Buying a home in Hoole? What to know
Have you ever wanted to buy a home in Hoole? Let’s be honest, nearly everyone we meet in Chester has wanted to live in Hoole or has at some point. Hoole is one of the most famous locations in the city and beyond. Thanks to a bustling independent high street, local amenities and award-winning restaurants and pubs.
History of Hoole
Located on the edge of the city centre, Hoole benefits from a village style community with a fiercely independent spirit that has seen it crowned as “NottingHoole” by in and out of town visitors.
Belonging to the Parish of St Werburgh the name comes from the Old English word hol and is believed to mean “at the hollow” (or hole) possibly referring to the “hollow way” formed by a Roman roadway.
Dating back to the 12th Century, Hoole lies on the Roman road which leaves Chester via Frodsham Street and Brook Street, continuing through Flookersbrook into Newton Hollows, which still exists as a sunken pathway and connected with Mannings Lane before the construction of the now disused railway.
Over the years, the area has expanded from what is considered the centre around Faulkner Street to include locations up towards Ermin Road and as close to Newton and Guilden Sutton.
Since the early 2000s, Hoole has been widely recognised as one of the most eclectic and diverse places to live in Chester winning some prestigious awards along the way. Let’s look at what makes buying a home in Hoole so popular.
What makes buying a home in Hoole so popular?
With an urban city feel, proximity to Chester City Centre literally on its doorstep and with its own unique high street filled with independent shops, bars and restaurants, Hoole is really one of the most charming places in all of Chester to live and commute from.
Lying on the outskirts of Chester City Centre, it would be easy to think buying a home in Hoole would be fraught with that city vibe that many homeowners can fear. However, thanks to its village style feel, it is anything but. Named “NottingHoole” by locals and out of town visitors, this little slice of paradise just on the outskirts of Chester City Centre has everything you could want from a home and more.
Not only is it well connected with major road networks into North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester, buying a home in Hoole is ideal for those looking for that work/life balance where social activities, good food and drink and an escape into the countryside is never that far away.
Chester City train station is located in Hoole and is easily accessible from the area closest to Ermin road and Faulkner street with a 10 minute walk. With direct services running to Liverpool, Manchester and London, Chester station is also one of the best connected stations on the West Coast line and has nearly a twenty minute service to Crewe which is a regional hub to connect Cheshire to the rest of the country.
From the terrace houses which are plentiful across the area to the large semi-detached mansionettes found on A56 and heading to Newton, Hoole has plenty of homes to choose from.
According to Rightmove, “the majority of sales in Hoole during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £323,983. Terraced properties sold for an average of £257,644, with flats fetching £152,517.”
2020 saw the peak house price of £249,131 and this year is expected to grow a further 3% after an 8% increase in 2022.
Buying a home in Hoole
Hoole has always been a popular destination for homebuyers in the city and thanks to the wide range of amenities, a large park with tennis courts, walking distance access to the city centre and train station, Hoole has been a perfect place for those who look to buy their first home, start a family or even settle in the area.
If you’re looking to buy a house in Hoole, you will be pleased to know that this area of the city is popular amongst families, young people, first time buyers and even the working professionals thanks to great transport links.
With the industrial beauty of the area, the different style homes, buying a house in Hoole is certainly one of the most sought after locations across the city for homebuyers.
Amenities in Curzon Park
But what makes Hoole truly special for homebuyers is the local amenities and if there is one thing we understand about buying a home in Chester and beyond it is this, knowing what kind of amenities there are for homeowners is essential.
Faulkner Street has long been rewarded by locals and those travelling from afar for its independent shops and restaurants. There is an award winning butchers, Hoptons as well as an award winning fishmongers, Brickland. Both are family run and independent names known in the city. There are two local supermarkets, a fruit and vegetable shop, tailors and pharmacy.
But that’s not all for this lovely lit part of Chester. Do you enjoy your cup of coffee? You have a great choice between Little Yellow Pig and Short & Stout, both serving great drinks and brunch which is a Chester speciality.
What about other things? Well, for pubs you have two well known and respected pubs in the area; The Faulkner and The Royal Oak. There is a beer speciality bar called, Homebrew Tap which is worth a visit for those looking for something different. For those looking for a night out, The Suburbs is a great place to start with german beers and nibbles.
Finally, in terms of restaurants there is an Italian, a Spanish tapas bar, well loved Chinese takeout, and a multiple award winning bistro, Sticky Walnut. Recently, the former Chester Market favourite, Peak Sandwiches has moved to the area making it another great destination.
Of course, thanks to the proximity to the city centre, there are lots to choose from for a night out or to get something to eat, but really, in Hoole, you are well covered.
Why you should buy a home in Hoole
To summarise, Hoole is a great area to buy a home in Chester and thanks to;
- The great location with access to the centre
- Great motorway access to North Wales and the North West as well as a train station on the doorstep
- Wide variety of homes across the area from terrace to town houses
- Perfect amenities on the doorstep
Are you interested in Buying a Home in Hoole?
If you’re interested in buying a home in Hoole, Chester then why not drop us a line today. Carman Friend has over 20 years of experience in the local Chester area and has a great understanding of the property market. They can help you locate the home for your needs and match you, the buyer with the dream home for your budgets. Contact Carman Friend today!