Buy­ers eye Pate­ley as mar­ket wakes up af­ter win­ter

Pate­ley Bridge has one of the best high streets in Bri­tain and it’s a win­ner with buy­ers. Sharon Dale re­ports.

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SELF-SUF­FI­CIENT AND sur­rounded by nat­u­ral beauty, Pate­ley Bridge is peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar but a re­cent award has broad­ened its ap­peal.

It won “Best Vil­lage High Street” in the Great British

High Street awards, al­though tech­ni­cally it is a very small mar­ket town.

Es­tate agents have since fielded more en­quiries from would-be buy­ers but there has been pre­cious lit­tle prop­erty to show them un­til now with a spring bounce on the hori­zon.

“The mar­ket here is sea­sonal and doesn’t mir­ror what is hap­pen­ing in nearby Har­ro­gate or Ripon,” says Chris O’Mahoney, head of Dacre, Son and Hart­ley’s Pate­ley Bridge of­fice. “Spring is busy for us but win­ter it is a lot qui­eter, which means we will have more prop­er­ties com­ing on to the mar­ket very shortly.”

At the mo­ment, the most ex­pen­sive home on the mar­ket is a five-bed­room con­verted chapel with ex­cep­tional views. The prop­erty on Panorama Walk is for sale with Hop­kin­sons for £580,000. The cheap­est is a bi­jou one-bed­room cot­tage on Church Street for £145,000.

In gen­eral, says Chris, the start­ing price is about £160,000 for a two-bed­room cot­tage and £200,000 for an ex-lo­cal author­ity three-bed­room semi.

Most prop­er­ties sell quite quickly, though am­bi­tious pric­ing can hin­der their progress. “One of the is­sues is that sell­ers look at Har­ro­gate prices and try to repli­cate them and that’s not a good idea. Pate­ley Bridge is de­sir­able but not on the same level as Har­ro­gate,” says Sam Newby, of Ver­ity Frear­son. He adds that first-time buy­ers of­ten have to fight with those who want sec­ond homes and hol­i­day lets.

“The town has al­ways been pop­u­lar for hol­i­day lets and we get a lot of peo­ple want­ing to re­tire there. They come from all over the coun­try and that has al­ways been the case. But there is a big pro­por­tion of lo­cal peo­ple who will up­size and down­size within the town. Those who live there are very loyal to Pate­ley,” says Sam.

Mid-lif­ers look­ing for live­work homes are also among prospec­tive buy­ers. The Gra­nary tea­room on the high street should ap­peal. It is for sale with Dacre, Son and Hart­ley for £375,000 and in­cludes a fourbed­room maisonette.

Tea­rooms are part of the at­trac­tion of this quaint town, along with a host of ameni­ties. It ticks ev­ery box for those who want to es­cape to the coun­try but who don’t want to travel miles to the shops. Pate­ley Bridge has pubs, con­ve­nience stores, a deli and in­de­pen­dent shops. It also has a park, a pri­mary school, the high-rank­ing Nid­derdale High School and a leisure cen­tre with a gym and swim­ming pool.

No mat­ter where you live in the town there is a good walk from the doorstep. Pate­ley Bridge is the start­ing and fin­ish­ing point on the Nid­derdale Way, a cir­cu­lar route of 53 miles in an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty.

What the town lacks is ex­cel­lent trans­port links. The near­est rail­way sta­tion is in Har­ro­gate, half an hour away, while the A1 is also half an hour away, just out­side Ripon.

Chris says: “We have a lot of peo­ple from West York­shire buy­ing here and some of them work in Leeds. It’s not that hard to get into the city if you drive up to Sum­mer­bridge and then across the A59 and around

Ot­ley into Leeds. It takes just less than hour.”

BLESS THIS HOUSE:

This five-bed­room, con­verted chapel on Panorama Walk, Pate­ley Bridge, is £580,000 with Hop­kin­sons, www.hop­kin­sons.net

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