Millionaires' rows - Cheshire's des-res homes
PUBLISHED: 20:30 25 January 2015 | UPDATED: 23:07 23 October 2015
Cheshire boasts some of the nation's poshest postcodes. Here's our guide to the most expensive and desirable residential areas in the county
In a new list of the 50 most expensive streets in Britain, 49 are in the oligarch hotspots of London and the leafier enclaves of the south east. The one glaring exception? Park Lane in Hale.
Having crunched the numbers from five years of house sales in 1.78m UK postcodes, Lloyds Bank found that the average house price in Park Lane (a nice allusion to Monopoly there) was £2,494,000.
Park Lane is the quintessence of a leafy Cheshire suburb: a narrow, winding cul-de-sac with lots of mature trees, large detached homes set well back from the road in well-tended gardens. Who wouldn’t want to live here? It’s also just a hop, skip and jump away from Hill Top - even leafier, achingly exclusive, and a frequent presence in past lists of the north west’s most expensive streets.
Further down that Lloyds list, we find South Road, Hale, where houses have sold for an average of £2,025,000, Withinlee Road (£1,960,000) and Castle Hill (£1,856,000) both in Prestbury, and Leycester Road, Knutsford (£1,760,000).
More a fan of the Wirral? Behind the elegant brick walls and high hedges of Thorsway, West Kirby lie homes that on average have sold for £1,351,000.
It’s not just Lloyds Bank crunching those numbers, however. The property website Zoopla has its own league table of Cheshire’s finest addresses, based on ‘a proprietary algorithm that continuously analyses millions of data points relating to property sales and home characteristics throughout the UK’.
Top of the Zoopla list is Whitebarn Road, Alderley Edge, with average home values of £2,317,692. It’s so exclusive that even Google Street View can’t go there. Try it, and watch your cursor be rebuffed.
The Zoopla list has Prestbury Road in SK10 as the county’s second most expensive address. Lovely though it is, Prestbury Road, like so many of the addresses above, is sparsely populated. To discover residential desirability on a wider scale, we need to zoom out a little.
Look more broadly for the most expensive postcode and WA16, centred on Knutsford, is Cheshire’s crème de la crème, with an average estimated house value of £412,898. That average is, of course, buoyed up by many multi-million pound properties. And is there any more desirable WA16 address than Mereside Road, winding its way from the busy A556 to Tatton Park, with enormous homes sporting baronial gates and enjoying views over open country to the front and The Mere to the rear. Or how about Clamhunger Lane, a glorious name for a glorious stretch of richly-wooded real estate?
Second most expensive postcode is SK9, including Wilmslow and Alderley Edge. But if you look for the most expensive town in Cheshire, Zoopla cites Alderley Edge with an average £558,541..although I’m sure those well-heeled residents would prefer that it be referred to as a village.
But if you feel that the Golden Triangle has everything you want except a beach, then look to CH48, a swathe of Wirral including West Kirby which is also among the north west’s most expensive postcodes.