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Rawtenstall is a town at the centre of the Rossendale Valley. Most people who visit borough will enter Rawtenstall via the A56 bypass, known as the gateway to Rossendale. Rawtenstall lies just over 17 miles north of Manchester and around 20 miles east of Preston. Burnley, Bury and Rochdale are also within easy reach. The town has a number of good quality primary schools and high schools, plus the highly regarded Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School. Bank Street is the main thoroughfare in the town which is the home to a varied selection of independent shops . There is also a bustling market place. Key attractions of the area along with its beautiful countryside include Ski Rossendale and the East Lancashire steam railway.

Rossendale's property market is both varied and eclectic. Numerous styles sit comfortably together. Every taste and price is catered for, from  terraced homes which can be purchased for under £50,000 to farmhouses and modern mansions priced at over £1,000,000. There are various villages which sit within the valley including, Helmshore, Haslingden, Crawshawbooth, Waterfoot and Bacup. The prices vary greatly within each area. The predominant style is terraced property, typical of its mill town past.

Just as the property prices and styles are vary, so do its demographics.The area is popular with young couples as well as the older generations. Over resent years there has been an increase in new homes being built. Mainly in the Bacup area.This has lead to people moving into the area from further  afield. Accessibility and good value for money in comparison to some neighbouring towns has fuelled this .

Sons of Rossendale include Ted Robins, who is better known as Den Perry of Pheonix Nights. Jenny McAlpine who plays Fizz off Coronation Street and the actress Jane Horrocks also hail from the valley.

The Director of Reeds Rains Rawtenstall office, Andy Lee says: "Rosendale is one of the most friendly places in the Northwest. The people are warm and welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble. The surrounding countryside  is stunning and is great for walking. Numerous restaurants and pubs offer great choice and value." 

Accessibility is also a key feature. The motorway network and public transport links makes it easily accessible to Manchester. Rossendale offers a wide range of property styles. As a mill town there is an abundance of stone and brick terraced homes perfect for the first time buyer or investor. Large period homes, contemporary Mill conversions, new build properties and country properties are also to be found. As one of Rossendale most popular and established estate agents, Reeds Rains has flats and houses for sale in all areas across the valley.

Properties range from one bedroom terraces to a seven bedroom farm and equestrian centre. There are many popular areas within Rossendale. Crawshawbooth is popular with young couples , older people and families alike with its historic village centre which is home to numerous independent shops, restaurants and pubs. Helmshore is also popular. Property prices here are amongst the highest in the area.

The price of property to rent in Rossendale ranges from £300 per month for a small flat to over £5000 per month for a mansion set in gated grounds. On average a two bedroom terraced cottage would cost between £400-£500. A detached property would cost between £500 to £1000.00 plus depending on size and location.

There are also numerous apartments available to rent in the area including converted mills and period mansions to new build. Prices start from £400 for a one bed to £750.00 for a luxury two or three bed penthouse.

Rossendale benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street supermarkets such as Tesco, Morrisons and Asda. There are also numerous high quality independent retailers including award winning butchers and bakers. There are also numerous restaurants including Italian, modern English, Asian and Spanish plus a varied selection of traditional pubs serving home cooked food made from produce grown and raised in the area.

Rossendale has numerous places of interest. Galleries, including the Mather gallery. Whittaker park and its museum. Ski Rossendale dry slope, Theatre', Rossendale Rugby Union Club to name but a few. Surrounded by open countryside, Rossendale is ideal for those who like outdoor pursuits. There are numerous leisure facilities, gyms and sports grounds.

On the outskirts of Crawshbooth there is a sailing club. There is also a mountain bike centre which has hosted numerous Sky TV events. Transport links are also good. A bus regular bus services links the neighbouring Towns such as Bury, Rochdale Manchester and Burnley making it a popular area with commuters.