Thinking of moving to Belfast? Whether you’re starting a family, planning an investment or beginning higher education, here is what Belfast has to offer.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £2.5 million
- Average house price in city: £120,100
- Cheapest property: £29,950.
Property Investment 🏠🏠
Regeneration of the City of Belfast is to see government investment of nearly £400 million over the next 10 years – all aimed at making it a more attractive place in which to invest, work, live and study.
The city has already won global recognition as:
- The most business-friendly small to medium sized city
- One of the top ten small to medium sized cities ranked by its economic potential
- Among the top ten small to medium sized cities scored in terms of its lifestyle attraction and availability of human resources.
Traditionally, Belfast is probably best known for its shipbuilding and linen production, but a recent resurgence in its economic fortunes has seen a revival of investor confidence and regeneration of a diversified economy:
- The financial services sector currently employs 20,000 and has attracted investment by such heavyweights as the Allstate Corporation, Citi, Liberty Mutual and HBOS
- A popular location for the hosting of conferences and other events – the Financial Times voted it one of the top ten places in the world in which to host such gatherings
- Tourism has become an important economic motor, with National Geographic magazine describing the city as “a treasure”.
Location and Transport 🚌
One of the major attractions of the City of Belfast is its “connectivity” with the rest of the world:
- Belfast has two airports – an international terminal that is just 30 minutes from the centre of the city and the George Best Belfast City Airport serving regional destinations
- Sea ferries offer direct links to both Scotland and England
- Translink bus and rail services throughout Northern Ireland.
- The Belfast Education and Libraries Board is responsible for more than 200 schools and nurseries in the city
- In addition, the Independent Schools Council (ISC) lists five private schools and colleges in Northern Ireland’s capital
- Leading universities and colleges include Queens University Belfast, Ulster University, St Mary’s University College Belfast, Belfast Metropolitan College and Belfast School of Art.
- Belfast sits in the valley of the River Lagan, constrained by the Antrim Plateau to the north and the Holywood and Castereagh Hills to the south
- There are 46 parks (covering 3,000 acres) in the city, 8 of which have been given green flag awards.
Finally, did you know …
- Hollywood legend Errol Flynn went to school in Belfast – attending the Royal Belfast Academical Institution in 1921
- One-time president of the state of Israel, Chaim Herzog, was born in Belfast in 1918 – his father was the rabbi at the Annesley Street Synagogue
- Landmark giant cranes at the iconic Harland and Wolff shipyard are called Samson and Goliath.