Trafford Is Aspirational

From primary right the way through to secondary and A-Levels, there is an abundance of brilliant choices in Trafford this

But even with so many, parents still fight tooth and nail to get their children into the very best – and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is consistently named among the very best in the country, with stellar results and OFSTED commendations.

Altrincham Grammar

Schools are undoubtedly a big pull for properties within my area, they create a high demand for family houses.

Trafford – and in particular Altrincham – often receive national coverage and so for people relocating to the area they already know of the areas and then for families who have always lived here they dont want to leave.

Famed for its grammar schools – such as St Ambrose, Loreto, Sale and Altrincham Boys and Girls – for many parents, these are the ultimate goal for their children.

Judged to be the top schools in the borough – and region – children travel far and wide to attend them, but they are selective and children do need to pass an entrance exam for a chance to secure a place. Even then, the demand is so high, children aren’t guaranteed a place.

Due to the sheer demand, parents often pay thousands to get ahead of the curve in terms of their choice of primary school, and tutoring.

Prep schools such as St Ambrose, Altrincham, Loreto, Bowdon girls and Hale are hugely popular.

St Ambrose College, Hale

But you dont have to pay a fortune for the best education.

Trafford is filled with fantastic state schools – St Joseph RC in Sale, St Hughs RC in Tmperley and Our Lady of the Rosary in Urmston – all getting the top mark from Ofsted.

As well as primaries, however, there are dozens of outstanding non-selective secondaries such as Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College and Wellington School

As well as a great mix of schools and affordable housing, with new investment on the horizon, the area is beginning to see the beginnings of a burgeoning bar and cafe scene.

Urmston is really on the up in terms of food and drink scene.

Urmston Town Centre

Local estate agents have always said that Urmston had not fulfilled its potential – but they predict this may change very soon.

You have got everything here, great schools, low taxes compared to other areas and Urmston town centre is changing, with lots of investment.

You have got a lot more interest in cafes and bars and now the market, which is set to be similar to the one in Altrincham – if that happens, it will be incredible.

Get Chucked, Urmston

Urmston has traditionally been a place that you live in because your parents lived here but now you have lots of people coming here.

It goes without saying that if you are thinking of making the move to Trafford, then you will have to dig deep.

House prices in Trafford are the highest in Greater Manchester.

Westmorland Rd, Urmston

But that doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to afford a home here.

Terraced properties on Cedar Rd, Altrincham

Types of properties available?

From two bedroom terraces and three bed semis, to chic town houses and palatial mansions, it has the lot.

Depending on your budget requirements, however, there are ex-local authority properties offering good accommodation in good school catchments.

Trafford has really stepped up its game in recent years.

The redevelopment of Altrinchams market is a shining example of this. Re-launched in 2014 as a foodie hotspot, it has helped bring the town back to life, with businesses now filling the many once-empty shops.

As mentioned already, Urmston is also on the up, with the old post office being transformed into hip new alehouse, The Barking Dog.

Sale has also seen a lot of improvements in recent years – the Cork of the North and the Block and Gasket opening up alongside the towns staples.

If swanky bars are more your thing, however, then Hale certainly has enough to whet your whistle – Victors and the Botanist to name but two.

Carluccios Hale

There are real signs that Trafford could be starting to hold its own when it comes to wining and dining.

While you can also just hop on a tram or a train and head into the city centre for a night out in the Northern Quarter or Deansgate.

Family friendly?

Quite simply, Trafford is made for families.

With acres of parks and woodland, you wont be short of places to take the kids for adventure.

They can go off and explore the stunning grounds of Dunham Massey or just enjoy a picnic at Stamford Park.

Those looking for a touch more excitement certainly wont be short of things to do either.

Hop on the M60 and in minutes you can be speeding down the slopes or soaring through the air, at Chillfactore or iFly indoor skydiving.

Chill Factore

Sports fans will no doubt be happy, with Old Trafford football ground and Lancashire County Cricket Club just a short tram ride away.

While the cricket ground is also known as a fantastic venue for music – recently hosting Beyonce and Rihanna. And dont forget the Trafford Centre and its numerous leisure attractions.

Trafford  offers the best of both worlds, bustling town centres with cinema and sports facilities, then you have Dunham Massey on your doorstep.

On top of that, you are just a short trip on the Metrolink to Manchester, while if you prefer something a little more rural, then you are at the gateway to Cheshire.

Resident Samuel Gooch, who grew up in Timperley, said: I think it is a mix of things really. People often have an idea about Trafford but when you live in places like Timperley you see that there is a real community atmosphere.

And when you factor that in with the fantastic schools, brilliant transport links – which are only getting better – and wonderful parks, there isnt much more you need.

Transport

Hale Railway Station

After schools and housing, transport is a priority for anyone moving house.

Luckily for commuters and families looking to get out and about at the weekend, Trafford has everything.

The Metrolink – which is due for expansion – runs directly from Altrincham to Deansgate in just 25 minutes.

From there you can hop on a train at Piccadilly and go further afield.

Major motorways linking the borough to the rest of Greater Manchester and the north west are also in abundance.

The M60, M56, M6 and M62 are all easily accessed from virtually anywhere in Trafford, perfect for commuting.

While regular bus services running to the area’s secondary schools run down Washway Road and through to Altrincham Interchange.

The £350m Metrolink extension is also set to see six new stops – Wharfside, the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Park Village, Parkway, EventCity and the intu Trafford Centre – by 2020 which will open up even more options for commuters.

Source MEN newspaper 2017

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