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Ashton under Lyne is a traditional market town which can be traced back to the Doomsday Book in the 11th century. It is the centre of a group of small northern towns which make up the borough of Tameside and has a population of around 45,000. It is situated 6.2 miles east of Manchester city centre on the north bank of the River Tame and with easy access to picturesque countryside and moorland. The town grew rapidly during the industrial revolution of the 1700's and was an important part of the cotton industry. Many of the old mills have now been converted into modern executive apartments.

In recent times many major retail outlets have come to the area and Ashton has also become home for Manchester's IKEA store. With the extension of the M60 motorway and the arrival of high speed trams into the centre of Manchester, Ashton now enjoys some of the most enviable commuter networks in the country with the journey into Manchester taking just 12 minutes by train.

Whilst enjoying a period of regeneration currently, the housing market in Ashton and its neighbouring towns remains fairly static. Property is plentiful and fairly inexpensive, with the majority of housing being either terraced houses or post war semis. There has been renewed confidence in the housing market recently which has resulted in more sales although this has not translated into a significant rise in property prices.Typically a two-bedroom apartment or two bed terraced will start from £65,000, a three bedroom semi starts at around £140,000 and a four bedroom detached starting in the region of £200,000. Buyers generally get a lot of property for their money when compared to other areas in Greater Manchester.

Ashton under Lyne and the borough of Tameside boasts a varied type of resident. With a large NHS hospital and several major colleges within the town, the population is very diverse and is made up of students, young professionals and families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. 

Known for its vibrant market and stunning countryside at the foot of the Pennine hills, Tameside has been home to a wealth of celebrities including the footballer Geoff Hurst whose controversial third goal against West Germany was the trigger for 'that' famous football quote: “They think it's all over...It is now!” which subsequently led to BBC's popular comedy sports game show 'They Think it's all Over.' Arthur Brooke (founder of the Brooke Bond Tea Company) was born here in 1845. Amanda Barrie, famous for her acting in Coronation Street was born here in 1935, and Howard Donald, who is a member of one of the most successful boy bands in history, was born in neighbouring Denton in 1960 and is Tameside born and bred.

Ashton under Lyne is a great place to live and work. A vibrant energetic town with a long history – there is something here for everyone. Cultural diversity, a lively market, major retail outlets, good schools and colleges, picturesque surrounding countryside and yet a matter of minutes into Manchester City Centre. What you are looking for in a town you will find it in Ashton under Lyne.

As a former mill town, a large percentage of the housing stock is made up of Victorian terraced properties which were originally built by rich industrialists to house their workers. After the Second World War there was substantial development in social housing, with practical and well-designed housing estates of two and three bedroom semi-detached properties springing up throughout the area. As the area became more affluent during the 1970s there was an explosion of suburban housing estates across the area, which mainly consisted of three and four bedroomed semi-detached and detached dwellings. During recent years the area continues to be regenerated with investment from developers who continue to bring new build solutions for families across the area.

As one of Ashton under Lyne's leading estate agents, Reeds Rains has a varied portfolio of property for sale across Ashton and into neighbouring towns of Mossley and Stalybridge. Our diverse stock is constantly changing and we can provide solutions whether your budget is £60,000 or £600,000.

The average rental price of a two bedroomed terraced property in Ashton is £450 per calendar month. There are plenty to choose from but they do get taken quickly as the rental market is very buoyant in the area. If you are looking for a three bedroomed family property then expect to pay between £550 and £700 per calendar month. Larger properties are in short supply but a four or five bedroomed detached home in a well-regarded area will cost around £1000 per calendar month.

Ashton under Lyne benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent traders. These include ASDA, Sainsburys, Mark and Spencer, NEXT, B&Q, Argos, and the only 'in town' IKEA in the country. There is a purpose built leisure complex with several well-known eateries including Frankie and Benny's, Nandos, KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut. There is also an eclectic mix of more intimate restaurants within the town, serving a range of cuisine from around the world at very reasonable prices.

Ashton under Lyne has its own football, rugby and cricket teams. There is a purpose built track and field facility which hosts a variety of sporting events. There are endless wide open spaces to explore, including riverbanks, moorland, bridle paths and cycle ways. The town is steeped in history and there remain many architectural treasures to discover. There is a leisure complex which includes a ten screen cineworld cinema and ten pin bowling complex. The town has a public swimming pool with gym facilities and sauna as well as many private gyms available.

The beautiful position of Ashton under Lyne nestled in the foothills of the Pennines make it a good choice for all types of buyers who want to be close to the City of Manchester whilst enjoying close proximity to wide open spaces and clean countryside air.