What’s going for it? Bangor is sort of the shock. I’m undecided what I used to be anticipating however I believe it concerned gray pebbledash. The city is stuffed with cheer. Victorian townhouses painted the color of sweeties. Freshly paved streets with perky new timber, as if civic dignitaries have been anticipating the Queen on Tuesday. Being a seaside city within the British Isles, it has that inevitable double fringe of pleasure and sorrow, however right here pleasure will get the higher hand. Partly that’s right down to wealth. This space has lengthy been nicknamed the Gold Coast, pulling in Belfast’s wealthy for greater than a century. Whereas we’re not fairly speaking Malibu wealthy, the city has its share of hefty piles and la-di-da. You’ll must journey a couple of minutes out of city for respectable seashores. Bangor’s petite bay cuddles a marina of yachts straight out of Howards’ Manner (extraordinarily woke up to date cultural reference there). A lot of the city, although, is extra your bucket-and-spade-kiss-me-quick seaside, and all the higher for it. Pickie Puffer, the miniature steam prepare that chuffs by means of Pickie Enjoyable Park, is a specific excessive spot. Who says I don’t know the right way to have enjoyable?
The case towards Fairly expensive, by native requirements.
Properly linked? Trains: half-hourly to Belfast (40 minutes). Driving: on the A2 to Belfast (30 minutes) and past to Belfast airport (45 minutes).
Colleges Primaries: Crawfordsburn and St Malachy’s are “good”, says ETI Northern Eire, with Ballyholme, Kilmaine and Towerview “excellent” and St Comgall’s “excellent”; strike motion prevented the newest experiences at Grange Park, Bloomfield and Rathmore. Secondaries: Bangor grammar is generally “good”, St Columbanus’ “excellent”; strikes once more prevented the newest inspection of Bangor Academy.
Hang around at… Bangor Bay lobster on the Boat Home? Or how a couple of good pint on the oldest pub on the town, Jenny Watts?
The place to purchase A superb wodge of seasidey Victorian townhouses and villas in homosexual colors, equivalent to round Dufferin Avenue, Bryansburn Street and Farnham Street; and a denser, villagey nook by the marina round Holborn Avenue. Massive piles lurk westwards, particularly the avenues round Princetown Street. South has nice suburbs on and off Gransha Street and Ballycrochan Street. Massive detacheds and townhouses, £300,000-£550,000. Detacheds and smaller townhouses, £175,000-£300,000. Semis, £120,000-£250,000. Terraces and cottages, £70,000-£150,000. Flats, £60,000-£150,000. Leases: not that a lot round; a two-bedroom flat, £450-£650pcm.
Cut price of the week This is a cut price – a one-bed terrace home “priced for modernisation”, £45,000, with reedsrains.co.uk.
From the streets
Jackie Savage “I really like the Salty Canine and Jamaica Inn. Better of all are the attractive coastal walks.’”
Simon Bridge ‘Bangor is one among 4 locations in Eire named on the medieval Hereford Mappa Mundi, so, as a port, it has linked County Right down to the remainder of the world. The Guillemot for its breakfasts and lunches.’
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