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From its roots as a Roman settlement to a mining town, Castleford is the place to live. With redevelopment still ongoing, the area already has an 'Xscape' entertainment complex, Junction 32 shopping outlet and the Millenium 'S' shaped Castleford bridge over the river Aire. The town itself has plenty to offer including shops, the market, children's parks, cricket, skiing, the cinema, bowling, restaurants and pubs. With lots of new housing developments the town is expanding at a rapid rate.

The property market in Castleford is buoyant with a steady supply of houses coming to the market. Lots of new developments are appearing in and around the town with buyers  from more affluent areas choosing to buy or rent here and using the easily accessible motorway networks and public transport including the two train stations that gives access to the North, South, East and West areas of England.

Castleford is a popular place to live with all types of residents from single adults, couples and families. The town has several local state schools catering for all ages and various types of employment within the town and within commuting distance making it an ideal place to raise a family.

Castleford has celebrities in its wake. The Castleford Tigers super league team are based in Wheldon Lane but are hoping for a new state of the art stadium to be built near to the proposed country park and new shopping outlet at Glasshoughton. Television programmes such as 'Grand Designs', and 'A Touch of Frost' have been filmed in the town with Sir David Jason often seen in and around the town filming scenes from the television series. Coleson Smith who appears as the character Craig Tinker in Coronation Street also lives in the town. The town has even had visits from Hollywood actor Sylvestor Stallone who appears in a Warburtons advert. The sculptor Henry Moore was born and lived in Castleford and the town has one of his sculptures the 'Working Model of the Draped Reclining Figure' in the towns Castleford forums library and museum. The town also produces Burberry clothing at its Castleford factory.

Castleford people are down to earth people who are very sociable.  Residents can often be seen sat in the many seating areas and cafes chatting to the other shoppers sat near them. Chris Backhouse Administrator at Reeds Rains “I live in Castleford and walk with my dogs to my local park and often get stopped to chat by other passers-by. The residents are really very friendly.  It is normal for people to acknowledge you even if you don't know them”. 

Castleford  has a wide variety of properties. Traditional terraced, semi detached and detached, local authority housing and the expanding range of new build properties that come in all types and over two and three floors. House builders are taking advantage of the river Aire that runs through Castleford and are building homes along the river bank

Reeds Rains is a popular estate agent in Castleford with excellent reviews. The team in Castleford have excellent knowledge of buying and letting properties in the area. This knowledge will help to make the buying process as simple as it can be.

Castleford is a great place to buy a property to let.  With investors achieving excellent yields the lettings market is expanding.  Rents range from £400 to £525 for a two bedroom terrace and £500 to £750 for a semi detatched pcm. Depending on type and the area and detached are achieving £675 pcm to £900 pcm.

With a varied selection of shopping outlets Castleford is an easy place to find what you require.  The area has Asda and Aldi but also has smaller convenience stores such as Morrison's, Co-op, Tesco and Sainsbury's. With shops such as Marks and Spencer and Peacocks, a market and independent shops there are lots of options to shop. You can buy a wedding dress, purchase diy items and have your hair cut all within the town centre.  The town has recently had a few continental shops open giving a taste of Europe on your doorstep. With eateries in abundance you will be spoilt for choice. Have a break from the shopping in independent coffee shops like No20 on Wesley Street and Flavours coffee shop or  buy a sandwich and sit in the towns seating areas and watch the world go by.

Queens Mill is a heritage site. The mill was the worlds largest stone grinding flour mill. Formally known as Allinson's Mill, archaeological evidence has found wheat grains on the site dating back to the Romans. In the towns library the museum captures the history of Castleford, from the Bronze Age to the modern day.

Leisure is in abundance in Castleford. In the centre is Ritz bingo, amusements and traditional pubs. Within walking distance is a sports centre and the River Aire with its towpaths to enjoy a walk or cycle. If you have a boat moorings are available for an annual fee.  There is a swimming pool and several parks.  At the Xscape complex they offer, ten pin bowling, cinema, snow ski slopes, children's 'Funstation' and lots of eateries such as Frankie and Benny's, Pizza Express and Bella Italia and Starbucks.