5 OF THE MOST DESIRABLE PLACES TO LIVE

Looking for a new home can be an exciting, if somewhat daunting, adventure. But looking for a new home in a new town is a whole other prospect. What relocation does offer however, is the chance to choose a truly magical place to start living the rest of your life. The United Kingdom is an exciting, diverse and beautiful island, with so much to offer. Beaches, forests, dales and dells sit alongside lochs, downs, mountains and moors. You can relax alongside canals in cosmopolitan settings or bathe in the peace of a cottage retreat. With so many fantastic places to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice. That’s why we’ve put together our Emporium guide to five of the most desirable places to live in the UK!

Nestled on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s fourth largest city and has been an economic and political centre for the west coast for almost a thousand years. Historically associated with ‘the three Js’; jam, jute and journalism, only the latter now survives, but despite that Dundee has evolved and thrived in modern times. A recent £1 billion waterfront regeneration, including a dedicated wakeboarding zone, has been a huge catalyst for this forward-thinking city and with two universities and the V&A Museum of Design, this UNESCO Creative City is becoming something of a cultural heavyweight. House values average at around £155,000, around £60,000 lower than the national standard. With two football teams (Dundee and Dundee United) and great transport links serviced by the A90, A92 and Dundee Airport, there’s more than one reason to pick Dundee as the spot to start your next adventure!

Enniskillen is a small town in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Located on a natural island between the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne, it has been the most important settlement in the area for over 600 years now. Nowadays, Enniskillen is a cultured, relaxed and interesting town with plenty to do and see. The bustling high street is packed with character, there are always plenty of community events to take part in, and the glorious countryside, featuring Lough Erne, Marble Arch Caves and Devenish Ireland, is just a stone’s throw away. The current average house value, astonishingly, is just £103,666 and, although it’s quite a distance from Northern Ireland’s major towns Belfast and Derry, Enniskillen is well connected by three major A roads and is just 13 miles from the Irish border. Impressively priced, in a beautiful location, there’s more than one reason why you should consider this magical Northern Irish town.

Next up on our list is Carmarthen, thought to be one of the oldest towns in Wales. Named Caerfyrddin in Welsh, which means “Merlin’s fort”, there are centuries-worth of history and folklore associated with this charming little town on the River Towy, at the mouth of Carmarthen Bay. With a population of just around 14,000 according to the 2011 census, over-crowding will never be an issue, giving you the opportunity to get out and see the plethora of historical monuments on show. The remains of Carmarthen Castle, St. Peter’s Church and Picton’s monument are well-worth a visit. Nowadays, Carmarthenshire’s biggest industries are tourism, agriculture and fishing but a short drive along the A48, gives access to South Wales’ industrial zone. House prices paid average at just £181,000, well under the national standard, making Carmarthen a great location to indulge your passions!

Prices in England tend to be higher than other parts of the UK, but you can still get a bargain in a lovely location for a reasonable price. Richmond in North Yorkshire is just such an example. A gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, this medieval market town has been relatively untouched by time. Visit the castle or the abbey, take a wander down its cobbled streets and you’ll really get a feel for the character of the place. Given the stunning surroundings, it’s no surprise that tourism is the mainstay of the local economy but good rail and road links mean it’s possible to commute to Middlesbrough, Darlington and York. The average house price paid is surprisingly low, considering the affluent nature of the town, at £240,067 meaning there is room for manoeuvre should you choose to begin your adventure in Richmond.  

Right down at the other end of the country, Weymouth is another tourist resort town that makes our list. Hugging the sheltered Weymouth Bay and overlooking the Isle of Portland, its incredible views and white sands make Weymouth a property hotspot for those looking to escape inner-city hustle and bustle. The picturesque harbour is stacked with shops and boutiques and the clement weather offers plenty of opportunity to explore the locale. Whilst tourism is key to the economy, a recent regeneration for the 2012 Olympics (the sailing events were held in Portland Harbour) has seen a number of different business-types relocate to Weymouth. The average house price paid of £245,923 is not far above the national average, and is something of a bargain given the exclusive nature of this pretty coastal town. With the National Sailing Academy nearby and easy access to Bournemouth and Exeter, there are plenty of reasons why you should look at Weymouth for relocation.

Hopefully, if you’re considering relocating, we’ve given you some food for thought; even if looking for a new home can seem like preparing a twelve-course meal! Don’t let the organisation put you off enjoying the adventure and remember that sometimes the mystery is part of the magic. If you do move house, then you’ll want to look at home insurance, just in case things don’t go quite to plan. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer three types of cover with a UK-based call centre and 24 hour claims line, to help make your adventure more manageable. Stop by the Emporium today and find out more!

 

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