Bridg­ing the gap for buy­ers es­cap­ing city

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

WITH Manch­ester city cen­tre and af­flu­ent south Manch­ester sub­urbs experiencing sky high price in­creases, many city slick­ers have been qui­etly cash­ing in and swap­ping ur­ban life for coun­try­side living.

The team at Ju­lian Wad­den is sure of ex­actly where the next prop­erty ‘hot spot’ will be.

The south Manch­ester es­tate and let­ting agent has just opened its doors in Marple.

Jonathan Hyde, who heads up the lat­est branch, said: “There are so many cool things to love about Marple and Marple Bridge; breath­tak­ing coun­try­side, a va­ri­ety of in­de­pen­dent shops, su­perb eater­ies and friendly, warm peo­ple who take the time to stop and say ‘hello’.

“Here at Ju­lian Wad­den we def­i­nitely think it’s the next prop­erty hot spot. It has great trans­port links into Manch­ester and our south Manch­ester branches have al­ready sold for a good deal of young pro­fes­sion­als who want to es­cape city living, but still feel the urge to dip their toe in ev­ery now and then.

“There is a buzz and en­ergy about the area with its thriv­ing com­mu­nity, great shop­ping and even an in­de­pen­dent cinema on the doorstep, all sur­rounded by spec­tac­u­lar rolling coun­try­side,” con­tin­ued Jonathan.

“Lo­cal busi­ness is sup­ported by a thriv­ing lo­cal traders as­so­ci­a­tion which puts on regular events. Un­doubt­edly the high­light last year was the Christ­mas Cracker which saw Fa­ther Christ­mas and his rein­deer ar­riv­ing by barge to the de­light of huge fam­ily crowds.”

Lo­cated on the Cheshire/Der­byshire bor­der, res­i­dents of Marple and ‘The Bridge’ not only have a prac­ti­cal place to live, but also a ru­ral ‘get­away’ on their doorstep.

Af­ter strolling along roads of charm­ing stone prop­er­ties, en­joy­ing cof­fee in the in­de­pen­dent delis and a long leisurely lunch in one of the many eater­ies, they can opt for a walk in the hills, a favourite with sea­soned ram­blers, and have the op­por­tu­nity for a host of out­door pur­suits such as cy­cling and hik­ing.

Yet fam­i­lies also have the re­as­sur­ance that they are able to send their chil­dren to out­stand­ing lo­cal schools.

This all means when it comes to prop­erty you have to move fast for the right houses.

Be­ing a fam­ily area, suit­able homes com­ing on the mar­ket are few and far be­tween and Jonathan is al­ready find­ing com­pe­ti­tion fierce among buy­ers.

He said: “I am ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic about the style of prop­erty in the area, from pe­riod ter­races for first-time buy­ers to a coun­try pile with breath-tak­ing views for the top end buyer.

“There is an ex­haus­tive list of rea­sons for Marple and ‘The Bridge’ to be in de­mand, but for those not al­ready in the know all po­ten­tial buy­ers are wel­come to visit our new branch and have a look around this charm­ing area.”

Staff at Ju­lian Wad­den Es­tate Agents and Let­ting Agents held an open day at the new Marple branch. Right, Jonathan Hyde, who heads up the branch

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