The crowning glory of the North East, the ‘Toon’ is a feisty city, renowned for its nightlife, genial residents and iconic Tyne Bridge. Look beyond the non-stop party though and you’ll find Newcastle is bursting with shops, restaurants, galleries, museums, concert halls and sports facilities.
There's a wide variety of places to live in Newcastle, with the city centre boasting stunning listed architecture while regeneration projects have transformed former industrial areas. Suburbs such as Jesmond, Gosforth and Heaton have all become increasingly sought-after locations to live, while a quick hop on the Metro and you’ll find miles of spectacular Northumberland coastline.
How much will it cost to buy?
For buyers, the current average asking price is £192,264 still making Newcastle one of the pricier locations in Tyne & Wear. The table, below, shows how many properties have sold in Newcastle over the past 12 months, the average sale price and the current average value based on Zoopla's data.
What about renters?
Average asking rents in Newcastle currently stand at £970 per month. Renters will need to budget around £791 a month for a two-bedroom flat or £1,075 a month for a four-bedroom house.
Living in Newcastle: what to expect
Newcastle is a compact city shaped by a medieval street layout with narrow chares (alleys) and imposing neoclassical buildings. The exquisite Grey Street - lauded as one of the most beautiful streets in the country - is an architectural delight. Showcasing magnificent Georgian architecture, the street subtly curves from the heart of the high street down to the River Tyne.
Along the banks of the river, the Quayside has seen many transformations over the last decade and is a thriving hotspot from day to night. With cultural venues, markets, pubs, restaurants and clubs - not to mention the marvel of all seven bridges crossing the Tyne - the area offers something for everyone.
The Angel of the North may gaze over the city from neighbouring Gateshead but it's the majestic St James' Park that looks down on the centre and completes the Newcastle skyline. It's home to Newcastle United, a mecca for die-hard Geordie fans, and on match day cheers from the stadium reverberate across the city.
The city prides itself on its multiculturalism. It has its own Chinatown and hosts large-scale events such as the annual Newcastle Mela and Chinese New Year festivities. The city is also home to both Newcastle and Northumbria University, popular institutions that draw in hordes of students from across the country and internationally.
Top places to start your property search
Newcastle city centre: If you want city living in Newcastle, you won't be short on options. The heart of the city is dominated by both old and new apartments that are ideal for students and young professionals.
Take Hanover Mill, a new purpose-built block at Quayside. It has three-bedroom open-plan flats with coveted views over the River Tyne.
There are also flats for sale in converted historic buildings. Stand-out homes include lofts with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed beams in The Turnbull building on Queens Lane.
If you'd prefer a house and have a pretty flexible budget, check out the Grade II-listed Georgian townhouses on St Thomas’ Crescent.
Jesmond: This is one of the most upmarket suburbs, boasting terraced period houses on leafy streets. Check out Akenside Terrace and Tankerville Terrace for five-bedroom houses, built in the 1880s, with airy bay windows, high ceilings and elaborate cornices.
Popular West Jesmond Primary School is located here, which received an 'Outstanding' rating by Ofsted. There are also several esteemed independent schools in the area.
A number of terraced homes in this suburb have been converted into flats and are marketed towards the student population. This also makes the area popular amongst investors looking for high yields.
Sandyford: A little less pricey than Jesmond, Sandyford is still only a short walk from the city centre and the universities. Again, students reside here alongside a range of other residents.
Try the four-bedroom Victorian terraced homes with attractive bay windows on Springbank Road and Sandyford Road. Again, many larger properties, such as those on Starbeck Avenue, have been converted into flats.
Heaton:This suburb is found to the north-east of the city centre and is more affordable than either Jesmond and Sandyford.
Alternatively, search along Chillingham Road for four-bedroom maisonettes in new purpose-built blocks.
Popular schools here include St Teresa's Catholic Primary School (rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted) and Chillingham Road Primary School (rated 'Good' by Ofsted).
Fenham. On the western side of Newcastle, Fenham is a good location for families thanks to its comfortable post-war semis.
Four-bedroom versions with modest gardens can be found on Fowberry Crescent and Gowland Avenue, while there are 1920-30s homes with attached garages on Kingsway and Wingrove Road. Find bungalows too on Bavington Drive.
This area hosts numerous high-performing schools including nearby Hadrian School (rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted), a school for children with additional needs, including complex learning difficulties.
Gosforth: This is another popular suburb thanks to its transport links and a wealth of popular schools. 'Outstanding' rated primary schools here include Archibald First School and St Oswald's RC Primary School. The well regarded Gosforth Academy secondary school is also rated 'Outstanding'.
Central Gosforth and south Gosforth are the most popular areas and have a wealth of stately Victorian and Edwardian homes. Check out the large semi-detached villas with extensive gardens on Elmfield Road and The Grove.
New-build homes are also boosting the local market. For example, the Newcastle Great Park development will eventually have 4,500 new homes and apartments.
What’s for sale
... for the first-time buyer?
This flat is perfect for the first-time buyer desiring an affordable living space in a highly sought-after area. With good-sized bedrooms and a generous bathroom - complete with freestanding bath - the property offers spacious long-term living. The nearby amenities, including the cafe-culture of Chillingham Road, offer a comfortable lifestyle.
Available via Rook Matthew Sayers
…for the family?
