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How to Spot an Up-and-Coming Area

How to Spot an Up-and-Coming Area

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So you’ve seen the house prices soar in areas like Shoreditch, Clapham and Camden. Now you want a piece of the pie. Or are you just a hipster looking to move somewhere before it becomes stuffy and cramped with chain restaurants? Either way, if you look hard enough there are a few key ways to tell you’re in an up-and-coming area. Here are some of the more notable tells.

Independent Restaurants, Coffee Shops and Delis

Have you noticed an increase in the number of independently run delis or coffee shops in an area? This is a clear sign that people living there possess a level of disposable income synonymous with up-and-coming neighbourhoods. If you’re seeing chain restaurants or coffee shops like Starbucks, stay away. It’s likely the area has already expanded to its full capacity.

Independent food stores are not necessarily a sure fire way of an up-and-coming area. Get a feel for the vibe there too. If the place is full and buzzing, you’re likely to be on the right track. Ideally, there’ll be numerous retailers like this, maybe coupled with a small art gallery or independent fashion retailer too.

Business Investment

Has a big business registered an interest? If a large company, corporation or employer has bought offices in the area there’s a very strong chance it’s going to boom. First of all, there’s the added population influx this will cause, then you’ll begin to see more competitors or like-minded brands move into the area too. This does come with a big caveat and it’s especially prevalent for small towns. If there’s only one large-scale employer from one industry, the area is likely to decline dramatically if they pull out. Take a look at some of the former mining towns for a clear example of this.

Area Demographic

Take a walk through the area and be particularly observant of the type of people you see. If you’re surrounded by middle aged businessmen and women donning expensive suits, this isn’t the place for you. If however, you’re spotting an unusually high number of 20-30 year olds, there’s a chance you’re looking at an up-and-coming area. This age group tends to have a lot of disposable income which is guaranteed to attract businesses.

Transport Links

This is an absolute must. If an area has poor public transport links, it’s not likely to see a boom anytime soon. For instance, if we’re discussing London, look for an area that’s slightly removed from the stuffy inner-city life but is still close enough to commute to major employment hotspots. Transport developments like the HS1 & HS2 railways are also going to create a frenzy of interest, though you’ve probably already missed the boat on these two examples. Large scale development like this will lead to a very swift wave of regeneration in an area.

Estate Agents, House Shares, Sales and DOM

So, this is a huge tell of any up and coming area. Look at the market activity for the neighbourhood. If you’re noticing a sudden crop of estate agencies opening up, they’re noticing a potential. If there are plenty of house shares being advertised, it’s another tell of the young professional demographic moving in. Then consider the price properties are being sold for. If they’re steadily increasing and the number of days on the market (DOM) is decreasing then you’re looking at an area in demand.

If you want to really drill down into an area and find out about the crime stats, travel info, potential nuisances, schools, amenities and local demographics, fill out a Property Detective report today. All you need is the postcode!

Tweeters in Middlebrough

The Top Tweeters Worth Knowing In Middlesbrough

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In our eleventh instalment of ‘Who’s Who?’, following on from our last ‘Top Tweeters worth knowing in Swindon’ post, we are now turning our attention to Middlesbrough, a large industrial town situated on south bank of the River Tees in North Yorkshire.

Getting to Know the Local Area & Landscape Online

For those thinking of moving to Middlesbrough, getting to know the local area is a vital part of any property research process, but so too is getting to know the local landscape online; who’s worth listening to, following or liking? Follow the right people and you’ll be a local expert in minutes, and anything you don’t know you can consult your Twitter community.

As such, we have identified the subsequent Twitter users as being worth following in order to get an insight into the communities, people and places that matter.

These are the Top Tweeters Worth Following in Middlesbrough:

Love Middlesbrough

Love Middlesbrough was launched in 2008, at the Riverside Stadium. The initiative was designed as a way for passionate people to come together to promote Middlesbrough as a fantastic place to live, learn, work, invest, visit, shop and play. They are a must-follow for anyone from the local area, and do very well in maintaining their active, engaged follower base.

Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club

Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club (PFC) is a sports club for people of all ages, male and female, with a severe physical disability. This fast paced team sport enables those with even the most severe physical disabilities to play the beautiful game. They are active on Twitter and bring regular updates of the goings on around the club.

Flares Middlesbrough

Flares is a nightclub in the town that plays 1970’s and party tunes all night long. The venue is open 5 nights a week and is guaranteed to provide a fun night out that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Give them a follow to stay updated on the latest nights and offers.

The Gazette

The Gazette has been published for over 140 years, and is the most widely read local newspaper in the Teesside area. The paper provides the community with updates on all the latest news, sports, events, jobs, property and more. Their Twitter feed is regularly updated with local and occasionally national updates.

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Middlesbrough Town Hall is a stunning Grade II* listed Victorian concert venue. The building plays host to a wide range of events from concerts to comedy, conferences to theatre, weddings and workshops. Give them a follow to stay in touch with upcoming event announcements and information.

