Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Area Offers Best of Both Worlds; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ...: ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI Explains Why Westerhope Is a Good Starting Point for First-Time Buyers and Somewhere Commuters Can Truly Have the Best of Both Worlds

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Area Offers Best of Both Worlds; Keeping an Eye on the Property Market Where You Are ...: ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI Explains Why Westerhope Is a Good Starting Point for First-Time Buyers and Somewhere Commuters Can Truly Have the Best of Both Worlds

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Byline: ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI

WITH its excellent transport links, good schools, and even a famous pub, Westerhope has come a long way since its humble colliery beginnings.

In fact, it is almost unrecognisable.

It is a matter of minutes from workplaces in Newcastle city centre, and three of the North-East's major arteries - the A1, A696 and A69, are on the doorstep - not to mention Newcastle International Airport.

Just four miles to the west of Newcastle, Westerhope became part of the Newcastle Council area in 1974, but has retained much of its independent atmosphere, with the A1 separating it from the urban core.

The area saw a surge in housebuilding in the 1970s, and Chapel Park and Chapel House Estate emerged which offer plenty of affordable housing today.

The area is vibrant and if you can't get what you want in the village, Kingston Park Shopping Centre, the Metrocentre and Newcastle city centre are only a short car journey or bus ride away.

With a great range of properties, good people and plenty of amenities, it could be an excellent choice for buyers of all types to take a look at what the west has to offer.

Bernadett Szucs, 29, and her partner Richard Winfield, also 29, set up their business Dreamworld Cakes in Westerhope.

The couple have lived in the area for two years now. Firstly renting a flat, then a year ago, they invested in a house in Rowedge Walk. Bernadett said: "Westerhope Village has a great range of local amenities such as a bakery, pharmacy, butchers, post office and newsagents all within walking distance.

Two minutes away by car is the newly developed Denton Way Shopping Centre hosting a wealth of retail and leisure facilities, including the recently opened Morrisons and Denton swimming pool with adjoining gym.

"Our busiest market is wedding cakes, so we need to be based somewhere that allows us to access some of the top venues the region has to offer. Here, with the A1 and A69 minutes away, this couldn't be easier; north, south or west. Public transport is very handy too, the bus stop is only a short walk away, with a trip to town or the Metrocentre taking less than 20 minutes. …

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