Where are house prices rising fastest - Ratby or Groby?
31st October 2017 | 12:00am
31st October 2017 | 12:00am
So what's it like to live in the neighbouring north-west Leicestershire villages of Ratby and Groby?
Located on the southern edge of the ancient Charnwood Forest and part of the new maturing National Forest, around five miles from Leicester, both villages have much to offer professionals and families alike.
Groby’s main street draws a broad grey line through the old heart of the village.
This used to be the main Leicester Road before the A50 bypass relieved the growing volume of traffic 50 years ago.
Excellent road links have since transformed both these communities into a convenient residential area offering the best of both worlds, the scenic local countryside and established heritage being attractive draws for people from all walks of life.
Homes and house prices
Average property values have risen in both villages during the past year, with prices in Groby achieving seven per cent growth and Ratby faring even better at 16 per cent up.
The heart of these former agricultural settlements combines a blend of stone cottages mixed with terraced homes built to house framework knitters in the 1830s.
In the 1960s the opening of the M1 was a catalyst for extensive further development.
Former factory sites have more recently been redeveloped for housing, while the outskirts form a blanket of newer homes ideal for families seeking a balance of country and working life.
Most sales in Groby during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average £264,196.
Semi-detached properties fetched an average £184,470, with terraced properties achieving £163,317.
In Ratby, most sales were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £182,610.
Detached properties sold for an average of £263,290, with terraced properties fetching £154,622.
With an overall average price of £220,374, Groby is more expensive than Ratby, at £203,510, slightly higher than Glenfield at £214,169, but cheaper than Anstey, at £231,920.
Ratby-based developer Cawry Homes continues to build around the area, focusing on energy efficient living, with schemes including two, three and four-bedroom homes at Fielding Meadow, Groby Road and the renovated Pear Tree Farm.
Ratby Primary School, Ofsted ‘Good’ 2014
Elizabeth Woodville Primary School, Groby, Ofsted ‘Good’ 2012
Lady Jane Grey Primary School, Groby, Ofsted ‘Outstandng’ 2015
Martinshaw Primary School, Groby, Ofsted ‘Good’ 2016
Brookvale High School, Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ 2014
Groby Community College, Ofsted ‘Good’ 2016
Grace Dieu Manor and the Loughborough Endowed Schools
Sport, parks and leisure
Local community, sports and exercise clubs are well subscribed.
Football, cricket, gymnastics, aerobics and a local walking group are all highly popular and there is golf at several courses in the area.
Ramblers and riders can enjoy the many scenic walks and bridleways around Charnwood Forest.
Groby Pool is reputedly the largest natural expanse of open water in Leicestershire, covering 38 acres.
The Pool and surrounding area have been a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1956.
Ratby is home to the Ratby Cooperative brass band.
Band members rehearse in their own band room on Taverner Drive and are highly regarded in the brass band movement, particularly for their excellent work with young musicians.
The band has around 150 members.
Shopping, eating and amenities
Local amenities are many and varied, reducing the need to travel far for daily needs.
Both villages offer a good run of local stores including mini-markets, pharmacy, post office, hairdresser, butcher, banks and a village bakery, as well as a local garage, pub restaurant and takeaways are all on hand.
Rarer outlets include bespoke jewellery making.
There is also a larger supermarket a few minutes’ drive away, with wider amenities in nearby Loughborough and Leicester.
There is fast access to major cities via the main A50 to the M1/M69 and M42 motorway connections.
East Midlands Airport is 20 minutes away, Leicester is 15 minutes by car and there are regular bus services, plus the park and ride at Meynells Gorse that takes passengers right to the city centre.
Did you know?
Castle Hill behind Groby Church is a scheduled Ancient Monument, featuring a motte and bailey.
The castle itself, demolished in 1172, originally occupied the site of the Grade II* listed Groby Old Hall, owned by the Greys.
Royal connections include Elizabeth Woodville, widow of Edward Grey, who became the Queen of Edward IV and mother of the princes murdered in the tower and Lady Jane Grey, England’s queen for just nine days, who lost her head over lineage to the throne.