Location, Location, Location - Preston
Preston is undoubtedly an upcoming area for all house-hunters as the city oozes history, culture and a unique blend of amenities. Set in the heart of Lancashire and on the north bank of the exquisite River Ribble, there’s no surprise that the area is growing in popularity with so much to do, see and to get involved with. In recognition of this growing regional presence, the town achieved city status in 2002.
The city itself has a generous selection of over 250 eateries to choose from, ranging from traditional British delicacies to the more cultural tastes of Chinese, Indian and Italian cuisine. With a number of ‘typical’ British pubs adorned with wooden beams, leather sofas and roaring fireplaces, many meals recreate a ‘homely’ and warm atmosphere; the perfect dining experience. Whether your heart lies in big brand companies or delicious local produce, Preston caters for everyone.
For those who enjoy a little retail therapy, Preston has two shopping centres which provide access to national high street brands as well as indoor and outdoor markets where fresh local produce can be purchased. Days off can be enjoyed strolling along the river to the docks and marina, immersing in the history whilst exploring the dock shops and pubs before calling at the local cinema. With six museums, a famous theatre and a Victorian Arcade to also add to the ‘to-do’ list, you’ll never be short of entertainment.
As well as the hustle and bustle that comes with a small city, there is so much on its doorstep. For those who seek a rural retreat, Avenham Park and Miller Park are just a stone’s throw away and are ranked as one of the finest traditional Victorian parkland areas in the North West. Dating back to 1860 the parks are structured around natural amphitheatres and boast stunning water features and a number of walks through the countryside scenery, including the Derby Walk, Ribble Walk and The Belvedere.
The natural parks are also venues for a number of outdoor events each year, with visitors attending to enjoy music festivals, sponsored walks, orienteering and more seasonal events, such as Easter Egg Rolling or visits from Father Christmas.
For the sports enthusiast, the Preston Guild Wheel provides the ideal venue. A 21 mile stretch of green border that surrounds the city it is a dream route for keen cyclists. Passing the River Ribble, ancient woodland, historic parks, the Brockholes Nature Reserve and one of the largest 19th Century European docks, the route is guaranteed to leave you in awe of Preston’s varying landscape.
Only by living here does one get to truly appreciate the city and all it has to offer. This summer, Miller Homes will be opening its latest development, Croston Meadow, just four miles from the centre of Preston. Lined with greenery and with the added benefit of a play area, the new neighbourhood recreates the idyllic Preston combination of rurality and accessibility.
Croston Meadow is also within easy reach of Northbrook Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, and Academy@Worden, a community high school with academy status, all of which were assessed as being ‘Good’ by Ofsted. With Sandy Lane Surgery, the largest of several GP surgeries in the town, and a choice of dentists within walking distance, the development seems a perfect location for families.
With a fabulous range of contemporary, energy efficient and quality three and four bedroom homes on offer, Croston Meadow is the perfect base to absorb every ounce of Preston’s atmosphere. For more information on Preston, Croston Meadow or living in the area please contact the Miller Homes team on 03300 293 257.
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