Why you should move to Sandbach
PUBLISHED: 20:26 01 December 2009 | UPDATED: 13:38 20 December 2014
If you have already chosen to live in Sandbach then you are already fully aware of its charms. If you are still deciding then there is a good argument for setting up home in the historic market town.
Many associate Sandbach with the nearby motorway service station. But if you take a look at the town and high street filled with historic buildings you will be surprised. It may be small but it is perfectly formed and packed with facilities and things to do.
Everything from history, sports and even science and astronomy are available in or around the Sandbach vicinity.
The Trent and Mersey canal passes through the town, which makes it a honeypot for tourists wanting to enjoy the sunny weather during the summer, and Sandbach market, which dates back to Elizabethan times, is also popular.
House prices in the South East Cheshire town, despite staying below the national average, have still risen in general with only a few dips in value between 2001 and 2004. It has good links to the M6 for Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and Staffordshire making it an excellent commuter town with regular trains also running direct to Manchester. Despite this the town still benefits from having attractive farmland and the Cheshire countryside nearby.
There is plenty of property to buy but you have to act fast to make sure you secure your dream home. There is everything from the more expensive multi-million pound homes to shared ownership developments and starter homes for first time buyers trying to get on that elusive property ladder.
There is a mix of property styles from 15th century cottages to country houses and barn conversions. There are a handful of new developments in Sandbach priced from less than £200,000 to £350,000.
The number of families living in Sandbach is higher than the national average making it the ideal place to bring up your own family. This has been prompted by the variety of good education on offer in the town's schools.
There is a great sense of pride in the Sandbach community and this has been officially marked when it was awarded County Civic Pride recognition. There is also a successful Sandbach in Bloom Committee that had taken the town to success no less than four times.
Sports lovers will be in their element with clubs for football, rugby, golf, bowls and hockey and some of them offer youth teams. But sport is not the only interest in Sandbach - you only have to look at the extensive list of clubs available to join on Sandbach Town Council's website. There is also the popular annual Festival of Transport.
You cannot really go wrong with Sandbach - a lovely place, lovely people and importantly, lovely homes.
A real community feel.
Ups: Too many to mention. Pleasant area, lots of schools to choose from, adequate shops, lots to do in the local area for everyone from singles and couples to families and the retired.
Downs: Parking could be a problem on market day and in summer when tourists visit the town. Schools: Sandbach Community Primary School, 01270 763701, Offley Infant School, 01270 763956, Offley Junior School, 01270 764894, Sandbach Heath St John's CE Primary, 01270 762859, Sandbach School, 01270 758870.
Transport: Sandbach Train Station is located just off Station Road on the outskirts of the town in nearby Elworth with regular trains to Crewe, Stockport and Manchester. Buses also run regularly from Crewe with other bus routes diverting through Sandbach and Manchester Airport is just over 15 miles away. Crewe train station is a short drive away and from there London can be, on a good train day, less than two hours away. Commuting: Sandbach is located near junction 17 of the M6 making it an easy commute to other parts of Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside and Staffordshire. Crewe is less than 15 minutes drive away.
Shops: The shopping centre is compact but stuffed with everything you might need with parking easily available on the Scotch Common or Brookhouse Road car parks. There is also Sandbach Market that dates back many years as well as the more modern Waitrose supermarket - one of the first built outside London.
Restaurants/bars: There are plenty of local pubs offering traditional fare and plenty of restaurants to choose from offering food from around the globe, including Indian, Italian and Chinese. There are also cafes serving homemade food, a McDonalds and a handful of takeaways.
Weekend fun: You won't be stuck for fun things to do in Sandbach with everything from the Sandbach Farmers Market and Wheelock Hall Farm Shop for some good locally produced food to teeing off at Sandbach Golf Course or visiting Jodrell Bank in nearby Holmes Chapel. If you are a musician, you could try out for the well-known Foden Brass Band.