• January 26, 2024
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The benefits of living in Milton Keynes

Make the right move with Milton Keynes!

MK is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and around 13 people move here every day. If you’re wondering whether MK could be the place for you to call home in 2024, our Mustard team agree that the following are ten of the many benefits of living in this vibrant city:


Milton Keynes Houses


1. Milton Keynes Transport Links

Transport links within Milton Keynes make it a commuter haven. Whether you’re looking for a city with good links to London or Birmingham, Milton Keynes offers fast train services so that you can reach either city in less than 45 minutes. With good road links and proximity to the M1, Bedford, Luton, Northampton and Cambridge are also within easy reach.  Plus, there are five international airports all inside 90 minutes’ drive, making it easy to head overseas on a business trip or for a sunny escape.


2. Exciting Job Opportunities

Overseas investment in MK, and an economy rich in services and tech-based firms, resulted in Milton Keynes having one of the UK’s fastest growing economies at the end of 2023. One of the city’s key benefits is its excellent location within the Oxford-Cambridge Arc – a region identified as being of global importance for innovation and business activity. The number of business start-ups in MK is second only to the capital, and the city is home to many leading global companies including Mercedes-Benz, BP, Unilever and KPMG.


3. Affordable Houses

MK is an affordable place to get on the property ladder and MK is increasingly popular with buyers looking to move out of London. According to the latest valuation figures, the average property price in Milton Keynes postcode area is £365,000. This is almost half the price of a similar property within the capital, where the average property price is £710,000. If you’re looking to buy a new build home, in MK the average price you can expect to pay is £443,000, in London that figure is a whopping £948,000.


4. Green Spaces & Parks

Yes, MK has over 130 roundabouts and an infamous American grid system, but there are also over 200 beautiful parks for dog walking, bike riding or generally taking in the air. Willen Lake South Park also offers a high rope adventure and water sports or open swimming; Campbell Park hosts cricket matches and Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven for herons, otters, owls and deer.


5. Rivers, Lakes, and Canals

MK may be landlocked, but the city is home to 15 beautiful lakes and 11 miles of canals. You can take a leisurely boat ride down the Grand Union Canal and visit the country’s smallest canal lock at Fenny Stratford or have a picnic by the windmill at Caldecotte Lake.

Milton Keynes Canal


6. A new yet historical city 

Even though Milton Keynes was only created in January 1967, it packs a historical punch. Bletchley Park was vital to winning World War II where 10,000 citizens from all walks of life helped to crack enemy codes; Bradwell Priory was founded in 1154 by Benedictine Monks and is listed as a nationally important scheduled monument; and for car and James Bond lovers, Newport Pagnell is the birthplace of Aston Martin.


7. Arts & Culture

Aside from the infamous ‘Concrete Cows’ installation by Canadian artist Liz Leigh, the city is a thriving hub for art, theatre, and music. Milton Keynes Theatre is one of the UK’s busiest theatre districts outside of London’s West End, with regular shows such as RSC productions, the English National Ballet and musicals such as Matilda, Jersey Boys and Legally Blonde. At MK Gallery you can see contemporary art, live performances and film showings, and for live music, check out The Stables and The Bowl where icons such as Take That, Oasis, Guns and Roses and Eminem have performed.


8. Excellent Schools

For families with school-age children, there are 30 schools and colleges in MK which have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, and 66 schools and colleges which have been rated ‘Good’. There are also several good independent schools within Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire to choose from, including Akeley Wood, Swanbourne House and Milton Keynes Preparatory School.


9. Activities and Days Out

Adrenaline junkies residing in MK don’t have far to travel to get their fix.
Xscape in Milton Keynes offers the SnoZone where you can ski or snowboard all-year-round, and iFLY offers a unique indoor skydiving experience which allows people of all ages to ski dive through a 12 ft wind tunnel. On warmer days, you can waterski, paddleboard or powerboat your way across Willen Lake.


10. Milton Keynes Shopping

If you’re partial to a bit of retail therapy, thecentre:MK is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. It features in the 1997 Guinness Book of World Records for the longest shopping mall in the world. MK shopping will only get bigger in the coming years, as planning has been granted to add a new food hall over two levels and a five-screen boutique cinema.


Ready to find houses for sale in Milton Keynes? We’d love to help!

Get in touch with your local Mustard team to find out if they have the dream property for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mustard Milton Keynes: 01908 859000

Mustard Towcester: 01327 350098

Email: info@mustardhomes.co.uk


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