Middlesbrough Area Guide

Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Middlesbrough, TeessideLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Middlesbrough, Teesside

Situated on the south bank of the River Tees and surrounded by the Eston and Cleveland Hills, Middlesbrough is a large industrial town well known for its steelworks, chemical plants, shipbuilding, offshore fabrication yards and working docks at Teesport, the third largest in the UK. A heritage and history the people of Teesside are proud of.  The area is equally known for its breath-taking scenery and close proximity to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the heritage coasts of North Yorkshire. 

Middlesbrough has a varied property market to suit all types of buyers. The property types reflect the growth of the town over the past 180 years from two up two down terraces in the town centre to larger detached properties in the outlying areas of Nunthorpe and Marton. The town has undergone a lot of building of redevelopment over the past decade which has seen an increase in apartments which have snapped by buy to let investors boosting the rental market. Property prices in the area can range from £40,000 up to £1,000,000.  Last year the average selling price for a semi detached was £125,012 and a detached selling for £225,993 (source:Rightmove). 

Middlesbrough has a varied population made up of local residents and students. Middlesbrough became a university town in 1992; the University of Teesside has more than 20,000 students.

Middlesbrough is known for the Transporter Bridge, Steel, the Boro and the parmo. Steel cast in  Middlesbrough was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge , Lambeth Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Memorial Bridge in Bangkok, the bullring in Brimingham, Canary Wharf, The Freedom Tower in New York and Wembley Stadium to name a few. As the poem by Ian Horn says 'we built the world, every metropolis came from Ironopolis...'. The Transporter Bridge, built in 1911, is the only working bridge of its kind in the world. Middlesbrough Football Club is one of only 9 football clubs to spend 11 consecutive seasons in the Premier League and fingers crossed we'll be back up there very soon. Some famous people from Middlesbrough include Captain James Cook, Stan Hollis - the only man to receive the Victoria Cross on D-Day, Brian Clough, Don Revie, Chris Rea, Bob Mortimer, Roy Chubby Brown, Paul Daniels, Wendy Richard, Thelma Barlow, Paul Rodgers from Free and the artist Mackenzie Thorpe.

Middlesbrough is a great place to live as you are never more than twenty minutes from the coast, countryside or the town centre. We have excellent transport links either by road or train which gives you excellent access to the rest of the country.

Middlesbrough offers a range of diverse accommodation which has over the years merged old with new. On the periphery of the town centre, you can find traditional Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes mixed with modern apartment blocks. As you travel further out of town towards Linthorpe you will find larger Edwardian terraces and villas alongside modern developments of three and four bedroom town houses and semi detached homes. In Acklam, you will find a range of traditional semi detached and detached homes along with a new development of executive homes built alongside Acklam Hall, which dates from 1678. More modern developments have been built in the expanding suburbs of the town.

The town offers a range of diverse accommodation which has over the years merged old with new. On the periphery of the town centre, you can find traditional Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes mixed with modern apartment blocks. As you travel further out of town towards Linthorpe you will find larger Edwardian terraces and villas alongside modern developments of three and four bedroom town houses and semi detached homes. In Acklam, you will find a range of traditional semi detached and detached homes along with a new development of executive homes built alongside Acklam Hall, which dates from 1678. More modern developments have been built in the expanding suburbs of the town.

The most sought after areas in Middlesbrough are Linthorpe and Acklam for the younger professionals and first time buyer. Marton and Nunthorpe are the most expensive areas with a range of property types from three bedroom semi detached's to the larger detached homes with prices up to £1 million plus.

Rents in Middlesbrough start from around £375 per month for a two bedroom terrace in North Ormesby and can rise to £450 -£475 for a two bedroom apartment in the town centre. Houses and apartments in Middlesbrough can range between £500-700 with an average price of around £550.

Again Middlesbrough offers a diverse range of shopping experiences from popular high street shops located in the town centre and at Teesside Retail Park to the quirky independent boutiques of Baker Street and the award-winning Pysche. The town centre has three shopping centres, Cleveland Centre, Hill Street centre and Dundas Arcade along with the Captain Cook Square. The popular high street chains include House of Fraser, BHS, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, WH Smith, H & M. The town benefits from larger supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and ASDA. Eating out in Middlesbrough can offer anything from quick and easy fast food to Michelin starred restaurants but no visit to Middlesbrough would complete without trying the local delicacy, The Parmo.

Leisure time in Middlesbrough can be spent in a variety of ways from climbing Roseberry Topping and taking in the views, an evening at the local Middlesbrough Theatre, visiting the award winning parks or Ormesby Hall and its parkland to a trip to The Riverside stadium to watch the Boro. As for culture you can take part in the sculpture trail and see 'The Bottle of Notes' by Claes Olendburg and Coosje Van Brugen, which is made up of a quote from Captain Cook or the 'Temenos' sculpture which spans the River Tees and will form part of the largest art initiative in the world. Or how about popping into MIMA, Middlesbrough's very own Institute of Modern Art which is set alongside the Victorian town hall within Centre Square, and houses the second largest collection of Picasso’s in the UK as well as work by Andy Warhol, Matisse and Damien Hurst. Centre Square, which is the largest civic space in Europe, has also played host to a number of music events. Middlesbrough also has two museums, Dorman Museum and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

Middlesbrough offers a huge choice of green spaces the main being it's two parks, Stewart's Park and Albert Park. The two holds five green space awards. The town is placed in a fantastic position for transport links with the A66 and the A19 giving access to most of the country, along with strong train and bus links.