The divide between the north and south of the country tends to be played upon in a tongue-in-cheek manner, however, there genuinely are a number of pros and cons to living in many areas across England. People mention differences in friendliness, community spirit, and most notably the cost of living. It’s well known that the further away you move from London, the cheaper it gets to buy everything from groceries to houses. This is based on the now-dated mentality that the capital city is the best place to be when it comes to having a career. We’ve put together some of the top picks, especially for those that have the ability to live wherever they wish, due to remote working.
Barnard Castle, County Durham
With people turning away from the excessive London lifestyle, many are even considering working outside the busy city areas in the north. South of Newcastle and Sunderland lies County Durham. This place is filled with rolling hills, lush woodland, and quaint towns like the wonderful Barnard Castle. Visiting this town, you’ll experience the great hospitality of the north, with friendly faces and a welcoming atmosphere. You won’t need good eyesight to see how beautiful this town and its surrounding area are either. Several peaceful villages orbit Barnard Castle, and the entire area is perfect for those looking for a quieter life, away from the hustle and bustle.
The city of Bradford is incredibly diverse, boasting a young population and great multi-culturalism. While it’s had an unfairly bad reputation over the years, the city is constantly improving, bringing in young professionals from around the country, especially those looking for cheaper housing opportunities. Surrounding the city are countless beautiful villages and towns, such as the village of Wrose, which has an even more affordable housing market than the city. If you’re looking for houses to rent in Wrose, or if you’re looking to get on the property market yourself, visit for-sale.com.
Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Technically still within the borders of Bradford, you’ll find this town 12 miles north of the city centre, separated by miles of countryside. This gorgeous town has all the hallmarks of a northern town, complete with stunning Victorian architecture and well-kept floral displays throughout the town centre. The town is incredibly welcoming, although towns such as Ilkley have become so popular that, combined with how beautiful the homes are, it’s pretty expensive to buy property here. However, you can find several homes converted into luxury apartments for rent or purchase.
If you’re looking for a blissful English coastal town to help you focus on your work, or enjoy your retirement, look no further than Alnmouth. Voted as one of the best places to live in the north, alongside Barnard Castle, this cute village that resides alongside the river Aln is perfect for seaside lovers and those looking to escape the stresses of the modern world. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Alnmouth is an excellent choice if you’re looking for that staycation lifestyle with spectacular views right on your doorstep.