Thinking of Moving to Harrogate?
Harrogate has consistently come out top for the best places to live in the UK. So it is no surprise that so many people think about moving here. But with the average detached house price around £400,000, it is not the cheapest option around when families can find so much more for their money elsewhere in the country.
However, if you are willing to compromise on a few things, Harrogate is a fantastic place to live and raise your growing family. Many people choose to live in luxurious apartments close to the town centre or overlooking the Stray. Others choose to live on the outskirts of Harrogate where they can find a little more bang for their buck.
If you are thinking of moving to Harrogate, there are a few things newcomers should know about our town before they make the move.
Many of the original Victorian and Edwardian Harrogate homes have been divided up into luxury apartments to make them more affordable. These are often spacious and well maintained. It is worth checking the maintenance rates for the building in which you buy as these can often exceed monthly mortgage payments.
The Local Schools
Harrogate has some of the UK’s best performing schools; many of which out perform private educational institutions. With a wealth of highly experienced teachers from professional backgrounds, Harrogate has much to offer young learners keens to develop their skills.
Life long Harrogatonians are some of the friendliest people you will encounter. Only 15-20 years ago, this town was of a much older generation. Harrogate residents still say Good Morning to each other in the streets, whomever they pass, a dying tradition in this country. An influx of big city businessmen and families looking for a second home in the heart of Yorkshire has changed its atmosphere somewhat. Newcomers to Harrogate must understand the community spirit that exists in Harrogate where neighbours will help each other de-ice their windscreens and borrow a cup of sugar for baking. If not, they should probably keep Harrogate as their holiday destination!
Harrogate doesn’t have a great deal to offer in the way on nightlife. Most places close relatively early but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Harrogate has a wealth of restaurants and wine bars to satisfy your taste buds and social events. Even the local hotels are popular with residents for their fine wines and exquisite dining experiences.