General   |   September 25, 2021   |   charlotte

The most affordable areas to buy and rent in the North


Property Investor Post states that Crewe and Northwich are 2 out of the 10 affordable places in the North where property prices undercut the national average and rents are affordable

Wherever you live today, it may be possible to move somewhere a little different – and a little cheaper – especially if you are struggling to afford a home of your own where you currently live. 

So where can you find affordable places to live if you are looking at moving within the North? The average price in the UK, according to the Land Registry as of June 2021, is £265,668. Crewe and Northwich are great places across the North where properties are available to buy for £250,000 or less – and good value rents too.

Crewe – 3 bed semi
Average price: £170,000
Average rent: £750pcm

If you like to travel around the UK by train, you will love Crewe. Railways were part of the history of Crewe’s development and today you can still get pretty much anywhere from Crewe, including Manchester in less than an hour and London in less than two hours. It sits in Cheshire East so not far away are prime locations such as Winsford and Chester – just an hour by car – but the good news is property prices are much lower.

Properties here can be bought for around £170,000 with semi-detached two to three bed homes making up the majority of sales in the area (according to Rightmove). Even larger, detached homes can be bought for around £250,000.

Crewe is a great place for families that need an affordable property with a lot of space and enjoy the outdoors. Queens Park is a fantastic place to visit with plenty to do including kids play areas, an ornamental lake, boules and an outdoor gym. It’s around half an hour to Tatton Park which is home to a Japanese Garden, and for those that really love to escape to the country, it’s just under an hour to the Peak District National Park.

Schools are typically rated good and there are plenty of amenities in the city centre, or if you prefer you can head to nearby Manchester, Chester or Shrewsbury.

Northwich – 3 bed semi

Average price: £200,000
Average rent: £850pcm

According to Rightmove in 2020, Northwich was in the top 20 places to live in Great Britain, ranking it second in the North West – and the good news is, it’s also pretty affordable to buy a home.

Northwich is in Cheshire and there are good transport links to Manchester, just an hour away with the M6 nearby, and for those that like to go abroad, Manchester and Liverpool airports are within the hour too.

As with many areas in Cheshire, you are close to fantastic countryside, and within Northwich itself there is Delamere Forest.

Shopping is good with the new Barons Quay, great for retail but also with lots of eateries so you can make it into a day out, or if you prefer, you can have a picnic in the park overlooking the River Weaver. If you like something a bit more lively, it’s worth finding out what’s happening at Memorial Court where there is live music and comedy shows.

Schools are typically rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and there is also Sir John Deane’s College which is a highly ranked sixth form college.

Property wise, there are nearby villages, but also modern developments with deals for first-time buyers. You can buy a two bedroom flat in the Freshwater view marina development for under £150,000 or have plenty of space indoors and out with a three bed 1930s semi for around £200,000.

Want to find out more about buying or renting in Crewe or Northwich? 

Contact Natalie our Lettings Manager on [email protected] or 01270 653193


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