In a survey by uSwitch carried out this October, the “top ten worst places to live in the UK” were named, but are they really that bad? And were the survey’s findings justified?
House Network has picked five towns off the list and identified the best areas within them in which to buy a home - and found that in many ways these locations are actually great places to live.
Bradford tipped the polls as the worst place to live. An industrial city in West Yorkshire famous for its historic mills and Victorian architecture.
Home to the famous Alhambra Theatre, One Direction’s Zayn Malik and winner of the UK curry capital award three years in a row. The city is a cultural haven that’s just had an amazing new shopping centre built and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside.
The suburbs of Bingley, Allerton and Eccleshill are particularly desirable areas to inhabit surrounded by breath-taking views, with average detached house prices from £200,000 -£300,000. It’s also a great place to commute to Leeds from.
Kingston upon Hull
Hull is known for the impressive Humber Bridge, as the backdrop of Philip Larkin’s poetry and hosts the UK’s favourite aquarium, The Deep.
It’s a city in East Yorkshire which refuses to be beaten, despite having lost its famous fishing industry, and is soon to be the UK’s Capital of culture in 2017.
Hessel, situated just west of the city is a pleasant residential area where lots of families live and the nearby village of Swanland is particularly affluent with stunning views of the countryside but just about 7 miles outside of the bustling city centre.
Lancashire’s most famous seaside town Blackpool, has got itself a bit of a bad reputation. It is invaded by rowdy stag do’s and hens each weekend and is plagued by charity shops.
But if you avoid the town centre and areas nearer to the railway station there are some thriving areas. Look for the cute Edwardian terraces in the south of the town near Lytham St Annes or towards Stanley Park, to the east of Blackpool, which is also a nice area in strolling distance of Blackpool so you can still enjoy the sea air, with semi-detached homes from £100,000-£230,000.
Devon was quite a surprise number 7 on the list as it’s an idyllic place with its rugged coastline and acres of countryside.
A popular holiday destination, it’s ranked as one of the worst places to live due to its expensive cost of living and general inconveniences.
Devon isn’t up to date with the modern world but that’s all part of its charm with average broadband speeds very low and only 70% of the area having mobile phone signal. Despite this, it’s one of the most picturesque places in the UK and often voted one of the best places to live in Britain’s countryside.
If you’re happy to live a little more off the grid and enjoy nature then former tin mining town Chagford is the location for you. The town is home to two Michelin star restaurants and has some beautiful 16th century buildings but it comes at price, with average house prices of around £400,000.
Teesside in North East England is home to Middlesbrough and was an original Northern industrial town. It is home to the Teeside University, several traditional sea sides on the coast and ranks in the worst places to live due to its high unemployment rates.
The area is constantly having money pumped into it to try and renovate the more run down areas so it’s gradually becoming more cosmopolitan. If you prefer to live close to a large town rather than a big city, Middlesbrough is up and coming, especially thanks to the university.
Popular residential areas include Acklam and the village of Linthorpe. These areas are family friendly with tree lined avenues and large villa style houses, the average detached houses come in at around £271,000 and a metro service connects the area to the centre of Middlesbrough.
So, don’t be put off moving by the polls. There are some great places to live within these areas if you do your research. All areas have good and bad and House Network are here to help you find the very best.