Is Sheffield A Good Place To Live?
November 27th, 2021
‘Is Sheffield a good place to live?’ is one of the most common questions I get asked. So, in this blog post, I’m going to take a look at what it’s really like to live in Sheffield, answering some of the most popular questions about life in Sheffield.
Here’s what you should know about Sheffield
Located in the beautiful county of South Yorkshire, Sheffield gives the perfect balance of city and countryside. This bustling city is situated on the edge of the Peak District, meaning that you’re only a stone’s throw away from countryside walks and breathtaking views, whilst still enjoying the benefits that a lively city brings.
Often referred to as the steel city, Sheffield earned its fame thanks to its high quality steel. This city hasn’t lost touch with its roots and there are many reminders around the city of its colourful history.
Sheffield city centre provides everything you need, from shops and restaurants to theatres and bars – there really is something for everyone in Sheffield.
Sheffield transport links
One of the best things about living in Sheffield is its fantastic transport links. Not only is there a plentiful offering when it comes to buses and trains in Sheffield, but you’ll also benefit from access to the efficient tram network. This connects locations such as Crystal Peaks and Meadowhall shopping centres with towns such as Malin Bridge, Hillsborough and Rotherham.
Whilst Sheffield is made up of many small villages, each offering its own community, you’re never far from the hustle and bustle of city life thanks to these excellent transport links.
House prices in Sheffield
Whilst house prices in Sheffield vary considerably depending on your chosen area, you’ll find that they are still far lower than the South of England, in cities such as London. This makes Sheffield an affordable place to live, ideal for first time buyers, families and commuters alike.
Over the past 12 months, the average price of property in Sheffield sat at around £230,000. This represents a rise of 11% when compared to the previous year, slightly lower than the UK average increase.
Whilst the average price of a terraced house in Sheffield sits at £182,000, you can expect to pick up a two-bedroom terraced property in areas such as Handsworth, Halfway or Chapeltown for around £150,000.
This represents excellent value for money, especially given the standard of life that you can expect when you’re living in Sheffield.
Moving to Sheffield with a family
Sheffield is situated at the edge of the Peak District, giving families plenty of opportunities to get outdoors in the fresh air and spend time as a family. Some of the best walking spots for families around Sheffield include the Longshaw estate, Damflask Reservoir, Ecclesall Woods, the Monsal Trail and Rivelin Valley.
With over 250 parks, woodlands and green spaces, you’ll find that Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the country. This makes Sheffield the ideal place to raise a family, as there is always something for the kids to do. Some of the most popular parks in and around Sheffield include Graves Park, Norfolk Park, Rother Valley Country Park, Clifton Park and Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Another reason why Sheffield is so popular with families is the fantastic range of days out that are available to families. This includes farms such as Heeley City Farm, Aston Springs Farm and Cannon Hall Farm, as well as theme parks such as Gulliver’s Valley and Wheelgate Park.
Best places to live in Sheffield
Sheffield is a beautiful city with no end of things to do. But where are the best places to live in Sheffield, and how do you know which area is right for you? I’ve put together a list of the best places to live in Sheffield, according to your individual needs.
Best for transport links
If you’re looking for great public transport links, you’ll love Sheffield. Wherever you are in the city, you’re never too far from a bus stop, tram stop or train station which will take you into the city centre, out into the Peak District or across to Meadowhall Shopping Centre.
For ultimate convenience, I’d suggest looking for an area that is near a tram stop if you love using public transport. Some of the best areas for transport links in Sheffield include:
Best for schools
For families moving to Sheffield, you’ll want to make sure that you’re nearby to excellent schools, ensuring that your children get the best possible education. If you’re looking for a location that is great for families whilst being in a prime location to get your children into a good school, here are some of my favourite areas:
Best blend of countryside and city life
One of my favourite things about Sheffield is how it combines city living with countryside life. Wherever you are in Sheffield, you’re never far from the breathtaking views of the Peak District, along with endless walking routes to get some much-needed fresh air.
If you’re looking for a location that is on the edge of the countryside, without losing the convenience of the city, here are some of my favourite areas of Sheffield:
Sheffield is a gorgeous place to live – I can’t recommend it highly enough. Not only does it offer all of the amenities of the city, but you’ve also got easy access to the stunning Peak District. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in the UK, without compromising on all of the facilities that you’d expect from the 9th biggest city in the UK.
If you’re still wondering ‘is Sheffield a good place to live?’, or if you need any more advice about moving to Sheffield, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’m always happy to talk about my home city, and can give you all of the advice that you need when it comes to moving to Sheffield!