Cheshire is a diverse county focusing on peaceful countryside living, but with the energy of Chester to balance it out. Here are our picks of the best places to live in Cheshire.

Alderley Edge

This picturesque village, home to the legend of the Wizard of the Edge, is located northwest of Macclesfield and is part of the Cheshire Golden Triangle. Being part of this illustrious group of course comes with a hefty price and the properties available here do not disappoint. The average price of a home in Alderley Edge currently stands at approximately £690,000, putting it well above much of the UK.

Offering views of the Peak District, Alderley Edge has a great selection of cafés, restaurants, and pubs, despite only having a population under 6,000 people. The railway station is on the Crewe – Manchester line and there is a bypass, reducing the traffic flow. There are a number of primary and secondary, independent schools to choose from in Alderly Edge. The village also attracts attention for its wooded streets and ample green space.

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Situated on the River Dee, this historic city is home to the Grosvenor Museum and Grosvenor Park open-air theatre. A number of development projects are underway to build more homes, retail units, and restaurants. That isn’t to to say Chester doesn’t already have a great selection of living, shopping, and dining opportunities. Property is affordable in Chester, with an average asking prices of approximately £250,000.

Getting around and about Chester is simple and the city is somewhat of a transport hub, connecting with cities including Liverpool and Manchester. Regular train services include links to London and Holyhead, which has ferries to Dublin. The University of Chester is the county’s main option for higher-level education. Primary and secondary options include Queens Park High School, the King’s School and the girls-only Queen’s School.

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Located on the River Bollin and bordering Macclesfield Forest and the Cheshire Plain, this historic market town was once the world’s biggest producer of finished silk. Nowadays, Macclesfield is known as a leader in various industries including pharmaceuticals and digital services. Commuting to and from Macclesfield is convenient, as it is on the Stafford to Manchester line, connecting with London in under two hours. There are also roads connecting to Manchester, the Peak District and beyond. For education options, Macclesfield has plenty in the way of primary and secondary options.

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Located 8 miles south-east of Chester, the peaceful village of Tattenhall stands out with its numerous historical buildings, many used as offices. Some have been adapted into housing, with attractive converted properties filling up previously abandoned areas such as the former railway station. For transport in Tattenhall, bus services run regularly and the marina links up with popular canal routes in the region, including the Llangollen canal. Education is decent for a village this size and Tattenhall Park Primary School is great for early learners. Secondary schools will require a short bus ride however, but the peace and overall quality of Tattenhall make the sacrifice worth it.

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This sought-after village has a high street full of independent shops and local attractions, including the Grade ll* listed St Helen’s Church. There are four quaint pubs dotted around the village, each as picturesque as the last. Education options are limited to two schools — Tarporley High School and Tarporley CofE Primary School. The A49 and A521 bypass the village and there are regular bus services connecting with Crewe and Chester. Developments such as Chestnut Grange, offer a variety of new homes and space is plentiful with a number of parks and local wildlife sites nearby.

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This desirable village, located 11 miles south of Manchester, hosts a number of science and manufacturer’s headquarters. Beauty spots such as Carrs Park and Lindow Common surround it, so you won’t be wanting for green space. Transport is decent too, with the A34 to the east connecting with Newcastle-under-Lyme and Winchester. There are two regular bus routes and the village is on the Crewe – Manchester line. There are established schools, such as Wilmslow Academy, Wilmslow High School and Pownall Hall. Stanneylands and Lindow Field housing developments offer a range of new homes and communities for young professionals and families.

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