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York tops list of best places to live in the UK

York is the best place to live in Britain, according to a Sunday Times poll. The historic cathedral city topped a list that included the London borough of Bermondsey, Altrincham in Cheshire and Frome in Somerset.

According to the Sunday Times, York’s combination of the historic and modern made it an irresistible choice. In its Best Places to Live guide, the newspaper looked at a range of factors that influence the appeal of particular areas. Those included jobs and schools, broadband speed and culture, community spirit and local shopping.

An expert panel then combined data with personal experience and insight to come up with the definitive list of the UK’s best spots to make a home.

York boasts a historic past that dates back to Roman times. But the Yorkshire destination is also a mini metropolis of cafes and restaurants, innovative tech and media firms. The UK’s first Gigabit City, York has city-wide lightning-fast broadband speed for businesses and local residents. Meanwhile, York is just two hours by train from London and two-and-a-half hours from Edinburgh, with air links to the rest of the UK and beyond at nearby Leeds-Bradford and Manchester airports.

Appeal seen in price of property

York’s appeal can be seen in its house prices, which have risen by 6.3 percent in the last year, according to the Sunday Times‘ supplement. The average house price is £301,320, while a starter home will cost £180,290.

The south-east London borough of Bermondsey was named the Best Place to Live in London. The hipster borough offers modern urban living to young professionals, many of whom live in converted warehouses and eat and drink in cafes and restaurants in converted railway arches. – Bermondsey’s house prices reflect the cost of living in London – online estate agent listings site Rightmove says the average property in the Southwark borough costs £795,089. The Sunday Times suggests starter properties will set a buyer back £695,410.

City’s bold approach

Helen Davies, Sunday Times home editor, said: “Choosing the right location to put down roots is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, which is why we’re here to help and it’s what Best Places to Live in Britain is all about.

“We’re championing York this year in honour of its bold approach to bringing the historic city into the 21st century without losing any character or community spirit.”

Here’s the Sunday Times Best Place to Live in Britain results in full:

  • Overall winner – York
  • East – Chelmsford, Essex
  • Greater London – Bermondsey, Southwark
  • Midlands – Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire
  • North and North-east – Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
  • North-west – Altrincham, Cheshire
  • Northern Ireland – Ballyhackamore, Belfast
  • Scotland – Melrose, Scottish Borders
  • South-east – Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
  • South-west – Frome, Somerset
  • Wales – Mumbles, Swansea
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