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Northwich local area information

Northwich is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. HomeXperts Northwich delivers estate agency services to Northwich and surrounding areas such as Davenham, Hartford, Kingsmead, Rudheath, Moulton, Lostock Gralam, Anderton, Barnton, Weaverham, Castle, Winnington, Marbury, Leftwich, Lach Dennis, Little Leigh, Comberbach, Budworth, Wincham, Lostock, Green and Marston.

Northwich is a local town with new and exciting town centre development plans in place for Baron’s Quay. The plans bring together a retail and leisure development creating 1000’s of local jobs proving that local councils believe Northwich is the next thriving town in Cheshire. This has a huge impact to the sales market. With the investment in our local town it will attract "out of town buyers" and add value to property generating a healthy market.

Prices for property in this area range from One bedroom apartment £90,000, Two bedroom house £121,000. If you are looking for something bigger a family Three Bedroom House average £157,600 and a larger Four Bedroom House £265,100.

Northwich is an ideal place for exploring unspoilt countryside discovering a rich industrial heritage, and experiencing some of the UK's most captivating waterways. Such an amazing location and as the quality of life is proved attractive, Northwich has reinvented itself as a thriving market town.

Northwich has a number of outstanding schools and colleges. Primary education include: Hartford Manor Primary School, Kingsmead Primary School and Rosebank School is a school for autistic children aged 3–11 years. Secondary education include: St Nicholas Catholic High School, Weaverham High School and The County High School Leftwich. Sir John Deane's College is a very successful sixth form college with further education also available through Mid Cheshire College. The Grange School situated in Hartford has firmly established itself as one of the country’s leading independent day schools for 4-18 years. 

Northwich is connected to the motorway network to the north of the town via the A559 onto the M56 motorway; and to the east of the town via the A556 at Junction 19 of the M6 motorway. Very convenient for business and leisure trips. Northwich train station has frequent services to Manchester, Chester, Crewe and Stockport with local stations supporting the surrounding network.

Major employers within Northwich and the surrounding area are TATA, Barclays Bank, Morrisons and Astrazeneca. However with Northwich being in the heart of Cheshire and with fantastic commuter links, other major employment areas easily accessible from Northwich are Warrington, Manchester, Altrincham, Stoke, Chester and Crewe. 

In Northwich centre a typical property is two – three bedroom terrace and also semi-detached houses. There are two bedroom apartments developments at the River Weaver. Rudheath and Castle comprises of two-three bedroom terrace and semi detached, but also offers the larger three to the four bedroom semi detached and detached properties. Barnton, Winnington, Leftwich and Moulton host a range of housing developments from two bedroom semi detached to four bedroom detached. Hartford, Sandiway, Cuddington and Kingsmead once again are of mixed properties, but are typically three to four bedroom semi detached and detached moving up to five plus bedroom detached properties.

First time buyers typically buy in Northwich centre, Castle, Rudheath, Leftwich, Lostock Gralam and Weaverham. These areas provide affordable housing with good access to local amenities, commuter routes and train stations. 

Second home buyers either buy within their first home areas and move to a larger property or look to move to a neighbouring area such as Winnington, Barnton, Davenham, Hartford, Moulton and Kingsmead. These areas are in catchment of outstanding schools, close to leisure facilities and good access to major commuter routes.

Asking prices in Northwich have slightly increased by on average 2% over the last part of the second quarter in 2011. However the average paid price has decreased since 2010 by 4% making Northwich a good place to invest in.

Easy transport links

Northwich is popular commuter town due to the fantastic links to major motorway networks via the M56 and M6. Barnton, Little Leigh and Weaverham to the West of Northwich provide access to the M56 via the A49. Hartford, Kingsmead, Leftwich, Lostock Gralam, Wincham, Davenham and Moulton situated to the South and East of Northwich provide access to the M6 via the A556. Northwich & Greenbank train station service the Manchester to Chester railway. Hartford Station provides access to Liverpool and Crewe.

Looking for a new home? 

Cheshire West and Chester Council has agreed to set aside £2.3 million to buy land and set in place plans for the redevelopment of Baron’s Quay, in the centre of Northwich. The master plan was revealed in the summer of 2011 and includes proposals for a huge supermarket, new shop units, cinema and entertainment area among the 118,000 sq ft of food retail space, 205,000 sq ft of non-food shops, 45,000 sq ft of restaurants and cafes and 70,000 sq ft set aside for the cinema and bowling alley. Creating 1000’s of local jobs.

Plans for the development of Winnington Urban Village were made public in Jan 2011. The proposal is 1,200 new homes which 300 will be affordable homes, school, shops, play areas, community facilities, transport improvements and parkland along the River Weaver. Plans are still to be agreed. 

Further planning application has been made by Emery Planning Partnership, on behalf of Gladedale Estates Ltd and Russell Homes Ltd to build 1,050 family homes, 30% affordable housing with a new village centre, shops, services, open space and small scale office accommodation. Planning application was submitted to the local council in June 2011.

Harrow Estates commence talks with the local residence of Hartford to share their thoughts on a proposed housing development at Grange Farm. The outline plans, as presented in July 2011 are for 300 high quality new residential homes.

Looking for a rental property?

Young working individuals and couples looking for their first rental property tend to rent in Rudheath, Castle and Northwich centre. These areas provide walking access to the town centre and are very convenient for transport links to Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Crewe. 

Second time renters and families looking for a larger property with a garden do tend to move to the outskirts of Northwich to areas such as Leftwich, Barnton, Kingsmead, Winnington and Hartford. These areas are in the catchment for a majority of the outstanding schools in Northwich and also provide good commuter access to the M56 and M6.

Rental prices in this area range from one bedroom apartment £450 per calendar month, a two bedroom house approximately £550. If you are looking for something larger, three bedroom family houses are £650 per month and a four bedroom house will be £850 per month upwards.

Thinking of investing in Northwich?

If a property investor is looking to buy an investment property to rent in Northwich the areas I would recommend are Rudheath, Northwich Centre, Castle and Greenbank due to good commuter access, access to local amenities and affordability. Currently landlords can acquire a property at a good market value and gain a good return on their investment over the next 5 – 10 years. Properties that rent well in these areas are 2 -3 bed houses.

For larger family homes and executive lets landlords can expand their search into areas such as Winnington, Davenham, Hartford, Kingsmead, Wincham and Moulton. These areas demand a higher rent per calendar month. As a local town rental prices have increased over the past 12 months by circa 3%.

With planning submitted for new developments in three areas of Northwich, Hartford, Winnington and Wincham rental investments will be readily available for landlords once plans are agreed and building has commenced. Timescales for the developments are not yet defined, as of October 2011.