Hanley Area Guide

Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Hanley, StaffordshireLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Hanley, Staffordshire

Hanley is one of the 6 major towns that joined together to form the city of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910. It now acts as the city's main city-centre and shopping centre. The main attraction being the Potteries Shopping Centre containing many high street chain stores. Hanley is situated in Stoke-on-Trent which itself is a city in the north of the county of Staffordshire in the West Midlands region of England. The city is a modern federation of six much older towns forming a linear city almost twelve miles long with an area of 36 square miles. Stoke-on-Trent is situated approximately half-way between the cities of Manchester and Birmingham and the city adjoins the town and borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is administered separately.

The property market in and around Hanley offers varied types of property. Whether you are looking for your first home as a first time buyer, a buy to let property to rent out or you are looking to up or down size from your existing property, Hanley has plenty to offer. Typically, prices start at £50,000 for a terraced property up to and over £500,000.

Hanley has a diverse and multi-cultural population. There is a large student population attending the much acclaimed Staffordshire University, through to young professionals and families. The population of Stoke on Trent at the last census in 2011 was recorded at 250,000.

Hanley is steeped in history and is probably most famous for its pottery industry leading to the nickname 'The potteries'. Famous people linked to Hanley include Sir Reginald Mitchell who designed the Spitfire, Sir Stanley Matthews, often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game. Arnold Bennett was an English novelist, playwright, and essayist, born in Hanley (27th May 1867), Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (Hanley was the real-life model for one of the "Five Towns" of his novels). Then there was Captain E. J. Smith, the captain of the ill-fated Titanic. Stoke City Football Club play in the English premier league and their football ground (The Britannia Stadium) is close to Hanley town centre.

The manager of the Reeds Rains Hanley office, Peter O'Brien, says: “Hanley and its surrounding areas is a great place to live. The potteries shopping centre offers a variety of shops and boutiques. Located in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, Potteries is the largest shopping centre in Staffordshire and South Cheshire boasting big names including Primark, Next, Debenhams, Starbucks and Costa Coffee with a multi storey car park for easy access. Hanley also offers several cultural facilities such as the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (a large ceramics collection, and restored Spitfire), the Victoria Hall, the Regent Theatre, BBC Radio Stoke's Open Centre and studios, while Piccadilly hosts the annual Sanity Fair and French market events. There is also the much acclaimed Staffordshire University and the Royal Stoke University Hospital close by.

As a popular residential area, there is a range of property types in and around Hanley. With its traditional terraced properties built in the late 1800's and early 1900's for the pottery and mining industry workers, through to large detached properties in more rural areas as you move out of the city centre. The terraced properties are ideal for buy to let landlords as they offer very good potential income yields due to the low average house price. Typically, prices start from around £50,000 for a two bed terraced property.

As one of Hanley's most popular estate agents, Reeds Rains has flats and houses for sale in the area. Prices range from £50,000 for a two bed terraced property up to and over £900,000 for a detached property in the more rural locations.

Among the most sought-after addresses are Werrington and Ash Bank with their rural and semi-rural properties, excellent local schools. Prices range from £90,000 for a three bedroom cottage to £900,000 for a 5 bedroom detached with 15 acres of land.

The price of property to rent in Hanley starts at about £50 a week for a room only let, £325 pcm for a two bed terraced property through to £650 pcm for a four bed town house.

The Hanley area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques. Located in the heart of Hanley, into Potteries is the largest shopping centre in Staffordshire and South Cheshire boasting big names including Primark, Next, Debenhams, Starbucks and Costa Coffee with a multi storey car park for easy access. There is also an indoor market which has 130 stalls selling everything for you, your family, your pet and your home. Hanley Market also offers a range of services including a cobbler, a tailor, a locksmith, a photographer’s studio, picture framing, hairdressing, and beauty treatments.

The Cultural Quarter is a hub of creative and entertainment venues in the city centre. Containing the Stoke-on-Trent's two key theatres; The Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, which host the very best opera, dance, drama and musicals, direct from Broadway and the West End. This includes Glyndebourne Touring Opera, as well as top comedians including Sean Lock, Jimmy Carr and Roy Chubby Brown.

The Cultural Quarter has a more relaxed atmosphere than a typical high street, with a tranquil café culture complemented by independent retail outlets, which offer a truly unique shopping experience.

With an array of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world such as Chinese, Italian and Indian, The Cultural Quarter is a destination for day or night.

Situated in the heart of the Cultural Quarter is the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery which houses two of the world's most renowned exhibits. The Staffordshire Hoard which is the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon treasure as well as the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire Ceramics.