Property in Altrincham
PUBLISHED: 10:43 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 February 2013
Why you should move to Altrincham
Altrincham is a place with plans. Over the past few years millions of pounds of investment and regeneration have been put into the town. There is the 40 million Stamford Quarter development and the 150 million Altair project which will include shops, cafes, restaurants and a new, permanent home for the ice rink and the Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey team. It is a place determined to be the best place it can possibly be.
The face of Altrincham is still changing but already emerging is a bustling, exciting place to live, shop and visit. It's a place that has managed to keep its historic market thriving and the bigger named stores that have been attracted to the town in recent years seem to sit comfortably alongside the dedicated group of small independent traders who help to give the town its identity. One particular gem is the Goose Green area where a cluster of small independent businesses are centred around a picture postcard courtyard. Standing in this area it is hard to imagine you are in the middle of a busy town centre.
The town is also host to a huge amount of well supported local events including the Altrincham Festival, food and drink celebrations and community events. There are also plans to celebrate local history and heritage with a special Town Trail.
If you're looking for a multi-million pound home there is plenty to choose from here. On the outskirts of the town are huge, mansion-like properties that attract buyers wanting to spend a bit more on their home. You'll find many of these in wealthy suburbs like Bowdon.
One of Altrincham's attractions is also that it is close to Manchester Airport making it easy for Cheshire business people who regularly travel to London for work. There are also several good schools that bring people into the area.
Whether you want a modern home or an older home with history there are plenty out there for you to look at.
The average price of a home tips the scales at 291,000, according to the latest Land Registry figures, and detached homes fetch a huge average of more than 500,000.
Property prices: Land Registry figures show the average detached home goes for 506,000, semis for 244,000, terraces for 227,000 and flats for 192,000
Ups: Busy place, lots to do and every amenity you could need, great shopping, lots of leisure activities, good schools and good transport links
Downs: All of these good points come at a premium. House prices are high but keep your eyes peeled and you will find some with smaller price tags too.
Schools: Navigation Primary School, 0161 912 5937; Oldfield Brow Primary School, 0161 912 5963; Loreto Preparatory School, 0161 928 8310; St Vincent's Catholic Infants and Juniors School, 0161 928 3440/ 0161 928 1265, Altrincham C of E Aided Primary School, 0161 928 7288; Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, 0161 911 8090; Loreto Grammar School, 0161 928 3703; Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, 0161 912 5912; Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, 0161 928 0858
Transport: Trains run from Altrincham regularly to Manchester, Stockport and Chester as well as through many of Cheshire's towns and villages making train travel easy. Buses also run fairly frequently around the area. Manchester International Airport is less than five miles away and coach travel is available eight miles away in Stockport.
Commuting: Again, commuting is good. You're within striking distance of the M56, M60 and M6 and M62 motorways making travel very simple. However, traffic can sometimes be heavy.
Shops: Lots to choose from. If you prefer shopping with independent traders then keep your eyes peeled at places like Goose Green and the streets around the market. If you're into large, high street names then your best bet is the new Stamford Quarter
Restaurants/bars: Again, plenty of choice, from small delis and cafes to well-known long-established restaurants all offering every cuisine you could imagine
Weekend fun: Get your skates on and have a go at ice skating, get to the cinema, enjoy a night out at one of the town's many wine bars, pubs and restaurants. Football fans can catch the action at Altrincham Town Football Club and theatre lovers can catch a show at the Altrincham Garrick Theatre.