Macclesfield named as happiest place to live in North West
According to Rightmove’s annual survey, Macclesfield has been named as the happiest place to live in the north west.
The Happy at Home index asks residents how happy they are where they live and asks them to rank 12 happiness factors including neighbours, safety, services, green spaces and cultural activities.
The Essex town of Leigh-on-Sea won overall, with Kendal as the only other north west town included in the top ten.
Only two north west towns made it into the national top ten, Macclesfield in seventh and Kendal, in Cumbria, at ten.
Estate agent Jason Simmons, from Butters John Bee, said: “For a first time buyer looking to be outside the hustle and bustle of Manchester, but within easy access, Macclesfield is an ideal place. A first time buyer could expect to pay between £100,000 to £120,000 for an apartment, £120,000 to £150,000 for a two-bedroom property and £160,000 to £200,000 for a three bed semi. The majority of interest recently has been from first time buyers and growing families.”
According to Land Registry figures the average price of property sold in Macclesfield over the past year was £227,581. Those who bought in 2015 have seen the value of their property rise 16 per cent.
Investment coming to Macclesfield that may raise people’s mood further includes £4m at the leisure centre, money for Castle Street and ex-cinema the Picturedrome being turned into a food and drink market.