Postcode focus: NE7

The Newcastle suburbs of Heaton and Gosforth have long been established as popular places to live, and we are now seeing increasing numbers of buyers choosing to locate in the High Heaton and South Gosforth areas.

The Newcastle suburbs of Heaton and Gosforth have long been established as popular places to live, and we are now seeing increasing numbers of buyers choosing to locate in the High Heaton and South Gosforth areas.

There are many reasons why these areas retain their popularity. No doubt it has a lot to do with the wide range of properties available, with something to suit just about everyone. The established residential areas are made up largely of 1930s properties, although recent development has created a choice of new build options, attracting a vibrant mix of young professionals, first-time buyers, people with families and the retired.

Without doubt, one of High Heaton's biggest attractions is its close proximity to Newcastle City Centre which is easily accessible via an excellent network of transport links including frequent bus and Metro services. The Coast Road also creates a direct link with both Tynemouth and the city centre - commuting is easy and hassle-free.

Homebuyers can, therefore, conveniently travel to the city centre or coast for work and leisure, or if they fancy something more peaceful and closer to home, High Heaton and South Gosforth have their own selection of pubs, bars and restaurants; a particular favourite is the Fisherman's Lodge and the upmarket Jesmond Dene House Hotel and Restaurant.

A wonderful area for families to enjoy and explore, nearby Jesmond Dene has a wooded valley full of waterfalls, weirs and exotic trees which affords ample leisure opportunities with the possibility for country walks, bowling, tennis, basketball and football.

Once owned by industrialist Lord Armstrong, the park was later given over for the enjoyment of the people of Newcastle.

For families, there is a fenced children's playground and large duck pond at the scenic Paddy Freeman's Park as well as a selection of good schools including St Mary's Catholic Comprehensive School and the recently refurbished Heaton Manor, a specialist Mathematics and Computing college.

High Heaton and South Gosforth have a real community spirit which has proved endlessly popular with residents and we're certainly seeing a growing interest from prospective buyers, drawn to the peaceful appeal of the area.

* David Addison is branch manager at Pattinson estate agent's on Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle, tel: 0845 146 1592.

****** A great life in the suburbs

Home to famous faces, yet still offering the chance for young professionals to get their foot on the property ladder, the Newcastle suburbs of South Gosforth and High Heaton are among the most-sought after in the North-East.

While South Gosforth has traditionally been one of the most desirable areas to live, High Heaton - with its easy transport links and quiet, family streets - is rapidly becoming another.

The area of North Newcastle allows commuters to get into the city centre by a various methods such Metro or by the A1058 Coast Road from High Heaton.

Yet one of the beauties of the area is that a weekend jaunt to the Northumberland countryside is just a short distance away, as is the coast at Tynemouth or Whitley Bay.

The area is also close to some of the city's best parks - with Paddy Freeman Park and also the edge of the sprawling Jesmond Dene both in the locality.

Families looking for good schools for their children have Heaton Manor on their doorstep in High Heaton. The school is one of the best comprehensives in the city, boasting consistently top results. For the young ones, Adventure Land on Cornel Road has a great range of bouncy castles and other attractions.

The South Gosforth area has a number of schools as well, with nearby La Sagesse and St Mary's Roman Catholic Comprehensive among them. Gosforth High School is also not far away.

Although not far from the lively Osborne Road in Jesmond, the nightlife in South Gosforth is much more traditional and sedate - with old-fashioned pubs and comfortable restaurants more in fashion.

Pubs include The Victory, on Killingworth Road, where well-known faces including Nick Brown MP often pop in for a pint, and The Villa Bistro and Millstone Hotel, both on Haddricks Mills Road. The best-known pub within a few yards of High Heaton is the Cornerhouse, next to the People's Theatre on the busy Coast Road, although there are a number of others dotted around the area.

Eating out in the area is well-catered for, with High Heaton in particular offering a good range of Indian and Oriental restaurants, while South Gosforth residents usually opt for Gosforth High Street's array of eateries.

As South Gosforth is a mainly residential area, shoppers should again look to the surrounding areas for their needs. There are a good number of local shops but Gosforth High Street and the Regent Centre are close by.

High Heaton boasts a Sainsbury's on Benton Road, as well as a number of food shops and a delicatessen at the top of the road, near Four Lane Ends Metro Station.

The Freeman Hospital, in the middle of the two areas, is one of the biggest employers, as are Government offices nearby.

So while both South Gosforth and High Heaton are large parts of the regional capital of the North-East, families looking for that perfect spot may feel as if they are living in small villages with friendly atmospheres far away from the hustle and bustle.

