The town is understandably popular with home-movers, thanks to its wealth of job opportunities, fascinating 1,000-year history and wide array of amenities. Anyone performing a Reading property search will find the area contains a wide array of housing types, with the most common being modern studios, Victorian terraces and detached family homes.

It is the focal point of the UK's own Silicon Valley, located along the M4 corridor and housing major businesses such as Amazon, Dell, Microsoft and Panasonic. It is also just a short distance from London, with trains between Reading and Paddington taking around 25 minutes. The arrival of Crossrail in Reading by the end of 2019 will further improve access to the capital.

From bars and restaurants to a 10-screen cinema and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading FC and rugby union outfit London Irish, the town offers plenty of leisure and entertainment opportunities. It also plays host to the world famous Reading Festival, which attracts more than 87,000 music fans every year.

In terms of education, Reading scores highly. As well as an extensive selection of primary schools, the town has two leading state grammar schools and several high-performing independent secondary-age schools. Furthermore, Reading University was rated by the 2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings as being in the top 1% of all the world's universities.