LEAMINGTON has once again been named as one of the most desirable places to live in the Midlands.
The town was included in The Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ annual guide, which featured Shipston as the top place to live in the region.
Places are chosen by looking at statistics such as crime rates and school performance along with individual assets from local festivals to natural beauty.
The town slipped off the list last year due to floods which closed Jephson Gardens.
But green fields, trendy coffee shops and an abundance of well-stocked charity shops have seen the town take pride of place on the list once again.
A Sunday Times spokesman said: “The green Victorian oasis of Jephson Gardens, with a bandstand, elegant cafe and an event venue, hasn’t been waterlogged since and is ready to welcome residents and day-trippers for music, art shows and general chilling out on the banks of the River Leam.
“Beneath this spa town’s postcard-perfect Regency exterior beats a ‘cool’ heart – the students from the nearby University of Warwick who choose to live here see to that. Young incomers seem to counterbalance well-off downsizers,”
The Midlands list featured Stamford in Lincolnshire, Bishops Castle in Shropshire, Ledbury in Herefordshire, Leek in Staffordshire, Moseley in Birmingham and Oakham in Rutland.
But there was no place for neigbouring Stratford, despite Shakespeare’s home town boasting the most expensive house prices in the Midlands.