Aylesbury I would say is an extremely well balanced town, and caters for a broad spectrum of people. The one thing I would say that attracts a lot of young families are the schools which have a very good reputation, especially the local Grammar schools. There is also a large college which has had a lot of money invested in over recent years. The bus service is good, the shops in town are pretty good, but you have Milton Keynes and Oxford not far away for the large scale shopping experience. Bicester Village Designer Outlet is down the road too for designer bargains and a fabulous (albeit busy) shopping experience.
All the major supermarkets are here and many of the main high street stores you expect are here too. The Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness centre is great, especially the pools where you have a 25m competition pool, a fun pool with slides and rapids for the kids, and a smaller pool that used to be linked to the outdoors but is now undercover.
There always seems to be something going on and the local radio station Mix 96 seems to be at the heart of a lot of things that happen in town. There are some lovely pubs dotted around the area, many sell real ales and are traditional, rustic country pubs. Wendover, down the road is also a lovely little town with some great pubs and boutiques.
You also have the new(ish) Aylesbury Waterside theatre in the heart of Aylesbury which is brilliant and attracts a lot of great shows and stars. What I like most about Aylesbury is you have all the best bits of a town available to you, but then the open countryside is a few minutes out of town in every direction.
Work-wise, Buckinghamshire County Council and the District Councils are both based in Aylesbury and employ a lot of people. Personally, I have worked in Watford, Luton, Dunstable, all of which is within commutable distance. Watford is a simple drive straight down the end of the A41 and is also host to Leavesden Studios where the Harry Potter Studio tour can be found.
London is also under an hour away and has a direct and frequent rail service straight into Marylebone. Aylesbury Station and Stoke Mandeville are both good stations with ample parking. In fact, if you are considering living in Aylesbury, there are some lovely areas on the South East side of the town, around Bedgrove and Stoke Grange with parks, schools and green areas dotted throughout them. Stoke Mandeville Railway station is about a 4 minute drive from the Stoke Grange/Bedgrove area and is just over 50 minutes into London Marylebone.
I have lived in Aylesbury for 9 years now, and have always felt safe.
Web reference: http://www.mix96.co.uk
Answered on Feb 25 2015,