GOOD neighbours, individual buildings, and beautiful surroundings have all added up to make a Lytham road one of the most desirable in the North West.
Islay Road has been named as one of the most sought-after addresses in the region by Lloyds TSB in its annual look at house prices.
The top 10 locations are all in the footballer belt of Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Altrincham to the south of Manchester. Withinlee Road in Macclesfield topped the North West list with average prices of £1,649,000 per home.
But bubbling just under that top ten list are The Green in Chester, where homes will set you back an average £770,000, Heaton Mount in Bolton – £732,000 – and Islay Road at £712,000.
James Taylor, branch manager of estate agency Farrell Heyworth in Wood Street, St Annes, was not surprised at the accolade for the street, close to Lytham Crematorium.
He said: “Islay Road is often regarded as one of the most prestigious locations of Lytham St Annes and arguably, the Fylde coast.
“With large, well-kept properties, dominating each side of the road, it is not hard to see why it has gained its reputation.
“Each one surrounded by generous proportions of land and screened by large trees, walls and gates. With only 32 homes in an ‘out of the way’ position and backing on to the golf course; who wouldn’t want to live there?”
Resident Tracy Dawson said the road’s residents, surrounding green areas, and individual buildings all added up to make it a very desirable place to live.
She added: “Lytham has also been voted one of the best places to live in the world.
“And this is a fabulous road to live on. It’s very private – not a lot of people even know it’s here.
“The people are very nice. People say that these days you never see your neighbours but they’re always there when you need them.
“It is quite a special place.
“It’s handy for the shops – they are lovely in Ansdell – and you can go for a walk at the Crematorium at the top of the road or in the woods.
“And all of the houses are different – they are all unique.”
Suren Thiru, housing economist at Lloyds TSB, added: “Unsurprisingly, the most expensive residential streets in England and Wales are in London, but Macclesfield’s Withinlee Road takes the title in the North West.
“The most sought after addresses in the North West sees strong appearances from addresses in Macclesfield and Altrincham. The national survey shows that the most expensive streets continue to be tightly clustered in relatively small areas.”
In 2007 Lytham was voted third best town in the world to live with a population under 20,000, in the LivCom awards.