Why move to Fleet?
It is no wonder the people who live here are happy and prosperous, as they get to enjoy the best of both worlds with transport links ideal for commuters to London, but also offering ample opportunity to escape the town for the countryside or the seaside resorts of the south coast. There are also many pretty towns and villages to explore nearby such as Church Crookham, Hook and historic Odiham.
A little bit of history
The town’s name is believed to derive from the French word ‘Le Flete’ meaning shallow water and refer to Fleet Pond. The area remained largely undeveloped until the advent of the railway in the mid-19th century, so most of Fleet’s buildings date back no further than the Victorian era. The town has expanded rapidly in recent years with purpose-built developments such as Ancells Farm and Elvetham Heath significantly increasing the housing stock available and the overall population.
Architecture and property
Fleet has an eclectic mix of properties catering for the sales and rental markets, from stunning family homes to contemporary town centre apartments. While most towns have a ‘Golden Triangle’ of high value properties, Fleet has the ‘Blue Triangle’ which sprang up following the arrival of the railway in 1847 and is made up of large period houses set in tree-lined plots. The area is bounded by the Fleet Road, Elvetham Road and Reading Road North, and holds an enduring appeal for those looking to invest in a family home in this conveniently located commuter town.
Shopping and amenities
Fleet high street and the Hart shopping centre offer a whole host of clothing and gift shops, as well as all the major banks, a post office and library. Supermarkets in the town centre include Waitrose, M&S and Sainsburys, whilst Elvetham Heath also has a large Morrisons superstore.
The new Hart Leisure Centre has facilities including a state-of-the-art gym and two swimming pools, and there are a range of sports clubs and recreation grounds in the area.
The nightlife in Fleet is vibrant and the town centre offers an excellent choice of pubs, bars and eateries, with many independent restaurants and high street favourites, including Prezzo and Starbucks. A variety of world cuisine can be found here, from contemporary Bangladeshi at Zaal to traditional Italian fare at El Castello. The Heron on the Lake on the outskirts of town offers high quality pub fare that can be enjoyed from the charming terrace overlooking the Fleet Pond nature reserve.
The Harlington is an arts and entertainment venue, with shows and events year-round.
Fleet has a number of public parks, gardens and play areas ideal for families. Fleet Pond is a local nature reserve of over 140 acres with the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and a multitude of pleasant walking routes, a large portion of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. North Hants Golf Club is also nearby for those looking to practice their swing.
Fleet is a family-friendly town with a great selection of state schools for all age groups, including Fleet Infant School, Heatherside Infant and Junior Schools, Calthorpe Park School and Court Moor Secondary. Further educational establishments serve the communities of Elvetham Heath and Ancells Farm, including Ancells Farm Community Pre-School and Elvetham Heath Primary School. St Nicholas' School in nearby Church Crookham is an independent establishment for girls aged 3-16.
A commuter town offering excellent transport links to the capital, Fleet has a mainline railway station providing services to London Waterloo in under an hour. Junction 4a offers easy access to the M3 motorway, which links Southampton and London, and provides routes to the wider motorway network. The towns of Basingstoke, Farnborough and Farnham are all accessible by car in under 30 minutes.