Moving to… Chester

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As part of our new Moving to…
series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more. 

This month we go to the beautiful historical city of Chester…

Property market at a glance

Semi-detached houses saw an increase of 12% going from £206,982 in 2018 to £232,325 in 2019. However in April 2019 detached properties in Chester were sold for an average of £334,520, a 27% decrease from the price in 2018.

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Properties in Chester are in high demand due to its culture, history and beautiful surroundings. Popular areas in the surroundings include Christleton, Hoole and Handbridge however all areas are generally great places to live with many schools in the area.

Food and drink

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If you consider yourself a foodie Chester is a perfect place for you to live. Chester has a diverse range of food options from Thai and Chinese to Italian and British. You will never be short on options with over 100 restaurants in the city centre and within a 10 mile radius. It is home to many mainstream chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Nandos but you will also find many businesses local to Chester that you won’t want to miss. If you like Italian food you’re bound to love somewhere like La Fattoria, it serves pizza, pasta & desserts and is loved by many, young and old. You will also find several dessert places; a favourite is Hanky Panky Pancakes, it serves both sweet and savoury pancakes at a great value for money. Lastly for those who prefer Spanish cuisine you can try Porta, a small but welcoming tapas restaurant located near the Roman walls which has amazing reviews.

If you’re looking for a night out in the city you’ll be spoilt for choice with a vast amount of pubs and bars in Chester and the surrounding areas. There are lots of trendy bars like Revolution and the Brewhouse & Kitchen but there are also several unique bars hidden in the city.  Lono Cove is a tropical themed bar which comes highly recommended by many locals for its unique cocktails and flavours.

Education

Over 80% of schools in the Chester area were rated either “Good” or “Outstanding” by Ofsted. This includes primary and secondary schools as well as colleges. For those who are looking to go down the path of apprenticeships there are lots of options available for you too including catering, engineering, advertisement, education, accounting and many more.

The University of Chester offers over 400 combined and single honours undergraduate degrees. It scored an 85.87% overall satisfaction on the 2018 National Student Survey, 2.39% above the sector-wide average. The university has four sites in Chester, a campus in Warrington and two University Centres in Shrewsbury and Reaseheath. 

Culture and attractions

Chester is well known for its historical buildings and tourist attractions. The main sight-seeing destinations include the amphitheatre, the roman walls, the Eastgate clock and the Cathedral. These are popular attractions and are often what people think of when they see Chester.

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The Storyhouse is an award winning building in Chester that opened in 2017. It is a theatre, library, cinema, restaurant and cultural centre. Holding over 2,000 activities each year for local marginalised groups and welcomes everyone no matter who you are, where you’re from or how old you are. It’s an amazing place for anyone who loves books, the theatre, films and food and you will always manage to find something that interests you. 

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There are also many museums in Chester that cover all of its past. For those who like the army the Chester Military Museum is the perfect place for you to go, with a low entry fee you can learn about the Cheshire regiment from the 17th century up to present day through stories , videos and objects from the wars the army has fought in.  The Grosvenor Museum is also a good place to learn more about the general history of Chester and is loved by many kids with a number of schools often visiting is for educational trips.

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A big tourist attraction in Chester is Chester Zoo, home to over 27,000 animals it is one of the UK’s largest zoos and was the most visited zoo in 2018 with over 1.9 million visitors. It is an amazing place for kids to explore and is also very educational with frequent talks about the animals they have and educational activities for the kids to participate in during their trip.  Another place children love in Chester is the ice cream farm, located in the countryside. It’s a fun day out for kids combining two things they love, playing and ice cream. At the ice cream farm children are spoilt for choice with mini golf, a farm, the largest indoor sand and water play area in Europe and so much more. Older kids in the family can visit the loft which is a sleek space catered for teens with retro game machines, air hockey tables, a dance floor and more. 

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Transport links

On the outskirts of the city centre is Chester’s train station, from here you can travel to other cities like Manchester and Liverpool. With train journeys to Manchester at an average length of 1hr and 17minutes and ticket prices from £6 these railway services are popular among those who work in the bigger cities nearby but live in Chester.  Trains from Chester even go as far as London and Edinburgh.

Chester also has a great bus service with park and ride locations in easily accessible places around the outskirts of the city.  For those who would rather drive there are many car parks within the city and blue badge spaces for those who need them.

If you would prefer to walk or cycle there are lots of scenic routes you can take either along the canals or by the river and also many cycle and footpaths heading into the town centre which are a lovely way to spend a hot day in summer.

Are you thinking of moving to a new city like Chester? Make sure you have a good conveyancer ready to find your dream home!