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Carlisle’s located near the England-Scotland border means it has witnessed turning points in history. However, today it is Cumbria’s capital and England’s largest city by area. The city sits on the doorstep of both the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall and Carlisle Castle is a formidable presence which overlooks the city.
Over the coming years, Carlisle wants to increase its population and establish itself as a university city. For this reason, moving to Carlisle now could be of great benefit for the future as the city develops and flourishes further.
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Moving to Carlisle
With a history dating back over 2000 years, it is not surprising that Carlisle is rich with period properties. Stanwix, just across the river from the city centre, has every type of property imaginable; from quaint terraces to Georgian and Victorian family sized properties. A lot of the popular residential areas, such as Warwick Road, Chatsworth Square, and Dalston Road, benefit from easy access to the city centre whilst sitting in leafy avenues.
For those looking to buy a detached property, buyers should have a minimum budget of £300,000 for a large property, and £130,000 for a modest detached home. Townhouses are upwards of £200,000 whereas semis tend to fetch a minimum of £70,000. Terraced homes, ideal for first time buyers, have asking prices between £60,000 and £200,000. Flats start at £50,000.
If you are interested in renting in Carlisle, one and two bed flats hover between £300 and £400 pcm, whereas three-bed family sized homes are upwards of £400 pcm, escalating to a minimum of £750 pcm for larger or detached homes.
Schools in Carlisle
There are just three primary schools in Carlisle. However, parents are welcome to send their children to schools in the local towns and villages if they wish. Armathwaite School, St Bede’s RC Primary School, and Stanwix School were all awarded ‘good’ in their latest Ofsted reports.
Secondary schools are not as strong in Carlisle. Both Newman Catholic School and Richard Rose Central Academy ‘require improvement’ according to Ofsted, and Richard Rose Morton Academy is ‘inadequate’. However, the saving grace is Trinity School, which is ‘good’.
Students wanting to carry on their studies can attend Carlisle College.
Transport Links Carlisle
Congestion in the city centre is rife, car parks are limited, and there are no Park & Ride schemes in place. There are talks of a bypass to alleviate this. However, getting out of Carlisle is no issue, with the M6 just to the east.
Carlisle Citadel railway station has eight platforms and there are direct services to London Euston, Glasgow Central, Birmingham New Street, Newcastle Central, as well as a number of more local and regional stations.