Over the past 10 years, Oakdale (BH15) has become an increasingly popular suburb of Poole to live in? These are my thoughts.
Location, Location, Location!
With the south side of Oakdale bordering the town centre fringes, the East side bordering Lower Parkstone and the centre of Oakdale being less than 2 miles from Poole town centre. Oakdale is conveniently situated, so most amenities are very accessible. It has excellent and regular bus routes that run every 15 minutes and is approximately a 30-minute walk to the town centre or Ashley Cross village, renowned for its restaurants and bistros.
Secondly schools… Oakdale comprises 4 first and middle schools. Stanley Green Infant Academy, St Marys CoE primary, Longfleet CoE primary, Oakdale Middle school and 2 secondary schools, St Edwards CoE secondary and Poole High School. All of these schools have excellent Ofsted reports, with students achieving excellent academic results.
Oakdale has a Tesco superstore situated at Fleetsbridge on the far North end, multiple convenience stores including a Co-Op and Tesco Express, a petrol station, doctors surgery, library, fast food takeaways and two pubs with outdoor dining and live music. There are plenty of open spaces, including St Georges church and field, Darbys lane park and Tatnum field. All excellent areas for dog walking or outdoor recreation with the family.
Space to Grow
Many families have moved into Oakdale either from neighbouring suburbs or outside of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch and have either remodelled a detached bungalow or extended a detached house to accommodate a growing family.
With this in mind, the average prices in Oakdale during 2020 for a detached property was £370,410, and semi-detached £288,467. A 9% increase over a 2 year period is substantially higher than a nationwide 7% increase. *Rightmove sources 2020.
Properties in Oakdale range from the 1930's right through to the 1980s. The south part of Oakdale are predominantly 30’s, 40’s and 50’s detached properties, whilst North Oakdale mainly comprises 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s semi-detached houses with some blocks of flats.
The most desirable roads within Oakdale are off of Pound Lane and include Bond Road, Gorse Hill Road and Crescent, Harbour Hill Road and Crescent and Pound Lane itself. Not only do these properties offer some of the largest plots in the area, along with some distant harbour views, but they are also geographically closest to Lower Parkstone and Ashley Cross Village. You would expect to pay approximately 15 more to live on these roads.
With a low crime rate, excellent school catchment and proximity to the town centre, you can see why moving to Oakdale has become popular.
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