The Best Places To Live In Nottingham in 2023

The increasing popularity of Nottingham means that a range of homebuyers and renters are now searching for the best places to live in Nottingham. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Nottingham has a variety of areas suitable for all types of home-mover – from lavish communities to green spaces and family-friendly regions. With Nottingham increasingly appealing to buyers, find out the best places to live in Nottingham in 2023 below.

The Best Places to Live in Nottingham in 2023

Thinking of moving to Nottingham? Or moving to a different area of the city? We’ve summarised some of the best places to live in Nottingham below, examining amenities, house prices and the demographics in each area.

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For First Time Buyers: Beeston

Beeston is young, fresh and vibrant: just check out the Glee Club with its up-and-coming bands, and the vibrant nightlife that comes with being in such close proximity to Nottingham Trent University. There are plenty of high street chain stores and restaurants around, as well as supermarkets ranging from Aldi to Waitrose, ensuring that everything you need is on your doorstep. This region is particularly well suited for first time buyers thanks to its competitive prices, with the average home in this region being listed at £155,000.

For Green Lovers: Wollaton

Known for its extensive Wollaton Park which spans over 500 acres, Wollaton is a haven for those that love to spend time outdoors whilst remaining an easy commute from the city centre. Wollaton is known for its tranquil location and quaint independent shops, pubs and restaurants that give the area character. A range of schools marked ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted are located within Wollaton, making this wonderful place to start and raise a family. Homes in Wollaton are listed on the market for an average of £314,000, making this a more premium area in Nottingham.

For Upmarket Living: The Park

The Park is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Nottingham and sits close to Nottingham Castle. The area is known for its stunning Victorian architecture, which many homeowners, businesses and developers have chosen to retain, giving The Park a unique character. It is no surprise that the neighbourhood is a conservation area with many of its properties being listed. At the core of the neighbourhood sits the Park Estate, which offers well maintained grounds, sports facilities and a seasonal market to bring the community together. Flats in this neighbourhood fetch approximately £233,000, whereas larger family homes tend to start at £500,000, making this a more high-end part of the city.

Ten Reasons To Live In Nottingham

1 - High Speed Rail

The upcoming HS2 station and Toton Campus will create up to 10,000 secure jobs, improve travel infrastructure and make the city more accessible.

2 - Travel Made Easy

Excellent connectivity and accessible travel facilities make it simple to commute around the region and further afield via tram and train, with most neighbourhoods having a stop, as well as East Midlands Airport which is less than half an hour away by car, opening up the rest of the UK and Europe.

3 - A Core Business Hub

The city is home to large businesses including Boots, Experian and Eon, offering a plethora of employment opportunities for residents.

4 - Competitive Property Prices

Relatively affordable property prices, with the average home costing £196,900 – far cheaper than comparable cities such as Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and Leeds.

5 - Abundant Green Spaces

A variety of green spaces which allow you respite from the bustle of the city centre – check out the Arboretum, Colwick Country Park and Sherwood Forest.

6 - A Reputation For Education

Exceptional educational facilities, namely the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as an abundance of outstanding primary and secondary schools.

7 - Excellent Nightlife And Food

Home to Michelin star restaurants Alchemilla and Restaurant Sat Bains, a range of independent and chain eateries, as well as thriving nightlife from chains such as PRYZM and Popworld to alternative bars like The Pelican and The Bodega.

8 - Abundant Shopping Facilities

Nottingham has a vast range of shopping facilities, namely Victoria Centre, home to stores such as House of Fraser, River Island and Next, as well as a bustling High Street, including high-end retailers Flannels and Paul Smith.

9 - A Fascinating Past

Fascinating local history which weaves itself into local culture: from the Robin Hood legend in Sherwood Forest, to fifteenth-century pubs, England's oldest inn, and the grandiose Nottingham Castle.

10 - Local Regeneration

Exciting ongoing regeneration projects, especially in the Broadmarsh area which has received £20 million in government funding to create a variety of commercial and residential spaces.

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For Families: West Bridgford

West Bridgford has a range of fantastic local schools and amenities that make it one of the best places for families to live in Nottingham – whether you’re unwinding at the nearby cinema, library, or West Bridgford Park which offers designated cycle paths, play parks, a bowling green and pavilion. For those looking to explore the amenities in Nottingham city centre, it is exceptionally simple to get into the city via the M606. The average home will set you back £300,000, making it a slightly more premium area than the Beeston.

For The Best Of Both Worlds: Lenton

For affordable housing in great proximity to key amenities such as the University of Nottingham campus and the Queen’s Medical Centre, look no further than Lenton. This area sits between the tranquility of Wollaton and suburban bliss of The Park, whilst benefiting from its proximity to the lively University of Nottingham – in short, Lenton offers something for every type of resident. Properties in Lenton are priced at an average of £192,000 for flats and apartments, and an average overall property price of £241,000, making this a more affordable option for those looking to benefit from the amenities at The Park and Wollaton but not wanting to pay a premium price tag.

For Young Professionals: The Lace Market and Hockley

Situated in the heart of the city, the Lace Market and Hockley are ideal for young professionals looking to be at the core of the action. Often called the Creative Quarter, this district has a deep history that can be seen in the structures that line the streets of the Lace Market and Hockley – from grandiose warehouses to bohemian brick buildings, the past and present are intricately woven together here. You’ll most likely find flats and apartments in this neighbourhood, as is expected for homes in the city centre. Commuting is a breeze, with the city centre being well connected via train and bus, and it is similarly easy to leave Nottingham via car or train from the city centre. Properties in this area with the NG1 postcode will set buyers back an average of £178,000, making these homes a great opportunity to invest in a bustling city, or live in the heart of the action.

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