Are you thinking of investing in property in Rotherham, perhaps deciding to live and start a family there, or continuing your further education? If so, you might want to discover some of its attractions …
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £1,295,000
- Average house price in Rotherham: £148,291
- Cheapest property: £25,000 (terraced, freehold, auction guide price)
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- Demand for housing in Rotherham is high – fuelled by an overall shortage of homes, the relatively low number being built and demand from first time buyers and buy to let investors
- This is reflected in the average price of homes – rising from just £113,000 in 2009 to £148,291 today
- During the past 12 months the majority of sales were of semi-detached houses, followed by detached houses and terraced houses – revealing potential opportunities for the growth in the market for flats.
- Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has a 10-year plan (2015-2025) for economic growth
- This calls for improvements in the extent of the retail and service sector, a reduction in the number of job vacancies and improvements to the townscape and landscaping
- The focus for such growth is in the town centre areas of Dinnington, Maltby and Wath-upon-Dearne.
Location and Transport 🚌
- Rotherham is strategically situated just under six miles from Sheffield city centre and therefore part of the major industrial development in South Yorkshire
- It lies on the junction of the M1 and M18 motorways, making travel throughout the region, points north and south (to London) especially straight forward
- From Rotherham Central railway station, there are frequent services to Sheffield and, from there to Manchester – nearby Doncaster provides an interchange for all the intercity services on the East Coast Main Line.
- The town hosts three further education colleges – Dearne Valley College, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology and Thomas Rotherham College.
- There are 16 secondary schools, providing education from the ages of 11 through to 16 or 18
- There are nearly 100 infant and junior schools in the Metropolitan Borough.
- Set in a valley at the confluence of the Rivers Don and Rother, the town is in a naturally attractive location
- Clifton Park is one of the most-visited attractions, with its garden, numerous amusements for children and even a museum
- If the children are aching for still more active enjoyment, you might drive them the short distance to the Big Tops Play and Party Centre at Dinnington – a huge play and party centre just for kids.
Finally, did you know …
- The local football team, Rotherham United is known as the Millers (from the Millmoor Stadium which was their former home ground, but their current home is called the New York Stadium)
- Rotherham is the hometown of comedians the Chuckle Brothers
- Rotherham is home to the first building in South Yorkshire to have been built out of bricks – the College of Jesus, founded by Thomas Rotherham in the 1480s.