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Any not very nice towns?

Looking at buying in the Cambridge area but am unfamiliar with the area. Are there any towns which should be avoided or are they all nice enough areas to live? There are just so many towns around and was hoping to get opinions on some of them.

Asked on Dec 13 2009, General in Cambridge | Report content

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  • Are you looking to live in the city or further afield? Most of the city is lovely though the areas to the North are not as nice as others. The best (and most expensive) areas are to the south and west of the city. Ely (around 20 miles north of Cambridge) is a nice town and is on a fast train route (15 mins to Cambridge). Newmarket is a town of two halves - you have the affluent racing crowd but then a large estate on the edge of the town. Let me know if you want any further help!

    Answered on Dec 27 2009, Report content
  • Cambourne is becoming a great place to live, 10 minutes drive to the city and good bus links. It has excellent schools too and loads of clubs/activities for kids. We lived in Ely for a few years and thought it was a quaint little place but the facilities weren't exactly great and you seem to be just that little bit too far away from Cambridge. St. Ives is charming and conveniently situated off the A14 but, like Ely, it doesn't offer much in the way of shopping/recreation. Huntingdon is slightly more 'buzzy' and has better shopping but seems to be less desirable than St.Ives.

    Answered on Jun 21 2010, Report content
  • I disagree that Cambourne is a 10 minute drive to the City! Its 20 minutes with no traffic but in peak, upwards of 30 minutes

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    Answered on Jun 18 2011, Report content
  • 20 minutes with no traffic? I got from Broad Street in Cambourne (left at 9.19am) to the roundabout at the bottom of Madingley Road at the junctions with Queens Road (at 9.32am) having crawled down Madingley Road in traffic for a period of time. Maybe you reversed all the way? :) Before 9 and it does take longer as there are lots of commuters coming from St. Neots and Cambourne into Cambridge and there seems to be a lot of traffic feeding off to the M11. The A428 is nothing like as bad as the A14 under any circumstances or at any time of day.

    Answered on Jul 17 2011, Report content

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