There are also a few smaller airfields a few miles from Bray Road so you may hear the occasional buzz of a plane overhead.
What are the local amenities like nearby to Bray Road?
You have several choices for a weekly shop with Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco’s all within 10 minutes drive. If you’re willing to go a bit further afield there’s a Morrison’s 5 miles away. For just a quick fix there’s a convenience store at the end of the road and if you’re taking a stroll on a Saturday there’s a few delis and bakeries just across the railway line near the town centre.
Guildford has all the amenities that you will need in your local community, and in Bray road you’d be well located for both the town centre and the university or hospital which are towards the town outskirts.
What’s Bray Road like for travel and commuting?
Yes it is. The main train station is less than 10 minutes walk away, Heathrow airport is about 40 minutes drive and the M25 within easy reach for when you’re travelling around the country. If you were working in Guildford city centre, you could commute in about 20 minutes by bus, or for commuting into London you would need 1.5hrs to be safe.
Bray Road ticks a lot of boxes if you’re looking for an out-of-London location with good travel links and plenty to do in the local area. If there are weaknesses, we would say both crime rates and schools options could be better (compared to the rest of the country) however this area is popular with families and you can see why – it’s well catered for in terms of amenities and has the Surrey Hills and other areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on the doorstep.