What’s going for it? There’s a lot previous in Chester. It piles up on the streets. It accumulates. Roman amphitheatre, medieval cathedral, Ruskinian city corridor, all these Tudor black-and-white, half-timbered buildings straight off a High quality Avenue tin, all these Victorian black-and-white, half-timbered buildings pretending to be Tudor black-and-white, half-timbered buildings straight off a High quality Avenue tin, cobbles, ye olde gatehouses, and many others. Lovely. Sometimes suffocating. (I communicate as one raised on cathedral cities.) That’s to not say Chester isn’t with it. It’s lengthy had a popularity for middlebrow poshness, all wine bars and pearls. Who is aware of what they’ve put within the water not too long ago, although, as there’s a tiny little bit of mojo within the place. Respectable espresso has turned up. The stunning new Storyhouse arts advanced has introduced up to date structure and cutting-edge tradition. It’s even a bit of bit woke: final 12 months Chester was topped probably the most accessible metropolis in Europe for disabled folks. In Europe! With these cobbles! Onwards and upwards, Chester.
The case in opposition to It’s dear, from the property to the price of residing.
Nicely linked? Trains: to Manchester (a reasonably gradual one hour at finest), to Liverpool (48 minutes), to Wrexham (15), to Birkenhead (41) and to Crewe (20). Driving: an hour to Manchester, 40 minutes to Liverpool, half an hour to Warrington and the M6.
Faculties Primaries: a lot of the metropolis’s colleges are at the very least “good”, Ofsted says, with Belgrave, Dee Level, St Martin’s academy and Acresfield “excellent”. Secondaries: the Catholic excessive, the Bishops’ Blue Coat CofE, Blacon excessive and Upton-by-Chester excessive are “good”, with Christleton excessive, simply exterior, “excellent”.
Hang around at… Chester’s having a meals second. For excellent espresso and muffins, take a look at Jaunty Goat and Moss. Discover killer meals at Joseph Benjamin, Porta and Sticky Walnut.
The place to purchase There are some critically fancy homes right here, particularly in Handbridge/Queen’s Park and Curzon Park/Hough Inexperienced overlooking the River Dee and the racecourse. Some good late Victorians to 1930s in Upton to the north, or inside suburbs reminiscent of Hoole, helpful for the station. Good townhouses of all eras throughout the metropolis partitions. Loads of plump fashionable suburbs reminiscent of Nice Boughton. Giant detacheds and townhouses, £450,000-£1m and sometimes as much as £1.5m. Detacheds and smaller townhouses, £170,000-£450,000. Semis, £120,000-£650,000. Terraces and cottages, £115,000-£375,000. Flats, £100,000-£500,000. Leases: a one-bedroom flat, £450-£850pcm; a three-bedroom home, £650-£1,300pcm.
Cut price of the week OK, so it’s £750,000. However this six-bedroom Victorian mansion, near the centre, in want of modernisation, with interval details-a-go-go, is a cut price of types, with hinchliffeholmes.co.uk.
From the streets
Jeremy Johnston “Sunday lunch at Artichoke, in a former mill on the canalside (e book forward).”
Emma-Jane Mills “The zoo! It’s good for teenagers and has actually pure environments for the animals.”
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