Why move to... Jesmond

PUBLISHED: 21:44 12 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 20 February 2013

Why move to... Jesmond

Why move to... Jesmond

The Newcastle suburb could be the perfect base, with all the joys of village life close to the city

Home to Newcastles professional elite, Jesmond is an affluent suburb with a lot to offer. Sitting just outside the city, Jesmond has excellent transport links to the centre of Newcastle. Commuters can choose to travel by bus, car, metro, bicycle or foot.

With a population of around 12,000, Jesmond is one of the citys smaller suburbs but boasts a selection of fine restaurants, bistros, bars, cafes and delis, as well as cricket and tennis clubs and other leisure facilities.

Theres also the delightful Jesmond Dene on the doorstep, a 19th century park laid out along the Ouseburn which is home to a restaurant and a petting zoo.

The housing market here has seen a nine per cent drop in the last five years, so although Jesmond has taken a hit during the recession, it has not been as severely affected as other areas of the North East, mainly due to the low unemployment rates.

The average house asking price in Jesmond is 234,679, but prices range from under 100,000 to well over 2m, with a large collection of beautiful properties, from apartments let out to students to large Victorian country homes in conservation areas.

Councillor Peter Andras, who represents North Jesmond, said the area is attractive to people looking to move to or within the North East: Jesmond is a wonderful place to live in. It has a true sense of community strengthened by the presence of many active voluntary organisations.

The social life is vibrant and there is a great choice of shops. Leafy streets, beautiful parks, and good schools, make it a pleasant living environment for its residents.

Jesmond has a lively music scene as well as an arts centre with regularly changing exhibitions, a book society and an antiques group. n

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