Why you should move to Stockton Heath
PUBLISHED: 20:26 01 December 2009 | UPDATED: 13:50 20 December 2014
The village is situated near to Warrington, and is easily accessible from the M56/M6. It has many different types of homes, many of them constructed between 1900 and 1930, from original period buildings, refurbished properties and new builds
Small but perfectly formed is probably one the best ways to describe Stockton Heath. With its huge choice of nice places to eat and drink to its bustling shopping centre you can pretty much find everything you want within a few miles reach.
The village is situated near to Warrington, and is easily accessible from the M56/M6. It has many different types of homes, many of them constructed between 1900 and 1930, from original period buildings, refurbished properties and newly developed houses made to blend in with the traditional surroundings.
Victoria Square lies at the centre of the village with the shopping area at the side of it, including the Forge Shopping Centre. The centre is home to hairdressers, cafes, clothes shops, pharmacies, off licences and DIY stores as well as supermarkets, charity shops and, of course, estate agents.
The centre is also packed with a number of bars and restaurants including Loch Fyne, a renowned seafood eatery and the Red Lion that is believed to date back to the early 1800s.
If you buy a property in Stockton Heath you are almost certainly guaranteed the area will not lose its traditional charm as most of the centre was made a conservation area in 1988 to retain its character. There is also a police station, fire station, medical centre, park and library. For those green-fingered enthusiasts there are also allotments available and a Stockton Heath Garden Society.
For all these reasons it is understandable that the majority of homes in Stockton Heath are priced far higher than the national average. Nearby Warrington has seen a consistent price growth of about 14 per cent over the past five years but towns like Stockton Heath, which lie on the southern edge, attract much higher prices. Property owners here are reluctant to sell.
But it is not just the facilities and attractive architecture that draws people to Stockton Heath. An annual walking day is held where congregations from the areas churches take to the streets as well as the retiring rose queens and their new replacements. There is also a fair that takes place after the walking day in early July.
Ups: You will never be stuck for somewhere to eat or drink, a pleasant living environment and crime and unemployment levels well below the national average.
Downs: It is difficult to find a down but it could be a little too quiet to keep young children entertained and parking can be a little difficult in places.
Schools: St Thomas' C of E Primary School, Parkgate Road, Warrington. 01925 268722 Stockton Heath Primary School, Egerton Street, Stockton Heath. 01925 264470 Bridgewater High School, Broomfields Road, Appleton. 01925 263919
Transport: The nearest train station is Warrington Bank Quay with buses regularly running from Warrington to Stockton Heath. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon which is 11 miles away and Manchester International Airport is just a little further at 12 miles. There is also a ferry port at Liverpool. Commuting: Warrington town centre is less than 20 minutes drive away with close links to the M6 and M56 for access to Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Wirral and North Wales.
Shops: Plenty of shops to choose from in Stockton Heath including off licences, supermarkets and clothing stores for all your everyday needs to jewelers, florists and health and beauty salons.
Restaurants/bars: There are plenty of places to eat and drink and everything you can think of, Stockton Heath has including seafood specialist, Loch Fyne, and the stylish Tom 101 to Pizza Express and The Bridge Inn.
Weekend fun: There are numerous places to visit within just five miles of Stockton Heath. There are the spacious gardens on Walton Hall Gardens with picnic areas, a children's zoo, heritage centre and outdoor games, 01925 601 617. Arley Hall has over 100 acres of parkland as well as an interesting history, 01565 777353. Or if you prefer you could go to the famous Tatton Park which has two historic houses and rolling park land with lakes, tree-line avenues and herds of red and fallow deer, 01625 534435.