Conveyancing in Altrincham – tips for buyers and sellers

Altrincham is historically part of Cheshire, although it is now often seen as a suburb of Manchester. The history of the town goes back to at least 1290, when a market charter was granted. The town has retained its market, and the Old Market Place is now a conservation area. Its location has made it a sought-after residential area with Conveyancing in Altrincham being carried out for both older period properties and modern homes and apartments.

Lying on the edge of the Cheshire countryside, but with quick and easy access by road and rail to central Manchester, it is a popular choice for homebuyers. First-class local schools, several golf-courses and other sports clubs, a thriving local arts scene coupled with good local shopping make Altrincham an attractive town to live in. This is reflected in property prices in the area, which are generally higher than in surrounding parts of the country.

Local knowledge is important for Conveyancing in Altrincham, so when buying or selling a home in the district it is advisable to instruct Conveyancing Solicitors who have handled many local property transactions.

A mix of established residential areas and new developments

Altrincham includes many well-established residential areas, with a mix of homes dating from Victorian villas through 1930's semis to more modern housing. The town has attracted quite a lot of new development in recent years, with several apartment buildings springing up to meet the demand for that type of property.

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The leafy suburban streets of Altrincham and its neighbouring settlements of Hale, Bowdon, Timperley and Broadheath are a favoured residential area for more mature homeowners. However a mixture of new developments and regeneration in older areas of the town are now proving popular with younger buyers.

One of the most interesting recent residential developments has been Urban Splash's Budenberg HAUS Projekte at 32 Woodfield Road, Altrincham, WA14 4ED. This has combined the conversion of part of the former Budenberg Gauge factory with imaginative new buildings, designed by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners, jutting out over the Bridgewater Canal.

Altrincham itself includes many lovely period homes in roads such as The Downs and Regent Road. Some of the large houses in these areas have been converted into apartments, providing the opportunity of living in these attractive parts of the town at more reasonable prices. In the roads between Hale Road and Moss Lane there are plenty of smaller properties, and the terraced cottages  around Colwick Avenue and Derby Street are popular with first-time buyers.

Newer developments in the Altrincham include houses and flats in Devonshire Road and apartments in Denmark Street, and there are ongoing developments Station Location by the Interchange.

The Hale Village area of Altrincham includes many substantial period residences as well as more recently-constructed  homes in roads such as Hill Top, Arthog Road and Rappax Road. Closer to Altrincham the area round Ashley Road has plenty of more modest sized properties, for example the period terraces and townhouses of the Trees roads (Beech, Cedar, Elm etc. ) are a popular choice.

Bowdon is another popular part of Altrincham, with larger houses mainly in the more rural parts. There are lots of smaller properties too in roads such as Vicarage Lane, York Road and Priory Road.

Timperley is mainly a residential district with numerous three-bedroom semi-detached homes. The area is centred on Timperley Village, at the crossing between Park Road and Stockport Road, where there are local shops. Popular residential roads include Thorley Lane and Bloomsbury Lane and the streets around about.   There are also some attractive new build developments in the locality such as Beech House in the popular Park Road area.

Local authority searches – conservation areas in Altrincham

Local searches for Conveyancing in Altrincham are dealt with by Trafford Council, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, M32 0TH.

Several parts of Altrincham lie in conservation areas, these include The Downs, The Devisdale, Bowdon, Ashley Heath, Goose Green, Old Market Place, Sandiway, George Street, Linotype Housing Estate, and Stamford New Road.

Homes in such areas are subject to stricter planning control, and although new development is possible it will be required to complement the existing character of the neighbourhood.

Other matters of concern for Conveyancing in Altrincham

  • Environmental searches are advisable for properties in some locations, especially in the Broadheath area, where former industrial activities may have left residual pollution in the ground.
  • Houses in some areas are accessed by private roadways, and it is necessary to check that necessary legal rights exist.
  • Older homes. Especially terraced cottages, may not be connected directly to main sewers. Instead drainage will run via privately owned drains crossing neighbouring properties, and appropriate rights to use these are required.

Leasehold properties

The many flats and apartments in Altrincham will generally be owned with leasehold title. On the sale of such a dwelling buyers will often require information about the management of the building. This will need to be obtained from the freeholders or their managing agents. Sellers should therefore make sure that their Conveyancers obtain this as soon as possible. Freeholders will usually make a charge for supplying the information, which sellers will have to pay.

Local knowledge is important for Conveyancing in Altrincham

If you are buying or selling a home in Altrincham, it pays to instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor with experience Conveyancing in Altrincham. Get an instant quote from Fridaysmove online or phone 0330 660 0286 for more information.