Meze Lounge

The Meze Lounge is an authentic Turkish restaurant offering a menu of traditional dishes. At the restaurant you will find a rich tapestry of tastes and atmosphere all perfected in the kitchens of the Sultans’ palaces from the Ottoman era. Their Twitter feed full of tempting food pictures is guaranteed to whet your appetite.

Middlesbrough Theatre

Middlesbrough Theatre was opened in 1957 and was one of the first new theatres built in England after the Second World War. Today it is a great little venue with an exciting and varied repertoire of drama and other theatre activities. Give them a follow for news and updates surrounding the theatre.

Ageing Better

Ageing Better Middlesbrough is working to reduce loneliness and isolation for people over 50 in Middlesbrough by inspiring current and future generations to live active and happy lives. A very worthy cause to follow and support.

Al Forno

The Italian restaurant Al Forno is a fantastic place to meet and eat. Choose from a range of superb, fresh Italian food, accompanied by beautiful wine and excellent service. Whether you’re just popping in for a fresh salad, or you’re visiting for a hearty home cooked Italian dinner, their award-winning chefs will not disappoint. Another account that’s Twitter feed will leave you hungry and extremely tempted.

Chadwicks Inn Maltby

Situated in a quiet village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Chadwicks Inn Maltby is a traditional country pub with an award-winning restaurant. These awards include Michelin guide appearances, Michelin eating out pub guide appearances and 2 AA Rosettes – a clear indication of the high level of food and services in this small quaint location.


Top 20 Family Friendly Locations in the Home Counties

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If you’re thinking of starting a family and are considering a move out of London to the “Home Counties”, you might be asking yourself “where exactly is the best place to go?”.

Now for the first time the team here at Property Detective have done what they do best – challenged themselves to find the answer on behalf of their users. We have devised and then re-defined the appropriate algorithm, taken a large pile of relevant data, and then crunched the numbers to bring you the answers to this ever-relevant question (We have also identified the top family friendly streets in London).

The Home Counties – What are they?

A quick recap: The home counties have long been considered the areas that Londoners retreat to at the end of a busy week; this is increasingly true today as London workers are priced out of central London by escalating rents and house prices, and so a vast majority of London commuters now live in these neighbouring/bordering counties. On the face of it they offer commuter access to the city of London and (slightly more) affordable family homes as such they are a mecca for professional couples with young families wanting a little bit of fresh air and green space. If this is you, then you’re exactly the type of home-mover we can help.

The Average London Commute

Firstly let’s focus on the areas that fall within a distance you’re willing to commute. This is now small distance because if there’s one thing us Londoners know, it’s how to commute. The ONS stats show that the average UK commute is 54 minutes according, but the average London commute is mind-numbing 74 minutes! Based on the 2011 census the ONS produced a map of where London commuters lived:

(Dark blue means over 20-40% of workers from this area commute to London. Mid blue is 10-20%of workers and light blue is 5-10%)

Our friends and partners in Travel Time crime, igeolise can tell us exactly where you can live if 75 minutes is your commute time cut-off; here’s their results on a map:


As suspected this points to neighbouring regions in the Home Counties including areas as far as Tonbridge, Reading, Chelmsford and Milton Keynes places serviced by fast and frequent trains.

Although the definition of the “Home Counties” is a recognised to be a bit fluid, for the purpose of our research we have included Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Sussex, all of which embody the quintessentially home counties characteristics of comfortable middle-class prosperity and are known to be desirable locations.

So, the big question, are they actually family friendly and where are the best areas – and let’s be specific, which are the best streets to live?

Drum roll please…

Here’s the Top 20 Places to Raise a Family in the Home Counties:

Street High score What’s great about it?
Birch Lane, Flaunden 98% Primary schools – nearest 6 are rated outstanding or good!
Streatley Road, Sundon 97% Childminders
Lower Harpendon Road, Harpendon 96% Primary schools – nearest 14 are rated outstanding or good!!
Swinley Road, Ascot 96% Childcare + nurseries
Chertsey Road, Windlesham 95% Primary schools – nearest 8 are rated outstanding or good!
Flamsteadbury Road, Redbourn 95% Childcare + nurseries
Long Hill Road, Bracknell 95% Playgrounds + parks
The Common, Amersham 92% Playgrounds + parks
Dagnall Road, Great Gaddesden 92% NCT community
Tebworth Road, Leighton Buzzard 92% Other families
Hatchet Lane, Windsor 92% NCT community
Hammerpond Road, Horsham 87% Childminders + nurseries
Box End Road, Kempston 83% Kids activities
Cheddington Road, Tring 82% Nurseries
Silchester Road, Bramley 82% Maternity facilities
Long Mill Lane, Sevenoaks 81% Childminders + nurseries
Runworth Road, Basingstoke 80% Kids shops
Priory Lane, Farnham 80% NCT community
Downhall Road, Hatfield Heath 79% Kids activities
Bryanston Avenue, Twickenham 77% Childminders + nurseries

If you live in these places – lucky you! And if you’re a London commuter and thinking of relocating for your young family then we recommend checking out these family friendly hot spots.

You can check out the family friendliness of your area by trying our index.