New homes in Oldham ideal for commuters into Manchester
Despite being less than seven miles north east of Manchester city centre, the town of Oldham is surrounded by attractive countryside and is within easy striking distance of the Pennines and Peak District National Park - making it the ideal home for those who enjoy spending time outdoors.
The town is home to well-regarded schools; a good choice of shops; leafy parks; and a Cultural Quarter, which incorporates the innovative Gallery Oldham art venue. There are easy road links into Manchester, but for those who prefer commuting by public transport the Oldham Mumps Metrolink station is on the light-rail Metrolink system. A free Metroshuttle service links the stop with the town centre and bus station, and by 2014 a permanent stop will replace this, providing the town with a tram/bus interchange.
There are a number of new housing developments in and around Oldham, many of them offering shared equity schemes or other buyer incentives.
Right in the heart of Oldham, Keepmoat has created Churchill Gardens, a development of 165 new homes in seven different styles, including a mix of two-bedroom houses well-suited to first time buyers and couples, and more spacious three- and four-bedroom homes that would be perfect for families. Priced from £91,995 to £124,995, these high-quality affordable homes are situated less than a mile from the centre of Oldham and only nine miles away from the centre of Manchester.
Just outside Oldham town centre and close to plenty of amenities, Oak Mill Chase is a new development of three-, four- and five-bedroom detached and semi-detached homes from Countryside Properties. The three-bedroom semi-detached Longford home is priced at £134,950, incorporating an open-plan kitchen/dining room with skylights and French doors onto the garden; a separate living room; two double bedrooms; a third bedroom or home office; and a family bathroom with separate shower cubicle. Commuters can get onto the M60 just over a mile away; Oldham's bus and railway stations are both just over two miles away; and for work or leisure Manchester city centre is only seven miles away.
About two and a half miles from Oldham's centre, Keepmoat has seven contemporary styles of home available at Suthers Court priced from £117,995 to £209,995, ranging in size from two to five bedrooms. The nearest primary school is virtually on the development's doorstep at just 0.2 miles away, and the closest secondary school is just over half a mile away. For commuters the M60 is within easy striking distance, and Oldham Mumps station is just over a mile away, providing trams straight into Manchester city centre.
Just a few miles from Oldham in the Manchester district of Moston, two miles from the city centre, Redrow has two new developments, both built to Manchester City Council’s ‘homes for life’ specification, offering larger-than-usual master bedrooms and living spaces, and incorporating energy- and water-efficient features. Moston offers excellent facilities following a major local investment, with good transport links (the new Metrolink offers regular trams to Manchester Victoria); a leisure centre with pool; a library; several primary and secondary schools; two colleges; and many other amenities.
Traditionally-styled two- and three-bedroom homes are available from Redrow at Hanson Gardens. Buyers can defer a quarter of the purchase price payment for ten years, interest free, making it easier to secure a home with a limited budget – so properties are available from as little as £78,746 on a shared equity basis. Nearby, Redrow's Woodville Gardens has larger three- and four-bedroom homes, again available with a shared equity option from £110,246 (or £147,995 at full price).