Situated on the outskirts of Nottingham, Hucknall is a historical market town within Nottinghamshire. From its origins in the 13th Century, the town was strongly known for its local market. Moving into more modern times, Hucknall (along with a lot of other towns within the region) turned its attention to coal mining.
Today, Hucknall offers superb travel links both nationally and locally. Being situated on the outskirts of Nottingham, it is close enough to have the benefits of city living without the need for compromising on the local community feel. Access to the M1 being so close also means that large businesses have settled in the area also, with Rolls Royce being the most notable of employers within the town.
Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham have made Nottingham a hot spot for national and international tourism. Centrally located in the country, and having an internationally serving airport within a 30 minute’s drive has meant that Nottingham has thrived over past 30 years.
In terms of property, Nottingham is seen as one of the best areas for buy-to-let landlords to invest their money into. The desirable suburbs of West Bridgford and Mapperley have a big draw on people looking to live in the area, and the areas of Carlton, Gedling and Arnold are also seen by buyers and renters as extremely desirable places to live.
The city has a long sporting pedigree as well, putting the city on the world map by hosting events such as England Cricket international test matches at the world-famous Trent Bridge cricket ground and the Nottingham Open tennis tournament each year.
The city also hosts two universities, and such brings with it a thriving local economy. The city is therefore a hot spot for student investments.
Taking it’s name from the river Maun running through the town, Mansfield (situated approx. 30 minute drive north of Nottingham) is the second larger town in the county.
Mansfield, much like a lot of Nottinghamshire towns, grew substantially with the introduction of coal mining in the area in the late 19th century.
Since the mining, the area has developed into a hub for industry and business, due to it’s locality to the M1, with Amazon recently opening a new ‘super-distribution’ centre in town.
The property market, in particular within the south of town in area such as Berry Hill, are much sought after arears within the region, and house prices (along with rental prices) show such. Moving further south of town, villages such as Ravenshead and Papplewick in between Mansfield and Nottingham, boast the some of the highest valued property in the county – proving the regions strength and demand when it comes to the property market.
Situated to the west of Nottingham, and sitting between Nottingham and Derby, Ilkeston is a large town built on the coal and steel industry.
For many years, the largest employer in the town were the Stanton and Staveley Ironworks, who produced steel products for over 100 years for projects around the globe.
Today, the town is popular with commuters working in both Derby and Nottingham alike. House prices have grown very well in recent years, aided by the redevelopment of a public train service in and out of the town – connecting Ilkeston even more rapidly to the remainder of the region.