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The top 5 most expensive places to live in the North West

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by Lisa-Marie Voneshen
Last updated Friday, June 7, 2024

Considering buying a property in the North West? We reveal the five most expensive areas in the region.

The North West has a lot to offer, including the Lake District and the Pennines, plus you can enjoy strong transport links and cultural attractions.

Over the last year, the average property price was £238,132, although, in some areas, you’ll need around £1 million to buy a home.

Rightmove has revealed the priciest areas to live in the North West based on average asking prices as of April 2024.

Where are the most expensive areas to buy in the North West?

Many of the locations below are in the ‘Golden Triangle,’ an area in Cheshire consisting of affluent small towns and villages.

AreaAverage asking price
Hale Barns£1.32 million
Alderley Edge£982,578

Hale Barns

The most expensive place to live in the North West is the village of Hale Barns, with an average asking price of £1.32 million.

Hale Barns is one of the wealthiest parts of the country, with many upmarket local restaurants and shops. It is around 45 minutes from Manchester.

Alderley Edge

Next on the list is Alderley Edge, a Cheshire village with an average asking price of £982,578. The village is a half-hour journey to Manchester by train.

The area offers amazing views over the Cheshire Plain and Peak District, as well as many independent shops and eateries.


Less than a 10-minute drive from Hale Barns is the village of Bowdon, which has an average asking price of £909,224.

It’s popular with footballers such as Marcus Rashford due to its proximity to Manchester United’s training grounds.


Hale is a village only a few minutes drive from Hale Barns, but you can buy a home for under £1 million. It has an average asking price of £816,577.

Like other affluent areas on this list, it has several local bars, restaurants and shops but is only half an hour from Manchester.


Altrincham is a market town in Trafford with an average asking price of £626,410.

It features Altrincham Market and Market House, many independent shops and restaurants and the nearby Dunham Massey.

The town is 40 minutes from Manchester and around an hour and a half from Liverpool by public transport.

If you’re looking for your dream home, it’s a good idea to look beyond the price you’ll pay.

It’s worth considering what you want from your property and whether it’s right.

Unbiased can match you with a mortgage broker who can help you find the best mortgage based on your circumstances.

See also:

The cheapest places to live in the North West

The most expensive places to live in Yorkshire

The most expensive places to live in Scotland

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Lisa-Marie Voneshen
Lisa-Marie Voneshen is a Senior Content Writer at Unbiased. She is an award-winning journalist with nearly a decade of experience writing and editing content across various areas, including personal finance and investing.