St Helens Area Guide

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Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains St Helens, MerseysideLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains St Helens, Merseyside

Originally an industrial town that flourished during its years as a centre for coal mining and glass making, St Helens has now settled down to life as a commercial town, although the largest employer in the area is still the glass maker, Pilkington's. St Helens is divided into the quarters of the original four townships, which have both period developments new builds, although the centre of the town is mostly made up terraced housing which dates back to the late 19th century and  through to the 1930's. 

Regeneration initiatives have been a focal point for St Helens, having been coordinated with local housing authorities, business and art projects. St Helens Council have coordinated the various initiatives as part of their ‘Heart of the North West’ campaign with an emphasis on promoting the the town as a vital hub of the region, to encourage investment and the development of business links.

St Helens has very different types of properties available from terraced properties to luxury new housing developments. Its location between Liverpool and Manchester mean that local house prices offer fantastic value for money. The buy-to-let market in St Helens offers great rental returns. Terraced houses start from £40,000 up to a luxury five bedroom detached being offered for £300,000  - £350,000 on a new development. St Helens is an area of mixed ages but offering fantastic education facilities bringing many families to the area. The town has seven educational institutions offering post-16 education in Cowley. Due to the wonderful transport links of surrounding the town it has brought in many professional couples.

Home to St Helens RLFC (The Saints) one of the most successful rugby league clubs that are well supported. Comedian Jonny Vegas, WBC middle weight champion Martin Murray are just some of the celebrities from the town. There is a diverse range of properties in the town from Victorian terraces, Edwardian semi-detached and detached homes. Modern apartments surround the town centre and recently modern contemporary estates by builders Morris Homes, Jones Homes, Bellway and Persimmon Homes.

Mike Foreman, branch manager at Reeds Rains in St Helens says: “It is a great commuting town with links to Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington. There are great motorway links surrounding the town with access to the M62, M58, A580 and M6 giving access to the North West. There are two airports within easy reach, Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon.”

Reeds Rains is one of the most popular estate and letting agents in the town offering properties for all types of buyers from buy to let investors, first time buyers, those looking to move on from their first home, to clients that need to downsize. With villages surrounding the town, the most popular villages are Rainford and Billinge. The most sought after location in St Helens is Eccleston, Windle due to Educational Facilities, local golf club and transport links.

Among the most sought after areas is Springfield Lane which has a range of traditional three bedroom semi-detached to the larger four or five bedroom detached. Prices start at £275,000 to £400,000. The price of a property in St Helens range from £350 per month for a modern one bedroom apartment, two bedroom terraced houses start from £375 per month up to £500 per month. Three bedroom semi-detached homes are priced at £450 - £600 per month, the sought after area of Eccleston start at £650 per month up to £850 per month.

St Helens benefits from a range of super markets including Tesco's, Asda, Lidl, Morrison’s and Aldi surrounding the town centre. In the shopping centre there is a range of shops that include Marks & Spencer’s, phone shops, Tyrers department store, with the local market offering butchers and green grocers. There is a diverse range of eateries in and around the town from fast food chains, local pubs to Le Frog restaurant in the town centre.

St Helens is located between several premiership football grounds including Liverpool FC, Manchester United and Manchester City. Home to St Helens RLFC and within ten miles of Warrington RLFC. With access to Manchester and Liverpool within 25 miles there are a range of theatres, cinemas and live music venues.