As a lot of people will tell you, Cheltenham is quite simply a fantastic place to live. Blessed with high levels of employment and wonderful surrounding countryside, Cheltenham is a big enough town (pop - circa 100,000) to have plenty of amenities, but still small enough to enjoy a community feel.
There are of course, good and bad areas to live, like every town. For people not from Cheltenham, here are some of the best areas to look at if you are considering moving to Cheltenham.
Tivoli - consisting of small area between Andover road and The Park, Tivoli is a gorgeous location full of period terrace houses, along with larger detached Regency villas. This area is close to town (15 minute walk) and is also well served by the Bath Road row of shops. It also has excellent Pubs (The Royal Union, Jolly Brewmaster) and is close to Montpellier which in itself is full of great bars and restaurants.
Leckhamption – for a long time has been a favourite area of Cheltenham with families looking for larger properties. Covering quite a large area on the south side of the town (in the shadow of Leckhampton hill) this area includes larger areas of traditional terraced and semi- detached period houses. Leckhampton road has some fine larger period detached homes. Falling within the catchment area for some of the best Infant, Junior and Senior schools prices here are at a premium over most other areas in the town.
St Lukes – is a charming little area just off the Bath Road and close to the hospital. Narrow little streets give it a completely different feeling to most other parts of the town. It is also very close to the town centre (less than 5 minutes walk to the High st) making it perfect for younger couples. It’s incredibly quiet as well, despite being so close to town. Next to it is the lovely Sandford park and lido, perfect for relaxing if you don’t want to go too far.
Charlton Kings – was once a village of its own. Now it is a large area of Cheltenham, further out from the centre than any other area we’ve covered. Charlton Kings is very popular with families, in no small part due to Balcarras school which regularly receives rave reviews and incredibly high stats. Balcarras is catchment entry only, so you need to live in Charlton Kings to stand a chance of getting in. The area has a large array of older and new properties to suit all budgets.
Fairview / Pittville – Fairview is a lovely part of town, small and narrow streets link lots of terraced streets together. Allegedly built by Irish labourers who came over to build the grand parts of central Cheltenham this area really has a strong community feel. Pittville, is nearby but completely different offering large open parks and some extremely grand homes.
Read Part Two of The Best Areas to live in Cheltenham here.