Property, travel, shopping and nightlife: The best places to live on Teesside


Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that our corner of the world is a pretty special place to live.

Friendly people, welcoming towns and villages and some stunning scenery in and around Middlesbrough and Teesside that takes in both coast, countryside and moors.

Our transport links are good with the A1 and A19 linking us to the north and the south and the A66 taking drivers from east to west. Teesside International Airport has flights to Europe and links to further afield and rail links are easy with direct services to London from Middlesbrough, Transpennine services and and the main east coast line station at Darlington.

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Choosing the best place to live depends on your personal tastes – if you want to be in a busy town, you can be. If you want something quieter out in the country or by the sea, you can. And if it is period properties or unusual charm you’re after, Teesside has plenty of that on offer too.

Here’s a quick run down of some favourite spots:

Middlesbrough is Teesside central town. According to Teesside estate agent Reeds Rains, the most sought after areas in Middlesbrough are Linthorpe and Acklam for younger professionals.

You’ll find period properties in Linthorpe, especially. Marton and Nunthorpe are the more expensive areas of the town with a range of property types from three bedroom semis to bigger homes with much larger price tags.

Albert Park in the Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough
Albert Park in the Linthorpe area of Middlesbrough

In Redcar and Cleveland there are coastal areas including Saltburn and Marske to choose from – Saltburn, in particular is known for its Victorian properties and is much sought after. Both have town centres filled with independents, bistros and restaurants.

Redcar, a little bit further along the coast, has large beaches and many different properties including a number of executive style housing estates on its fringes. The market town of Guisborough, further inland, is close to the North York Moors and there are many pretty villages out towards east Cleveland to choose from.

Saltburn at Sunrise
Views of Saltburn

Stockton has its gems. Norton has a thriving restaurant and bar scene and its famous duck pond area and period properties make for pretty views.

The cobbled high street of Yarm is famously where the footballers hang out – expect to find upscale housing here and a high street filled with independent shops and places to eat and drink as well as a pretty riverside.

The Green, Norton
The Green, Norton

Wynyard, close to the A19 and A1, on the northern fringes of Teesside is known for its luxury executive style homes, some with large price tags. It is an easy spot for commuters and has countryside and woods nearby. Ingleby Barwick is also a popular place to live – the development is home to several large private housing estates, the first of which opened in 1981.

Hartlepool and Darlington sit within the wider Teesside area. You’ll find some grand seaside properties in the Seaton Carew area of Hartlepool and there are lots of pretty villages on the town’s outskirts to enjoy.

The marina in the town centre has a number of waterfront apartment style homes.

A sunny day at Seaton Carew.
A sunny day at Seaton Carew.

Darlington offers a real mix of properties as you’d find in any busy town including many high end and character filled homes. The busy town has shops and facilities aplenty, it has a busy station and is close to Teesside International Airport.

North Yorkshire borders Teesside and the delights of popular coastal towns including Whitby are not far away. Great Ayton, a small village on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, was recently listed in the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live guide.

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