16th May 2017
A Guide to Living in Hoole
Hoole is an suburb in the east of Chester which was first mentioned in the Register of the Abbey of St, Werburgh in 1119. The name is believed to mean “at the hollows” (or hole) possibly referring to the “hollow way” formed in Roman times.
The area consists mainly of Victorian terraced housing and 1930’s semi-detached houses and has grown primarily due to its proximity to the main Chester Railway Station and the city centre. The population of the area is estimated to be around 9,350.
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Shopping in Hoole
The centre of Hoole is a really unique community of independent shops and businesses. You can find everything you need within a few minutes stroll and most of the businesses are independently run. The owners really know their clients and provide a truly personal service – a rare commodity these days!
Many of the shops and businesses you will find here are the types of places which have disappeared from the modern high street, for example a Fishmonger, Master Butchers, Florist and Greengrocer, Ladies Boutique, Barber Shop and independent Off Licence. There is also a wide array of bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes such as the trendy “Suburbs Hollows” bar/restaurant, The Bawn Lodge and the award winning Sticky Walnut restaurant, as well as the more traditional pubs such as The Faulkner and The Bromfield.
The Hoole Community
A small group of business owners have formed a group who organise events such as the Hoole Festival and Christmas lights switch on each year, which no doubt helped Hoole win a prestigious “Great British High Street Of The Year” Award for Best Local Centre last year. More details and photos can be seen on their website and Facebook page.
Hoole Festival May 2017 (Photo courtesy of Graham Whittaker)
The nearby Alexandra Park, tennis courts, bowling green and the Coronation playing fields further enhance the area and community spirit and the huge range of good quality guest houses, hotels and B&Bs are another popular feature.
Working and Learning in Hoole
Hoole is home to numerous commercial and professional businesses, providing considerable employment opportunities to residents. It’s also ideally located close to Chester city centre, Chester railway station and good motorway links, making it an excellent suburb for commuters.
There are four primary schools in the area, many with before and after school clubs, providing families with strong options for locally educating their children. A number of Chester high schools serve Hoole, with dedicated school buses operating along the main roads, ensuring students have easy access to a quality education. For younger children, there is also a selection of quality pre-schools and nurseries.
Houses in Hoole
We at Matthew’s of Chester have sold and let houses in this area very successfully over the past 30 years and have seen its popularity grow steadily over that time.
The popularity of the area is reflected in the demand for property; with terraces requiring refurbishment in particular demand. The average price of 2 bed terraces in this area is currently £170,000 to £200,000, with 3 bed terraces being advertised at around £250,000. We have recently marketed a few properties in need of modernisation at around £150,000, but there is hot competition for these amongst investors. There is a good mix of rented property and privately owned properties from small flats to large detached houses giving the area a real community feel and vibrancy.
For further information on buying or renting property in Hoole, contact our offices on 01244 346226 and we will be pleased to advise you.