Shared Ownership in Milton Keynes
Explore affordable Shared Ownership properties and developments in Milton Keynes
From the bustling metropolis of Buckinghamshire’s largest town Milton Keynes (AKA MK), to pretty villages like Olney and Stony Stratford that lie in its borough, Milton Keynes really does offer something to appeal to every Shared Ownership Home buyer.
The namesake town itself was created in 1967 and its streets are famously modelled on the American grid system making it easy to navigate. And yes, it’s also known for its roundabouts – around 130 of them.
Despite all the urban development there’s plenty of green open spaces in the area – Milton Keynes boasts over 5,000 acres of rivers, lakes, woodland and parkland and an impressive number of trees and shrubs: more than 22 million trees, or around 100 for every resident.
MK is most definitely one to watch: its population is growing faster than the average growth rate for England. Milton Keynes town is ideal for anyone who needs to commute: Luton airport is around 30 minutes away, there are direct lines to both Birmingham and London and it’s close to both Oxford and Cambridge.
In the ancient village of Willen you’ll find Willen Lake, where water sports dominate the South Basin during the summer. Similarly scenic is Walton, located on the River Ouzel banks. It’s a great peaceful location with the feel of a small village to match. The historic market town of Stony Stratford is another popular area: there’s plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs plus a free music festival in June for a laid back lifestyle.
As a result of Milton Keynes being so popular, the area has seen an increase in house prices, shared ownership properties present an affordable way to enjoy the region’s many draws.
There’s plenty of attractions and places to visit in Milton Keynes. These are some of the best local landmarks.
Milton Keynes has a reputation for its public art installations, with over 230 sculptures, installations and art scattered across the region. These include Liz Leyh’s concrete cows and their Bill Billings’ replicas, and the newly unveiled three-sided structure Alphonso in Newton Leys.
Adrenaline junkies had better buckle up for a trip to Xscape. There’s indoor skiing and snowboarding at Snozone complete with real snow, the iFLY indoor skydiving centre plus bowling, a trampoline park, a casino and a virtual reality experience.
The Grand Union Canal winds its way between Cosgrove in the north and Fenny Stratford in the south. Wildlife enthusiasts come to spot kingfishers, dragonflies, herons and water voles, while others come for the waterside dining. There’s plenty of space for walkers, cyclists, joggers and sailors.
Despite its short history, one of Milton Keynes’ biggest draws for history buffs is Bletchley Park, situated in Bletchley in the wider MK area. During World War II, the Bletchley Park estate was at the heart of Allied code-breaking.
Milton Keynes is home to both the Open University and The University Campus Milton Keynes - a campus of the University of Bedfordshire. There are plenty of outstanding schools within the borough, including Middleton Primary School, Loughton Manor First School and St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School. There are also a number of outstanding special schools.
There are six train stations in Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley, Bow Brickhill, Fenny Stratford, Woburn Sands and Wolverton, with rail links to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool. To the east just off J14 of the M1, there is a park and ride site. There’s also plenty of bus services including the on-demand MK Connect service. MK Connect will pick you up when and where you want and deliver you to your desired destination – you just need to use the app to book.
The medium-sized Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation trust serves the MK population, and includes an accident and emergency department. There are plenty of NHS dentists and GP surgeries in Milton Keynes and its surrounding villages. The private BMI The Saxon Clinic also offers a private GP service, physiotherapy and some surgeries.