Chester residents can proudly announce that their city is one of the top 50 urban areas to live in the UK, and that house prices have risen notably over the last12 months.
Earlier in March, The Sunday Times published its list of the best places to be for city living. Not all of the places within it were cities as such, with the Birmingham district of Moseley topping the pile, but they were a selection of areas noted as great spots to enjoy urban life and civilisation.
Among the draws of Chester noted by the newspaper were its size, which it describes as “small enough to get to know well, but large enough to meet most demands”. It was noted that the city is becoming more multicultural and modern, yet retains its distinctive old-fashioned charms such as its walls, cathedral, rows of shops and the Eastgate Clock.
Praise was also heaped on its suburbs, with Handbridge being home to a bevy of independent stores, while the city also attracts glitz and glamour at its racecourse.
Further positive news for homeowners in the city is that the average house price is now £231,533, which is a 6.8% jump from last year, perhaps explaining the local popularity of turfing and gravel driveways as Chester residents look to make the most of their location and increase the value of their homes.
Chester’s neighbouring city of Liverpool was also represented among the 50, which were given in no particular order with the exception of Moseley being crowned the winner. Aigburth and Sefton Park made the list, noted for the quality of schools and housing and the easy access to Liverpool, as well as the local boating opportunities, places to eat and recreational areas for children.