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Halifax, in the Borough of Calderdale, West Yorkshire is a minster town. The town became known for its manufacture of wool and textiles in the fifteenth century and was once the site of Dean Clough, one of the largest textile factories in the world at over half a mile long. Although this has now been redeveloped for office and retail use. Halifax is also known for Mackintosh's chocolate and toffee, which has now been bought out by Nestlé, Shibden Hall, and of course the Halifax building society.

Halifax has a wide variety of properties and therefore a wide spectrum of house prices. Being nestled between Leeds and Manchester - Halifax can offer a town centre modern apartment to a rural country Farmhouse with acres of land and with the M62 network running through the town this is an ideal location for commuters. Currently single bedroomed apartments in the town centre start from £65,000 to executive houses on the outskirts in a more rural setting can reach over £1 million. Prices range from £350 pcm to £2,000 pcm depending on the size of the property.

Halifax is a multi-cultural town with many diverse types of shops and places of interest. The majority of the housing is privately owned, with excellent schools throughout. With Manchester being to the west of Halifax, the properties in this area tend to be larger and more expensive.

The Halifax Piece Hall is a building in the town centre originally built as a sales centre for woollen handloom weavers. It opened on 1 January 1779, with over 300 separate rooms arranged around a central courtyard.

Jan Johnson branch manager says: "In Halifax there is always a green field in sight. A close community of friendly and straightforward people."

There is a wealth of architecture in Halifax which includes Edwardian and Victorian properties. There are many of the woollen mills converted into modern apartments within Halifax and plenty of new build properties.

Having a train station with links to Manchester and Leeds along with full bus routes to Lancashire and surrounding area.

Popular residential includes Northowram, Shelf, Ripponden and Bradshaw all being semi-rural with properties in Sowerby Bridge proving popular being an up and coming location by the river.

Ripponden and Barkisland are very popular due to their location being close to M62 yet very rural. Northowram, Southowram and Siddal offer excellent schools.

Broad Street Plaza is Halifax new show piece. With restaurants, cinema, gym and bars this is a pedestrianised complex and close to the many high street shops in Halifax.

Shibden Park is only 1 mile from the centre of Halifax along with Piece Hall and Wainhouse Tower. Halifax has a football team and the Shay Stadium is in central Halifax. There is a swimming pool and leisure centre within the town centre. Eureka Children's centre is also close to the train station.