Thinking on moving home? Maybe you’re coming up to retirement and feel a change of scenery is in order or maybe you’re simply fed up and want something new. Luckily the UK is a place with a wide range of cities, towns and villages each with a personality and character that is unique to that particular region.
While prices in hotspots like parts of London and the South East continue to soar we take a look at some of the less obvious locations that could be perfect for setting down roots.
1. Solihull – West Midlands
Birmingham’s rather quaint and charming neighbour has long been a choice location for people in the West Midlands. In recent years, however, its appeal has broadened and it regularly pops up in the top ten places to live in various poles and surveys.
Its residents enjoy higher than average national incomes, better employment rates and longer life expectancies. There is also a wide range of properties as you would expect in a town of over 90,000 residents. Prices are reasonable and the area has a number of good schools and excellent amenities.
As an area of West London, this is not somewhere that has been overlooked by property investors with prices rocketing in recent years. The area is not as well known as its Kensington and Notting Hill neighbours however and new build homes in Chiswick still represents a good investment opportunities.
The area has a lovely villagey feel and all the local amenities you could ever wish for without ever having to go into central London.
3. Henley – Oxfordshire
Henley is a beautiful part of the country that has always been in strong demand from both local and non local residents. Within easy reach to London it boasts some stunning Georgian, Victorian and even medieval architecture. Properties here can be a bit pricey due to demand from both London and international buyers but it has a lot to offer.
4. Richmond – North Yorkshire
Perhaps not quite as well known or nearly as expensive as its Surrey namesake; Richmond is a delightful town hidden away in North Yorkshire. With its cobbled streets, Georgian homes and a Norman Castle as well as all the local amenities you could wish for, living here is bound to put a smile on your face.