Area Guide

Macclesfield

Macclesfield is a town located in Cheshire, close to the Peak District National Park. During the industrial revolution, the town was a major producer of silk, which created a great deal of wealth. Today, the town is a vibrant post-industrial community which has a lot to offer anyone who moves to the area.

Housing Stock

Macclesfield has a wide variety of properties to choose from. You can select from quaint period cottages, traditional terraced properties, or large modern mansions, for example. In recent years, there have been a number of new developments which have seen old mills turned into luxury apartments. A two-bed terrace with a garden will typically cost between £100,000 and £160,000. A three-bed semi-detached property will typically sell for between £170,000 to £200,000. Larger detached properties begin at around £275,000 and upwards.

Transport Links

Despite being situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Macclesfield enjoys fantastic transport links. The town is served by regular bus services around the Macclesfield district as well as to outlying areas and Manchester. Trains from the local railway station can get you into the heart of Manchester city centre in around 20 minutes. If you wish to commute to the capital, frequent services can get you to London in just 1 hour and 40 minutes. If you are planning to jet off on holiday, Manchester Airport is just a half-hour journey by car or taxi.

Local Schools

Macclesfield is home to some excellent primary and secondary schools. Fallibroome Academy is a very popular choice for parents who are looking to send their child to a top performing secondary school. The school received an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted following a recent inspection. For younger children, St Alban’s Catholic Primary School provides a first-class educational experience. This was reflected in recent Ofsted reports which found that the school was ‘outstanding’. If you would like your child to benefit from a private education, The King’s School and Beech Hall School take in children aged between 3 and 18 years of age.

Local Amenities

Macclesfield boasts some fantastic public parks, which makes it the ideal spot for those who are looking for some green space where their family (and pets) can have some fun. If you are into sport and fitness, the local leisure centre features a swimming pool and athletics track, and the Prestbury Golf Club is just a short drive out of the town. Macclesfield town centre is home to art galleries, boutique shops, and trendy restaurants which serve cuisine from around the globe. On the last Sunday of every month, the famous Treacle Markets showcase local food and drink, vintage clothes and contemporary art. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the town, the glorious hills of the Peak District are just a short drive away.

If you are looking to live close to the peace and beauty of the countryside, but still want to be close to Manchester city centre, Macclesfield could be the place for you.

Tameside

Tameside, which is located just east of city centre Manchester, is home to the towns of Ashton under Lyne, Denton and Hyde. Tameside was a centre of engineering, cotton, hat making and coal mining during the Industrial Revolution. The borough boasts access to affordable homes, good schools, beautiful countryside and excellent transport links to the centre of Manchester. The average house price in Tameside is just £153,438; that's well below the average across Greater Manchester which stands at £206,734.

 

Housing Stock

The housing stock in Tameside predominately consists of Victorian terraces, which were originally constructed to house mill workers. However, since the end of WW2, there have also been a number of modern housing estates constructed, which contain attractive semi-detached homes. In the 1970s, larger 3 and 4 bedroom suburban homes also started to appear. In recent years, old mills across Tameside have been converted into luxury apartments. You can expect to pay around £100,000 for a two-bed terraced house in Tameside, with more modern 4 bedroom detached homes in Ashton under Lyne selling from around £200,000. A similar property in a more exclusive area such as Denton will set you back around £400,000.

Transport Links

Tameside is very well connected. Trains from Hyde Central, Ashton under Lyne and Denton will get you to Manchester Victoria in under 30 minutes. If you prefer to take the bus, the 219 will get you from Ashton under Lyne to the centre of Manchester in just under an hour. The Metrolink from Ashton under Lyne can get you to Manchester Airport in under one hour. If you drive, Tameside offers easy access to the M67 and M60 motorways which provide good links to Liverpool, the Peak District and Leeds.

Local Schools

If you have children, you will be pleased to know that Tameside provides excellent educational facilities. The area is home to eight primary and secondary schools which are rated as ‘outstanding’ following recent Ofsted inspections, with St Christopher’s Primary School in Ashton under Lyne receiving particular praise for the quality of its teaching.

Local Amenities

Tameside is a great place to live. Ashton under Lyne, Denton and Hyde are vibrant and energetic towns with local markets, high street shops and small independent retailers. The Ashton Moss entertainment complex located in Ashton under Lyne contains a cinema, restaurants and a bowling alley. In Hyde, you'll find the Hyde Leisure Pool which offers water-based fun for all the family, including a swimming pool, wave machine and water slides. Ashton under Lyne has its own amateur rugby, cricket and football teams. The stunning countryside of the Peak District is just a short journey away; here, you can enjoy long walks, camping, horse riding and cycling. If all of that makes you hungry, you can visit one of the many local restaurants which offer Italian, Indian and Thai dishes.

If you're looking for an affordable place to live, which has excellent links to Manchester city centre and to the countryside, Tameside could be the place for you.

