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Halifax: Your ultimate area guide

Remember that bloke Howard, from the Halifax adverts?

If you do, don’t let that put you off the vibrant and historical West Yorkshire town of the same name.

Great properties and a superb location nestled neatly between Manchester and Leeds means Halifax remains hugely popular with buyers and renters.

Halifax is also diverse and full of cultural cohesion, meaning there is always something for everyone in this gem of a town.

Living in Halifax

They say that when you live in Halifax, you can always see a green field.

And that kind of statement, in many ways, outlines the town’s position on the eastern side of the Pennines – it’s outdoor space all the way.

Halifax, though, is also amazingly well connected via road and rail and its bustling town centre is jam packed with everything from superb multi-cultural restaurants and pubs to great shops and cafes.

Houses for sale, Halifax

Property for sale in Halifax is as varied as its cosmopolitan town centre, so buyers should expect to find plenty of traditional Victorian and Edwardian properties that nod to the town’s past.

Also thrown into the mix are some stunning converted textile warehouses and factories offering trendy buyers loft-style apartments close to Halifax transport links.

Stone-built terraces are popular purchases in the area of Northowram, north east of Halifax town centre, while more modern stone-built properties are available in the village of Shelf.

Bay fronted dark brick terraces in Calderdale are hugely popular with the town centre within a stone’s throw and similar rows of slightly smaller terraces are located in Lee Mount, King Cross.

Large mid-20th century family homes can be found in Wheatley.

Flats to rent, Halifax

Property to rent in Halifax includes many period conversions and purpose-built apartments close to the town’s excellent rail links.

A number of flats also come up for rent in some of Halifax’s finest historical converted buildings, including the Grade II listed Edgecumbe House in the Savile Park area.

Bungalows for sale in Halifax

Many of Halifax’s best bungalows for sale can be found in the Shelf, Northowram and Southowram areas of town.

Windmill Crescent in Northowram and Greenacres in Shelf are well worth a look if you’re looking for a good quality single-storey house.

New builds, Halifax

Among the new developments in Halifax, Beech Gardens at Willowfield is offering stone-built family homes with between three and five bedrooms, while 70 new one and two-bedroom flats are scheduled to complete at Wheatley Court in 2021.

Flats at Martins Mill close to Halifax station have also gone on the market and are proving popular.

Halifax schools

The standard of schools in Halifax make the town hugely popular with family buyers and renters.

There are 18 primary schools within three miles of Halifax town centre that carry Ofsted’s prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating, including:

  • Parkinson Lane Community Primary
  • All Saints CofE VA Infant and Junior
  • Northowram Primary
  • Copley Primary
  • Whitehall Community Academy
  • The Greetland Academy

Three secondary schools in Halifax are also rated outstanding. They are:

  • The Crossley Heath School
  • Trinity Academy
  • The North Halifax Grammar School

How to get to Halifax

Halifax is extremely well connected for those coming in and needing to leave the town for work or play.

Located between Manchester and Leeds, both cities are easily reachable via the M62 motorway, which also links Halifax with Bradford and Huddersfield.

Sheffield is via the M1, with Hull at the other end of the M62.

On the railways, Bradford is 15 minutes away, Leeds 35 minutes and Manchester 50 minutes. London King’s Cross is three hours away by train via Leeds.

Halifax restaurants

Like many towns and cities in West Yorkshire, Halifax is extremely multi-cultural when it comes to cuisine.

For British classics, try Denman’s in Shelf which serves up fresh meat, fish and seafood – with many ingredients locally sourced.

One of Halifax’s best curries can be found at The Village Restaurant in Sowerby Bridge, just outside the town centre.

The venue serves up classic Indian dishes in a vibrant atmosphere.

Lovers of Italian classics, meanwhile, should head to Pollino on Warley Road, which offers great food and stunning views out to rural Halifax.

Shops in Halifax

The main shopping centre in Halifax is the Woolstops centre.

Home to the likes of M&S, Boots, Claire’s, Costa, Pandora, New Look and, of course, the Halifax, the centre also holds various events throughout the year.

If independent shops are more your shopping bag, try the Westgate Arcade which also boasts some lovely independent restaurants.

What to do in Halifax

Lovers of open space, walks and fresh air are well catered for in Halifax due to its position on the eastern edge of the Pennines.

Within the town itself, too, there are a number of parks to explore including Shibden Park with its boating lake, model railway and play park.

Shibden Hall is also worth a look. Dating back to 1420, the building offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived there way back when.

Cultures vultures have The Victoria Theatre, which puts on shows throughout the year, while FC Halifax Town are flying high in the Conference Premier with an eye on a Football League place.

The club plays its home games at The Shay in town and is a must for Halifax-dwelling sports fans.

Estate agents, Halifax

A firm fixture in Halifax for more than 30 years, Whitegates is massively passionate about the town, its people and its property.

Owned by Jeremy Smith since 2001, Whitegates Halifax’s knowledgeable and experienced team are the people to help get you moving.

So, if you’re looking to buy, rent, sell, or you’re a landlord seeking property management services, please do get in touch.

Pop into the branch on George Street, give us a call or contact the team through the website.

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