Farringdon, located to the south-west of Sunderland, is a popular residential area. It offers the best of both worlds; proximity to one of the liveliest cities in the north-east and the chance to be a part of a real community.
The area also has an intriguing history. In the 16th century, the land was owned by the Pepper family and consisted of a manor house, plus an extensive estate. However, after the Second World War, the land was sold off by Cuthbert Pepper to the local council, who created a useful housing estate there. Additionally, three schools were built in Farringdon, supplying the residents with good quality education. These remain to this day, but the junior and infant schools have now merged to form a single primary school.
Although once a council estate, now most of the properties are owned outright by the locals. Farringdon has a friendly atmosphere, which makes it a good choice for families. In addition to the good schools in the area, people are also drawn by the closeness to Sunderland, which can be reached easily via major transport links.
While it’s close to the city, Farringdon is also situated amongst plenty of green fields. This is welcome news for those who like nature to be within easy walking distance and it provides the perfect backdrop for dog-owners to take a stroll, or for runners to enjoy an early morning jog.
Most of Farringdon’s properties are ex-council houses. However, don’t let this fool you – they are attractively built, with some great architectural features. They’re also competitively priced, making this area a natural choice for those who are working on a budget.
Families looking for a good-sized home are spoilt for choice in this area. Many of the homes have been extensively improved, with stylish open-plan living spaces and modern fixtures and fittings. They also usually come with generously proportioned gardens, which is an extra bonus for those with children.
Young professional couples may also want to consider this area, as many of the two- or one-bedroomed properties are priced well below the national average. They are also often immaculately presented inside and out, with minimal extra spending required to bring them to standard.
There are a few apartments on the market (particularly around Castle Green), which have light, airy living areas and usually a couple of bedrooms too. Again, these are ideal for those getting on the property ladder, or for people who are looking to downsize.