Are you thinking about moving to York or perhaps investing in property there? The following are some basic facts to whet your appetite and discover what’s in store.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £2,000,000
- Average house price in Westminster: £247,157
- Cheapest property: £145,000 (leasehold flat).
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- York is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK – with more than 7 million visitors a year – and there is permanent demand for short-term lets and accommodation
- The University of York and York St John’s University (combined student enrolment of some 23,000) ensure that there is a large student population in search of rented accommodation
- There are also two very large language schools, with overseas students in search of accommodation in the centre of the city.
- York is billed as having one of the most buoyant economies in the north of England
- It is one of the UK’s top ten cities for a workforce with advanced skills and within the top ten of cities with the lowest percentage of a population with no qualifications
- York ranks in second place out of 74 UK cities for “talent”.
Location and Transport 🚌
- York is an ancient walled city built at where the rivers Ouse and Foss meet
- The A1(M) motorway gives easy access to London to the south and Newcastle to the north
- York has been a mainline rail centre since the first trains arrived in 1839 at the very dawn of the railway age.
- The University of York and York St John’s University are the principal centres of tertiary education
- The 70 local authority schools within the city have a combined pupil roll of some 24,000
- There are a number of well-known private schools in the city, and these include St Peter’s School (founded in 627), Bootham School, Queen Margaret's School, The Mount School (for girls) and The Minster School for choristers.
- The City of York is a jewel in the crown of English tourism, with its very well preserved walls continuing to encircle the city
- The River Ouse also provides riverside walks – a particularly favourite stretch runs through Museum Gardens and the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.
Finally, did you know …
- Before going on to secure fame in the Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes was educated at St Peter’s School in York – which to this day refuses to burn effigies of him on bonfire night
- The International Ghost Research Foundation announced in 2002 that York is officially the Most Haunted City in Europe
- The Bar Convent – founded in 1686 – has in its exhibition of historical artefacts the severed hand of Margaret Clitheroe, a Catholic martyr and saint.