Why you should move to Knutsford
PUBLISHED: 16:08 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:30 20 December 2014
It's not surprising Knutsford is a popular place to live.
It’s not surprising Knutsford is a popular place to live. Consider the picture postcard streets, the choice of just about every style of home you can think of, good schools and access to local motorways and you can see why it continues to be one of the top places in Cheshire. There is also the celebrity factor with many familiar faces here and the reputation of local restaurants and bars in this historic town.
Some residents live in the history of the town, literally. The childhood home of renowned novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who immortalised the character of early Victorian Knutsford in her Cranford works, is now a private residence. Names and characters from her books can be found in street names. Gaskell Memorial Tower built in her memory stands majestically at the centre of the town. In fact, plaques, marking the history of the town can be found on numerous buildings. More information is on display at Knutsford Heritage Centre.
There is a bustling community here too. There always seems to be plenty of people pottering about either going about their daily business, enjoying the local shops or taking a bite to eat in one of the restaurants and bars.
Belle Époque, once a favourite haunt of the Beckhams before their move to America, is a Cheshire institution. There are also popular places like Knutsford Wine Bar and the newly opened Old Sessions House.
Every year the eyes of the gardening world turn to Tatton Park, on the town’s edge, when the RHS Flower Show bursts into colour in the grounds of one of the country’s great historic estates. Equally important is Knutsford Royal May Day when hundreds parade through the streets to see the new May Queen crowned.
The town has its own railway station with regular services and buses also serve Knutsford. Traffic can be a bit of an issue but once you’re out of the centre there is quick and easy access to the main motorway networks, namely the M6 and M56, giving access to North Wales, Manchester and Lancashire.
When it comes to homes you’ll be spoilt for choice with mansion-like homes on the outskirts, historic terraces and new flats. There are also properties with pretty views, including a row of homes that have a stream running in front of them, overlooking a park.
Knutsford was once named as the most expensive town to buy a house in the north of England, making it an unlikely candidate for first-time buyers.
There are plenty of properties to choose from if you have a millionaire’s bank balance with homes that tip the scales at well over £1 million. But there are other homes, mostly terraces and flats, that have recently become more affordable. If you’re looking for a home, spend a day in Knutsford. You’ll be charmed.