Why move to... Newcastle
PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013
It's the commercial capital of the region, the retail magnet for shoppers from home and abroad, the heart of what is the Geordie soul and the party city.
Its the commercial capital of the region, the retail magnet for shoppers from home and abroad, the heart of what is the Geordie soul and the party city. Newcastle buzzes and beats with a vibrancy and confidence borne of pedigree, achievement and optimism. Its a place to be.
Its also a great place to live, offering a lifestyle as good as that of any city in the UK and an awful lot better than most.
House prices in the fashionable suburbs of Gosforth and Jesmond reflect the insatiable demand of the aspiring to live there and its not unusual to find the 1million pad on the market in their leafy avenues. With a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, however, rather like areas of London, just around the corner are terraces and apartments that most definitely fall into the affordable bracket.
In the city centre itself, large areas of good-quality housing remain despite the efforts of late 20th Century planners to rip the soul out of many areas of close-knit terraced rows in the name of high-rise progress. Thankfully, they have discovered the error of their ways and the city streets now offer excellent opportunities for those seeking their starter home or looking to acquire property to rent.
The universities of Newcastle and Northumbria bring a young, affluent and intelligent population into the city and the students integrate well with the resident dwellers, swelling the demand for rented accommodation and helping to bolster Newcastles thriving retail and night-time economies.
Newcastle boasts excellent schools - both state and private - cutting-edge health facilities, abundant and convenient public transport, culture, history, wide open spaces, none greater in any city save the capital than the Town Moor only ten minutes walk from the main shopping thoroughfare, top class professional sport, superb hotel accommodation for individual guests and conferences and excellent communications links via the A1 trunk road, the international airport, the main East Coast railway line and the Port of Tyne ferries to mainland Europe.
Things to do in Newcastle
Shop - The Eldon Square shopping centre and thriving city centre streets are packed with quality and wide-ranging bespoke retailers selling practically anything you might wish to buy.
Visit the Quayside - Transformed in recent years into an attractive boulevard, the Quayside offers good dining, bars and hotels and, via the Millennium Bridge and Swing Bridge, easy access to the equally attractive and welcoming Gateshead quayside.
Visit the MetroCentre - If the choice and variety of shops in Newcastle isnt enough for you, the nearby MetroCentre, hailed as Britains and Europes largest shopping centre, offers almost 330 shops and all the dining and entertainment required to devote a full day to a visit.
Visit the Great North Museum: Hancock - Only a five-minute walk from the city centre, this lavishly and recently refurbished museum chronicles the history of the North East from pre-Roman times, with a large collection of exhibits from the plant and animal kingdom, including a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. And admission is free.
Watch Premiership football - Newcastle Uniteds St James Park is literally five minutes walk from the Eldon Square shopping centre and, although demand for tickets is always great, seats can be purchased in advance for most games.
Go to the theatre - The Theatre Royal, slap bang in the middle of the city centre, is regarded as one of Britains finest provincial theatres and it will reopen this autumn after a major summer refurbishment. The citys others theatres and concert venues also boast a full programme of events.
People Watch - Even allowing for the vagaries of the North East climate, Newcastle cafes and bistros are increasingly offering al-fresco relaxation on the street outside their premises, ideal for watching the world go by.