This week we are revisiting this lovely East Devon town to give you the latest local info and house prices in Axminster – in case you are thinking of moving to Axminster and would like more info as you plan your move.
Situated just a few miles from the coast, Axminster is a pretty market town surrounded with equally picturesque villages and rolling countryside. Named for the broad rive Axe that runs through the town, and the Minster church at its centre, Axminster is steeped in history and tradition. It is also famous for it’s luxurious patterned carpets, which carpets have been made here since 1755 and are still manufactured in the town today.
A popular choice with commuters, Axminster has excellent rail links with London and Exeter and is close to the county lines of Devon, Somerset and Dorset making it a great place to set up home within easy reach of many local towns.
The area boasts several beautiful National trust properties including Loughwood Meeting House at Dalwood – an Atmospheric 17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house – and the manor house of Shute Barton which dates from Medieval Times and is home to the largest open fireplace in England. If you prefer to get out and explore in the open air, the National Trust also manages a couple of Iron Age hill forts nearby at Musbury and Dumpdon Hill and for walkers, we recommend Combe Wood, 10 acres of mixed ash and oak woodland, which is dotted with trails and pathways, making it the perfect place for a sheltered walk, whatever the weather.
Things to do if you’re local
The town of Axminster itself is quite small with a population of around 5,800. Local amenities include the Axe Valley Sports Centre, Flamingo swimming pool and a museum of local history. There are 3 supermarkets, lots of independent shops and a small local hospital. Axe Valley Academy is the only secondary school, served by the town’s three primary schools: Axminster Community, St Mary’s and All Saints.
House Prices in Axminster
The average price of a detached house in Axminster last year was around £324,400 – with terraced and semi-detached properties coming in at around £184,800 and £215.650 respectively. Houses in Axminster were cheaper than those in nearby Seaton, Colyton and Beer. Sold prices in Axminster were down 4% on the previous year but up 7% on 2008 when the average house price was £220,150.
If you’re thinking of renting in Axminster then a one bedroom apartment starts at around £500 – up to around £775 for a three bedroomed house, depending on location and type of dwelling. Prices as of November 2018.
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