Out and about in NE7

South Gosforth

Population: East Gosforth, which includes South Gosforth, has a population of 8,981

Main schools: St Mary's RC Comprehensive; primary - South Gosforth First School,

Shops: A number of local shops in South Gosforth, while there is an Asda supermarket in nearby Gosforth as well as a number of shops on Gosforth High Street and the Regent Centre.

Main leisure attractions: South Gosforth Cricket Club and nearby Jesmond Dene.

By car: Great North Road - B1318, or the A189.

By train: Newcastle Central Station, then Metro to South Gosforth.

High Heaton

Population: Dene ward, which includes High Heaton, has a population of 9,554.

Main schools: Secondary - Heaton Manor; primary - Heaton Manor First School, Cragside Primary.

Shops: Sainsbury's on Benton Road, and a number of local shops.

Main attractions: Cochrane Park and nearby Paddy Freeman Park.

By car: Just off A1058 Coast Road.

By train: Newcastle Central Station, then Metro to Four Lane Ends, or Longbenton.

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Bob wouldn't move for world

Bob Renton has lived in or around the NE7 area all his life and says he wouldn't have it any other way.

Bob, 64, who lives in Etherstone Avenue, in Cochrane Park, said the green spaces and facilities in the area keep he and wife Ivy, 63, more than happy.

The couple, who have two grown-up daughters, have had an NE7 postcode for eight years, having moved a short distance from Heaton.

Bob, a Newcastle councillor, said: "I've lived in NE7 now for eight years, prior to that I've lived in Heaton and I wouldn't like to move away because I think it's a good place to be.

"We've got some nice green open spaces. The waggonway that runs through it is a very pleasant walk, there's Paddy Freeman's park, which is already a Green Flag park. A lot of people come round to visit Paddy's, Jesmond Dene and places like that."

Bob's Dene ward on Newcastle Council includes much of the area covered by his postcode, added: "It's mainly residential but of course we have got the civil service offices and the Freeman Hospital. We've got a large supermarket on the doorstep and within walking distance of a lot of people.

"The Metro is slightly on the edge although we've got two stations within the area, at Four Lane Ends and Longbenton, and the bus services are reasonably good into town. There's also good road communication. For car users you can either get north via Longbenton and into West Moor or east and west via the Coast Road. Both the A1 and the Tyne Tunnel are reasonably close."

The area is a favourite with housing developers, who have snapped up a lot of empty land in recent years to capitalise on NE7's popularity.

Bob added: "Developers are quite keen to come to the area when the land becomes available so it must be quite popular."

On the market in NE7

This four-bedroom semi is in High Heaton on a street popular with families and professionals. Accommodation includes a hallway leading to an open-plan lounge and dining room with French doors.

There is a spacious kitchen with breakfast bar. The first floor has four bedrooms, the master with en-suite.

There is also a bathroom and garage.

The house, on Southlands, High Heaton, is for sale through Sarah Mains at a guide price of £265,000, tel: (0191) 240-3333.

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This modern detached property is ideal for families and is within the popular residential area of Haydon Grange Estate in Newcastle.

On Greenlee Drive it is close to local shopping amenities within Cochrane Park, High Heaton and Heaton. The property has an entrance hall, cloakroom, living room and kitchen/dining room. The first floor has a master bedroom with dressing area and en suite, two further bedrooms and bathroom with free-standing claw foot bath. There is a gravelled and paved front garden, driveway, and rear lawn with decked patio.

38 Greenlee Drive is for sale through Your Move, for offers over £240,000, tel: (0191) 276-6166.

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With four bedrooms, two reception rooms, a conservatory and gardens to front and rear, this modern family home is on a popular street.

3 Haversham Close, South Gosforth, is for sale through Rook Matthews Sayer for offers in the region of £275,000, tel: (0191) 284-7999.

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Offering spacious accommodation, this extended semi home in Newton Road, High Heaton, is within a popular residential area.

It has an entrance porch with laminate flooring, hallway with wc and open living room with bay window. There is a family area with sliding patio door leading to the rear terrace, and second reception room. A split level landing provides access to a large extended master bedroom with rear patio doors leading to a balcony. There are three further bedrooms and bathroom. There is also a loft currently used as further living accommodation.

85 Newton Road is for sale through Reeds Rains, at offers in the region of £249,950, tel: (0191) 284-0440.

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Situated on Guelder Road, High Heaton, this two-bedroom ground floor flat is an ideal property for a first-time purchase and has no upper chain.

Within walking distance of amenities and public transport links, this property comprises: lobby, hallway, lounge, kitchen, two Bedrooms and bathroom/wc. There are gardens to the front and rear.

The apartment on Guelder Road is for sale through Pattinson, for offers in the region of £124,950, tel: 0845 146-1590.

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