This immaculate property is a true gem, offering contemporary rooms with high specification fixtures and fittings. Aside from the stunning decor, the well-sized garden, dining room and double driveway make this house an ideal family home. To top things off, the property is in walking distance from two highly-regarded schools.
Available via Jack Harrington Estates
... for renters?
For your own personal snapshot of Newcastle, this modern apartment offers amazing views over the city-centre from all main living areas - including a perfectly-placed balcony. Being a small city, all the delights of Newcastle are quite literally within walking distance and nearby Newcastle Central train station makes this a perfect spot for commuters.
Available via Property Rung
The most popular Newcastle property currently for sale is…
Close to Newcastle Airport, this seven-bed mansion really is a home for those living the jet-set lifestyle. But with a gymnasium, sauna, cinema room, orangery and giant fish tank, you might not ever want to leave. With over an acre of land and each bedroom featuring an en-suite, this property is perfect for the lavish entertainer.
Available via Property Rung
Best ways to get around Newcastle
Newcastle to London takes three hours, whereas Edinburgh can be reached in 90 minutes.
Newcastle also has the Metro, which runs services across Tyne & Wear. The Green Line starts at Newcastle Airport and terminates at South Hylton, while the Yellow Line runs from St James's Park to Whitley Bay, Gateshead and then South Shields.
By car: Newcastle is well connected to several major A roads. The A1 runs north to Edinburgh and south to the A1(M) to London.
To head west, take the A69 or the A696, which later becomes the A68.
By air: Newcastle Airport is the largest airport in the north east. It has a choice of 80 direct destinations, including Dubai. Budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair are among its operators.
By sea: Newcastle International Ferry Terminal at North Shields operates a number of ferry crossings to Amsterdam. Cruise liners also regularly use the port.
Best things to do in Newcastle
Cultural: For nightlife, look at the pubs, bars and clubs around the Bigg Market and Quayside areas. Hot night spots can also be found on Collingwood Street - famous for the renowned 'Diamond Strip' - Neville Street and Osborne Road. Locals favour leaving their coats at home on nights out - whatever the weather!
The lynchpin of the Newcastle drama scene is The Theatre Royal. It's a Grade I-listed neoclassical building and hosts more than 400 performances a year, including touring productions of West End shows.
A smaller but equally popular theatre venue is the Northern Stage, set on the main campus of Newcastle University. This theatre hosts a diverse range of artists and is a vital resource for theatre training in the region.
State-of-the-art centres in Newcastle include the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. It has cutting-edge exhibitions and has presented the work of more than 350 artists since its opening in 2002.
Newcastle is also home to beloved and charity-funded, Tyneside Cinema - the North East’s leading specialised cinema and digital arts venue and last surviving newsreel theatre still operating as a cinema today.
Outdoors: The centre of Newcastle has several huge open spaces. Town Moor covers more than 1,000 acres - bigger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath together.
Alternatively, Jesmond Dene is a wooded park that runs from Benton Bank to South Gosforth and has a series of charming ruined buildings.
Leazes Park is the city's oldest park. It was opened in 1873 and today has tennis courts, basketball courts, a play area and a bowling green.
Sport: A visit to Newcastle United F.C.'s home ground, St James's Park, is one of the top things to do in Newcastle. Book a stadium tour to see behind the scenes.
For rugby union fans, the Newcastle Falcons play at Kingston Park and boast numerous home-grown international superstars including national hero, Jonny Wilkinson.
Shopping: Key shopping destinations include Northumberland Street, which is home to Newcastle's premier department store, Fenwicks. Eldon Square shopping centre has more than 150 shops, including Topshop, Debenhams and John Lewis.
Other key spots include the triple-domed Central Arcade, which now houses upmarket shops such as Kurt Geiger and Vivienne Westwood. For boutiques, head to Grainger Town.
Newcastle's retail scene also boasts Grainger Market. First opened in 1835, it now has more than 100 traders selling meat, fruit, vegetables, gifts and clothes.
A few miles outside the city you will find intu Metrocentre (the second largest shopping centre in the UK), a shopaholics paradise with over 370 shops under one roof.
Food and drink: Step aside from the madness of the Bigg Market and Diamond Strip and you will still find numerous drinking hotspots. The popular Pleased to Meet You, hidden down a cobbled street, has a choice of more than 70 gins and quirky concoctions such as the Lumberjack, which comes with a slab of chocolate.
For a more traditional boozer, full of Newcastle spirit, visit The Strawberry pub. A goal kick away from St James' Park, expect massive crowds on match day - but don't worry about tension - in true Geordie style the atmosphere remains friendly.
For fabulous views over the River Tyne and Quayside, visit The Free Trade Inn. The award-winning pub is steeped in shabby charm and is a haven for beer and cider enthusiasts.
Restaurants in Newcastle range from international eateries such as the Turkish restaurant Ottoman to modern dining rooms such as Peace & Loaf. The latter is run by a former Masterchef: the professionals contestant and has a menu of classic dishes with a contemporary twist.
Seven Stories is The National Centre for Children's Books. It collects original artwork and manuscripts of the best-loved children's books and hosts a lively programme of exhibitions, events and activities for children.
6 reasons to live in Newcastle
- Vibrant cultural centre
- Excellent road, rail and air links
- Thumping nightlife
- Listed period properties and new apartments
- Excellent schools
- Plenty of green space
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