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Staffordshire is recognized for the expertise of its world-famous potteries at Stoke on Trent.
There is some stunning countryside, predominantly where the Peak District National Park crosses into the North East of the county and the magnificent Cannock Chase, with its thirty thousand acres of forest and heathland further south.
There are numerous beautiful wooded valleys; the Dovedale, Milldale and Manifold.
The northern part of Staffordshire is best known as the ‘Potteries’. The famous 'Five Towns' that make up The Potteries are Burslem, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall. The centre and south of the county are generally level, with a few low valleys intersected by the Trent, Blithe, and Tame rivers.
Towards the centre and south of Staffordshire there are some fantastic towns and cities including Lichfield, Cannock Chase and Tamworth. Each have their own delights and historic treasures making excellent places to live.
Below is our Top 5 Locations to Live in Staffordshire
Lichfield is a delightful City around 10 miles north of Birmingham. Boasting great history, stunning architecture, and whilst being a short drive from Cannock Chase Park, Lichfield encompasses all that’s required when relocating to the Midlands.
Conveniently located in the heart of the country being close to major motorway and rail links providing easy access to places of work. All the shopping and major retailers are in the centre of Lichfield, so no need to travel far for these necessities. The schools have excellent Ofsted ratings for primary and secondary, providing the most important aspect of a move for many families relocating.
Lichfield has become a popular location for families relocating to the Midlands. Here are several good areas to consider when relocating to Lichfield: Darwin Park, Surrounding areas of King Edwards School and Danford Park, also the roads leading off Beacon St. There centre has some idyllic terraced houses for the person who loves everting on their door step close to Frog Lane and North of the Cathedral.
According to Rightmove Properties in Lichfield had an overall average price of £313,162 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Lichfield during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £426,551. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £276,466, with terraced properties fetching £236,106.
Stafford is located 30 Miles north of Birmingham, in the heart of the country. Ideally located next to the M6 providing easy access to the northern and southern cities. The train station is well connected being able to travel direct to Birmingham in 30 minutes and to London in 80 minutes. Stafford is a large town with excellent shopping facilities, the brand new shopping development Riverside has all the major retailers including Topshop, M&S, H&M and Primark and of course a Costa Coffee.
With great history and heritage, here are some of the top attractions in Stafford-· Victoria Park· Riverside Shopping Centre · Ancient High House · Stafford Castle · Alton Towers
Being such a large town; Stafford has many different areas that are suitable for those relocating on all budgets. Some of the key areas for housing include Castle Town, Doxey and Queensville is a popular new estate for young families, with good access to Queens retail park.
According to Rightmove Properties in Stafford had an overall average price of £216,014 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Stafford during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £197,171. Detached properties sold for an average of £302,693, with terraced properties fetching £155,233.
Situated just 10 miles North East of Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth offers a rich and vibrant experience with an excellent choice of historical centres. With easy access to major Motorway and Rail links; Tamworth provides easy access to Birmingham, Leicester, Derby and Nottingham (M1 and M6).
Being such a large town Tamworth’s Shopping facilities are more than adequate. A unique experience with quirky independent shops, which flows into The Castle Pleasure Grounds and in sight just across the park are The Retail Parks, offering all the high street names such as M&S, John Lewis, Next and many, many more.
Here are some of the top attractions in Tamworth-
Drayton Manor Theme Park with Thomas Land · The SnowDome · The Assembly Rooms · Norman Motte and Bailey Castle. · Ash End House Children's Farm · Tamworth Street Market
Some of the most popular areas just outside of the town centre include Dosthill, Wilnecote and Alvecote. Other areas closer to town may consider Bolehall, Kettlebrook and North of Lichfield street. Depending on your budget, there is a location with amenities to suit all criteria. For those relocating who are looking for a more rural location close to Tamworth it would be worth having a look at Shenstone, Drayton Basset or Polesworth.
According to Rightmove Properties in Tamworth had an overall average price of £235,627 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Tamworth during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £213,585. Detached properties sold for an average of £321,849, with terraced properties fetching £170,534
Stone is situated 8 Miles north of Stafford sitting on the river Trent and the Staffordshire Canal, It’s a historic market town with plenty of charm and local individualism.
Famous for its Ice Cream shop and beautiful canalside bubs and restaurants. Stone has a more relaxed feel to it, somewhat semi-rural at times with the advantage of all the amenities including all your favourite supermarkets to pick from.
In 2020 it is estimated the local population is around 17,000. Making its fairly busy smaller town, with all the amenities your could need without it being necessary to travel to Stafford or Stoke.
Housing is relativity abundant compared to its neighbouring towns. Currently (Nov 21) 85 properties are listed for sale and 15 properties available to rent. The majority of properties is houses however there a few apartment blocks.
It’s a great town for commuters being a ‘Stones through’ from the M6 (2 miles) and Stone also benefits from a train station linking you to Birmingham, Stoke and Stafford direct.
According to right move Properties in Stone had an overall average price of £276,736 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Stone during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £368,075. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £215,890, with terraced properties fetching £202,641.
Barlaston is a small quaint village located close to the Wedgewood estate, just 5 miles from Stoke on Trent. It has a lovely rural English village feel to it. Containing all the essentials from a decent pub, cricket club, village hall and green, also a small C of E primary school.
For families looking to escape the hustle and bustle this would be the Idyllic location to relocate to. Car is essential as public transport is in short supply, but that is the price you pay to live in such a glorious untouched village. Unfortunately the train that goes through Barlaston was discontinued in 2004.
Wedgewood adds a huge amount of heritage to the area, part of the reason why the village has been so well maintained over the years. Well worth a visit if you spot a house to buy or to rent, however asking prices are well above the national average, so you may need to dig deep!
Properties in Barlaston had an overall average price of £391,214 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Barlaston during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £516,543. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £218,286, with terraced properties fetching £188,954. __________________________________________________________________________________
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