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Preston was granted city status in 2002 and is located in Lancashire, on the banks of the River Ribble. It is a diverse city and has all the modern amenities you would expect of such a thriving Northern city, but is also just a stone’s throw away from the beauty of the Lake District.
If you are looking to move to or from Preston including the surrounding areas, get in touch with Britannia Fleet. They are located in Prescot, just 50 minutes from Preston, and offer removals as well as storage solutions.
Moving to Preston
The Preston property market is varied, and sales prices vary from £70,000 to £1,000,000. However, the average property price is £162,500 which equates to a family sized semi-detached home in a desirable area. For a large detached home with four bedrooms, look to have a minimum budget around £215,000. For something a little smaller and ideal for first-time buyers, there are a plethora of traditional red-brick terraces on the market for £50,000. Flats vary between £30,000 and £80,000 dependant on condition and location.
One bed flats to rent start at £400 pcm, rising to £450 pcm for two bedrooms. Terraced homes are often a great alternative to apartments, offering more space, and available for similar prices. There aren’t as many semi-detached and detached properties on the market, but they vary between £625 pcm and £1250 pcm.
Schools in Preston
For parents who need to head off to work, there are a number of nurseries and playgroups in Preston, all with fantastic reputations.
Primary schools are strong in Preston, with many receiving ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ in their latest Ofsted reports. St Joseph’s Catholic, St Peter’s CofE, St Mary and St Andrew’s and New Longton All Saints CofE are amongst the most popular.
Similarly, there are some highly-regarded secondary schools. Parents may want to research which primary schools feed into specific secondary schools before settling on one for their child. The top secondary schools in Preston include Hutton CofE Grammar, Our Lady’s Catholic High, All Hallows Catholic High, Broughton Business and Enterprise College, and Archbishop Temple school.
Transport Links Preston
With the M6, M55, and M65 easily accessible, those who drive for work will find the commute relatively easy to and from Preston. During peak hours, the traffic can get a little congested, but this has to be expected when living in a city.
Preston railway station is a major transport hub on the West Coast Main Line and the station boasts nine platforms. There are intercity trains to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, as well as local trains to most parts of Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Yorkshire, and Lancashire.