I recently went to visit my sister who moved from our childhood home in the South of England to Manchester a few years ago, as she was offered a great position in the city which involved a considerable pay rise. As much as she enjoys her new job, she was not entirely satisfied with the move as she rented a flat in Manchester city centre, and could not relax completely into city life. While our home in Sussex is not what you would describe as rural, we are in easy walking distance of open fields and country paths where we can and do frequently spend time in nature.
My sister decided if she was to be completely content in her new surroundings, she would have to move somewhere a little quieter and closer to green spaces. However, this is easier said than done, as she is completely against a long commute – and after a few months of searching and visiting unsuitable properties, she was delighted to find a perfect location in the delightful picturesque village of Hale.
Hale is located less than 15 miles from my sister’s workplace and involves an easy 30 minute commute by train or car. It is a historical town with many high-end properties in peaceful leafy streets. Christine was so smitten with Hale she decided it was a town where she could settle, and instead of renting, has decided to buy.
While far from being home to the most expensive properties in the UK, houses for sale in Hale are not cheap. This is hardly surprising when you consider Manchester airport is little more than a stone’s throw away, and the close proximity to the city and the job opportunities this offers. Although my sister is not a mother, it is interesting to know Hale also has several excellent school, which are ranked as “outstanding” by Ofsted.
Although my sister has yet to make an offer on a property, she has visited several houses that are within her budget that could be fabulous with a little fixing up. She has her eye on a two-bedroom cottage that is on the market for just £279,250, which is quite a bargain for this area.
I am hoping she makes her mind up before the summer holidays, as I would love to spend a few weeks in Hale helping her to move in and do her new home up!