Many dismiss Oldham due to its close proximity to Manchester, fearing a gritty outer-city suburb. However, this is not the case. Following major regeneration, and with beautiful countryside on its doorstep, Oldham could not be further away from the grey image that is often painted. New homes, new amenities and improved public spaces have seen Oldham rise from its collapse of the cotton industry. Whether you are wanting urban, suburban, or rural living, there is a home to suit everyone. Furthermore, with an average house price of £141,000, buyers will be impressed with what they can get for their money.
Just 30 minutes away from Oldham is the Britannia Anchor office. Located in Swinton, the expert teams are able to help with removals and storage solutions for those living throughout Manchester.
Moving to Oldham
For first-time buyers looking in the Oldham area, two-bed terraced homes are more affordable to buy than flats, available for upwards of £40,000. For a red-brick family sized terraced property, look to have a minimum budget of £60,000. Many of the properties at the lower end of budgets will require some modernisation. Semi-detached homes vary between £60,000 and £450,000 with the higher valued semis being period properties and cottages in more rural locations. It is a similar story with detached homes ranging from £115,000 and £800,000 dependant on location and condition of the property.
If you would prefer to rent in Oldham, one-bedroom flats fall between £300 and £400 pcm, rising to over £400 pcm for two bedrooms. Traditional red-brick terraces are very affordable, with two-bedroom properties on the market for upwards of £350 pcm. Family sized-semis start at £550 pcm and detached homes, £675 pcm.
Shopping in Oldham
Although many head into Manchester occasionally for their retail fix, Oldham is also a fantastic shopping destination. The Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre is home to over 70 big-brand stores including Next, Debenhams, H&M, and River Island.
For local produce and goods, Tommyfield Market has over 300 stalls, ranging from vegetables and meat, to flowers and gifts. Various weekdays have different market themes. Mondays are traditional, Wednesday is mixed goods, and Saturday is the weekly Asian market.
Traditional markets are also held on Saturdays along Curzon Street and Albion Street.
Transport Links Oldham
The M60 passes through the south west of Oldham and the A663 links to the M62. Both Manchester and Leeds are under an hour’s drive away from Oldham in good traffic.
Oldham Central railway station closed down in 1966. However, there are three tram stops in Oldham (part of the Metrolink) which take passengers to the likes of Manchester Airport, Exchange Square, and MediaCityUk in Salford.
For holiday makers and business flyers, Manchester Airport is just half an hour drive from Oldham. Flights depart to over 200 destinations including New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt.