Conveyancing Solicitors in Stockport
They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, but at Clifford Johnston & Co. we don’t believe this has to be the case.
As a leading law firm in Stockport, we help clients to buy and sell property every day, working diligently to ensure that everything runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Specialising in both residential and commercial property law, Clifford Johnston & Co. is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, so that you can be confident in the level of expertise and service provided by our team.
Chris Furbey the Head of Conveyancing and Partner at the Heaton Moor office has said:-
“I enjoy working in Heaton Moor and it gives me great pleasure to help local families move into their new homes. I work closely with a number of local estate agents and mortgage brokers and I am familiar with the market trends for properties in this area. I have a great working relationship with local agents and brokers and my reputation in the area is good. I live in Heaton Chapel and believe the Heatons is a great place to live and work”.
In the last three months there have been some high value transactions in the Heatons and we have seen a property on Didsbury Road sell for £1,400,000 and a house on Princess Road sell for £955,000 and a house on St James Road sell for £750,000. This information is recorded with the Land Registry and shows that there are high value properties in the area and the demand does not seem to show any signs of slowing in the Heatons notwithstanding a wider national slow down.
It is clear that the demand far outstrips supply in the Heatons as the area is lucky to have so many characterful properties and a number of good and outstanding schools. It is the place people want to be.
With more than 30 years’ experience and based in the heart of Heaton Moor, our knowledge and understanding of the local property market is extensive and thorough, making us the stand out choice for conveyancing services in Stockport.
Living and working in Stockport
Stockport is a large town, just seven miles from Manchester City Centre, and a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester incorporating areas including the four Heatons, Bramhall, Reddish, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Edgeley, Woodley and Romiley.
With a population of more than 290,000, Stockport boasts excellent transport links, schools and a wide variety of bars, cafes and restaurants, including the critically acclaimed Where the Light Gets In, which is regularly tipped for a Michelin Star. There is also an enviable retail offering in the borough with the existing high street chains and independents getting a huge boost due to the extensive regeneration, which is ongoing in the town centre.
The recent addition of the Redrock complex, featuring a state-of-the-art cinema, gym and numerous places to eat is soon to be complemented by a significant overhaul to the neighbouring Merseyway Shopping Centre and to the town’s busy bus station, which will undergo a complete transformation into a modern transport interchange, as part of a £1billion redevelopment project.
Stockport is a town steeped in history and culture and beautiful architecture is to be found on every corner, including the imposing town hall and the striking railway viaduct, which features in many notable artworks including several paintings by L.S. Lowry. The historic Plaza Theatre, built in 1932 in the Art Deco style, still regularly welcomes visitors to live performances and classic films and was recently used as the backdrop for the series five finale of BBC1’s Peaky Blinders. The nineteenth century Hat Works meanwhile now operates as a popular museum, continuing to capitalise on the town’s central role in the industrial revolution.
With its close proximity to Manchester and Salford’s MediaCity, Stockport is a popular choice with commuters but it is also an employment centre in its own right with businesses including financial and professional services, retail, healthcare, education, manufacturing and the digital and creative industries all based here.
As a thriving urban hub, near to the city centre, it can be surprising to find that Stockport is also quite literally on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful British countryside being only 30 minutes from the Peak District National Park and within easy reach of North Wales and the Lake District, all of which provide an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and ideal for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as rambling, cycling and climbing.
The Property Market in Stockport
Many of the suburbs in Stockport are highly sought after, due to their desirable location, local amenities and popular schools, which consistently perform better than the national average.
Cheadle Hulme High School, for example, regularly tops the league tables and is rated outstanding by Ofsted. It is also in the top 3% of the schools’ Progress 8 measure, which assesses the effectiveness of secondary schools in England.
Located within the commuter-belt for Manchester City Centre, and within easy reach of Manchester Airport, Stockport also benefits from excellent motorway access, as well as good train and tram networks. It is popular with young professionals and families alike and is a favourite choice for those relocating to the Northwest.
There is plenty of choice for house buyers with an abundance of housing stock in the area including entry level homes such as 1-bed apartments and small terraced properties as well as large family homes. There is also a variety of commercial opportunities such as office-space, retail units and land for development in the area, which continually proves popular with investors.
Residential property prices:
(*figures correct September 2019)
The average price for a residential property in Stockport is £263,743, although this rises to around £410,000 for a detached family home.
In affluent areas such as Bramhall, Heaton Moor and Cheadle Hulme, prices can easily reach seven figure sums but substantial family properties in these areas can be purchased for upwards of £350,000 for a semi-detached house or £400,000 for a detached home.
For first time buyers or those looking to downsize, there are also a large number of options. The average price of an apartment in Stockport is £156, 798, while terraced properties cost on average £176, 505.
For those with smaller budgets however, one-bed flats in the town begin at around £60,000 and terraced houses start at close to £90,000 although there are cheaper options for those looking for an equity share, either as a first time buyer or those who fit the criteria for a retirement apartment.
The price of smaller properties rises sharply in areas including Heaton Mersey, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Moor, Bramhall and Cheadle where a 2-bed property can cost anywhere between £200,000 and £300,000.
Commercial property prices:
Stockport is a popular business centre, which is good news for anyone wanting to invest in the area and there are plenty of commercial properties available for those with business interests.
Retail opportunities in the area start at around £25,000 but they typically grow to anywhere between £200,000 and £500,000 depending on size and location and whether residential space is also included. A retail opportunity in an area such as Heaton Moor or Bramhall will typically cost around £400,000 in the current market.
Land in Stockport can begin as low as £150,000 but prices can easily reach to more than £1million for the right location and redevelopment potential.
Office and warehouse space
Industrial units are at a premium in Stockport due to the easily accessible location and good transport links, with large warehouses of more than 20,000 sq. ft. typically selling for seven figure sums. Smaller units of around 5,000 sq. ft. can be purchased for £300,000 in areas like Cheadle, where offices with land currently sell for an excess of £795,000
How Clifford Johnston can help
We understand just how significant your property transaction is. It will involve large amounts of your equity so it is important that you instruct legal specialists with the expertise and experience necessary to protect your legal and financial interests.
With more than three decades of experience, the conveyancing solicitors at Clifford Johnston & Co. are extremely well placed to help you with all aspects of the property process:
- Residential property sales and purchases including local searches, drafting and checking contracts and managing funds.
- Commercial property transactions
- Leases including negotiations and renewals
- Right to Buy
- Shared Ownership
- Statutory Agreements
Whether you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new home, releasing equity from your existing property or making a commercial investment, we are here to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that you complete as quickly as possible. Specialism and expertise are fundamental to what we do and we have extensive experience managing some of the most complex property transactions so you can be assured that we have the proficiency and technical knowledge required to swiftly resolve any issues that may arise along the way.
We understand the importance of excellent communication and understand the frustrations that can arise when information is not readily available and clear. We will keep in regular contact with you throughout the conveyancing process and will ensure you have a full understanding of what is happening throughout.
Located in the heart of the four Heatons, and with another office in nearby Burnage, we are committed to delivering the very best legal services to all of our clients. Our in-depth understanding of the local property market, economy and demographics not only in Stockport but across Manchester too, places us at the forefront of the conveyancing industry here, so that we are frequently the first choice for residential and commercial clients alike.
We are extremely proud that many of our clients go on to recommend us to others or return to us for subsequent property transactions, which is testament to the high standards of commitment and professionalism that we provide.
Our conveyancing service is provided on a no move, no fee basis so that should your sale or purchase fail to proceed for any reason, you won’t be liable to pay any legal costs.
So for professional, legal advice from expert solicitors in Stockport that you can trust, speak to a member of our team today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.