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Since the early 1960's Widnes has welcomed new residents from many of the surrounding towns including Liverpool, Chester, Warrington and Manchester. Widnes’ fantastic motorway connections and to the M56, M62, M57 and M6 have made commuting easy and the two major airports Manchester and John Lennon have made European and international travel more accessible. There are good local state schools including Wade Deacon and Saints Peter & Paul, both achieving results higher than the national average.
Celebrities enjoy Widnes life too including footballer Joey Barton. Other famous residents include Ray Quinn from ‘Dancing On Ice’ and ‘The X Factor’ and Melanie Chisholm was born just off Peelhouse Lane.
The Manager of Reeds Rains Widnes office Alun Davies says “Widnes is one of the friendliest places in the North West, nowhere do they have humour of the North like Widnes. The sense of Community spirit that runs through areas like Halton View , Hough Green , Halebank and West Bank are what makes Widnes a great place to live .”
As a popular residential area, there is a good range of property types in Widnes , there is a wealth of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian period properties along Birchfield and Ditchfield Roads. In contrast the last 15 years has seen new developments springing up in Sandringham Gardens, Upton Rocks, Regency Park, Ascot Gardens, Waterford Chase and the latest Redrow development Lancaster place.
There are a large number of first time buyer properties in Hough Green, Farnworth and Halton View and the town centre provides many two and three bedroom terraced properties at affordable prices. As one of Widnes's most established estate agents Reeds Rains has flats, houses and bungalows for sale in all areas of Widnes, Runcorn and Cronton.
The price of a property to rent in Widnes starts at about £350 per month for a studio flat, rising to £400 a week for a one bedroom flat. Two bedroom flats cost between £475 and £550 rising to £575 in areas like Norlands Lane. Houses start at £450 per calendar month for a two bedroom terrace and rise to £1300 for a five bedroom detached with double garage depending on the size of the property.
Widnes benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques as well as a few supermarkets big enough for weekly grocery shops. ‘W Piles’ is known for top quality meats and Widnes indoor and outdoor markets are the perfect place to shop for fish, vegetables, flowers and an assortments of gifts. If its cosmetics you're after, Widnes has Complexions one of the biggest hair and beauty salons in the North West. You can splurge on fashion at Next, Marks & Spencers, Dorothy Perkins and Burtons for the men – you could buy a wedding outfit, a homemade steak pie and get a set of keys cut, all within a 50 meter stroll!
Victoria Park is popular with everyone from children's play groups to football teams. You can enjoy the tennis courts and basketball courts as well as the bowling greens and Costa Coffee cafe. The hub has become a popular local venue with The Silverblades Ice Rink, Reel Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling alley.