What’s the best area to live in Knutsford?
With Knutsford being named the best place to live in the north west of England by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide earlier this year, the area is getting plenty of recognition as offering an excellent quality of life, facilities and transport.
Around an hour’s commute from Manchester city centre, but also well placed for Cheshire and Liverpool, Knutsford is ideal for those working in the cities looking for a rural location to live with plenty of amenities, good transport links and a buzz about the area. With excellent schools, a wide variety of different property styles and an established bar and restaurant scene, Knutsford is a great option for families looking to settle down. Within a short travel time, you can also be in other affluent and vibrant village locations such as Alderley Edge, Prestbury, Hale and Altrincham.
Why is Knutsford such a great place to live?
The 50 Best Towns and Suburbs to Live is a supplement by the Sunday Times (in association with Zoopla) that combines data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance with the local knowledge and expertise of Sunday Time’s writers to compile the much anticipated list.
The Sunday Times’ Home Editor, Helen Davies, said of Knutsford’s ‘Best Place to Live in the North West’ accolade: “The list weighs up everything from considering the likely impact of the local plan, to whether the post office is still open, the range of housing, and the quality of the coffee. The UK is home to some fantastic cities and idyllic countryside, and most of us want easy access to both urban excitement and rural tranquillity. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live demonstrates that there are plenty of locations where people can enjoy the best of both worlds.
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“Numbers on a spreadsheet can only tell us so much, so we carefully balance statistics with our writers’ decades of knowledge and expertise to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the UK.”
House prices in Knutsford reflect the demand in the area and the market does tend to move quite quickly, particularly near the centre of the town where local experts have found the highest demand for properties is. On average, a home in Knutsford costs £458,763 – almost twice as much as the UK’s average house price of £223,257 – with no sign of property prices falling any time soon. Terraced properties have seen values rise in the last 12 months and average over £300,000.
Property website Rightmove said of Knutsford: “Semi-detached properties sold for an average price of £318,840, while terraced properties fetched £317,381. Knutsford, with an overall average price of £386,032, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Mobberley (£373,830), but was cheaper than Mere (£840,778) and Lower Peover (£706,400).
Around 72% of properties are owned – either outright or through a mortgage – with the remainder a mixture of rental properties. The population, as a whole, is older than the national average, this is likely due to the higher house prices and the more rural location. There are a wide variety of property styles in the area, ranging from more modern, newer properties to period properties with lots of character.
What’s the best area to live in Knutsford?
But where should you live in Knutsford? For those with a bigger budget (think at least £2-5m), Legh Road or Toft Road is certainly an attractive prospect with large detached properties with plenty of space, a conservation area and green, leaf-lined roads. It’s one of the most prestigious areas in Knutsford which is why it commands the high price tag that a property on this road comes with. Drury Lane offers smaller, but still impressive, properties that don’t require a millionaire’s budget.
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For those looking for a quieter move, steer clear of main roads or motorway proximity to the west of Knutsford. Bexton Road and the surrounding areas offer a variety of properties in a quieter, rural setting. Knutsford has almost every style of home that you could imagine so there is something to offer to suit all tastes.
If you prefer a new build property, the development on Mathall Lane in Ollerton (just outside of Knutsford) offers two and three bedroom properties that have all been built within the last 5 years. As affordable housing, they have been built to support people with local links in the area.
In terms of local amenities, in Knutsford, you obviously have Tatton Park on your doorstep as well as an excellent range of eateries and drinking establishments to enjoy. There are also a range of independent and national retailers to shop at including a Waitrose – known to boost house prices just by being in the local proximity according to property surveys carried out earlier in the year which suggest that a local Waitrose store can add as much as £36,000 to the value of a property as a “premium brand”, an Aldi, Booths and a Co-operative Food for convenience.
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What do local people think of living in Knutsford?
We spoke to local residents in the area to find out why they loved living in Knutsford:
Hannah Cootes lives just outside Knutsford and is a mother of 1: “We lived in Hale previously but when we had our first child we decided that we wanted to live somewhere a little more family friendly that still had things for us to do. I run a business here with my husband that has really benefited from its location in Knutsford so we couldn’t be happier. We love how close we are to the countryside without feeling like we live in the middle of nowhere!”
David Brian has just moved to a new home in Knutsford after previously renting in Greater Manchester and said: “After living in Manchester for most of our 20’s, we relocated to Knutsford 5 years ago. We still both work in Manchester and getting in and out for work every day isn’t a problem. I travel a lot for work so the proximity to the airport and motorway is a bonus for me too.”
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