Top areas to live in Darlington
With property prices cheaper up north, Darlington is a great place to move to if you’re looking to get more for your money. From rural villages to busy high streets and everything in between, there are lots of great places to move to in Darlington.
Just 1.5 miles out of Darlington, Hummersknott is popular not just for its proximity to the centre, but its ease of access to the A1, ideal for commuters to Newcastle, Sunderland, York and Leeds. There are several coffee shops, mini supermarkets and takeaway places in Hummersknott, with average property prices standing at £228,125.
A 25-minute walk into Darlington town centre, Cockerton is an ideal place for anyone who wants to be close to the centre of the action. The main road has lots of eateries to sample, in addition to a post office and doctor’s surgery. Cockerton’s low-cost housing makes it a major draw, with properties selling for an average of £95,500.
A 10-minute drive north, Harrowgate Hill offers a slower pace of life, and plenty of greenery, with picturesque Drinkfield Marsh Nature Reserve right on your doorstep, which is perfect for walks. The A167 and A1 are both in close proximity of Harrowgate Hill, which is what makes it such a popular place with commuters.
Situated on the banks of the River Tees, Blackwell’s ideal positioning has a price tag, with average properties here costing £325,000. Home to picturesque South Park, with its pond and café; as well as Blackwell Grange golf club, Blackwell is surrounded by greenery.
For a true village feel, head to Heighington. 20 minutes out of Darlington, average property prices here cost £389,196. The local primary school has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, making it a popular place with families, and there’s a couple of pubs here too. Heighington’s location makes it an ideal base for commuters not only into Darlington, but Durham too, which is less than 30-minutes away by car.