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Seaside town is one of the UK's 'cheapest areas' with house prices starting under £100k

On the northeastern coast of England sits Hartlepool, a seaside and port town in Country Durham that was once a major hub for shipbuilding and has recently been named as one of the cheapest areas in the UK to buy a house.

A new House Price Report by Cardinal Steels and Online Marketing Surgery found the area to be the third cheapest place to purchase a property in January of this year, with an average house price of £123,710. However, on average, certain styles of house can be even cheaper than this.

According to the most recent data from Right Move: “The majority of sales in Hartlepool during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £90,971.”

Of course, the style of property you purchase will have an impact on the price. Over the last year, semi-detached properties sold for an average of £151,815, with detached properties fetching £294,050. Properties in Hartlepool had an overall average price of £155,694 over the last year.

Though the town has experienced its hardships over the years, especially after the decline of the city’s once-thriving shipbuilding industry, recent investment projects have rejuvenated parts of the area and there are more plans for the future.

At the town’s heart is the docks, which were redeveloped and reopened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 as a marina. The area has attracted a selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment over the years, and is connected to the beach area of Seaton Carew. Within a short walk of the marina is the Museum of Hartlepool where you can learn all about the history of the region and also see Hartlepool’s tall ship HMS Trincomalee.

Boating is a huge part of the region, and the marina can hold up to 500 fully serviced berths to support a range of boaters, including overnight visitors.

According to the local tourism board Explore Hartlepool: “From beloved attractions and festivals celebrating Hartlepool’s unique heritage, to spectacular scenery including gorgeous beaches and an award-winning marina, Hartlepool is bursting with hidden gems ready to be discovered.”

Hartlepool Borough Council has a list of regeneration projects planned, including the £34.5m Highlight Leisure Centre currently under construction. The leisure centre will offer swimming, gym facilities, active and soft play areas, room for parties and an NHS consultation suite, among other things.

There are also plans to expand the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, refurbish the Museum of Hartlepool and restore the museum ship PS Wingfield Castle.

Multiple new housing projects are also planned across the region, with a series of new build sites springing up in recent years. In March of this year, a £120 million housing and commercial development was approved by Hartlepool Development Corporation, with proposals for a mixed 650-home development alongside additional retail, leisure and medical facilities across several brownfield sites.


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