As you drive through Prestwich & Whitefield along Bury New Road it is hard to escape the regeneration projects, whether it is new shops and restaurants opening, or existing businesses undergoing improvements.

The amount of choice people now have when it comes to dining out is fantastic.  From the larger chain restaurants in Prestwich village and smaller independent places like All The Shapes and The Dotted Note, to The Northern Crafthouse and One88 in Whitefield.  Not forgetting of course Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier, which attracts people from all over.

No matter what kind of cuisine you want there really is something for every palate.

If you want to burn off the calories then you are spoiled for choice when it comes to sports and outdoor activities.  There are 4 golf courses in Prestwich & Whitefield and another 7 within a six-mile radius.  If you prefer something a little more relaxed there are crown bowling greens at Heaton Park, the Eagle & Child in Whitefield and one at Prestwich cricket, tennis & bowling club.

For the more adventurous of you there are mountain bike trails throughout Drinkwater Park and more technical downhill trails at Philips Park Hall.  If you are a runner Prestwich Athletic Club (PAC) is a friendly club for people of all abilities and there are plenty of local football teams for adults and children of all ages.  Sedgley Park rugby club has teams from youth through to National League 2 and is also a great day out.

Whitefield has 2 fitness centres and there are a number of martial arts centres in both towns.  I’m tired even thinking about the options!

One of the great things about Prestwich & Whitefield is the community groups on offer to support people at all stages of their journey through life, from young (baby & toddler) to older people.  There is the Clinical Psychology Group who work with children, parents & families on their wellbeing, and are currently running therapeutic sleep workshops for babies at Creative Calm in Prestwich centre.  Creative Calm themselves are a team of passionate and experienced professional yoga teachers and therapists who offer many techniques and strategies to help you cope with life stresses from Yoga and mindfulness through to hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

A key attraction of the area is the transport links, whether people want to travel locally or further afield.  There are three Metrolink stations perfectly placed to take you into Bury, Manchester and now all over the Manchester area.  There is one station in central Whitefield, one in Prestwich village and Besses o’ th’ Barn just on the border in Whitefield.  There are a number of buses that travel into Manchester city centre including the 135, 97 & 98 while those commuting by car have the M60, M62 & M66 network right on the doorstep.

The area has some great parks with St Mary’s park & flower garden, Philips Park Hall and the jewel in the crown that is Heaton Park.  The latter has hours of walks, a boating lake, playgrounds, an 18 hole pitch & putt course and even a treetop trek!  There are also smaller parks with play areas at Hamilton Road Park, Whitefield Park, Victoria Park and Barnfield Park, while Springwater Park in Whitefield is very popular with dog-walkers.

All these things combined have had huge impact on the property market with all types of property having risen in value over the last 2 years.  With the recent changes in stamp duty land tax to allow first time buyers to purchase properties up to £300,000 without paying any stamp duty they are saving up to a maximum of £5,000.

The average price of a terraced house in Prestwich is £194,598 and £178,619 in Whitefield, the average semi-detached in Prestwich is £212,348 and £195,961 in Whitefield while the detached properties are averaging £267,167 in Prestwich and £431,778 in Whitefield.  Some of the more popular properties are the Edwardian houses in the All Saints area of Whitefield, incorporating Church Lane, Hamilton Road & Pinfold Lane and in Prestwich on Guest Road, Nursery Road, Poppythorn Lane area.

If you are looking for a touch of luxury then the most expensive properties in the area can be found on and around Ringley Road in Whitefield and Sheepfoot Lane & Prestwich Park Road South in Prestwich.

If you are looking to sell, buy or are just after some information about the local property market, call WeLocate on 0161 696 0777 or email info@we-locate.co.uk

For more information on some of the groups and places in the article, see the links and email addresses below.

The Clinical Psychology Group – email theclinpsychgroup@gmail.com

Creative Calm – www.creative-calm.com

All The Shapes – www.alltheshapes.co.uk

The Dotted Note – www.thedottednote.com

The Northern Crafthouse – www.northerncrafthouse.co.uk

One88 – www.one88whitefield.co.uk

Slattery – www.slattery.co.uk

Prestwich Athletic Club – www.prestwichac.co.uk

Eagle & Child bowling – www.eaglebowling.co.uk

Author: Admin

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