Chester is a walled city in Cheshire and sits close to the border with Wales. It is frequently featured in ‘the best places to live in the UK’ lists due to high levels of employment, fantastic schools, excellent shopping, and a plethora of different housing styles.
In 2007, Chester Council imposed a 10-year regeneration plan (colloquially known as the ‘Chester Renaissance’) which was worth £1.5 billion. Despite significant redevelopment, Chester still retains all of its historical character, whilst having been given a contemporary city facelift.
If you are wanting to move to or from Chester, get in touch with Britannia Cestrian. They are located in Deeside, just 15 minutes from Chester, and offer their removal and storage services to those living in North Wales, Chester, Flintshire, and the Wirral Peninsula.
Moving to Chester
If you want period homes, Chester is the place. Overlooking the city walls, river, or racecourse are a wonderful mix of Victorian terraces, Georgian townhouses, and quaint cottages. More period homes can be found in the popular Hoole area and head west for areas with a village-like feel. Marlston Avenue is renowned for having some of the best Edwardian and 1920’s homes. For families looking for a quiet slice of suburbia, Boughton, Huntingdon, and Mollington are very popular.
Chester is a very popular place to live and buyers should not expect the low prices that many often assume the further you travel from the south of England. Two-bed flats start at £140,000 and terraces hover between £150,000 and £300,000 dependent on location and number of bedrooms. Suburban semis and detached homes vary between £200,000 and £550,000, whereas large period homes and townhouses will not leave much change from £600,000.
Flats tend to be on the rental market for upwards of £400 pcm, rising to £550 pcm for a two-bed traditional terraced home. Family sized semis are upwards of £600 pcm and large detached family homes, £850 pcm minimum.
Schools in Chester
There are five ‘outstanding’ primary schools in Chester according to Ofsted; Christleton, St Columba’s. St Weburgh’s, Mill View, and Upton Heath CofE.
Popular secondary schools include Christledon High, Blue Coat CofE High, and Upton-by-Chester. However, for parents who wish their children have a private secondary education. The King’s School (boys) and Queen’s School (girls) are highly regarded independent schools.
Transport Links Chester
Those who like to commute by car are spoilt for choice living in Chester. The M53 to Liverpool, M56 to Manchester, A55 to north Wales, and A483 south are all within the vicinity. Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are around 45 minutes’ drive away, ideal for frequent business flyers.
Chester railway station is served by four different providers. Services run directly to the likes of Manchester, London Euston, Llandudno, Liverpool, Cardiff Central, and Crewe.