Property for sale in Gosforth, Tyne & Wear
The Local Area Guide to living in Gosforth
Gosforth is made up of affluent Newcastle suburbs and was established in 1826. There’s a thriving town centre along with major employment centres, including St Nicholas Hospital and the Regent Centre complex. Once known as Bulman Village, Gosforth was incorporated as part of the larger City of Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1970s. The area is home to two electoral wards, East Gosforth and West Gosforth, and has numerous districts. Many of these residential Gosforth districts have a “Park” suffix, including Gosforth Park, Bridge Park, Melton Park and Whitebridge Park, among others. Each has its own unique charm and because of Gosforth’s traditional appearance and leafy streets, the area is often used as a filming location for TV and film productions.
With excellent transportation links and dozens of schools, Gosforth offers a wealth of amenities to its residents. Gosforth Central Park and Town Moor are well-tended patches of green space. A golf club, bowling alley, and equestrian centre are also on offer for entertainment.
Information about the local residents
The area is divided into East and West Gosforth Wards, with a combined population totalling approximately 20,000 residents. Gosforth stands out as one of Newcastle’s most popular residential areas, particularly with young professionals and young families. Average ages are 41 in West Gosforth and 39 in East Gosforth. In both wards, 82.4% of residents were born in England. Gosforth is diverse, with residents who are originally from India, Pakistan, China and the United States, but the majority have been born in the United Kingdom.
Gosforth has a reputation for being somewhat upscale, but the residents work in many fields. In East Gosforth 43.1% of residents list a professional occupation, whereas 44.8% of West Gosforth residents fall under this category. Other top occupational categories include health professionals, business, media and public service professionals.
Sources: 2011 Census, Department of Work and Pensions
Gosforth residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality schools. There are an estimated 85 primary and secondary schools within the region and 14 primary schools and six secondary schools within a mile of Gosforth’s centre. Many of these are ‘Outstanding’ according to Ofsted. The Newcastle School for Boys and the Westfield School are two independent schools rated ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’ in recent Ofsted reports. Gosforth Academy is another top choice at the secondary level, rated ‘Outstanding’ in both 2008 and 2015 Ofsted inspections.
The Tyne and Wear Metro serves Gosforth, linking it to Newcastle city centre. There are five stations serving the area. The stops include Fawdon, Ilford Road, South Gosforth, Wansbeck Road and Regent Centre. South Gosforth Metro Station is the most accessible for residents, linking the suburb to the Airport via the Green Line or to the Coast via the Yellow line. During the rush hour commute, trains arrive every three minutes to and from Newcastle’s centre.
Motorists are also well linked to the Newcastle city centre and surrounding regions, with the A167 passing through the area. There are plans to improve traffic flow and congestion around Gosforth High Street. Red routes are in the process of being introduced to offer protected cycle lanes, new parking bays, and freight loading zones along the High Street.
From independent boutiques to an Asda superstore, Gosforth’s shopping outlets cover all points on the spectrum. The area’s vibrant high street includes the usual chains like M&S Food and Boots. The Gosforth Shopping Centre is located indoors, housing branches of WHSmith and Sainsbury’s as well as charity shops, banks and building societies. Thorpe’s is a local family-owned business that opened in 1947. This hardware store is fully stocked with useful supplies and is well known around Gosforth. There’s also a lively dining and entertainment scene, with gastropubs like the Brandling Arms, international takeaways, and a Loch Fyne seafood restaurant.
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