Nestled on the border between Manchester and Cheshire, the charming town of Wilmslow is known for its famous residents, who include premier league footballers and pop stars. The area is also popular with professionals who work in Manchester, but who wish to live in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. The exclusive nature of Wilmslow is, of course, reflected in its property prices. According to Zoopla, the average property price in Wilmslow is £402,257, which is double the average price of £206,734 in Greater Manchester.
The older streets in Wilmslow are home to some charming Edwardian and Victorian properties which tend to fetch a premium price. In the 1960s and 70s, a number of modern houses were built on the edge of the town, and these often include swimming pools, home cinemas and other luxury features. However, if you are looking for something a little more low key, there are modern family homes and smaller ‘cottage’ terraces which are perfect for first time buyers.
Good transport links have helped to make Wilmslow a very desirable location. Wilmslow is located close to the M60 and M56 motorways, which provide easy access to Manchester, the Lake District and Birmingham. The town is also located just a couple of miles from Manchester Airport, which reduces travel time if you need to take a domestic or international flight. From the train station in Wilmslow, you can reach city centre Manchester in 25 minutes. The frequent trains to London take just 2 hours, which makes it possible to commute to and from the capital on the same day.
Wilmslow is home to some of the best schools in Cheshire. For example, the independent Pownall Hall School, which accepts pupils aged between 4 and 11, is rated ‘excellent’ by Ofsted inspectors. Wilmslow High School, which offers secondary and sixth form education is rated as ‘good’ following a recent Ofsted inspection.
Wilmslow is home to a bustling shopping street and larger department stores outside the town itself. It's populated with high street chains such as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and John Lewis. Shoppers can also make the most of many small independent retailers who sell a wide range of wares. When it comes to eating out, Wilmslow offers cuisine from around the world, with Chinese, Greek, Italian, Argentinian, Japanese and Indian restaurants located in the town centre and the surrounding area. The cultural delights on offer at the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Exchange Theatre, and the Lowry Centre at Salford Quays are less than an hour away by train or bus.
When you want to take some time out to recharge your batteries, Wilmslow places you on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Local events include the RHS Flower Show, which is held annually at nearby Tatton Park, and live music at the spectacular Jodrell Bank radio telescope.
If you want to buy a property in an exclusive location which has fantastic transport links and local amenities, the town of Wilmslow is the perfect place to start your search.