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Why you should move to Hale

PUBLISHED: 23:53 16 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:34 20 February 2013

Hale, situated in Altrincham borough, is bounded by the River Bollin, Bowdon and Hale Barns and is situated about nine miles south west of Manchester.

Property prices in Hale over the last ten years have fluctuated quite wildly with the average price of a home going from just over 200,000 in 1996 to 1million in 2005 to the current average of just over 900,000. But despite these shifts since 1996 house prices have always stayed well above the national average with the gap only increasing throughout this time.

Hale, situated in Altrincham borough, is bounded by the River Bollin, Bowdon and Hale Barns and is situated about nine miles south west of Manchester. It is within reach of the M6, M56, M62 and M602 making it an ideal place to set up home for commuters working in Manchester, and Chester and Leeds could also be an option.

Amenities are good in Hale and you will never be stuck to find something entertaining.

Many of the properties in the village are large, impressive structures with character features. The area, situated close to the historic town of Hale Barns, has also become a honey pot for successful businesspeople, professional footballers, television presenters and soap stars.

There are few new developments in Hale but plenty of stunning existing homes to fall in love with. At first glance and by looking at average property prices it may seem difficult for anyone but the affluent to buy in Hale but there are some bargains up for grabs. Some terraced houses are on the market for less than 250,000, luxury penthouse apartments for less than 230,000 and retirement flats can also be bought for less than 100,000.

But even the most active house hunter will have to be quick as properties like this do not stay on the market for long with people wanting to grab the chance to live in the attractive village.

In fact, it seems that once people move to Hale they fall in love with it. Many tend to move within the area, which is a good sign for potential buyers.

The practice of chain building is not uncommon in the village where people swap homes with their buyer in order to be able to stay within the area. Buying a home in Hale may be a little trickier than other places but one visit will prove that it is worth it. Take a look at the properties below for a glimpse at what you can expect.

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Property prices: The latest Land Registry figures show the average price of a detached home has risen to over 900,000. It is not unheard of for homes to tip the scales at the 1million mark. Semi-detached sell for around the 400,000 mark and terraced houses go for just under 250,000.

Ups: The benefit of village life within easy reach of a major city, a pleasant living environment and a bustling village centre.

Downs: Crime levels are a little above the national average and it is virtually impossible to buy for those wanting to get on the property ladder.

Schools: SciTech, 0161 903 9133, Stamford Park Infants School, 0161 928 4040, Stamford Park Junior School, 0161 928 3608, Well Green County Primary School, 0161 980 3976, Hale Prep School, 0161 928 2386

Transport: Trains run regularly through to Chester or Manchester. There is a coach station in Stockport and Manchester International Airport is easily accessible by train or by car less than three miles away.

Commuting: Altrincham town centre is a short drive away with travelling time to Manchester slightly longer. Chester and Liverpool are both within a reasonable driving distance and budget airlines offering commuter flights operate out of Manchester International Airport.

Shops: There is a good choice of shops including clothes, crafts, antiques and collectibles, bakeries and independently run food stores as well as high streets names and supermarkets. For those who love to shop until they drop the Trafford Centre is also a short drive away.

Restaurants/bars: Lucky you if you live in Hale because there are scores of trendy wine bars and eateries to choose from offering food from around the world in upmarket restaurants. There are plenty of lively pubs too serving everything from real ale to cocktails.

Weekend fun: There are the usual weekend activities to do like going to the cinema or striking out at the local bowling alley all within a five-mile radius as well as concert venues featuring all the latest acts in nearby Manchester city centre. Art lovers will be in their element with a handful of art centres, galleries and fine art dealers in the village. For something a bit different further afield there is the Gauntlet Bird of Prey Centre in Knutsford a roller skating rink in Stockport and Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot.

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