Wilmslow

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.

 

Housing Stock

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.

Transport Links

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.

Local Schools

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.

Local Amenities

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.

High Peak

High Peak, which is located in the hill country of the northern section of the Peak District National Park, is home to many attractive market towns such as Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and Disley, but is also within commuting distance of Sheffield and Manchester. The location has much to offer homebuyers who are looking to escape city life.

 

Housing Stock

The average price of a terraced property in Disley is £178,494; a similar property in Whaley Bridge is £175,658, while a terraced house in Furness Vale sells for around £128,750. These prices are well below the average house price for Greater Manchester, which stands at £190,500. This makes these locations perfect for first-time buyers who do not have a very large deposit. Semi-detached houses sell for between £194,819 and £263,379. You can expect to pay more for detached properties in these locations, with prices ranging from £320,567 to £479,528 on average.

Local Schools

The area is home to many excellent primary schools such as Whaley Bridge Primary School, Furness Vale Primary School and Newtown Primary School, Disley. These schools are located in the towns themselves, which means your children won't have to face a long daily journey across the moors. For secondary education, your child may need to travel a little further afield to New Mills School & Sixth Form, which is located around 8 miles from Stockport, close to the Cheshire border.

Transport Links

The train from Whaley Bridge or Furness Vale takes around 45 minutes to reach stations in the centre of Manchester, while the train from Disley reaches the city in just half an hour. This makes any of these locations perfect if you wish to commute into the city. Each town is located on the A6, which provides easy access to Stockport and Manchester, as well as the M60 and M56 motorways and Manchester Airport.

Local Amenities and Attractions

Being located in the countryside, High Peak provides great opportunities to enjoy hill walking, climbing and cycling. The small towns dotted along the A6 feature traditional English pubs, which serve great home cooked food and local ales. There are also independent village shops which supply locally sourced foods of the highest quality.

Disley is home to Lyme Park, which is the perfect place for some family fun. The park features over 1400 acres of woodlands, a garden and a large country house which is managed by the National Trust. The onsite tearoom offers seasonal local food and cakes. If you would like to venture further afield, a trip Buxton, which is just a few miles to the south, is recommended. Poole’s Cavern is a beautiful cave system which is located deep in the Peak District national park and has been visited since the 1630s. The Cavern is located within the beautiful Buxton Country Park, which is both family and dog-friendly.

If you are looking for property in a rural location that's well-connected to the city, the towns and villages in High Peak could be the perfect spot for you.


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Glossop

Located on the edge of Derbyshire, the beautiful market town of Glossop is a gateway to the stunning scenery of the Peak District. Dating back to the 12th century, Glossop is home to pretty stone cottages and Victorian buildings. The town is within easy reach of the bright lights of Manchester, but also provides a great base for those who want to explore the countryside.

 

Housing Stock

There is a wide range of different types of property available in Glossop, with many streets lined with Victorian terraces. In recent times, many of the town's mills have been converted into modern apartments. The area also features a number of farmhouses and cottages. You can expect to pay between £90,000-£200,000 for a Victorian terrace or cottage, depending on its location. Farmhouses are on the market for between £375,000-£800,000, varying with the size and location of the property. On the whole, Glossop is an affordable area to live in, with an average house price of £196,495 which is just above the overall average for Greater Manchester.

Transport Links

Glossop has excellent transport links. Trains call at Glossop railway station on a regular basis, and the journey time into Manchester Piccadilly is around 30 minutes. If you drive, it is just a 15 minute trip on the M67 to connect with the M60, M62 and M56 motorways. The town is also on several bus routes, which means it's easy to travel into Manchester or to other towns in the Peak District using road transport.

Local Schools

Glossop is home to a good number of primary schools. Many of these, such as Duke of Norfolk CofE Primary School, and Dinting Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, were rated as ‘excellent’ in recent Ofsted reports. For older children, there are the highly rated St Philip Howard Catholic School, and Glossopdale Community College which provide secondary education.

Local Amenities

Glossop high street is home to a range of pubs and shops, many of which are located around the stunning Norfolk Square. In recent years, there has been a boom in the number of independent retailers who have set up shop alongside more established brands. There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than browsing the local bookshops, art galleries, butchers and designer clothes outlets.

Pubs such as the Norfolk Arms, the Beehive and the Oakwood serve a range of local ales and tasty food made using local produce. If eating out is your thing, Glossop boasts a range of restaurants which serve Indian, Italian, Spanish and Chinese food. Glossop is also the ideal place for active people. The town has a gym, a tennis club, and plenty of green spaces where you can enjoy the outdoors, such as Manor Park. Manor Park features formal gardens, woodland, a lake and river, and a children’s play area.

If you are looking to buy a house in a rural location, but you still wish to be connected to city life, Glossop could be the ideal location for you and your family.


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