Best areas to live in Preston
Preston may be small, but there are still several great places to settle down, whether you’re looking for good schools, excellent transport links, or access to shops and pubs. Property prices are lower than average compared to the rest of the UK too, which is a major draw for people looking to move to Preston.
Located 2 miles north of Preston city centre, Fulwood is most probably known for its proximity to the Royal Preston hospital. Popular with families due to the many excellent schools in the area, Fulwood’s main street makes the area extremely convenient, with a range of shops, cafes and restaurants in walking distance. On average, properties here cost £201,642, which is higher than the average cost of a house in Preston.
Situated right by the M6 and M55, Broughton is ideal for commuters, due to its excellent connections with Preston city centre, Manchester, and Lancaster. You’re also not far from the Forest of Bowland or Pendle Hill, meaning there’s lots of great walking opportunities nearby. If you choose to settle in Broughton, properties here cost an average of £273,030.
Average properties in Cottam cost £251,707, and is often known for having some of the lowest crime rates in Preston. Cottam Primary School has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, and its proximity to Lancaster Canal offers lots of pretty waterside walks.
Situated 4 miles south of Preston city centre, one of the huge draws of Lostock Hall is its train station, which makes it ideal for commuters – but its average property prices of £161,533, makes it an attractive prospect too. With two primary schools in the area rated as Good and Outstanding, the area is very popular amongst families with small children.
Located on the banks of the river Ribble and river Darwen, just outside of the city centre, the nearby retail park offers several shops and cafés, including Morrisons, Next, Homesense and Starbucks. Average properties in Walton-le-Dale are fairly cheap too, at £178,389.