For Treasury staff who move from London to Darlington a pleasant surprise awaits.
We took the average price of a London property – £514,000 according to an Office for National Statistics report in January – and looked at what you could get in the County Durham town.
And as you might expect, the potential for upsizing was immense. While in London your money might get you a decent enough family home in the suburbs, in Darlington you can get listed properties of historic importance in the centre of the town.
Take St Clare’s Court, a secure and private gated community which has been sympathetically developed from St Clare’s Abbey, a Grade II listed property built in 1867.
There are currently two properties there for sale. Number 10 is the slightly more expensive at offers in the region of 550,000 and no 2 for offers in the region of £545,000.
Ashcroft Road occupies one of the most sought after locations in the prime West End of Darlington, this substantial Edwardian semi-detached Villa which would provide superb family accommodation for those making the move up from London is on the market for offers in the region of £525,000.
It also boasts a huge garden and off street parking, an issue sometimes in London, is not a problem here.
The first appearance of a property on Coniscliffe Road, one of the most sought after West End areas of the town. For £520,000 you can get this vast detached house with plenty of room for family life.
Again it has a large enclosed rear garden as well as an open lawn to front. There is an extensive driveway with room for parking for up to three vehicles, leading up to a double garage.
The same road, this time the house for sale is Teesbank House one of Darlington’s most recognisable properties and achieves that very rare blend of original charm and exceptional, contemporary quality of finish.
Dating back to 18th Century and sited in expansive grounds, the main residence has been transformed into an exceptional family home offering spacious living accommodation, three well proportioned bedrooms and a beautifully modern family bathroom.
It is also Grade II listed with a large garden.
Linwood Grove is a small very pleasant cul de sac situated in the heart of Darlington’s West End and close to a range of local shops and amenities including very reputable schools for all age groups.
It is an impressive, substantial, detached family home situated on a lovely large plot.
Externally there is a fabulous, large, mature garden to the rear set mainly to lawn with a very pleasant patio area and a summerhouse. There is also a smaller lawned garden to the front, a large garage and a double block paved driveway.
Another large family home situated on a double plot on the corner of Neville and Abbey Road in the sought after West End of Darlington, it is on the market for offers in the region of £500,000.
The property has been extended by the current owners to provide a fifth bedroom and ensuite to the main bedroom.
There are lawns to the front and side with mature trees and hedging and there is secure gated access to the enclosed rear garden with mature shrubbed borders and paved patio seating area.
Glaisdale Court is an outstanding family home which has been significantly upgraded by the current owners to include a large garage conversion (with newly built garage to the side of the property), newly fitted kitchen, electric gate, new driveway and further landscaping.
Externally there has been a lot of emphasis put on the landscaping, with electric gate to the front leading onto the front driveway which leads towards the large detached garage and to the side there is a raised lawned area. To the rear there is a paved area which leads onto the garden area.
It is on the market for offers in the region of £500,000
West Thornfield on Thornfield Road is a historically important house in the history of Darlington. It was built for John Marley who discovered iron ore seams at Eston, and is one of the earliest of the town mansions.
His coat of arms can be seen beside the original front door. The seven bedroom property is a well presented and spacious period family home in a sought after location with mature gardens and garage.
The double drive with gated entrance leads into the enclosed gardens which are mainly laid to lawn with mature shrubs. It has a guide price of £499,000
Another Coniscliffe Road property, this one occupies a fabulous, large, mature site with beautiful gardens in the heart of Darlington’s West End within walking distance of the town centre.
It is a substantial Edwardian house boasting a whole host of original features and offering very well-proportioned accommodation across three floors and with scope for further development and is on the market for offers in the region of £490,000
We thought we’d include a joker in the pack, Hill House, a property in neighbouring Richmond North Yorkshire, around 12 miles from Darlington and the constituency of Chancellor Rishi Sunak who helped decide to locate the Treasury campus to Darlington.
Located on Frenchgate, it is an historically important property located in an amazing town centre haven. The Grade II listed property has bags of character with its Georgian architecture and comes with a South facing garden, garden/workshop and parking.
When Hill House was originally built in circa. 1580, it was on the highest inhabited site in the town. It is on the market for offers in excess of £550,000.