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Can there be a more perfect place to live than Bury?

Date online: 09/02/2018

Less than half an hour from BOTH stunning scenery and Manchester city centre, Bury could be the perfect location for a family home.

The popular suburbs of Prestwich, Whitefield and Ramsbottom offer quick access to city life and the region’s rugged countryside.

Andrew Cardwell, director of Cardwell’s estate agents, said: “Bury has a superb countryside, a greatly improved town centre including the historic Bury market, superb travel links via motorway and Metrolink, popular schools and colleges, excellent employment opportunities and wonderful leisure, sport and recreational facilities.”

Where are the best places to live?

Bury is surrounded by a number of small, traditional villages scattered across the stunning fields.

So for those looking for a taste of the Last of the Summer Wine, then Holcombe might be your best bet.

The quaint cobble-stoned village is home to some of the areas most historic buildings, such as Hey House, dating back to the De Trafford family in 17th century.

Similarly Tottington is another picturesque setting with a mix of traditional cottage-style terraces and a number of independent shops and cafes.

Prestwich has always been popular with families wanting to be close to the vibrant city centre but keep that sense of community spirit.

Businesses are starting to notice, taking advantage of cheaper rents and opening up chic restaurants and bars in the town centre, it is home to the likes of Guy Garvey.

Laurence Juster, from Michael Herwald & Co, said: “Prestwich now has a ‘buzz’ about it with wine bars like Cuckoo and All the Shapes among the most popular, match that with restaurants like Croma, Solita, and Tao’s, all offering a taste of the world’s food on our doorstep.”

In recent years Ramsbottom has become increasingly popular, offering a more rural setting but with still tons to keep you entertained.

It also proves a winner with parents looking for the best school for their children - Hazelhurst, St Andrew’s and St Joseph’s primary schools, all extremely popular.

Tom Mannifield, from Belvoir estates and lettings, said: “It is positioned on the gateway to the Rossendale Valley, and has flourished in recent times with many commuters recognising it as a great community orientated town to live with a village feel.”

Schools?

When deciding on a place to live with a family, schools are right at the top of the list.

Andrew Cardwell said: “North Bury’s high property demand roots in the quality of its schools. Lowercroft Primary, for example, is locally regarded as the go-to primary school, with consistently ‘Excellent’ Ofsted reports.”

Christ Church Primary is also another great choice, receiving top marks in its most recent inspection.

In Ramsbottom there is a choice of primary schools, including St Joseph’s R.C Primary School and Hazlehurst Community School, are also both extremely popular option, in no small part due to their ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports.

And in terms of secondary schools there are a number of top choices, with fee-paying Bury Grammar catering for both girls and boys and St Gabriel’s RC High also judged to be Outstanding.

While the Kings School which is just outside the borough, in Manchester, is also a popular Jewish faith school and offers primary education right through to A-Levels.

House prices?

The average house in Bury will set you back £171,214, which is almost £30,000 more than neighbouring Bolton.

If you’re looking for a starter home or to start a family then you can pick up a terraced house for just £120,361 which is an increase of more than £2,000 in the last year.

Larger families however, looking for a semi can expect to pay around £167,101, which is still less than the average for a home in the borough.

However, with such a large area, prices vary drastically and according to local estate agents, the sky’s the limit.

One estate agent said that they had recently sold a detached property in Lowerscroft for £575,000.

While if you are intent on splashing the cash then there is a four-bedroom property on the market, in Birtle, for an eye-watering £2.5m.

Food and drink?

Ramsbottom has a variety of cafes and restaurants clustered around the town centre including The Lounge, Lolo’s, The Chocolate Cafe and Owens, as well as a regular farmer’s market.

Sue Blackmore, from Belvoir Sales and Lettings, Bury, said: “There is an abundance of choice of family friendly pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes around the town, with an influx of new options opening all the time. From the Hare & Hounds and Hoysters at Holcombe Brook, to The Shoulder of Mutton and Malia Indian Restaurant in Holcombe Village.”

While Prestwich is currently seeing a huge amount invested in the town, with a number of new bars and cafés opening up on Bury Old Road.

Stuart Pearson, from Pearson Ferrier, said: “There are a number of bars and restaurants ranging from traditional pubs such as the ever popular Church Inn to “trendier” bars such as Grape to Grain. Prestwich is extremely well off for affordable good quality restaurants such as Solita home of the Big Manc to quality Italians like Croma.”

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Family friendly

As mentioned already Bury is the perfect setting for families offering a wide variety of places to go and things to do - enough to keep the little ones happy.

If you’re searching for the great outdoors then you really won’t have far to go, with Philips Park, in Whitefield and Chesham Woods, while Heaton Park needs no introductions, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

And you couldn’t plan an excursion in the rolling countryside without taking a trip to see the breathtaking views from Peel Tower, up Holcombe Hill.

Bury is a place that is steeped in history, so when you’re tired after a long walk or fancy going back in time then how about taking in one of the area’s museums?

Andrew Cardwell said: “Home to the East Lancashire Railway, the Bury Cultural Quarter also boasts many of the most fascinating museums in the UK: the internationally respected Bury Art Museum, the proud regimental Fusilier Museum, and Bury Transport Museum providing a wealth of attractions and activity.”

Culture vultures out there won’t be lost for things to do either, The Met is very popular, showcasing the works of internationally renowned artists and for comedy, music and an extensive programme of live entertainment.

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