Stockton-on-Tees is a large market town. Made up of an unparished collective of wards, and part of the built up Teeside area, it has a combined population of 85,000. Stockton-on-Tees has lots to offer and in 2018 was rated the 6th best place to live in the whole of the UK.
Best places to live in the area
According to Rightmove, the average property in Stockton on Tees costs £149,624. In this guide, we have explored some of the best areas to live in and why – so you don’t have to!
Middlesbrough: Middlesbrough is first on our list. This is highly praised as a place to live as you are never more than twenty minutes from the coast, countryside, or town centre. It also has excellent transport links either by road or train, which gives you excellent access to the rest of the country. When exploring the area, you’ll find some traditional featured buildings along with many restaurants and bars, supermarkets, an art gallery, and lots more. Properties here are more modern because of reconstruction after the war and properties typically cost £149,668.
Eaglescliffe: Eaglescliffe is another great location to live in – it has a mix of properties from apartments, characterful terraced houses, three-bedroom semis, two-bedroom bungalows and large detached homes, making the average cost of homes according to Rightmove £219,051. Within the area you will see the occasional supermarket and several schools, and sixth form colleges rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, which is always something research if you are moving with children.
Redcar: Next on our list is the town of Redcar. This area is perfect if you are looking for a magnificent view as it overlooks the coast. The average home in this area costs £149,458 according to Rightmove, however, this can vary depending on your view. Look at properties on or near Coast Road to secure the sea view or opt for a less expensive home on Charlotte Street. In addition to the sea views, you will also have access to supermarkets, a few parks, green spaces and even a racecourse.
Areas such as Thornaby and Ingleby have ranked higher overall than areas such as Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. You will see many bars and restaurants and green spaces making them very appealing places to live – they are also said to have below average crime rates. House prices in these areas average at £161,866.
Stockton-on-Tees has many great and accessible transport links for residents for example – the main north-south road network in the Tees Valley comprises the A1(M) and A19. It also has may public transport facilities such as public bus services and a local train station.
The Infinity Bridge is a transport link as well as an attractive sight. It is a public pedestrian and cycle footbridge across the River Tees in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. The bridge is situated 1km downriver of Stockton town centre and connects the Teesdale Business Park and the University of Durham’s Queen’s Campus: it also has wonderful illuminations in the evenings which are very appealing.
Things to do and places of interest
Stockton-on-Tees has many attractions and amenities for both residents and tourists, meaning there will always be things for you and your family to do.
Newham Grange Country Farm
Newham Grange Country Farm is the perfect opportunity for a family day out. See all the usual farm animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats and many more – some of which you can meet in the petting area. Children can then go for a ride on a mini tractor, explore the maze and enjoy the play and picnic area. There is also a 1-mile loop for runners, cyclists or those who just like to walk.
Hire a canoe right in the centre of Durham and explore the city. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the beautiful River Wear and discover Durham’s stunning historic countryside from the water. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny family day out.
After all that adventure, visit Preston Park for a more relaxed day out. Home to Preston Park Museum, butterfly world, scenic woodland walks, and the river where you can hire boats for the day. Because of this, it is unsurprising that it is a popular venue to host yearly events and weddings. It is undoubtedly a perfect spot for locals to take the whole family or walk the dog.
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Why not immerse yourself in the community spirit and visit Stockton International Riverside Festival? On your doorstep, for a few days. The festival is dedicated to the arts, and includes UK and international performers as well as local musicians and multiple stages and venues around the town.
This is just a handful of things you could do if you moved to Stockton-on-Tees without including the many shopping centres with high street shops, independent boutiques, sights of the canals, bars and restaurants – we really can see the appeal in living here.
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