The Property Centre’s top reasons to live in Stroud


With buyer demand at an all-time high and property prices in and around Stroud having risen by 12% in the last 12 months alone, Stroud is fast becoming a property hot-spot.

Synonymous with lots of things – its free spirit, its close proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty and its abundance of things to do with the family – Stroud’s growing popularity comes as no surprise to local property experts, The Property Centre. They’ve put together their top reasons why Stroud is climbing the charts of great places to live.

The Great Outdoors

With over 3,000 miles of public footpaths and walks, the Stroud District is justly regarded as one of the finest areas for walking in the UK. Local Stroud artist, Ruth Hickson, has captured the possibilities in her brand new trail maps. Walkers can choose a stroll across the Commons – take your pick from Rodborough, Selsey or Minchinhampton; enjoy some fantastic Five Valleys scenery whilst walking the Cotswold Way, or simply walk along the Stroudwater Canal and discover how this piece of local history is being restored.


With a number of OFSTED rated “Outstanding” primaries and secondaries, as well as many “Good” rated schools, families have many choices when it comes to education. There are also private schools nearby and the opportunity to carry on to further education with a college situated in the town.

Great Arts Scene

Stroud Wassail. Picture by Matt Bigwood

Music, art and culture are synonymous with Stroud. See live music at The Subscription Rooms, visit Stroud’s galleries, and enjoy local festivals and events including Stroud Fringe Festival, Stroud Arts Festival, Stroud Wassail, and Stroud’s Country Show (Covid permitting).

Award Winning Farmers’ Market

Held every Saturday between 9 am – 2 pm and offering a huge selection of local produce including fruit and veg, cheeses, meats, bread and bakes, as well as crafts and giftware on offer, Stroud’s famous Farmer’s Market attracts visitors from across the country.

Food & Drink

As well as its renowned farmers’ market, the recently revamped Five Valleys indoor artisan market has plenty to attract foodies too – street food-style market stalls including Falafel Mama, Thai 2 Go, Armadeli, Non Solo Pasta and The Artisan Baker can all be found there. The town also has a selection of locally owned independent pubs and cafes offering great food, including Woodruffs Organic Café, The Prince Albert, The Retreat, Lavender Bakehouse and The Lock Keepers Café.

Easy Commute

Photo © Brian Robert Marshall (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Living in Stroud is an easy commute by road to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Cirencester or Bath. Stroud train station also has direct trains to London, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon.


Stroud has a variety of places to visit with the family, including Winstones Ice Cream on Rodborough Common, Woodchester Park and Victorian Mansion, Stratford Park and its Museum in the Park, Forest Green Rovers (the world’s greenest football club), as well as Rush Skate Park, Giffords Circus, Vue cinema and Stroud Bowl.


Stroud has a treasure-trove of independent retailers, boutiques and vintage shops which give the town its distinctive bohemian feel, including Made in Stroud and Fourteen. Stroud also has its newly developed Five Valleys shopping centre, with shops including Sandersons Boutique and JoJo Maman Bebe.

Variety of Property

From traditional Cotswold stone cottages to new build developments, Stroud and the surrounding area has property to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

As an award-winning Sales & Lettings Agent in Stroud, The Property Centre has an in-depth knowledge of the local area, its property and prices – if you’re looking to buy, rent, sell or let, contact their friendly Stroud office today.

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